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TGTF Guide to SXSW 2015: FLOODfest’s inaugural event in Austin

 
By on Thursday, 12th March 2015 at 11:00 am
 

This year marks the premiere of FLOODfest at SXSW, sponsored by Flood Magazine and personal media startup Lyve. The FLOODfest bill encompasses four daytime showcases and three action-packed night shows at the Cedar Street Courtyard, beginning on Wednesday the 18th of March and running through Saturday the 21st. Daytime showcases are open to the public with advance RSVP, but admission will be first come, first served based on venue capacity. Each day show will open with a smaller preliminary showcase from 11 AM to 1 PM before the main events begin. Evening shows will require official SXSW badges and wristbands for entry and promise to extend late into the night with big name crowd draws Spoon, Courtney Barnett and Run the Jewels.

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The Wednesday daytime showcase in particular is scheduled to include several acts of interest to TGTF fans. The lineup involves folk punk collective Skinny Lister (read our SXSW preview on them here), rock veteran Carl Barât and his new band the Jackals and populist troubadour Frank Turner, who is in Austin not only to perform his music, but also to serve as a Music Convention panelist and to promote his new memoir ‘The Road Beneath My Feet’ (after SXSW he will return to the UK to promote it on a book tour). The Wednesday night showcase will feature Massachusetts quartet Speedy Ortiz as well as Arcade Fire’s Win Butler, performing in his solo side project guise as DJ Windows 98.

Thursday’s highlights include Years & Years and the Ting Tings (read our SXSW preview on them here) during the day, with the Vaccines opening the activities for the nighttime show. The Friday afternoon showcase will wrap up with Best Coast, and the Friday evening show will feature a set by TGTF favourite and SXSW 2014 alumnus Until the Ribbon Breaks. The festivities will wind down on Saturday afternoon with a showcase of Warner Brothers Records artists including current American radio stars Big Data and Priory.

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The full lineup for FLOODfest at SXSW is listed below. However, as always, we recommend that you keep an eye on the FLOODfest Web site for updated information, as acts are subject to change.

Wednesday 18th March

11 AM – 1 PM Dutch Impact Showcase: Taymir, Sevdaliza, Jacco Gardner
1 PM – 6 PM INgrooves/XtraMile Showcase: Avid Dancer, Skinny Lister, Geographer, Carl Barât and the Jackals, Frank Turner
8 PM – 2 AM Taymir, Dotan, Basecamp, Speedy Ortiz, DJ Windows 98, Spoon

Thursday 19th March

11 AM – 1 PM Norway Showcase: Marit Larsen, Haust, Hanne Kolstø
1 PM – 6 PM Paradigm/ASCAP Showcase: Hippo Campus, Swimm, Tove Stryke, Years & Years, The Ting Tings
8 PM – 2 AM The Vaccines, Viet Cong, Metz, King Tuff, Courtney Barnett

Friday 20th March

11 AM – 1 PM Sweden Showcase: Amason, Indevotion, Good Harvest
1 PM – 6 PM Capitol Records Group Showcase: Son Real, BJ the Chicago Kid, James Davis, Seinabo Sey, Halsey, Best Coast
8 PM – 2 AM Mick Jenkins, Nosaj Thing, Until the Ribbon Breaks, Run the Jewels

Saturday 21st March

11 AM – 1 PM Volumen Showcase: The Brevet, Ejambre, Apolo
1 PM – 6 PM Warner Brothers Records Showcase: Dylan Gardner, Mystery Skulls, Priory, Greg Holden, Big Data, Twin Shadow

 

TGTF Guide to SXSW 2015: Australian artists showcasing at this year’s SXSW (H – T)

 
By on Thursday, 5th March 2015 at 11:00 am
 

Please note: all information we bring you about SXSW 2015 is to the best of our knowledge when it posts and bands scheduled to appear may be subject to change. To learn when your favourite band is playing in Austin, we recommend you first consult the official SXSW schedule, then stop by the band’s Facebook and official Web site for details of any non-official SXSW appearances.

Sounds Australia brings a veritable cornucopia by genre of acts to many major music festivals around the world during the year, including TGTF May UK festival favourites The Great Escape and Liverpool Sound City. Their Australian contingent always has a massive presence at SXSW, and this year is no exception. In addition to the annual, all-day Aussie BBQ advertised as the biggest Australian band showcase outside of Oz, it’s sure to be a good time with 25 of the hottest Australian acts performing at Brush Square Park on the Friday of this year’s festival. With much assistance from our Aussie friend NickiGirlStar, today we’ll be introducing the second half of our list of many of the bands coming from down under. (The first half can be found through here.) Whether you’re lucky enough to head out to Austin in 2 weeks or not, we hope you’re find a new act (or three) to fall in love with.

