Just like in high school and college sports, the music industry has become enamored and obsessed with discovering the next profound promise of potential. Originally started in 1987, SXSW has matured and blossomed into the premier talent showcase for musicians around the world. As we journey towards this incredible opportunity, we decided to take an in depth look at some of the thousands of up and coming artists who will be performing.
Anyone that has ever been or considered going to experience a massive event like this knows what it feels like when looking over the line up. It can almost feel like reading a foreign language, seeing bands listed that you have never heard of. That’s where we come in to help. This can be used as a planning guide for deciding who to catch for those of you lucky enough to be able to attend. For everyone else, this is intended to be used as a primer for armchair quarterback music aficionados.
This will all be towards us journeying together towards March, as we prepare to pick our Top 50 Indie Picks of SXSW 2012. Read more
The Swedish rock band The Sounds recently completed a tour of North America, and are currently in the midst of a European Tour with The Limousines. You can see a trailer for their new tour below. Last week, they posted a new music video for “Yeah Yeah Yeah”, from the album Something To Die For.
This video was shot by the band primarily using GoPro Hero2 HD cameras during the North American leg of the Something To Die For World Tour. Edited by Kevin J. Custer, here is what the band had to say, directly from their Facebook page:
“We thought we’d have some fun and bought a couple of GoPro Hero2 HD cameras that they use for snowboarding, surfing, etc, and put them on stage, in the crowd and backstage on our North American leg of our World Tour to see what we’d capture. We’ve put together a video for Yeah Yeah Yeah using this footage and some of our other favorite shots.”
As a bonus, we are also posting their live performance video from the Gullfisken Awards.
To say that Widowspeak is a Northwest band is to tell a half-truth. After all they formed in a Brooklyn apartment thousands of miles to the east, and their guitarist has never even seen the Pacific Ocean. There are aspects of the band’s sound- abrasive guitar hooks, immediate drumming and incessant codas—that speak to living in a big city. But there’s also a dreary sparseness, a David Lynch-esque darkness, culled from the other member’s native Washington. Singer/songwriter Molly Hamiliton grew up in an old house in Tacoma, drummer Michael Stasiak in nearby Lakewood. While grunge put Seattle on the map and Riot Grrl and the DIY aesthetic are synonymous with Olympia, Tacoma remains grittier, darker even. Infamous for the acrid small of it paper mills, this blue collar city first crossed paths in that tight-knit scene, both contributing to a local compilation label. The label lasted all of one summer before half its roster decamped for New York.
Tags: Danny Brown
In an era of industry-obsessed MCs, interchangeable hashtag raps, and “viral” everything, it has become increasingly difficult to find a true original in the rap game. Yet ask anyone who’s been paying attention and they’ll tell you: Danny Brown is that dude. In 2011 the Motor City MC teamed up with Fool’s Gold Records and released XXX, a tour-de-force concept record about hedonism, growing up, and Detroit, which took listeners on a profane and psychedelic journey through his own uncensored id. After a year of universal critical acclaim – from Spin naming XXX Rap Album Of The Year to Danny covering the Metro Times and Real Detroit in the same week as their Artist Of The Year – Danny continues to spread his irreverent gospel worldwide with extensive touring and even more unrestrained, unstoppable rhymes. Having already been featured in Rolling Stone magazine, for 2012, he will be at the 35 Denton Fest, Cyprus Hill Smoke Out Fest, and Bonnaroo,in addition to touring as opening support for Childish Gambino. He was also just named to the XXL Freshman list 2012, as well as landing a cover for The Fader.
Back in the day, when this place was crawling with forums and chats about random acts of music, we used to poll ourselves to see which release by an artist not only set them atop of the industry but stapled them in as musical gods.
Completely unmatched by any band in the history of music for their blending of so many genres, Sublime left it’s mark without a doubt. Perhaps so much so, one day we’ll talk about a Sublime with Rome Sunday’s Best. For now…
Where, indeed. As both the question at hand for yours truly (around, not quite busy but not quite free) and the theme for this edition of Slaughterday, we’ll take a peek at a few upcoming releases I am particularly excited about.
