Well, the madness that is SXSW has officially begun, but just before we sign off for a few days officially, we’ve still got some awesome acts we want you to pay attention to as you finalize those plans for the week. Here’s some interview answers from Canadian group Library Voices, who released a great album, Summer of Lust, last year. Read on for the group’s responses…. Read more
Michael Italia’s probably not a household name, not just yet. With that in mind, 2012 seems perfect for his project, Young Magic, to break through to the masses, as he’s already gotten a lot of attention from the press. We were fortunate to catch up with him before he headed to SXSW to get a brief glimpse inside his mind. You can check out his SXSW dates after the interview. Thanks again to Gloria for setting things up! Read more
I’ve always been a big fan of Jonquil. At times their music is pop with dance inducing rhythms, but then they can just be more of a straight up rock n roll band. Either way, I find myself listening to the band when looking for something unique to pass the time. Band member Robin McDiarmid took some time to answer our SXSW questions and his answers can be found after the jump.
Last year we brought you lots of news about Parlovr, one of Montreal’s hottest act. It looks like 2012 is going to give us more of the same; the band is set to release another album, Kook Soul, on Dine Alone Records on May 15th of this year. What I like about our first listen to the new music is the lack of immediacy in the following song. It’s not hitting you over the head, but instead, the band builds their sound slowly, erupting from time to time with spirited pop moments. It’s a slight change in direction, but one you’ll surely love if you just take the time to stream the track below.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/06-You-Only-Want-It-Cause-Youre-Lonely.mp3]
Continuing on with our SXSW, today we have DJ-trip hop dupo Javelin answering our round of questions. The cousins, who hail from Brooklyn, are well known for working hard during the festival and always getting a dance party started. After the jump, you find interview questions from Tom van Buskirk of Javelin.
So many interviews have gone down over the last few days, and this one here is for the continuously rising star, Oberhofer. For me, this is definitely one of the acts you’ve got to pay attention to this year; they’re definitely on my must see list! Here’s their answers to our questions, which, of course, has them missing their cats. Read on for the responses… Read more
Unicycle Loves You is a band that I discovered earlier this year and have been really digging ever since. Their music creates this fun pop sense that tends to make you nod your head and smile along to the music. Band member Nikki V was kind enough to answer our tough SXSW questions prior to the festival and her answers can be found after the jump. We hope you enjoy.
To be perfectly honest, I didn’t know much about Canada based Young Empires prior to sending off these interview questions. While doing a little bit of research on the group, I found myself jamming to their brand of new wave/dance music similar to The Rapture or even Cut Copy. It’s now always my thing, but SXSW can definitely bring out the inner dance child inside. After the jump you can find interview questions from Jacob Palahnuk, bass player for the band.
As we continue our SXSW coverage, we’re bringing to you a group that sadly gets lumped in with psychedelic rock, not that we don’t like that style, but Prince Rama is so much more than that. They’re a whole lot more experimental, combinging elements of Eastern world music, creating an atypical sound from the get-go. They played a great show in Austin earlier this year with Gang Gang Dance, so we expect another great performance. Oh, and apparently cats are the loneliest thing if their owned by touring bands. Read more
Three weeks ago we brought you a country-ish number from Juston Stens, the former member of Dr. Dog, but this new track is something quite different. There’s an almost jagged element, giving a little spring to your step, but through it all, you can still see the folk-ish routes of Stens and his past. My ears hear a little bit of an homage to Okkervil River, but perhaps that’s just wishful thinking. Regardless, if he’s writing songs like this, it doesn’t seem like he made a bad move in stepping out to go solo. His album Trash or Treasure can be found in stores now, and if you’re in Austin, you can catch him playing several sets as part of the SXSW festivities.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/01-1.-When-Fire-Burns-Out.mp3]
Download:Juston Stens – When Fire Burns Out [MP3]