Hamish Anderson (Melbourne)
There are loads of singer/songwriters showcasing at SXSW, so how do you choose who to see? With his bluesy sensibility, Hamish Anderson appeals to your primal senses, the kind of person who prefers JD McPherson, the less pop side of the Black Keys, and back to basics Jack White. (Mary Chang)

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Jack Ladder and The Dreamlanders (Blue Mountains)
In Australia there is a famous band called You Am I with an equally famous lead singer of the name Tim Rogers, so it is no wonder that the lead singer for Jack Ladder and The Dreamlanders (who shares the name of Tim Rogers) goes by Jack Ladder professionally. The other unusual coincidence for Jack Ladder is that his smooth sublime baritone vocals can at times sound as if you are listening to Nick Cave, which is not a bad thing in my books (take a listen to the Jack Ladder and The Dreamlanders award-winning album ‘Hurtsville’).
The good news for American enthusiasts of Jack Ladder and The Dreamlanders is that their second album ‘Playmates’ (also featuring Sharon Van Etten on ‘Come On Back This Way’) is available in America this month. It came out in Australia in late 2014 and received good reviews. Jack Ladder’s distinctive vocals have been laid over the trademark synthesised disco beats of Dreamlander Donny Benet, a slight departure from the music that featured on “Hurtsville”.

Each of The Dreamlanders – Kirin J. Callinan (who released his own album ‘Embracism’ in 2013 on Terrible / XL), Laurence Pike (also of PVT) and Donny Benet – has his own career. You will get to see Kirin at SXSW doing his solo thing. As a whole, Jack Ladder and The Dreamlanders make some wonderful music and are well worth experiencing. I am sure you will be pulled in by the dreamy vocals and be swaying along to ‘Come on Back This Way’ and ‘Her Hands.

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Kirin J. Callinan (Sydney)
Kirin is one of those mesmerising or alienating artists. I have always thought his music would suit a David Lynch film and funnily enough, he will be one of the performers at a David Lynch film music retrospective at the Sydney Opera House in March 2015. He is championed by Brooklyn record label Terrible Records, formed in 2009 by Chris Taylor (Grizzly Bear) and Ethan Silverman. He supported Grizzly Bear when they out in Australia 2012 and he teamed up with the label to present “Terrible Love” at Sugar Mountain Festival in January 2015.

I always delight in Kirin’s raw avant-garde style of electronic rock performance. He has a lovely deep smooth rich voice and a cheeky smile and gleam in his eye for all. He loves to shock and be unpredictable. Go see Kirin for a little excitement and an out of the ordinary set as he is always a showman. He will be a busy boy at this year’s SXSW as he is a Dreamlander and will also be performing with Jack Ladder and the other Dreamlander boys.

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Lenka (Sydney)
The great thing about SXSW is the sheer fame spectrum of acts who will appear in Austin, from up-and-comers to established megastars. Lenka’s music has shown up on countless international advertising campaigns and in major motion pictures, but the proof is in the pudding: several of her songs like ‘The Show’ and ‘Everything at Once’ have seen the Aussie singer reach the top of the charts all over the world. Her fourth album ‘The Bright Side’ is expected this summer, and have a listen to poppy and incredibly sunny ‘Blue Skies’ (perfect for Austin!) from the new effort below. (Mary Chang)

The Love Junkies (Perth)
Lo-fi is a way of life in America and the UK these days, but I’m not entirely sure the genre is so insidious across Oz. Yet. The Love Junkies are yet another band who refuse to take themselves too seriously, and their slacker sound and ‘tude could easily fit in with the Californian sand and surf. (Mary Chang)

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Mansionair (Sydney)
I can’t help but notice that the list of Aussie acts taking to the stage at SXSW is mostly made up of conventional rock bands. Jack Froggatt, Lachlan Bostock, and Alex Nicholls are all multi-instrumentalists, which should clue you in on their band’s eclectic sound instrumentally. They’re a little ambient, a little indie and a little synthpop, while nowhere near anything from conventional electronic, and imagine Hayden Thorpe and his Kendal falsetto laid on top of that. Does that take your fancy?

They’re a remarkably new band: from my Googling, it appears they just started as a trio in January 2014, and they only have two official singles and an EP to their name, having signed last autumn to CHVRCHES’ own Goodbye Records. The numbers don’t lie: they already have over 10,000 followers on Facebook, so they must be doing something right. Maybe when they covered SXSW 2014 success story Future Islands during a triple j radio session in January, they were channeling them in the hope they could do as well in Austin. Personally, I prefer their single ‘Hold Me Down’, which you can watch them perform live below. (Mary Chang)

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Oxford and Co. (Sydney)
Back in the day, Justin Timberlake was called a triple threat – he knew how to act, sing and dance. Samuel Stephenson and Cameron Potts could have taken the easy route and gone for the bog standard folky singer/songwriter sound. But that would have been way too simple. Have a listen to ‘Sinner Baby’ from their self-titled EP released last summer, with its soulful vocal deliveries with an absolutely wonky rhythm. It shouldn’t work, yet it does. But just in case you’re more of a singer/songwriter purist, the rest of ‘Oxford and Co.’ is haunting in its beauty and true to the guitar-toting songwriters of history. (Mary Chang)

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Remi (Melbourne)
Hip hop artist Remi Kolawole may only be 23 years old, but he’s already won Best Independent Release for his critically acclaimed album ‘RAW X INFINITY’ at the Rolling Stone Australia Awards. The LP sees its American release in April, so SXSW gives him and collaborators Sensible J and Dutch the perfect timing for his American live debut in Austin.

