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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Phox at SXSW: "No one is getting their way in this band"

Posted By on Sun, Mar 16, 2014 at 8:59 AM

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE ARTIST
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Just a few weeks ago, the seven-piece Phox signed to Brooklyn label Partisan Records, home to the likes of Deer Tick, Heartless Bastards and Dolorean. This is a big step for the two-year-old Madison, Wisconsin-based band, and a well-earned accomplishment. The band's debut EP, Friendship, showcases lead singer Monica Martin's sultry, smoky jazz-singer vocals beautifully against a lush, glittering pop background that includes a few surprise elements here and there - notably, trumpet and banjo.

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SXSW Day Four: Radkey, Future Islands, Temples, the Orwells, Lizzo, Phox, Gramma's Boyfriend and more

Posted By on Sun, Mar 16, 2014 at 1:07 AM

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  • Radkey

Friday started with a bang - a really fucking loud bang, in the form of local rock heroes Radkey. The nearly legal trio of brothers kicked off the Spin Day Party at Stubb's outdoors on the main stage around noon, and seeing the boys repping KC on such a prestigious stage brought a little blooming flower of pride to my heart. For their part, the brothers Radke took the unassuming crowd by surprise.

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Friday, March 14, 2014

SXSW Day Three: Dum Dum Girls, the Strypes, Little Dragon, Beautiful Bodies, Haley Bonar and more

Posted By on Fri, Mar 14, 2014 at 10:46 AM

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  • Zach Bauman
  • Little Dragon

For the full slideshow from SXSW Day Three, go here


Aside from acting as SXSW headquarters, the Convention Center also boasts two generally well-curated official day stages. This is kind of odd because the stages are erected inside ballrooms, and although the sound isn't bad, it doesn't feel especially showcase-y. Some bands can make any venue work - others, not so much.

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

SXSW Day Two: Kurt Vile, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Poliça, Your Friend, Two Cow Garage and more

Posted By on Thu, Mar 13, 2014 at 1:12 PM

Kurt Vile - ZACH BAUMAN
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  • Kurt Vile

For the full slideshow from SXSW Day Two, click here


Sometime in the early afternoon on Wednesday, I managed to rouse myself from the comfort of my bed, feeling that I was perhaps more mentally prepared for the SXSW spread than I had been the day before. This time, at least, I had a vague agenda. First on my list: Jessica Lea Mayfield at the ATO Records day party, down at the Billy Reid/Weather Up stage. Which happened to be, like, a million miles away from all the action on East Sixth and Red River Road.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Get your SXSW fix with our daily slideshows

Posted By on Wed, Mar 12, 2014 at 1:24 PM

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Sometimes, a photo says it all. Other times, you're too busy to read what I write. That's why, this week, while Pitch photographer Zach Bauman and I are messing with Texas so you don't have to, we'll be uploading daily slideshows of everything we see. 

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SXSW Day One: Zorch, La Migra, Illya Kuryaki and the Valderammas and more

Posted By on Wed, Mar 12, 2014 at 12:20 PM

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  • Zach Bauman
  • La Migra

For the full slideshow of SXSW Day One, click here.
 

I should begin by saying that I have never been to SXSW before. I can't really contribute to the discussion on whether the weeklong festival has grown beyond its roots, as many veterans like to note. All I can offer are the first impressions of a newbie who did little to prepare.

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

SXSW Friday: Mac DeMarco, White Lung, Chris Cohen, Marnie Stern, and more

Listening in on Mac DeMarco, White Lung, Chris Cohen and Marnie Stern.

Posted By on Sat, Mar 16, 2013 at 3:18 PM

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At South by Southwest, it is easy to become desensitized to what in other situations would be considered rather remarkable. For example, on Friday I walked down a busy street, and a stage had been erected on a corner lot, and Kool Keith was on the stage, wearing a sequined scarf on his head, rapping crazy words about himself. I didn't even break my stride. Now, granted, I know that Kool Keith shows aren't that kool these days, but still.

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  • Listening in on Mac DeMarco, White Lung, Chris Cohen and Marnie Stern.

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Friday, March 15, 2013

SXSW Thursday: Medora, Metz and disruptive technology, or something

Wandering through the sights and stages of Austin.

Posted By on Fri, Mar 15, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Once a regular house, now the Spotify house.
  • Once a regular house, now the Spotify house.
South by Southwest is not just about music, you guys. It is also about rich people who wear cosmetic eyeglasses and $140 plaid shirts and say words like "branding" and "crowdfunding" and "disruptive" with a totally straight face. I found this on the Internet yesterday, from the singer of indie-rock band DIIV (which is actually a pretty good band):

Here, the music comes last. 5 minute set-up, no sound check, 15 minute set. The "music" element is all a front, it's the first thing to be compromised. Corporate money everywhere but in the hands of the artists, at what is really just a glorified corporate networking party. Drunk corporate goons and other industry vampires and cocaine. Everyone is drunk, being cool. "Official" bureaucracy and all their mindless rules. Branding, branding, branding. It's bullshit... sorry.

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  • Wandering through the sights and stages of Austin.

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

SXSW Wednesday: Jim James is amazing, Foxygen is terrible, and some other things

Jim James is amazing and Foxygen is terrible in Austin.

Posted By on Thu, Mar 14, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Where do you even start?
  • Where do you even start?
Do you use the Internet? Then you are probably aware that South by Southwest is happening this week in Austin, a city where Dumpsters are repurposed as advertising canvases. There is also a food truck sponsored by an NBC show called Hannibal. Laurence Fishburne is in it. If you are interested in tweeting about Hannibal, use the hashtag #hannibaleats, per the advertisement on the food truck. I am making fun of it, but the bahn mi tacos were really good! Recommended! On to the fest!

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Sunday, March 18, 2012

SXSW Friday and Saturday: The War on Drugs; John Velghe; a gigantic stage designed to look like a Doritos vending machine; just wanting to come home

SWSW mercifully comes to a close.

Posted By on Sun, Mar 18, 2012 at 7:39 PM

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The northbound 481 bus (they call it the Night Owl) that arrived at Seventh and Congress around 2 a.m. Saturday night/Sunday morning was like the last chopper out of Saigon — a very desperate, lawless, death-trampling type of situation. I made it on. Those who didn’t would have to wait at least another hour, or walk many miles, or pass out in a bush somewhere, or kill themselves — all options I was weighing.

It was St. Patrick’s Day, and the last day of South By Southwest, and a Saturday night, and everybody was drunk and angry and tired. Public transportation in Austin, at least during SXSW, is pathetic. It’s impossible to find a taxi. The buses run at infrequent intervals, and when you finally board them, they roll like snails. Fuck this place, I thought as we pulled away.

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  • SWSW mercifully comes to a close.

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