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SXSW 2015 Day 5 & 6: Seinabo Sey, Amason, Best Coast, Twerps

Posted March 22, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 814 views]

Our first live broadcast from Austin was on Friday for Morning Becomes Eclectic and we had set up a makeshift studio in the restaurant next to FLOODfest so I could easily run out and see an band for a song or too.
The Sweden showcase started at 11am. I’ve been obsessing over the haunting yet infectious indie rock of Amason for almost a year now …

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SXSW Day 4: Tobias Jesso Jr, Ibeyi, Tei Shi, and More

Posted March 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 794 views]
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When those of us who are SXSW alum talk about the “good ‘ol days,” often we’re referring to the time when you could hopscotch from club to club seeing a dozen bands in a matter of hours.
It’s been incredibly difficult to do the last handful of years, but something changed in 2015. All of the sudden, what seemed impossible is now possible again.
As I …

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SXSW 2015 Day 3: Wolf Alice, ODESZA, James Bay, BØRNS and More

Posted March 19, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,090 views]
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Wednesday is a big day for KCRW at SXSW as we host TWO showcases — that’s 9 bands total!
Dark clouds have been hovering over Austin for much of the week, constantly threatening rain but never releasing more than a drizzle. That said, I was thrilled our day showcase was in the safe confines of the Convention Center’s Ballroom D.
James Bay was soundchecking when we …

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Twin Shadow Live on KCRW: “Eclipse” and “Turn Me Up” (SXSW Preview)

Posted March 18, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 588 views]

Twin Shadow’s appearance on Morning Becomes Eclectic kicked off his upcoming tour and acted as a preview for the upcoming SXSW Music Conference since he is playing a bunch across Austin, including the Radio Day Stage.
Dark, cinematic and yearning, he showcases a grander sound on his third record “Eclipse”, his first on a major label (Warner Bros). It’s an epic sound with a New …

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SXSW 2015 Day 2: Ryn Weaver, Kate Tempest, Gengahr, Songhoy Blues

Posted March 18, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,296 views]

I started my musical day with two very different female artists.
Ryn Weaver became instantly buzzworthy with the overnight success of her debut single “Octahate“, which has racked up more than 3 million listens on Soundcloud.

Earlier this week, she announced that her debut album “The Fool” is due in June and the title track was the highlight of her set at the Spotify House.
She has …

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SXSW 2015 Day 1: Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr and MPV

Posted March 17, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 909 views]

In many years of attending SXSW, I’m a little superstitious that the first show you see is often an omen for how the entire week will go.
In the case of SXSW 2015, I threw my bags in my room and hopped in a pedi cab headed for a house party in east Austin hosted by the state of Michigan. Yes, the state of Michigan.
Dale …

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Ibeyi: Artist You Should Know (SXSW Preview)

Posted March 17, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 687 views]

Ibeyi are Cuban-born sisters based out of Paris, France who expertly blend some of the most amazing world sounds with minimal instrumentation.
A simple percussion instrument known as the cajòn and piano layered with beautiful vocals makes for a unique sound that incorporates both English and Yoruba, which is the native language of Nigeria.
They share the music in their blood which came from their father, …

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Courtney Barnett Live on KCRW: “An Illustration” and “Avant Gardner” (SXSW Preview)

Posted March 16, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 626 views]
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I’m been anxiously awaiting Courtney Barnett’s MBE debut and she did not disappoint.
With her bandmates, fellow Aussies Dave and Bones (who were absolutely giddy when I showed them KCRW’s music library,a treasure trove of thousands of records), the trio tore through a bunch of new songs, alongside two favorites from last years “A Sea of Split Peas” double EP — “Avant Gardner” and “History …

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Ryley Walker: Artist You Should Know (SXSW Preview)

Posted March 16, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 829 views]

Ryley Walker first came to my attention with the release of his debut album “All Kinds of You” last year on Tompkins Square.
Due to that label’s tendency to reissue rare recordings combined with Walker’s knack for a vintage production sound, I thought for some time the album was recorded 45 years ago instead of 2014. (I should really pay more attention to these press releases)
Walker is …

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Friday Free For All: Tame Impala and Nuve

Posted March 13, 2015 by | 2 Comments | 2,505 views]

Tame Impala – “Let It Happen”
It seems hard to believe, but it’s been nearly three years since Tame Impala’s last studio album — “Lonerism” — came out.
Not that Kevin Parker has been sitting idly by in that time; between touring (and releasing the excellent Live Versions album last year (“Be Above It”  from that album is EPIC!), producing and collaborating on releases by Melody’s …

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