Having sold out Australian headline tours and a support slot with Damon Albarn in Oz last year, even duetting onstage on the Gorillaz track ‘Clint Eastwood’ with Albarn. With America being the land of hip hop, Remi’s success stateside is a no brainer. (Mary Chang)

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SAFIA (Canberra)
Electronic producer trio SAFIA are probably more famous in the States at the moment for starting a beef with Ariana Grande’s people over similar looking music videos. Which is an utter shame because they’ve got their own chill sound and have already garnered accolades from Aussie radio station triple j, becoming their city’s winner and representive at annual music festival Grooving the Moo.

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San Cisco (Fremantle, Perth); read past TGTF coverage on San Cisco here
San Cisco are a band who pretty much don’t need an introduction on either a UK or a US music Web site. Chances are you’ve heard of them, having already played an array of UK music festivals, notably Reading 2013, where our John caught and was impressed by their early day set on the third day of festivities. Sunny indie pop your thing? Here you go. (Mary Chang)

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Steve Smyth (Newtown, Sydney)
Steve is one of those acts that everyone will be talking about. He has a trademark bushy beard, a heart of gold, is the freest of free spirits, and has an extreme amount of energy and enthusiasm. Steve can brighten any stage with his powerful haunting heartfelt vocals accompanied by his dynamic guitaring. I liken Steve’s charisma and presence on stage to that of Australia’s rock god Nick Cave. Although he is half the age of Mr Cave, Steve has experienced life to the full garnering praise from his performances on stages all over the world. In Australia, he has supported The Killers, Snow Patrol, Lanie Lane, and Angus and Julia Stone, as well as touring all over this land in his own right.

Steve is generous to his audience and mixes up his performances sometimes singing old bluegrass covers like ‘Sylvie’ to raucous foot-stomping ballads like “’Barbituate Cowboy and His Dark Horses’ and moving onto sweet heart-wrenching ballads such as ‘Written or Spoken’ from his second album ‘Exits’ released in September 2014.

You will be amazed and left in awe by Steve Smyth, as he is a consummate performer that gives all he has to each show whether it to be a whole stadium or just a small gathering. I believe you will be swept up in the magic of Steve Smyth just as much as I am.

Twerps (Melbourne)
First time I heard the jangly pop rock of Twerps, I fell in love with them. I think it was at a Laneway festival in Melbourne and from there I sought out their 2011 debut self-titled album that featured the classics ‘Dreamin’, ‘Through the Day’ and ‘Who Are You’. I was pretty late in coming to the Twerps party, as they are located in Melbourne and don’t play in Sydney that often. They formed in 2008 and have been really busy ever since in Australia and America (touring, SXSW, CMJ) and along the way have built up much respect from the punters and critics alike. They found a champion in BBC 6musics’s Marc Riley, who spread their 2012 single ‘Work It Out’ by playing it on his evening programme.

Their music touches my soul, it builds on the Australian sound and music psyche that was carved out in years gone by bands such as The Sunnyboys and The Go Betweens. At times, the beauty of the debut album brings tears to my eyes. In November 2014, I heard some of the new tracks from the 2015 album ‘Range Anxiety’ released in January, and am confident it’ll be another ripper LP. Check them out to discover what the revered Australian pop rock sound is like.

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Massive thanks to NickiGirlStar for her local insight and assisting with this two-part feature.

 

TGTF Guide to SXSW 2015: Australian artists showcasing at this year’s SXSW (A – G)

 
By on Wednesday, 4th March 2015 at 11:00 am
 

Please note: all information we bring you about SXSW 2015 is to the best of our knowledge when it posts and bands scheduled to appear may be subject to change. To learn when your favourite band is playing in Austin, we recommend you first consult the official SXSW schedule, then stop by the band’s Facebook and official Web site for details of any non-official SXSW appearances.

Sounds Australia brings a veritable cornucopia, by genre, of acts to many major music festivals around the world during the year, including TGTF May UK festival favourites The Great Escape and Liverpool Sound City. Their Australian contingent always has a massive presence at SXSW, and this year is no exception. In addition to the annual, all-day Aussie BBQ advertised as the biggest Australian band showcase outside of Oz, it’s sure to be a good time with 25 of the hottest Australian acts performing at Brush Square Park on the Friday of this year’s festival. With much assistance from our Aussie friend NickiGirlStar, today and tomorrow we’ll be introducing you to many of the bands coming from down under. Whether you’re lucky enough to head out to Austin in 2 weeks or not, we hope you’re find a new act (or three) to fall in love with.

