Posts Tagged ‘sxsw’

May 1, 2018

Kim Petras made a huge impression on us when we caught an incredible set by her at We Found New Music and Peppermint Club’s official SXSW showcase back in March. We came away from it convinced she’s already a star, and our brief encounter with her afterwards proved how infinitely sweet a soul she is, too. The Los Angeles pop artist released a wildly infectious, saccharine thrumming song named Heart To Break earlier this year, a lush shimmering pop confessional that we’re head over heels for. And now, a new music video has surfaced for Heart To Break. The delectable pop fantasy sees Kim re-imagined as a modern day Disney princess finding her dream man. It comes as no surprise that Heart To Break has already garnered over 5 million Spotify streams and received praise across the board, even from MTV’s TRL. Kim will be performing at the 2018 LA Pride Festival on June 9th, where she’ll be joining the likes of Kehlani, Tove Lo, Eve, Natalia Jimenez, Icona Pop, and Keri Hilson for one of the most diverse lineups in the festival’s history. Heart To Break is out, here.

March 12, 2018
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Even though I’ve already caught California crooner morgxn live before, I’m still superbly excited to catch him at SXSW this week. Perhaps he’ll perform his new song, a vibrant thrumming, dulcet sweeping alt pop single named ‘translucent’. I sure hope so. It’s an absolutely captivating piece from his debut album vital, which drops on May 18th via wxnderlost records / Hollywood Records. Rich and lavish ‘translucent’ is propelled not only by a driving beat, but by morgxn’s impassioned and smooth vocals, too.  About ‘translucent’, morgxn says: “it’s all a lie/dressed up in overdrive/choose your own paradise/it’s up to you.” There are plenty of chances to see him in Austin this week, but we’ll for sure be catching him at We Foudn New Music’s showcase on Thursday, March 15th at the Palm Door on Sixth at 10:30PM. 

March 11, 2018
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In a few short days, we’ll be making our annual pilgrimage to SXSW. One of our favorite acts that we caught last year in Austin was Adrian Galvin, better known as Brooklyn based alt project Yoke Lore. Turns out, he’ll be making his way back out to Austin this year, too! And he’ll be slinging some fine new music, too. Case in point, new single Fake You, lifted from his forthcoming EP Absolutes. The indie pop track explores the grey areas between black and white ideas, while building upon the lush, sonic palette of his past enthralling works. The multi-instrumentalist, dancer, and visual artist is back at it, stealing our hearts with his heartfelt anthems which are both ruminative and sweeping. “These songs all gravitate around the struggle between two sides of something,” Galvin explains. The opening track, “Fake You,” is about the difficulty of realizing your perception of someone doesn’t necessarily match who they really are. Maybe we’ll be lucky enough to hear more of Yoke Lore’s new music in Austin. One can hope. For now, you can re-visit some of his prior releases on Soundcloud, here.

March 7, 2018
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For all the years we’ve been following along with Monogem and the singer songwriter’s sultry burning pop, we’ve still yet to catch her live! Perhaps that will all change next week in Austin, where we’re hoping our schedule will allow us to groove out to Jen Hirsch and her Los Angeles based project. In the meantime, she gets us more than “high” with a welcome return to the new music scene.  Smoldering heater Get You High is her first single since her 2017 EP, 100%. Its muggy, steamy electro-soul and sweet vibey R&B pop leaves us flushed and fevered on this cool March morning. Monogem collaborated with friends like producer Ryan Levine (of WIldling) and co-writer Sydney Wayder (of CLARA-NOVA) on the lavish new jam. The single is out now via AWAL / Kobalt. You can find Get You High on iTunes, here.

The Music Bloggers Guide to SXSW 2018

March 1, 2018
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We’re pleased to have contributed to the #SXSW Music Bloggers Guide! Take a look and discover the next generation of talent performing SXSW in March.

Professed our love for Hatchie, No Vacation and SYML! So glad to partake in official Music Blogger’s Guide for SXSW again this year. Looking forward to an epic week of music in Austin! 

Click here to check out the guide: http://bloggersguide.sxsw.com/

You can go straight to our pieces below:

Hatchie: https://bloggersguide.sxsw.com/artists/hatchie/
No Vacation: https://bloggersguide.sxsw.com/artists/no-vacation/
SYML: https://bloggersguide.sxsw.com/artists/syml/

April 29, 2017

SXSW is a whirlwind week in Austin, and it’s jam packed with commitments, meetings, showcases to manage, and an endless list of immensely talented bands and musicians to catch. It’s simply impossible to do all the things you want to do, and still balance that with all the things you must do. As a result, I missed out on a lot of bands I adore, like Britain’s Blaenavon. Though I couldn’t take home with me a sure to be incredible experience of watching them perform, at least I get to enjoy the music video they shot in Texas while they were there. The trio pair their new Texan visuals with their song Lonely Side, a track from their acclaimed debut album That’s Your Lot. I can never resist the trio’s melodic lilting, sway inducing art rock. I sway and sway away yet again to their languid riffs and plump groovy bass. You can find links for streaming or purchasing Blaenavon’s debut album That’s Your Lot on their website, here.

March 11, 2017

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Brighton based ambient electronic five piece Phoria returns with a beautiful acoustic rendition of their song Melatonin, one of so many stand out tracks from their criminally underrated debut album Volition. The already introspective song takes on a new level of deep contemplation on Phoria’s spectral hovering recording. This “unplugged” version is a soft, gentle kiss, from which emits exquisite and moving sorrow. Despite my love of Volition, I’ve yet to see Phoria live, a sure to be transcendental experience I’ve had at the top of my to do list for a long time. Luckily, the British band will soon be making their way out to Austin for SXSW. I look forward to finally catching them at Fancy PR, The Burning Ear, and Vinyl Moon’s Double Dutch showcase on March 18th. Find out more about that stacked event, here. You can also stream Melatonin (Unplugged) via Soundcloud below. Debut album Volition is out on iTunes, here.

February 22, 2017

My list of albums to be wildly excited for this year has already grown to be a very long affair, and one album that holds a top spot on that list is Spoon’s Hot Thoughts, expected to arrive March 17th via Matador. That same week, they’ll also be curating and playing three nights of music at SXSW. I have a feeling people are going to be clamoring to get into these shows, and I’m hoping I’ll be able to make it in to one of those nights. For now, we get a new taste of Hot Thoughts via this new video and song, Can I Sit Next To You. The clip itself is rather eerie and unsettling, while the song is a plucky strutting, funky whirling art rock jam. Spoon can be as spooky as they want, they’re more than welcome to “sit next to me” any time they want. If you pre-order Hot Thoughts digitally, here, you’ll get the title track and Can I Sit Next To You as instant downloads.

April 14, 2016
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True story, I was at Hype Hotel in Austin for one of their daytime SXSW showcases, and I heard Estrons go on across the street at Fader Fort. I was so enthralled by the female fronted Welsh band’s passionately rocking that I rushed over and nearly trampled people over to make my way through to the stage. While their fiery intense music has reminded me of The Kills in the past, Estrons suddenly felt somewhat Savages like live, and I couldn’t fight the urge to see them and absorb some of their contagious energy. That alluring pull can certainly be felt on Estrons’ explosive new song, Drop, a grungy noise rock and post punk slasher. My only regret was that I wasn’t able to catch Estrons’ set in full, and I hope to do that someday soon. I’m excited for that day. 

March 14, 2016
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Whooooa, “Up” definitely perked me up in my chair. By the 36 second mark I was convinced this track is pure sexy. It’s intoxicating and grabs a hold of you. Literally sat through this ‘Up’ twice trying to find the right words, but I can’t. Just listen.