Hot on the heels of winning a few Grammy awards, and the premiere of a film he is in, The Re:Generation Music Project, Skrillex continues to work. He just released a brand new music video for his newest EP, Bangarang. You can watch it below, it was directed by Tony T. Datis, and produced by HK corp.
Tags: Dead Sara
Dead Sara are:
Emily Armstrong – Lead Vocals
Siouxsie Medley – Guitarist
Sean Friday – Drummer
Chris Null – Bass
Music history is rich with rock bands fronted by dynamic duos. Looking to carry on this yin and yang tradition are singer Emily Armstrong and female guitarist Siouxsie Medley, who front Los Angeles’ Dead Sara — an electrifying four-piece rock band whose supercharged music is propelled by Medley’s exhilarating, monster guitar riffs and Armstrong’s powerful, wailing vocals. Dead Sara also includes bassist Chris Null and drummer Sean Friday, who funnel the ferocious spectacle of the band’s high-energy live performance into their self-titled debut album. The debut will be released on the band’s own label in May, Pocket Kid Records through Fontana Universal. We were lucky enough to get turned onto them at CMJ this past year and have been following them since.
Produced by Noah Shain, the debut album is a versatile showcase for the band’s talent, veering effortlessly from melodic, soaring tunes such as “We Are What You Say” and “Whispers & Ashes.” To bruised, power ballads like “Dear Love” and “Face to Face,” that are combined with the fierce, blaring tracks as, “Timed Blues,” “Test My Patience,” and Dead Sara’s first infectious single “Weatherman”.
“That diversity is what’s honest and real to us,” Medley says. “We love classic rock, blues, folk, metal, punk, gospel, all of it, so we didn’t want to put restrictions on ourselves genre-wise. We just knew we wanted the music to sound really raw and primal, even a bit unsettling.”
Lyrically, many of Dead Sara’s songs are survival anthems informed by their struggle to stay true to their vision of being a powerful, uncompromising female-fronted rock band.
“It was difficult to deal with people’s ideas about what we should be doing,” Armstrong says. “I ended up shutting myself off from everyone and feeling really crushed. I didn’t really come out of it until some of my close friends and fans of the band expressed concern, saying ‘What the hell are you doing? You can’t give up.’”
Armstrong and Medley met as music-obsessed teenagers growing up in Los Angeles and have been playing together in one capacity or another ever since. The two musicians are a study in contrast onstage: Medley remains rooted in place — a solid, steady anchor for Armstrong’s almost unhinged performances. A skilled vocal stylist, Armstrong who can handle blues, soul, and folk-rock with equal aplomb, will unleash a guttural howl one minute and trill as pretty as a songbird the next.
They have toured opening for Bush last year, and will also be playing this year’s Vans Warped Tour. They will actually play EdgeFest 22 in Dallas in the spring of 2012.
For fans of: Bush, Nirvana, Joy Formidable
YACHT is a Band, Belief System, and Business conducted by Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans of Los Angeles, California, Marfa, Texas and Portland, Oregon, USA. All people are welcome to become members of YACHT. Accordingly, YACHT is what YACHT is when YACHT is standing before you.
Here is the brand new music video for “Shangri-La“, the title song from their newest record. You can’t spell Shangri-La without L.A. The duo will be at SXSW.
Shangri-La features dozens of extended members of the YACHT family–fans, collaborators, friends–sharing a space of our own invention, spotted with magical realism. Every point of light smiles. YACHT believes that Utopia, like reality, is not a physical experience, nor one dictated by the boundaries of a particular space. Rather, it’s a movable feast, defined by its capacity to adapt and change to new surroundings. Read more
Set aside his name citizens of the world. Lukas Nelson is more than just a pedigree. Yes, clearly the younger Nelson has a similar voice and mannerism’s. Most impressive to me is the passion and how it’s relayed on stage. From head banging till your glasses fly off your face to playing guitar with your teeth. Like Willie Nelson with an edge, Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, have an aptly titled band name. Bottom line, this guy can wail the Blues on a guitar… Have a great weekend.