Ball Park Music (Brisbane)
These five twenty somethings from Brisbane, Australia play sunny, upbeat indie pop rock tunes since 2008. Lead singer Sam Cromack has a charismatic presence on stage not unlike Jarvis Cocker of Pulp. Very much a party and dance sound.

I’ve seen them inspire thousands at Australia’s major festival Splendour in the Grass to sing and dance to their pop anthem ‘It’s Nice to Be Alive’. Their popularity keeps growing, and it is not unusual for even the larger Sydney venues to sell out when they come to town.

‘Puddinghead’ is their second and current album and was released in April 2014. It includes the disco track ‘She Only Loves Me When I’m There’, which made #19 on the triple j Hottest 100 listing in 2014; they also successfully nabbed spot #58 with “Everything is Shit Except My Friendship With You”. Go check them out if you want to brighten up your day and have a bit of a groove.

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Bloods (Sydney)
This three piece punk group – two girls doing the guitar/bass thing and a token male playing drums – like to yell, jump around and belt out their punchy tunes at a rapid rate. Their debut album “Work It Out” was released in 2014.

They have been on the scene since 2011. They’re a popular act at indie festivals and also score quite a few support spots for visiting overseas bands when they come to Oz. A highlight of theirs in 2014 was supporting ‘90s American punk outfit Veruca Salt, which I thought was a pretty good match musically. Another notable support slot was for the Dum Dum Girls. Lead singer Sweetie oozes swag and keeps the other two in line. I always enjoy seeing Bloods and taking in their infectious girl punk sound, and I hope you do too.

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Carmada (Sydney)
You know how Pendulum changed the game a couple years ago, being an Australian band and bringing their fresh take on drum ‘n’ bass? Pendulum may be no more but Carmada, the musical marriage of solo musician/producers L D R U and Yahtzel, are about to melt your face off with a refreshing blend of electro, soul and hip hop. (Mary Chang)

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The Church (Sydney)
Where do I start with The Church? They have been in my portfolio of sounds to love since I can remember. It was 1980 when The Church launched their goth rock at a gig in Sydney. Thirty years later, they have been inducted into the Australian Recording Artists Association (ARIA) Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame and have taken the wondrous 30-year anniversary tour “Future Past Perfect” around Australia and then to America in 2011.

In 2014 part of the band’s backbone, Marty Wilson-Piper, departed, with ex-lead guitarist and singer for Powderfinger Ian Hague coming onboard to fill the void. They also released their 25th studio album ‘Further/Deeper’ and were invited as the keynote speakers for Australia’s version of SXSW, BIGSOUND in Brisbane. In addition to SXSW, they’ll be touring America again this year.

The music of The Church is a mystical brand of goth rock that transports your mind to another plane. The emotion runs deep within the songs. Some of Australia’s classic rock songs have been penned by The Church, most notably ‘Under the Milky Way’, ‘The Unguarded Moment’, ‘Almost With You’ and ‘Metropolis’. Definitely go see The Church.

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Courtney Barnett (Melbourne); read past TGTF coverage on her here
Courtney Barnett has toured around the U.S. a bit and from what I hear, she’s had a good reception. I actually picked up her 2013 double EP ‘A Sea of Split Peas’ while on a mid-2014 California holiday; there it was all pride of place at Lou’s Records in Encinitas. There are so many great tracks on the double EP to get excited about: ‘Avant Gardener’, ‘Lance Jr’, ‘Scotty Says’ and ‘Out of the Woodwork’ that will have you singing and swaying and thinking why you haven’t already heard of Courtney Barnett. In addition, one of Courtney’s singles from 2014, ‘Pickles From the Jar’, won the #51 spot on the triple j Hottest 100.

I really enjoy Courtney’s work, her music and lyrics have a distinctive Australian flavour to them and she always comes across as she would be your bestie if you just happened to live next door to her. Courtney’s style is a mixture of shoegaze and jangly rock on the recordings, but she gets more worked up at a live show and really gets into the performance and rocks down with her band members Bones and Dave. I recommend you checking out her showcase at this year’s SXSW.

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The Delta Riggs (Melbourne)
These psych-rockers playfully known as ‘Le Riggs’ are no strangers to the USA, having played at Culture Collide and CMJ festivals in 2014. Their current persona is playful, especially witnessed in the filmclips for ‘The Record’s Flawed’ (think Sergeant Pepper-style pop art) and ‘Supersonic Casualties’ off their 2014 album ‘Dipz Zebazios’, which has been stirring up the punters and promoters alike. In early 2015 they will be supporting Foo Fighters across Australia and in the past have also supported Kasabian and Primal Scream.

Absolutely drop by The Delta Riggs’ set if you want to have a groove to some good rock beats and see a damn fine all star performance from the band and their superstar frontman Elliott Hammond, who has all the moves and energy and then some. I’ve been saying for years that Elliott is one of the best performers around, and it is most certainly time for him and his bandmates to shine.

