Tag Results: SXSW

Deantoni Parks and Keaton Simons “Best Revenge” Hear new song and see them Live At SXSW

With SXSW2014 this week, parades of musical acts have emerged with their minds on using the festival as a launching pad to greater exposure and acclaim.

None are more deserving — or perhaps even as exciting — than Best Revenge, the latest project from guitarist Keaton Simons (Gnarls Barkley, Snoop Dogg) and drummer Deantoni Parks (The Mars Volta, Bosnian Rainbows).

Their first produced track together, “Brother Blue,” was released this week in conjunction with the duo’s debut in Austin. From this sneak peak, Best Revenge promises to be a gritty yet eclectic collaboration between two true students of music. Click below to listen

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Zorch the AUSTIN rundown & Austin Chronicle’s Show Pick for SXSW



Zorch - Official SXSW Show
Tue., March 11, North Door, 11pm

Consider how just two musicians summon the sonic tornado of joyous electro-madness that is Zorch.

Face-to-face, Zac Traeger and Sam Chown take their places and power up. Speckled by roving lasers, illustrative of the Austin duo’s future psych, they come to life in a robo-blitz of jaw-dropping dexterity, speaking a secret language of math and mania.

Headbanging, Traeger appears to have grown a third arm as he works a keyboard setup that includes a Moog monosynth, on which he plays bass notes and generates arpeggios; a Prophet ‘08 analog keyboard; and a MIDI controller that triggers samples from his laptop. Each spastic composition from Zorch utilizes dozens, even hundreds of homemade samples.

Chown, meanwhile, makes most drummers look like they’re napping. His wiry arms go berserk on an acoustic kit augmented with an electronic sample pad, while he sings lead vocals into a headset microphone that’s run through a convoluted collection of pedals and stereo effects. Mid-song, he’ll pop one foot on the drum throne, lay an electronic auto-harp over his knee, and flutter rapidly between two chords.

See the full Zorch in Austin show schedule at the bottom of post

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SXSW Album Review: Deafheaven “Sunbather”


Very few records have actually evoked an emotional response from me lately. But Deafheaven’s sophomore full length, Sunbather, will drag your heart, mind, and soul to the depths of hell and then elevate you to beautiful nirvana.

Deafheaven is a hard band to describe. With George Clarke’s haunting scream and Kerry McCoy’s layered shoegaze guitars, the general consensus is post-rock/black metal, but you truly just need to listen to understand.

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Zorch at Ten Oaks in Austin, TX playing SXSW on March 13, 2013 all live pictures by JEALEXphoto/Jessica Alexander for Verbicide Magazine.

The Best Reviews to me Come From Real Music Fans // One Mans SXSW story

March 13th-19th were the six nights I traveled solo to the infamous South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, TX this year.  Being that I am from Florida and have never  been to Texas before I didn’t know what to expect.  Initially I was hesitant to take on the adventure because of financials but I found out I had a cousin in Austin I could stay with.  With a free place to stay there was nothing holding me back (besides my pet peeve of flying in crowded Southwest Airline airplanes because I am 6’4” tall and there always seems to be a snooty old lady or terrible young children ruining my flight).  Anyway,  I made it to Austin, TX and what a trip it was.

Being that I am a rather enthusiastic music lover and graduated college with a business management degree I have always had a passion for music management.  I especially wanted to go out to SXSW to meet up with managers from the Sargent House record label who I had been in contact with and learned a great deal of information from.  Among their powerful roster of bands, Sargent House had a handful of bands showcasing their talents throughout the festival.  Friday March 16th they had quite the unforgettable  showcase with a handful of their artists coming together in one night playing one after the other. I honestly can’t describe the authenticity of this show. It was just so original there were more people lined up outside than could even fit inside. Being that fan that I am, I of course showed up early enough to get a spot inside.

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Thanks to Brad Conrad for sending us some great live Marriages photos from the Sargent House show at SXSW 2012. Speaking of Marriages they will be hitting the road with our very own Russian Circles and Chelsea Wolfe for some US tour dates in August to be announced soon!

Live4Ever Interview: And So I Watch You From Afar // SXSW & ‘Back In The USSR’

Back in the USSR, they don’t know how lucky they are; in the midst of a typically hot and humid South By Southwest festival in Texas, And So I Watch You From Afar are looking back on an ever so slightly cooler environment when they last visited Russia for a tour which nonetheless proved to be hotter than they could ever have imagined.

“It was like -25c, really harsh conditions, so the daytimes would maybe be a bit of a slog and be hard work, freezing cold. But then the crowds at night would just make it so worthwhile,” they tell Live4ever in this exclusive SXSW interview.

The Irish group also found time to candidly discuss all details behind the shock exit of influential band member Tony Wright and the subsequent arrival of long-time friend Niall Kennedy, as well as why they were dancing around the garden after landing a coveted support slot with Them Crooked Vultures.

Live4ever with And So I Watch You From Afar at South By Southwest 2012. You played our showcase which was broadcast by yesterday lads – how did you feel about it?
Really enjoyed it, really liked the venue. We heard that place is pretty new as a venue on the South By list. Yeah, thought it was great, really, really enjoyed it – nice set-up, good line-up, good mix of bands, think you guys put on a really good line-up.

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Omar Rodriguez Lopez Video Interview With Details Magazine at SXSW about Los Chidos & At The Drive In

Film maker  Omar Rodriguez Lopez sits down to talk with Alanna Raben for Details Magazine about his new film “Los Chidos" and the At The Drive-In reunion. Shot in Austin, TX at the Driskill Hotel during SXSW 2012.

