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(SXSW 2013 flavoured!) Video of the Moment #1151: Fear of Men

By on Monday, 11th March 2013 at 6:00 pm

Brighton band Fear of Men are in Austin this week for SXSW, and they’ve got a new video for ‘Seer’ just in time. Watch it below and if you’re in town for SXSW, you can catch them at the appearances listed under the video.


SXSW 2013 appearances:
Tue. 3/12 – 2:45pm, Terrobird Media @ Red 7 (inside)

Wed. 3/13 – 1pm, Gorilla vs. Bear @ Hype Hotel

Thurs. 3/14 – 3pm, Music For Listeners @ Flattop Burger Shop

Thurs. 3/14 – Time TBA, SexBeat @ Cheer Up Charlies

Thurs. 3/14 – 9pm, Kanine Records @ Valhalla

Fri. 3/15 – 3pm, SXSW Instore Event @ End of An Ear

Sat. 3/16 – 3:15pm, Flower Booking @ House of Vans

Sat 3/16 – 1pm, British Embassy at SXSW Presents @ Latitude 30


(SXSW 2013 flavoured!) Video of the Moment #1148: Willy Moon

By on Wednesday, 6th March 2013 at 6:00 pm

Willy Moon‘s current single ‘My Girl’ now has a new video, just in time for his first showcasing at SXSW 2013 next week. Moon looks edgier in this video, which is being released ahead of his debut album ‘Here’s Willy Moon’ out on the 8th of April on Island Records. Watch it below.



(SXSW 2013 flavoured!) MP3 of the Day (and more!) #743: Scanners

By on Wednesday, 6th March 2013 at 10:00 am

Scanners will be making a couple high-profile appearances at SXSW next week, so it’s perfect timing that the four-piece are offering up their track ‘Control’ from their new EP ‘Mexico’, out this week on Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak label. Grab it below. Also below is the video for title track ‘Mexico’, as well as a list of all their SXSW appearances below for your convenience.


SXSW 2013 appearances:
Wednesday 13th March – Dim Mak Showcase, 418 E. 6th Str, time TBA
Thursday 14th March – Soho Lounge, 217 E. 6th Street, 10 PM
Saturday 16th March – Beautiful Buzz / Deli Radio, Brew Exchange, 706 E. 6th Street, 6:50 PM


TGTF Guide to SXSW 2013: A Punter’s Survival Kit

By on Monday, 4th March 2013 at 11:00 am

Having the benefit of my last year’s experience attending SXSW 2012 and knowing several of my British music industry friends will be event virgins this year, I thought it would be useful to provide a list of items that no SXSW punter should be without. These are things that you might have already considered bringing…and some things that you might not have considered at all.

1. Comfortable walking shoes. I’m mainly talking to you women who want to wear ‘cute’ sandals to show off for your pedicure and heels to show off your legs. Forget it. Seriously. It’s not worth it. After spending 5 days in agony last year wearing what I thought to be decent walking shoes (evidently they weren’t), I’m spending the majority, if not all of my time, in Austin wearing comfy New Balance trainers. It also helps if you…

2. Travel light. I know, not really an item, but I learned the hard way at SXSW 2012 that carrying loads of things on your shoulders will lead to bag handle burn on your skin. Not really sure how I’m going to get around this, since I need to bring a voice recorder, several cameras and a notebook with me, but just something to keep in mind. Now back to things you should be carrying…

3. Suncream of SPF 40 or above. Bring it and use it! Do not underestimate the power of the sun in Austin if you out and about during daylight hours. If you are particularly sensitive to the sun and prone to sunburn like yours truly, I also recommend…

4. A collapsible, wide-brimmed sun hat or small umbrella. Also handy in case a magazine decides to photograph a crowd, as you’ll be easily identifiable by your mates. While we’re on the subject of the heat, something else that might come in handy…

5. A small towel or disposable facial cloths. Being able to wipe off a sweaty, gross brow with something clean is a luxury you won’t believe and just a little bit of freshening up goes a long way to making yourself feel that much more sprightly.

