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SXSW Live Shot: Africa/Caribbean Night
Just outside the Palm Door, a steel drum band from Trinidad marched down Sixth Street in the rain Friday night. It proved the perfect prelude to a dual showcase that was “all about the waist,” as Congolese-British comedian/emcee Eddie Kadi put it.

10:35AM Sat. Mar. 21, Greg Beets Read More | Comment »

SXSW Live Shot: Madisen Ward & Mama Bear
This mother/son duo from Kansas City, Mo., couldn’t have asked for a more complimentary musical setting. The high pitched wooden ceilings of St. David’s Episcopal Church’s contemporary sanctuary provided excellent acoustics and a reverent atmosphere for the duo’s acoustic country-folk blues.

10:45AM Fri. Mar. 20, Greg Beets Read More | Comment »

SXSW Live Shot: Courtney Barnett/Stromae
Riding into SXSW on a wave of critical acclaim, Courtney Barnett translated the dynamic of dive bar-hatched indie rock to the big stage Wednesday night. Nonchalantly serving as her own guitar tech pre-show in front of a swelling crowd, she could’ve just as easily been getting ready to perform in a broom closet.

10:05AM Thu. Mar. 19, Greg Beets Read More | Comment »

SXSW Live Shot: Hitchhiker/Perfume
Safely cloistered inside a polygonal metal coat of armor, ace K-Pop producer/composer Hitchhiker made his live debut as a DJ Tuesday night. Curiosity was high in the wake of last year’s single, “11,” which has garnered over 2.3 million YouTube views with a bizarre, color-saturated video that brings to mind Tim and Eric with a Seoul pedigree.

12:25PM Wed. Mar. 18, Greg Beets Read More | Comment »

Fun Fun Fun Live Shot: The Bots
The only overt signifier of the Bots’ adolescent pedigree at their early Sunday show was matching white t-shirts festooned with crude line drawings of breasts. The L.A. duo consists of brothers Mikaiah Lei (guitar) and drummer Anaiah Lei, but the miracle of modern effects provides more thunder than their ranks indicate on last month’s debut, Pink Palms.

9:30AM Mon. Nov. 10, 2014, Greg Beets Read More | Comment »

Fun Fun Fun Live Shot: Gary Numan
Research on well-being in the U.S. indicates unhappiness peaks in a person’s 50s. Don’t fault UK legacy act Gary Numan for his embrace of onetime protégé Trent Reznor’s trappings on last year’s Splinter (Songs from a Broken Mind). His industrial catharsis proves a healthier choice than bottling it up.

9:35AM Sun. Nov. 9, 2014, Greg Beets Read More | Comment »

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Fun Fun Fun Live Shot: Jello Biafra & Guantanamo School of Medicine
Blue skies and agreeable temperatures did little to temper Jello Biafra’s vitriol Friday afternoon. His voluminous fount of hardcore polemics can’t be separated from the now historic emergence of Reaganism, but modern times continue to provide ample fodder for the template.

10:00AM Sat. Nov. 8, 2014, Greg Beets Read More | Comment »

Austin Psych Fest Live (Sunday): Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band
With Mikal Cronin still raging on the Reverberation Stage, the crowd in the Levitation Tent was surprisingly sparse when Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band kicked off. TV On the Radio vocalist Tunde Adebimpe was keen to start on time, an especially admirable trait for someone with a tableful of electronic effects in tow.

3:17PM Mon. May 5, 2014, Greg Beets Read More | Comment »

Austin Psych Fest Live (Saturday): Temples
“It’s really nice now that the sun’s gone down, I think,” said Temples vocalist/guitarist James Edward Bagshaw halfway through a solid Saturday night set. “It makes all the difference.”

1:50PM Sun. May 4, 2014, Greg Beets Read More | Comment »

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