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Demi Louise (Melbourne)
Let’s face it, the young female indie folk singer/songwriter genre is pretty crowded in the UK already, with Lucy Rose leading the pack. But Demi Louise might give all these ladies a run for their money this year at SXSW 2015. Check out the haunting ‘Ruins’ with its dextrous guitar work for further evidence.

Despite still being unsigned, the 21-year old Melbournian already has plenty of international experience under her belt. In 2014, she ditched the chance to perform on Aussie X Factor – although she had already passed the necessary auditions – to play at Liverpool Sound City, so she already has huge points in my book for wanting to spread her music the old fashioned way. She’s also opened for Gabrielle Aplin in England, as well as TGTF favourites Kodaline in their hometown of Dublin. (Mary Chang)

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Falls (Sydney); read our past coverage on Falls here
Acoustic folk duo Melinda and Simon hail from Sydney via Darwin (a far northwest tropical monsoonal city in Australia’s Northern Territory) who now live in Los Angeles after being signed to Universal in 2013. In Sydney they were the drawcard and brains behind Folk Club, where they performed every week for 5 years or more and also embraced other artists to perform on the bill to an appreciative audience that continued to build each week.

Folk Club helped the Sydney folk scene flourish. It was a magical time for all involved and we owe Falls a lot for being instrumental in this renaissance of Aussie folk music. Melinda and Simon were able to do achieve all of this because they were drop dead lyrically and musically good. It was always a joy to see them perform, the songs never lost their potency and continued to draw you week after week. It was not unusual for me to have tears in my eyes each Wednesday night as they performed their evocative songs such as ‘Home’, ‘Into the Fire’ and ‘Hollywood’.

Melinda has a lovely true full voice that will grab you by the heart and reminds me of another Australian folk singer, Judith Durham, who made such worldwide hits such as ‘Georgie Girl’ in the 1960s with her band The Seekers. I always felt that Melinda’s voice should also gain worldwide notice and am hoping this will turn out to be the case. Don’t miss seeing Falls, as they are a top-notch act worthy of attention and will appeal to all regardless of age and genre preference that some people may have.

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George Maple
Pop might be a bad word in some circles. But George Maple is trying to change that with minimalist electronic backdrops and her soulful voice singing about the not so pop topics of melancholy and sadness. With famous friends like Flume (on whose ‘Bring You Down’ she guested on) and Kwes, she’s already got incredible street cred. Oh, and by the way, George is a woman… (Mary Chang)

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The Gooch Palms (Newcastle)
Take a listen to ‘We Get By’ for proof that this girl drummer and boy guitarist like to shock as much as play a catchy punk rock tune. Energetic, raunchy, sometimes gross and in your face performances can be expected from this pair. Expect to get caught up in the moment by shaking your booty to their jaunty tunes. I would not be surprised if they have in mind some tricks of shock value level to dazzle their audiences at SXSW. Some of the international bands they have graced the stage with are the Thee Oh Sees, 5,6,7,8’s, Nobunny, Hunx and His Punx, Shannon and the Clams, and The King Khan and BBQ Show. I am sure you will find The Gooch Palms very likeable and the antidote to boring showcase performances.

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Stay tuned for part 2 of our coverage of Australian artists showcasing at SXSW 2015, which concludes tomorrow.

 

TGTF Guide to SXSW 2015: Artists from Ireland and Northern Ireland showcasing at this year’s SXSW

 
By on Tuesday, 3rd March 2015 at 11:15 am
 

Please note: all information we bring you about SXSW 2015 is to the best of our knowledge when it posts and bands scheduled to appear may be subject to change. To learn when your favourite band is playing in Austin, we recommend you first consult the official SXSW schedule, then stop by the band’s Facebook and official Web site for details of any non-official SXSW appearances.

Today’s installment of the TGTF Guide to SXSW 2015 previews showcasing bands from Ireland and Northern Ireland. This year’s acts are predominantly rock-oriented, with a few notable exceptions, including a pair of exceptional singer/songwriters and representation in the festival’s dance and avant garde/experimental categories as well.

All Tvvins (rock) – Dublin-based Conor Adams and Lar Kaye premiered their debut single ‘Thank You’ on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show back on the 10th of February. If you missed it, you can hear the relentless energy of the guitar and bass riffs under paired lyrical couplets building slowly to the climactic final lines “I may hate you, I thank you” in this live video recorded for Press Record Asylum Sessions.

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BP Fallon (rock) – BP Fallon released his first album ‘Still Legal’ in 2013 with backing band The Bandits. The album came after a lifelong career in the music business, including jobs as a disc jockey, photographer, writer, publicist and manager. Fallon has recently released a new LP ‘Live In Texas’, which includes the single ‘I’m Still Legal’, streaming below.

Buffalo Sunn (rock) – this quintet comprises Daniel Paxton, (songwriter, guitarist and lead vocalist), his brother Conor (bass and pedal steel), Patrick McHugh (guitar and backing vocals), Jimmy Cullen (keyboards and backing vocals) and Donagh O’Brien (drums). The group describe themselves on their Facebook page as “a cosmic reverb rock band”. Their album ‘By The Ocean By The Sea’ was released in Ireland last October, with subsequent release in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. In the surreal video for ‘By Your Side’, frontman Paxton confronts past, present and future versions of himself.