6. Cash. Saves times waiting in ATM / cash point lines, and certainly saves time if all you want is one drink from a bar or club and can hand over something physical to a bartender to get immediate change back. Also handy if and when you need to hail a pedicab or taxi to get to a venue quickly. That said, it is also useful to carry…

7. Plastic, aka credit cards. If your intention is to stay in one bar or club all night and get entirely pissed at said place, then start a tab. Of course, if you want to do SXSW on the cheap, I advise bringing…

8. A small, empty water bottle that you can refill at public fountains, restaurants, bars, etc. Do note that if you plan to bring bottled water, some establishments will confiscate any bottles with liquid in them or force you to empty the contents of them before entering their venue. And from liquids we go to technology and…

9. Your phone’s charger, and if possible, a small power strip. The former is in case your phone decides to die on you, because as we all know, phones always die on us when we need them the most. The latter will allow you to share those ever so rare during SXSW unused power sockets and make friendships that will last forever. For my recent trip to Australia, I bought a power strip with USB ports and a swiveling head and plan to bring this round with me at SXSW to come to the aid of fellow punters. Another option if you’re feeling flush with cash, this year you can rent a Mobile Locker for US$20 a day, which affords you a secure and convenient way for you to charge your mobile and iPad, as well as store items such as clothes and luggage.

Have I missed anything? Let us know in the comments!


(SXSW 2013 flavoured!) MP3 of the Day #741: China Rats

By on Monday, 4th March 2013 at 10:00 am

We previewed Leeds lads China Rats in the rock / metal / punk UK bands chapter of the TGTF Guide to SXSW 2013. Now they’re like to offer you something free for the taking: ‘Nip It in the Bud’, a track produced last November with London producer Hugh Worskett (Delphic, I Dream in Colour, Katie Sutherland). Listen to and grab it for your own in the Soundcloud widget below. Their press folks sent me the below list of places and times when you can catch them live at SXSW 2013:

Thursday 14 March: Beautiful Buzzz Party @ The Brew Exchange (706 W 6th) @ 3:30pm
Thursday 14 March: British Music Embassy @ Latitude 30 (512 San Jacinto) @ 5:30pm
Friday 15 March: British Music Embassy @ Latitude 30 (512 San Jacinto) @ 10pm


Preview: SXSW 2013 – General Ticket Information and the Headliners

By on Monday, 4th March 2013 at 9:00 am

South by Southwest 2013 is almost upon us (like next week!), and at TGTF towers we are honing our scoop sniffing skills, polishing our camera lenses and preparing ourselves for a glut of musical goodness. So who can you catch in Austin that you haven’t seen paraded in front of you on MTV and the BBC? Well, probably no-one, but I’m going to point you in the direction of one of the shows I for one, would not be missing. (And best of all, it’s absolutely free – along 2 other nights of outdoor music goodness.)

That is of course, The Flaming Lips‘ Auditorium Shores show on Friday, the 15th of March. Drawing from a back catalogue of (deep breath please):

  • ‘Hear It Is’ (1986)
  • ‘Oh My Gawd!!!…The Flaming Lips’ (1987)
  • ‘Telepathic Surgery’ (1989)
  • ‘In a Priest Driven Ambulance (with Silver Sunshine Stares)’ (1990)
  • ‘Hit to Death in the Future Head’ (1992)
  • ‘Transmissions from the Satellite Heart’ (1993)
  • ‘Clouds Taste Metallic’ (1995)
  • ‘Zaireeka’ (1997)
  • ‘The Soft Bulletin’ (1999)
  • ‘Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots’ (2002)
  • ‘At War with the Mystics’ (2006)
  • ‘Embryonic’ (2009)
  • ‘The Terror’ (2013)

Yes, they have that many albums in their backpocket,s ready to unleash a cornucopia of funkadelic sounds at you. So the question before you go and see this show is, could you bear a medley of Wayne Coyne’s latest album, or will you hit and hope for a collection of Flaming Lips singles, from ‘Do You Realise?’ to the mind bending ‘Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots’?

The audience may not be big enough for Coyne’s signature zorbing trick, but hey, would you put it past him pulling the trick out in Austin, Texas?

Get ready to carry the man, that’s all I would say! He is getting on.

But while the band are growing senior (at least compared to the majority of acts showcasing this year at SXSW), their live performances have not suffered in the slightest, and they remain a festival of the weird, the bizarre and the downright whimsical. So take a night off from the un-established and just rock out to one of the most challenging/rewarding bands of the last two decades. Read more about the 3 nights of free shows at Auditorium Shores here.

For your information, tickets to the music portion of SXSW from Tuesday the 12th of March all the way to Sunday the 17th of March are still available; music badges are now US$750 (approximately £499 at the time of this writing) but the walk-up rate increases to US$795 the week of the festival (approximately £529) and hotel rooms are going fast, so if you are still interested, we recommend you act quickly. Please note TGTF as a music Web site does not support ticket touting of any kind and we have been advised by the SXSW folks that wristbands for the gig portion only, which can only be bought by those with an Austin credit card billing address, are not transferable. So be prudent with your purchases to avoid getting ripped off.


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