Verbicide Reports from SXSW on Gypsyblood & Marriages

Then it was to the Bat Bar for Gypsyblood. When you listen to their records, you hear lots of softer single-note guitar riffs with complex time signatures and tempo changes in their rhythm section, as well as tricky vocal melodies — but when you hear Gypsyblood live, they rip your face off and chop you up into a million little pieces. and you can hardly recognize the songs, even when you know every word. Their stage presence is filled with manic energy. Gypsyblood’s sound is unique to them, mixing chaotic post-punk rhythms with a ferocious and borderline psychotic energy.

The next band up at the Bat Bar was Marriages from Los Angeles. This experimental trio filled the room with rhythmic guitar tapping, droning bass, and a tight drum section. The drum and bass filled up enough space that could have been enough to listen to  on their own. The guitars plunged their sound into oceans of feedback noise bliss that sounded like a slightly poppy version of Pelican. Their female singer added the perfect airy vocals soft touch to their songs in between finger tapping on her guitar.


Chelsea Wolfe Performs “Noorus” Live from SXSW / Converse’s Rubber Tracks Studio

Chelsea Wolfe performs “Noorus” from the album The Grime And The Glow live from the Converse Rubber Tracks studio at SXSW in Austin. 

Chelsea Wolfe Performs “Halfsleeper” Acoustic at SXSW

Chelsea Wolfe plays “Halfsleeper” from the album The Grime And The Glow acoustically at a SXSW live session for Dangerous Minds.

INDIE WIRE: SXSW ‘12 I Omar Rodriguez Lopez - Chauvinism and Capitalism Inspired His Exploitation Movie ‘Los Chidos’

In addition to his rock-star duties as the guitarist for The Mars Volta, Omar Rodríguez-López has technically made seven movies, but he won’t let you see most of them.

The eccentric musician-filmmaker (formerly of At the Drive In, which recently announced plans for a reunion at Coachella) has worked on movies with a close-knit group of friends in Mexico, but has only allowed the last two to screen at festivals: “The Sentimental Engine Slayer” played at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2010, while the outrageous exploitation movie “Los Chidos” premiered in competition at SXSW this week.

A gross-out spectacle done in the style of Spanish telenovelas but positioned as a satire of male chauvinism, “Los Chidos” technically revolves around a Mexican family dealing with crime and other misdeeds while sorting out their interpersonal dramas. Intentionally dubbed and filled with countless provocative images, “Los Chidos” is one of those movies that begs for further explanation.

So I tracked Rodríguez-López down at Austin’s Driskill Hotel this week to figure out what he was going for. And boy, did I get some answers — not to mention a lengthy diatribe against the music industry and capitalism as a whole (he also trashed fellow Mexican filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Iñaritu). Frequently out of breath as he spoke, Rodriguez-Lopez sounded like one of The Mars Volta’s lively compositions.

It seems like you’re only making movies to satisfy yourself and your friends. But these last two have played film festivals. What made you more comfortable about getting them out there?

I wasn’t comfortable getting them out there, but I had to be responsible in terms of having a concept of other people. My editor and sound person sat me down and said, “Hey, listen, we respect your philosophy but we work really hard on these films and want to be able to put them out there.” I have to honor that, because they do work very hard. I can’t take the credit for it. Adam Thompson, my editor, he’s the reason we’re here and had the last one at Tribeca. He’s the one who fills out all the paperwork and is very passionate about that.

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Esquire Magazine & NPR “Best of SXSW” Deafheaven Makes Their List

My NPR colleague Mike Katzif called Deafheaven “the Sigur Ros of black metal,” and he’s right on the money. The San Francisco band’s music heaves and builds and pummels majestically, and then singer George Clarke lurches defensively and shrieks angrily like a mother hawk protecting her young. Brutal and bracing, with a shoegazing indie-rock band’s ear for graceful melodicism. - Stephen Thompson

Good Old War “Amazing Eyes” & Interview from SXSW

Good Old War stopped by the Best Buy studio at SXSW and performed a new song Amazing Eyes for them, then sat down for a chat about the new album.

URB: Premiere of Good Old War’s “Amazing Eyes” Glassroom Session / SXSW / Album Review

The SXSW season can often find people in our profession inundated with different sights and sounds as the festival approaches.  A level of ear and visual fatigue has been known to drive more than one writer I know batty whenever any festival of this size and caliber approaches.  In the sea of remixed sub bass, lyrical overload, and ‘electro-hop’ progressions that can be a part of the daily routine for any reviewer, it was awesome to catch an respite from said cacophony during my time spent listening and researching Philly based indie group, Good Old War.

Good Old War, who’s name drives from combining the last names of the three members; Keith Goodwin, Tim Arnold, and Dan Schwartz, sounds something akin to a time warp back to the Americana folk sensibilities of the the late 60’s and early 70’s.  Their third album, ‘Come Back As Rain.’ is as breezy and melodic as they come, almost reveling in the simplicity of their harmonic vocals and country like melodies.  The songwriting and production, as clichéd as this sounds, can be to your ears what a breath of fresh air feels like.

The lead single, Can’t Go Home, rides their vocal harmonies over a rolling acoustic guitar that plants you firmly in their emotive longing for the ’simple truths of being home.’  Amazing Eyes, while keeping to their formula of dancing simple melodic vocal rhythms across acoustic guitar, elicits an entirely different emotive set proving the sophistication of their songwriting and the power in their simplicity.

The album released today is available for purchase or preview on their site or on iTunes.  Check the video premiere above and be sure to catch them during SXSW during the following dates and places:

Pitstop Day Party
405 E. 7th St.

March 16th @ 12am
Official SXSW Showcase 
(with Ingrid Michaelson)
The Central Presbyterian Church
200 E. 8th St.