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Dott (rock) – the Galway garage pop quartet have recently premiered the video for last year’s featured single ‘Small Pony’ (watch it below). According to their Facebook page, they are currently working on their next studio recording, which will include a track called ‘Beautiful Face’. Perhaps a preview of that song will be on their set list in Austin next month. TGTF coverage from Dott’s appearance at SXSW 2014 can be found here.

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Fight Like Apes (pop) – this Dublin-based five-piece are best known for their quirky humour and verbose titles, for example, their last studio album ‘The Body of Christ and the Legs of Tina Turner’. SXSW organisers have filed them under “pop”, but I lean toward the heavier alt-rock label for their sound. Their Facebook page indicates they are planning to release details of an upcoming third album in the near future. In the meantime, have a listen to ‘Jenny Kelly’ below.

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Girl Band (punk) – as far as I can tell, there isn’t a single girl in this band, but so much for truth in advertising. Comprised of Dara Kiely, Daniel Fox, Alan Duggan and Adam Faulkner, this Dublin-based four-piece signed to Rough Trade Records back in December. Melding a hint of blues with their progressive post-punk, Girl Band looks like an upgrade from last year’s heavily-hyped quartet The Strypes.

[youtube]http://youtu.be/nqxe3NZKYL0[/youtube]

Go Wolf (pop) – Go Wolf will launch a new EP titled ‘Running’ just before their trip to Austin. The release launch will see the Belfast synth-pop quartet play a hometown show on the 6th of March, also featuring TGTF and SXSW alumnus Travis Is A Tourist. You can stream the uptempo title track from Go Wolf’s EP just below.

James Vincent McMorrow (singer/songwriter) – January 2014 saw the release of McMorrow’s album ‘Post Tropical’, which marked a very deliberate change in direction from his previous acoustic folk rock style. The video for the album’s smooth r&b-tinged single ‘Cavalier’ is the first in a three-part series about “the heartbreak of a boy in a small town”.

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Le Galaxie (dance) – the self-described “grids vs. guitars” quartet have recently signed to Universal Music Ireland and plan to release their next album ‘Le Club’ in April. Recent single ‘Carmen’, streaming below, features vocals by MayKay of the aforementioned Fight Like Apes.

Meltybrains? (avant/experimental) – according to their Facebook page, “Meltybrains? are a 5-piece, experimental, electronic band, based in Dublin, Ireland. Their sound is quite at odds with much of what is on offer from the music scene, yet takes its inspiration from hip-hop, IDM, rock and contemporary classical music, among other things.” Have a listen to their recent single ‘IV’ and judge for yourself.

[youtube]http://youtu.be/E2Dv9qPEGb8[/youtube]

More Than Conquerors (rock) – TGTF recently featured the video for More Than Conquerors’ upcoming single ‘Red’ as a Video of the Moment. The single itself is due for release on the 2nd of March, just as More Than Conquerors begin a brief UK headline tour ahead of their SXSW appearance.

Orla Gartland (pop) – this Dublin-based pop songstress first gained attention by posting videos of cover songs on YouTube. Gartland is currently unsigned to a record label, but her second EP ‘Lonely People’ is available digitally on iTunes and Amazon. In a nod to her humble YouTube beginnings, Gartland solicited fan-submitted clips for the EP’s title track video, which you can watch just below.

[youtube]http://youtu.be/FiKXjTUESPo[/youtube]

Protex (punk) – inspired by The Clash’s historic visit to Belfast in 1977, punk band Protex was originally active in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, splitting up in 1981 after releasing singles on Good Vibrations, Rough Trade, and Polydor. Original members Aidan Murtagh and David McMaster reformed the band in 2010 after a New York record label unearthed and re-released some of their old Polydor recordings. Protex’s current line up comprises Murtagh (guitar/vocals), Norman Boyd (guitar/backing vocals), John Rossi (bass/backing vocals) and Gordie Walker (drums).

SOAK (singer/songwriter) – Derry native and skateboard enthusiast Bridie Monds-Watson has already been featured as part of editor Mary’s preview of the SXSW 2015 BBC Introducing and PRS for Music Foundation showcase. SOAK’s first EP ‘Blud’ was released last year on Goodbye Records, but she has recently signed to Rough Trade for her first LP release, scheduled for later this year.

[youtube]http://youtu.be/EwmeF9aDy20[/youtube]

Walking On Cars (rock) – the Dingle indie pop quintet signed to Virgin EMI Records last year for the release of their EP ‘Hand In Hand’. They have a busy spring schedule ahead of them, including headline dates in Ireland and the UK in March prior to their trip to America for SXSW. Following is the video for their recent single ‘Always Be With You’.

