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Photos: KCRW at SXSW

Posted March 19, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 1,184 views]
Moses Sumney impresses with his crooning falsetto

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.

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Producer Collin’s SXSW Round Up

Posted March 18, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,165 views]
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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 …

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SXSW Preview: Sweet Baboo

Posted March 11, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,337 views]
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If you are truly taking SXSW at its best, you should be seeing at least a few bands that you’ve never (or just barely) heard of.
Austin makes this easy, as you can stumble from performance to performance in a matter of a few dozen steps.  So if you find yourself in the vicinity of a guy named Sweet Baboo, do yourself a favor and …

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SXSW Preview: Vertical Scratchers

Posted March 10, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,161 views]
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Guitarist John Schmersal has lived a few different musical lives over the past twenty years.
As a member of Ohio-based indie rock legends Brainiac during the 90′s, he helped establish a synthpunk sound that would later influence bands like Muse and Nine Inch Nails.
After the tragic death of their vocalist Tim Taylor, Schmersal headed to the East Coast and formed the band Enon, who became …

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SXSW Preview: Top Picks from Anthony Valadez

Posted March 5, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,424 views]
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(AV previously spotlighted Action Bronson and here are a few more of his favorites to look out for at the fest)

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These guys are bad! Super bad!
A jazz trio out of Toronto with previous collaborations with Odd Future’s Tyler The Creator and Frank Ocean, they are known mainly for their renditions and covers which are from another planet.
Having built a buzz thanks in part to …

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Showdown at Cedar Street 2014 Lineup Announced: Classixx, Gardens & Villa, Kan Wakan and More

Posted March 4, 2014 by | 2 Comments | 1,481 views]
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KCRW is proud to be the media sponsor for Filter Magazine’s Showdown at Cedar Street showcases– three days of music kicking off on Thursday, March 13 through Saturday, March 15.
Many station favorites are on the bill: Gardens & Villa, Asgeir, Kan Wakan, James Supercave, Jetta and an entire day of bands from the Innovative Leisure roster: Classixx, De Lux, BADBADNOTGOOD, and more.
They are open to …

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SXSW Preview: Ezra Furman

Posted March 4, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,258 views]
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For some reason I’ve spent the last five years overlooking Ezra Furman.
Don’t really know why – he’s a perfectly solid singer/songwriter, with a number of well-received records both with his band the Harpoons & as a solo artist, on recognized labels such as Minty Fresh, Red Parlor and now Bar None.
Perhaps it is the Midwestern vibe of his brand of rock – slightly loose, …

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RR’s SXSW Wrap Up

Posted March 17, 2013 by | 2 Comments | 2,779 views]

Over 2,200 bands played over 100 venues (official and unofficial) at SXSW 2013. It’s quite daunting to sum it up, but one of the best parts of the festival is the “choose your own adventure” nature of things. Everyone has a completely different experience based on chance encounters, flippant decisions, and what their weariness will allow them to accomplish after days and days of hoofing …

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Showdown at Cedar Street is Back! With Surfer Blood, Local Natives and More

Posted February 22, 2013 by | 0 Comments | 1,759 views]
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KCRW returns to the Cedar Street Courtyard during SXSW March 14 –March 16 for a series of day showcases called Showdown at Cedar Street, featuring Surfer Blood, Shout Out Louds, Local Natives, Haim, The Neighbourhood, Wild Belle, Willy Moon and more.
They are open to the public (RSVP here!) but they fill up very fast so, if you’re headed to Austin, get there early!
Check out the lineup …

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KCRW’s SXSW 2013 Showcases Announced!

Posted February 21, 2013 by | 12 Comments | 6,705 views]
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Our annual pilgrimage to Austin for the SXSW Music Conference is always an exciting adventure for us, made more exciting by the fact that we get to shine a spotlight on some of our favorite bands. All of the bands appearing on our lineup this year have exciting new music, released recently or forthcoming.
Also, interestingly enough, there are two sibling-led bands, two groups from …

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