Have A Nice Weekend With Breton

Breto - War Room StoriesOne of the acts I absolutely loved at SxSW two years ago was Breton. They recently released their latest album War Room Stories on iTunes and are coming back for this year’s conference.

The track I feature below is a poppy number. It is a tour bus collision of Foals and Friendly Fires. The rest of the album is kind of all over the place. You think you can dismiss a song as derivative or against your grain and then it has an odd break or goes a direction you may not have expected. It is a dance pop music mash up with an accent and I kind of dig it. Give it a stream here. “Got Well Soon” is quite brilliant, as well.

Show Pics: Best of Showcases @ SxSW 2012

So this is goodbye…

I officially declare SxSW 2012 done with this collection of pics pulled in from showcases. While this isn’t every band I saw, it is every band that I happened to enjoy seeing, other than the Night at the Belmont shots already posted. I still have trouble remembering what happened and when. Is it time to register for next year yet?

Click through and I will share a few thoughts and you will see shots of Solander, Django Django, Blondes, Class Actress, Howler, Blouse, Breton and more…

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BGray’s SxSW Reflection

I had my camera. I took almost 4,000 pictures. That seemed like a lot, but once I factored in the number of bands, the odd things that have to be documented, the friends gathering for shenanigans and the eight long days involved, it really wasn’t surprising. I haven’t done the final tally, but it would be fair to say that I saw part of a set from around seventy bands.

It is my turn to give a rundown on bests and worsts of The Conference. The many highs were tempered by very few lows. I chased that BUZZ that drives the relevant music fan. My summary will be a little different because I did the whole damn thing; twelve movies, several Interactive and film panels and of course all the music.

So, plenty on the movies, panels and bands and a flurry of pics to accompany all that 411 after the break…

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