[youtube]http://youtu.be/dzk9GPpfyv8[/youtube]

We here at TGTF will be bringing you even more preview coverage of SXSW 2015 in the coming weeks leading up to the big week in Austin in March. To catch up on any of our past reporting or if you want to keep an eye on our coverage as it continues, head this way.

 

TGTF Guide to SXSW 2015: Roundup of our coverage so far

 
By on Monday, 2nd March 2015 at 11:00 am
 

We here at TGTF have been busy little bees working on SXSW 2015 previews since November. Now that we’re in March, I started thinking that you fine readers may have missed a post (or three) along the way, and for those keen on picking up some new acts to follow and fanboy/girl over, you might need a way to have everything at your fingertips to help you choose who to see in Austin. As we’re getting down to the wire in the lead-up to SXSW (there’s only 2 weeks to go, yo!), this roundup will give a snapshot – albeit a pretty large one! – of all the SXSW showcasing artists we’ve featured over the last 4 months.

Over the next 2 weeks we’ll be bringing you even more SXSW previews, so keep it here at TGTF!

Bands to Watch previews of SXSW 2015 Artists (31):

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #311: Jessie Ware (England / UK – pop)

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #312: The Ting Tings (England / UK – electronic / pop)

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #313: SOPHIE (England / UK – electronic / pop)

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #314: Rainy Milo (England / UK – pop)

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #316: Rival Consoles (England / UK – electronic)

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #317: Mallory Knox (England / UK – rock)

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #318: Jay Prince (England / UK – hip hop / pop)

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #319: Charlotte OC (England / UK – pop)

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #320: Ibeyi (France – pop)

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #321: The Voyeurs (England / UK – rock)

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #322: Brolin (England / hip hop / pop)

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #323: Alvvays (Canada / pop / rock)

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #324: East India Youth (England / UK – electronic / pop)

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #325: Coasts (England / UK – pop / rock)

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #326: Fatherson (Scotland / UK – rock)

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #327: The Lonely Wild (US – folk / rock)

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #328: Reuben Hollebon (England / UK – folk)

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #329: B.Traits (England / UK – electronic / pop)

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #330: Modestep (England / UK – electronic / pop)

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #331: Pale Seas (England / UK – electronic / pop)

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #332: Howie Lee (China – electronic)

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #333: Vision Fortune (England / UK – experimental / rock)

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #334: The Pop Group (England / UK – punk / rock)

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #336: Bad Breeding (England / UK – punk / rock)

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #337: Dry the River (England / UK – rock)

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #338: beGun (Spain – electronic)

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #339: Rosie Lowe (England / UK – pop)

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #341: Gengahr (England / UK – rock)

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #342: Amason (Sweden – rock/pop)

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #343: Lust for Youth (Denmark – electronic / pop)

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #344: The People The Poet (Wales / UK – folk / rock / pop)

Quickfire Questions Featuring SXSW 2016 Artists (9):

(SXSW 2014 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #79: Mark McCausland of The Lost Brothers (Ireland)

(SXSW 2014 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #80: Jon Warren of Dry the River (England / UK)

(SXSW 2014 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #81: Lorna Thomas of Skinny Lister (England / UK)

(SXSW 2014 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #82: Jonny Allan of Happyness (England / UK)

(SXSW 2014 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #83: beGun (Spain)

(SXSW 2014 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #84: Jessi Williams of The Lonely Wild (US)

(SXSW 2014 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #85: Logan Kroeber of the Dodos (US)

(SXSW 2014 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #86: Orla Gartland (Ireland)

(SXSW 2014 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #87: Leon Spansword of The People The Poet (Wales / UK)

Album Reviews Featuring SXSW 2015 Artists (8):

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Album Review: Emmy the Great – S EP

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Album Review: The Dodos – Individ

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Album Review: The Districts – A Flourish and a Spoil

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Album Review: Dan Mangan + Blacksmith – Club Meds
(Carrie Clancy)

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Album Review: Ibeyi – Ibeyi

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Album Review: Carl Barat and the Jackals – Let It Reign

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Album Review: Public Service Broadcasting – The Race for Space

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Album Review: Rathborne – SOFT

Miscellaneous Features Starring SXSW 2014 Artists (21):

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Video of the Moment #1677: Carl Barat and the Jackals

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Video of the Moment #1702: Twin Shadow

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Live Review: Lewis Watson with Alicia Rae at U Street Music Hall, Washington DC – 14th November 2014 (Note: Lewis Watson has announced he won’t be showcasing at SXSW.)

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Live Gig Video: Skinny Lister reveal promo for ‘Trouble on Oxford Street’, filmed at London 100 Club

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Live Gig Video: Longfellow play acoustic versions of ‘Gabrielle’ and ‘Where I Belong’ for Ont’ Sofa (Note: Longfellow have announced they won’t be showcasing at SXSW.)

