There are plenty of nostalgia acts rolling through Austin this summer. Ive already seen The Cure and Duran Duran, Depeche Mode, Tears for Fears and Peter Gabriel are still inbound. BUT, when announced, I knew I had to see Love and Rockets. It is a shorter reunion tour, the first in over twenty years. While they did have one set in 2008, things were fairly bleak that I would get to ever see the band live. Pretty rad.
David J, Daniel Ash and Kevin Haskins proved that their song catalog is every bit as fresh and relevant to a not quite sold out ACL Live. Opening was artist Vinsanto delivering an introspective collection of poems as songs.
Click through for a few thoughts and plenty of pics
Late last year, My Favorite released the Tender is the Nightshift EP, which featured the standout tune, “Blues for Planet X.” Little did we know that the artist behind the music had other ideas in plan, including a remix by Austin musician Holy Wire, as well as a getting to know you piece from both the artists. They reached out to ask us if we’d be inclined to share, and of course we jumped at the chance! So, if you’re looking for your everyday Bandcamp stream, you can jump right HERE. We’ve also got the great video for the tune streaming below too!
After the jump, you can check out the interview piece run by Michael Grace Jr and Alain Paradis! It’s filled with humor and insight into both artists and their work.
I find it strange that there’s so much complaining in the “industry” about SXSW. Sure, the payment issue is a real thing, and I stand with the artists on that issue, but that LARGE fact aside, it’s a pretty unique experience. Almost every performance feels more intimate than your average festival, and you get a chance to run into friends from all over the world who you might never otherwise see. Oh, and you never know when you’ll stumble into your new favorite band, so I call that a win! Anyways…here’s some photos and stuff after the jump!
Your friendly neighborhood ATH staff kicked off our SXSW yesterday with the recently reborn ATH vs. Side One Track One party at Hotel Vegas in East Austin. We had a packed house from the time doors opened until things closed down a little after 1am. Hopefully everyone stayed safe out there and got home without incident to start off the week on a high note.
After the jump you can find a few quick thoughts and photos from our team.
I loved listening to last year’s Thieves LP from Austin’s Alex Dupree, so I quickly penciled him in to catch at this year’s SXSW festival. But, seeing as Keeled Scales (his label) had already hipped us to his work, we wanted to make sure everyone else was aware, so we reached out with our set of questions and got some answers back.
Looks like the madness is already underway, so we wanted to be sure those in town this week got a nice peep at what’s in store for SXSW. Today we bring you a quick little interview with new Austin powerhouse, Daiistar. They’ve just recently gotten up and going, so we’re looking forward to hearing what they bring to the live setting.
Things have been quiet on the Cloudland Canyon front for the bette part of the decade, but I was really excited to see their name pop up on the SXSW artist list. Then, after reaching out, it was even better news to find they had a new LP in the works for later this year via Medical Records. So, take some time and Meet the SXSW Band!
Taleen Kali just dropped their record, Flower of Life, last week, so it makes sense they’re bringing those tunes into Austin for SXSW. We wanted to make sure that you got a chance to get to know Kali, so we reached out with our set of questions for Meet the SXSW Band. Give a look below to find out more about the artist as they roll into town.
Not much left for us to say at this point other than, are you ready for chaos, music, and fun? Hopefully you are, as the events of SXSW are mere days away at this point with tons of things going down this weekend. If you’ve been enjoying our interview sessions, this one is sure to be of interest as the French band You Said Strange really took some time and care with detailed and well thought responses. Great to see a perspective from a European band coming to the States and being exposed to our insane way of life. Hit the jump for deets.