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(SXSW 2013 flavoured!) Video of the Moment #1141: Peace

 
By on Friday, 1st March 2013 at 6:00 pm
 

The band that appears to be the populist hope for Britain’s next great guitar band, Birmingham’s Peace is gearing up to appear at SXSW 2013 in 2 weeks’ time, including an appearance at the Windish Agency’s showcase on Wednesday 13 March at Red 7 Patio at 9:30 PM and a set to close out the week’s events at the British Music Embassy’s SXSW home, Latitude 30, on Saturday 16 March (time TBA). (We featured the band in our rock, punk and metal chapter of the TGTF Guide to SXSW 2013 that published in January.) Below is the new video for ‘Follow Baby’, which will appear on the band’s debut album ‘In Love’, dropping on the 25th of March.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkUJXSvWiYE[/youtube]

 

(SXSW 2013 flavoured!) Video of the Moment #1140: Caitlin Rose

 
By on Thursday, 28th February 2013 at 6:00 pm
 

On Monday we posted Carrie’s review of Caitlin Rose‘s second album, ‘The Stand-In’. (Read it here.) We now have a new video from Rose to show you, for the album track ‘Only a Clown’.

She is in the middle of a short UK tour; the details of the tour are here. After that she will return to America for SXSW 2013; her official showcase will take place at Club De Ville on Friday 15 March at 8:00 PM. After that time, she will go out on a tour of the East Coast and Midwest.

 

SXSW 2013 Australian band tips from The AU Review

 
By on Thursday, 28th February 2013 at 11:00 am
 

We made friends with the lovely folks of the AU Review at SXSW 2012, so it seems only appropriate to ask their Head Photographer Johnny Au for his best tips for Australian acts not to miss at this year’s event. Check ’em out from the links below and where possible, we’ve linked to their SXSW 2013 features on the AU Review’s Web site and my live reviews from ARIA Week 2012 in Sydney. Thanks Johnny for your great tips!

Alpine – read part 1 of the AU Review’s From 360 to WIM: The Aussies at SXSW 2013 for more here

Ball Park Music

Emma Louise – read part 3 of the AU Review’s From 360 to Vaudeville Smash: The Aussies at SXSW 2013 for more here

Flume – read part 3 of the AU Review’s From 360 to Vaudeville Smash: The Aussies at SXSW 2013 for more here

Georgia Fair – read part 3 of the AU Review’s From 360 to Vaudeville Smash: The Aussies at SXSW 2013 for more here

Glass Towers – read part 4 of the AU Review’s From 360 to Yolanda Cool: The Aussies at SXSW 2013 for more here

Henry Wagons

Jack Carty – read part 5 of the AU Review’s From 360 to Yolanda Cool: The Aussies at SXSW 2013 for more here

Jackson Firebird – read part 5 of the AU Review’s From 360 to Yolanda Cool: The Aussies at SXSW 2013 for more here

Jonathan Boulet – read part 5 of the AU Review’s From 360 to Yolanda Cool: The Aussies at SXSW 2013 for more here

People of Letters

San Cisco – read my review of their support slot with the Vaccines in early February in Washington here

Seth Sentry

The Audreys – read part 1 of the AU Review’s From 360 to WIM: The Aussies at SXSW 2013 for more here

The Beards – read part 1 of the AU Review’s From 360 to WIM: The Aussies at SXSW 2013 for more here

The Falls – read part 3 of the AU Review’s From 360 to Vaudeville Smash: The Aussies at SXSW 2013 for more here; read my review of their performance at the MGM and SPA showcase during ARIA Week 2012 through here

The Rubens – read my review of their performance at the triplej unearthed showcase during ARIA Week 2012 in Sydney through here

The Trouble With Templeton – read my review of their performance at the MGM and SPA showcase during ARIA Week 2012 in Sydney through here

Vaudeville Smash

 

(SXSW 2013 flavoured!) MP3(s) of the Day #739: The 1975

 
By on Wednesday, 27th February 2013 at 10:00 am
 

I’m excited. The 1975 from Manchester are coming to my town 2 weeks after SXSW 2013. (We profiled them in the UK electronic acts chapter of the TGTF Guide to SXSW 2013.) When they are in Washington, they will be playing DC9, where Delphic made their local debut in 2010. Synthesiser band vs. synthesiser band…should be interesting if the 1975’s set will rival the Delphs’… But I digress…

The purpose of today’s MP3 of the Day post? The 1975 are giving away a collection of remixes based around their last EP ‘Sex’, which include previously revealed remixes by Ryan Hemsworth, Hackman and Andrea, plus two previously unheard remixes from Blue Sky Black Death and Plan. Listen to and download the Blue Sky Black Death remix for free below, and you can grab the whole load of remixes for free in exchange for your email address in the widget underneath.

Yesterday we showed you the new video for ‘Chocolate’, the lead song from ‘Music for Cars’, a new EP by the band out on Monday. Catch the 1975 at SXSW on Tuesday 12 March at 11 PM at the British Music Embassy’s home for the week, Latitude 30, and the ASCAP showcase at Red Eyed Fly on Wednesday 13 March, time TBA.

