Category Archives: SXSW

SXSW: Bob Mould debuts hard-hitting ‘Beauty & Ruin’

Hüsker Dü and Sugar frontman Bob Mould began his set with the familiar before bringing us the new stuff. His set Thursday night at the Merge Records showcase began with three songs from his last album, “Silver Age.” Mould ripped … Continue reading

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SXSW: Photos of Day 2

Check out a load of photos from the second big day of SXSW including a lot from the Merge Records showcase.

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SXSW: Damon Albarn plays Blur, Gorillaz, solo material in atmospheric set

We got some Blur. We got some Gorillaz. We got some Damon Albarn. But we didn’t get much we knew well. After an hour tear down and set up after St. Vincent (an inexcusable amount of time), Albarn’s solo set … Continue reading

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SXSW: St. Vincent makes it weird, blows away huge crowd

From the moment St. Vincent came onstage last night, she had us. It was the most interesting rock show I’ve ever seen. White hair, pale skin, a white dress and lights illuminating her every move, the singer/guitarist born Annie Clark … Continue reading

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SXSW: Photos from Day 1

Wednesday offered some cool visuals. Check out all my photos from the first big day at SXSW.

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SXSW: The Hold Steady rocks old and new at IFC

Craig Finn didn’t pick up a guitar during The Hold Steady’s entire set Wednesday afternoon at the IFC Fairgrounds. Usually he at least has one slung over his shoulders even if lead guitarist Tad Kubler is doing all the heavy … Continue reading

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SXSW: Dum Dum Girls amp up at Austin

All in black, the Dum Dum Girls walked through the packed crowd at the Mohawk’s patio and climbed up onstage. It was an unceremonious entrance for a group of women clad in tight black dresses that were about to plug … Continue reading

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SXSW: Charli XCX might be the next pop singer to invade your radio

I could see Charli XCX becoming the next big female pop star. And I hope it happens. It’s about time for popular music to swing back toward something with an edge, and Charli XCX could be the one to do … Continue reading

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SXSW: Ex Hex wins new fans at Waterloo

  Get in on Ex Hex now. The all-female reverb rock trio are poised to do big things. I can already tell. With Wild Flag’s Mary Timony on guitar and vocals, the Fire Tapes’ Betsy Wright on bass and vocals … Continue reading

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SXSW: Tokyo Police Club closes night out with new songs

A long line into the Hype Hotel made me think I was going to have to call it early and see Tokyo Police Club later this week. But lucky me, I was able to get in and see the Canadian … Continue reading

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