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Single Review: Laura Welsh – Ghosts

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Live Review: Alvvays with Moon King at Newcastle Think Tank – 23rd January 2015

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Live Gig Video: The Districts perform ‘Suburban Smell’ and ‘4th and Roebling’ for La Blogotheque

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Live Gig Video: Skinny Lister plays new track ‘This is War’ at Tokyo Shibuya Club Quattro

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Video of the Moment #1736: East India Youth

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Video of the Moment #1738: Carl Barat and the Jackals

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Video of the Moment #1739: The Dodos

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) MP3 of the Day #870: beGun

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Video of the Moment #1742: The Twilight Sad

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Video of the Moment #1743: SOAK

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Video of the Moment #1744: More Than Conquerors

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Video of the Moment #1745: Tei Shi

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Live Review: Emmy the Great with Louis Weeks at DC9, Washington DC – 17th February 2015

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Live Review: The Dodos with Springtime Carnivore at Club Congress, Tucson, AZ – 16th February 2015

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Video of the Moment #1752: Public Service Broadcasting

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Video of the Moment #1753 (and more!): The Cribs

 

TGTF Guide to SXSW 2015: BBC Introducing and PRS for Music Foundation announce their SXSW 2015 showcase, 18th March 2015

 
By on Thursday, 22nd January 2015 at 11:00 am
 

It’s been a great running tradition that the BBC has hosted a night at massive band showcasing festival South by Southwest in successive years, and in just under 55 days, the Beeb will be making waves with yet another esteemed appearance in Austin! Taking place on the evening of Wednesday, the 18th of March, at the home of the British Music Embassy for the week, Latitude 30 on San Jacinto Boulevard, the event will no doubt give unprecedented attention to the acts chosen to perform on the night, and we here at TGTF are really pleased we’ll be in Austin for the festivities.

Last night on his evening drivetime programme on 6music, Steve Lamacq welcomed his fellow BBC presenter Huw Stephens to announce the line-up for the BBC Introducing night at SXSW 2015, partnering this year with PRS for Music Foundation, who gives their never wavering support to up and coming UK artists and their developing careers. Who will Lammo and Huw be bringing with them to the big dance in Austin in March? Here’s a rundown, in alphabetical order:

Blossoms – Stockport has the distinction of being the birthplace of Delphic and Dutch Uncles (both via Marple). But in 2015, all eyes will be back on the Greater Manchester town and five-piece Blossoms, putting on the psychedelic mantle that became cool again after the success of Temples last year. Will they surpass the Kettering group’s success in Austin in 2014? We’ll have to wait and see. One thing’s for sure, their name should not lead you to assume they’re fragile Northern flowers: check out the swaggery cool of ‘Blow’.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJ5TjID7Hvg[/youtube]

Gengahr – there always seems to be contention on who will be the next great British guitar band. On the current list of hopefuls, London’s Gengahr certainly have their supporters. They aren’t the hit-you-over-the-head loud kind of obvious guitar band, preferring more thoughtful vocals and well thought out melodies that might bleed over to pop territory. Except they’re quite masterful on guitar: have a listen to ‘Powder’.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsXIEt5pG_I[/youtube]

Jack Garratt – in case you were concerned that the epic British beard would not be covered at this year’s SXSW, have a look at Jack Garratt and think again. But that’s beside the point. What’s far more important are Garratt’s piano playing and deep, soulful voice. One wonders if the Austin event could be his jumping off platform to superstardom as it was last year to Ireland’s Hozier.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOWWLytfmnU[/youtube]

Little Simz – it’s probably not a wise thing to ignore Islington’s Simbi Ajikawo. The rapper, who goes by the moniker Little Simz, had her debut EP ‘E.D.G.E’ exclusively premiered on Billboard last summer and has already been noticed by Jay-Z and his crew for her experimental style of rap. And just in case the music thing doesn’t work out, she has acting to fall back on as a vocation: you may remember Ajikawo as the character Meleka in a few episodes of E4’s Youngers.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCD67ve9G1c[/youtube]

SOAK – we’re not entirely sure why Derry teenager Bridie Monds-Watson goes by the stage name of SOAK. Her highly acclaimed EP in 2013 was titled ‘Sea Creatures’, so maybe she feels some kind of affinity to the sea and water? What we do know for sure: she’s got an achingly sweet voice, she recently signed to Rough Trade and her debut album for them is expected later this year. Stay tuned for more news on her in the coming months.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXL-SSnCoHo[/youtube]

Spring King – with a new promo video just uploaded to their YouTube channel 2 days before Huw Stephens’ big announcement, something tells you Manchester garage rockers Spring King are just raring to go to Austin. The aforementioned promo, for the song ‘Not Me, Not Now’, was filmed when the band were in New York City last October for the other biggie American emerging music festival CMJ. Will the prior experience playing for American audiences help them in Austin? We shall see.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBKL4AuvsAk[/youtube]

To read the official announcement from BBC Introducing, go here.

We here at TGTF will be bringing you even more preview coverage of SXSW 2015 in the coming weeks leading up to the big week in Austin in March. To catch up on any of our past reporting or if you want to keep an eye on our coverage as it continues, head this way.

 
 
 

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