 

Live Review: The Last Bison with Bombadil at Sixth and I Synagogue Downstairs, Washington DC – 14th February 2013

 
By on Tuesday, 26th February 2013 at 2:00 pm
 

I knew exactly two things going into this gig. First, the Last Bison had asked us to cover a gig last autumn but I had to turn it down because I was already booked. And second, they were local-ish, from about three hours south of Washington DC in Chesapeake, VA. I left later that night from a sold out show feeling jubilant and looking forward to their album coming out next month.

Bombadil Washington live

Durham, North Carolina’s Bombadil opened the night for us looking like a cross between English school boys and matadors. They were fun, but the best word to describe them is clever. I have to admit that I would not sit at home listening to them, but I would eagerly spend another evening in the party like atmosphere of their live show. Reminiscent of They Might Be Giants, the lyrics were witty and the delivery was rapid fire.

Mid-set brought them out in the middle of the floor to sing a cappella a tune in the round that you would have mistaken for an old southern spiritual if you had missed the lyrics, “I’m laying this one down / I ain’t putting you on / Girl I’ll give you ‘til dawn / then you got to get to getting on”. A perfect example of their tunage came in the song ‘A Question’ which was dubbed their ‘Valentine’s song’ for the evening, lyrically all angular and awkward, yet endearingly strummed out on a ukulele.

The Last Bison Washington live

The members of the Last Bison, seven strong, are a part of a community that I happened to be involved with in my ‘other’ life. The Last Bison are siblings Ben and Annah Hardesty, their dad Dan, another sibling set of Andrew and Jay Benfante and friends Amos Housworth and Teresa Totheroh. Turns out they met as homeschoolers in southeastern Virginia. Since I also homeschool my kids, I actually knew people who were familiar with these kids as they grew into this fabulous band. Self-described as ‘mountain-top chamber music’, they further that image with old-timey garb and classic folk instruments like an antique organ and a mandolin. They kicked off their two month North American tour with us in Washington, DC on Valentine’s Day night.

This was an intensely synergistic set, with all the bits were well integrated and no musical element seemed to take the forefront. But it’s Ben Hardesty that really draws you in. A charismatic, amiable frontman, he spoke of backpacking across Europe, befriending a homeless man, and thrift store shopping. Being as this was Valentine’s night, the crowd was clamouring for a love song when suddenly a few notes of Taylor Swift’s ‘Love Story’ snuck out. The quite young crowd went wild. Chagrined that they didn’t have a love song of their own to play, Ben and his dad spent 90 seconds picking out chords and before you knew it, the band was full swing into the cover.

In a move that shows them to be true musicians, they all played a wonderful rendition of ‘Love Song’, complete with harmonies, gorgeous strings underneath and wild audience participation at the few moments when the words were flubbed. And the aforementioned homeless man, Milton? Ben had invited him to the gig, given him a sleeping bag and dedicated their most popular song ‘Switzerland’ to him. (You can hear and grab the song for free below.) A good portion of the crowd had been at that gig I missed a few months ago and he gratefully acknowledged their support. Although hipster-friendly, I got the feeling these guys were the real deal. By the way, Milton really did show up.

With the right effort, I can see this band going far. The wave of alt-folk/Americana music sweeping North America and Europe right now still has room for some fresh voices. With Mumford and Sons’ Grammy win this year, this trend is going nowhere. Folk fatigue may set in eventually, but I predict we still have years to come with this particular brand of music, and frankly, I like it. The Last Bison’s newest album will drop next month, on the 5th of March, on Universal Republic.

The Last Bison will be showcasing at this year’s SXSW; so far their official showcase has been announced to be on Tuesday 12 March at 12 AM at Blackheart.

The Last Bison Washington live 2

 

(SXSW 2013 flavoured!) In the Post #101: The 1975 reveal video for ‘Chocolate’, lead song from ‘Music for Cars’ EP

 
By on Tuesday, 26th February 2013 at 12:00 pm
 

Tipped for greatness by the Radio 1’s new music head honcho Huw Stephens and producers of the ‘Music for Cars’ EP available next Monday, the 4th of March, The 1975 have released the official video for ‘Chocolate’.

Starting with some lovely undulating guitars in almost the style of Bombay Bicycle Club on ‘Shuffle’, the song moves on to the quick-fire lyrics of Matthew Healy telling us the rather clichéd chat-up line, that “her hair smells like chocolate”. The jerky-riffs continue throughout to create a brilliant little pop song that’s almost impossible to shake out of your head. And why would you want to? The song has such an uplifting quality.

The video almost fits perfectly to the song as Healy repeats how they’re “dressed in black / head to toe”, as the entire band clad in black leather cruise around in, yes, a video shot entirely in black and white.

You can’t make this stuff up, really, can you?

8/10

‘Music for Cars’, the 1975’s next EP, will be out on Monday (the 4th of March) on Dirty Hit. Catch the band at SXSW on Tuesday 12 March at 11 PM at the British Music Embassy’s home for the week, Latitude 30, and the ASCAP showcase at Red Eyed Fly on Wednesday 13 March, time TBA.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfBKqaVk2Co[/youtube]

 
 
 

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