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SXSW Wrap Up: How I Found Myself

Posted March 25, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 1,416 views]

You know those kids who graduate college without needing to get a job right away and go backpack Europe for months on end in order to “find oneself”?
Well, it happens when you’re older too.
Really, being in your 30s is all about trying to find ways to make life more like college (read: SXSW = Spring Break) so I decided to wrap up my SXSW …

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Ryley Walker: Artist You Should Know (SXSW Preview)

Posted March 16, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,569 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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SXSW Preview: Hippo Campus, Cobalt Cranes, Liza Anne & More

Posted March 12, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 3,726 views]

Whatever you do, do not compare St. Paul’s quartet of recent High School graduates to Vampire Weekend. They hate that.

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Viet Cong: Artist You Should Know (SXSW Preview)

Posted March 6, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,844 views]

Viet Cong formed a couple of years ago, rising from the haunted ashes of the gloriously confounding, and deeply respected Calgary-based rock outfit Women.
Their first proper release happened last year via the Mexican Summer record label. That EP, “Cassette”, was a cleaned up version of a tour only (you guessed it) cassette that quickly began attracting the attention of Women fans, and newbies alike.
Still …


Photos: KCRW at SXSW

Posted March 19, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 1,525 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.


Producer Collin’s SXSW Round Up

Posted March 18, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 2,668 views]
Hotel Vegas

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 | 1,725 views]

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 | 1,444 views]

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 | 1,964 views]

(AV previously spotlighted Action Bronson and here are a few more of his favorites to look out for at the fest)

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 …


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

Posted March 4, 2014 by | 2 Comments | 2,029 views]

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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