KCRW is the radio sponsor for the first-ever FLOODfest, taking place at the Cedar Street Courtyard over four days in Austin during SXSW and featuring artists like; Spoon, Courtney Barnett, Best Coast, Twin Shadow, Big Data, Amason, Geographer, The Ting Tings, and many more.
Also, KCRW will be broadcasting live on site, with co-hosts Jason Bentley and Anne Litt! They’ll take to the airwaves in …
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We’re thrilled to announce an all-star lineup of bands for our official showcases at SXSW this year!
There’s no better place to stumble across a new band or watch an artist you already love make an impact. We’re betting on this crew!
Join us if you will be in Austin and stay tuned for special programming from the fest, including live performances from the bands below.
KCRW’s journey at the 2014 SXSW Music Conference was beautifully captured by the lens of DJ Anthony Valadez and photographer Jon Gordon McKenzie.
Enjoy some highlights below.
For many, the theme for SXSW ’14 was the massive tipping point of huge corporate entities using even bigger pop stars to sell their products, pushing the 99% of artists out into the margins.
So, what better place to find the real goods than on those exact fringes of this fine TX city? Let’s start with:
BEST SXSW VENUE: Hotel Vegas. With one stage in the …
As I stood in the security line at the Austin airport, two songs were in my head — Hozier’s “Take me to Church” and Jamestown Revival’s “Golden Age“.
After a week of seeing dozens of bands, that says a lot!
Here are a few more things that made an impression:
Biggest Surprise: Jungle –they didn’t look the way I expected them to given their promo photos, but …
After raving about Temples to NY Times music critic Jon Pareles the night before, he suggested I immediately seek out a Boston-based band called Quilt, who also have a retro flair. They played an excellent set and, of all the bands I saw in Austin, they’re the one whose album I most wanted to track down upon returning.
I found Quilt playing the Brooklyn Vegan …
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One of my favorite parts of SXSW is watching an artist grow over the years. Two years ago, a friend dragged me to an afternoon show in an almost empty bar to watch Shakey Graves, a one-man band with a suitcase drum kit and hand-drawn CD covers.
Now he packed out the inside stage at the Spotify House with a much fuller sound thanks to …
We started our day broadcasting from the Spotify House, with a punk band playing just feet away. It was a truly SXSW experience — where there is so much music coming from everywhere that it can almost be overwhelming. A music lover’s dream, but also a nightmare because for every band you choose to see, there are 5 you’re missing.
Filter Magazine’s Showdown at Cedar …
It’s hard not to acknowledge the terrible tragedy that happened Wednesday night at SXSW, when a car plowed through a group of people, killing two and inuring many.
But in the spirit of celebrating music, which is why we are all here in the first place, I’d like to share some highlights from our day of showcases, as we presented nine bands we really believe …
The music portion of the SXSW conference seems to start earlier and earlier every year. Whereas a few years ago there would be a scant few private parties with bands and DJs on Tuesday, now official showcases are already underway. Since the mobs of people looking for free parties tend to descend later in the week, I decided this was my time to get …