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Best of SXSW: Best Stage Banter, Best Show, Best Repeats
Mental health practitioners have long noted a drastic change in handwriting as evidence of Multiple Personality Disorder. Looking at the back page of my notebook, where I log a semi-complete and oft-misspelled list of bands I see during South by Southwest, it’s clear that nine days of music fundamentally altered my brain.

11:55AM Tue. Mar. 19, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

SXSW Music Review: From the Hills With Love
“I’m just going to sing a bunch of songs that I wrote about living out here,” announced Israel Nash before launching into “Lucky Ones” in the headlining slot of his fourth annual From the Hills With Love Fest on Saturday. Hosting a couple hundred artists and neighbors on his Dripping Springs ranch, Nash provided a calming Hill Country close to SXSW.

11:55AM Mon. Mar. 18, Doug Freeman Read More | Comment »

SXSW Music News: Arthur Brown Cancels Performance After New Zealand Mosque Shooter Plays “Fire”
Arthur Brown has cancelled today’s performance at Waterloo Records out of respect for the victims of Friday’s attacks on two mosques in New Zealand. The gunman was heard on livestream blasting Brown’s song “Fire” in his car during his murderous rampage.

11:28AM Sun. Mar. 17, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

SXSW Music Review: Leyla McCalla
Three songs, three different instruments, no shoes. Leyla McCalla demonstrated her earthy musical prowess on Friday night, but ultimately impressed as a voice for the voiceless.

12:12PM Sat. Mar. 16, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

SXSW Music Review: Nicole Atkins/Erin Rae
“I wrote a song about how much modern Nashville country music sucks,” said Nicole Atkins before leading the crowd in a sing-along of “As Country Was,” John Paul White jumping onstage for the chorus. It proved an apt anthem for Single Lock Records’ Friday night showcase at Cooper’s BBQ, the Alabama imprint co-founded by White rostering a new Nashville sound.

11:55AM Sat. Mar. 16, Doug Freeman Read More | Comment »

SXSW Music Review: Bush Tetras
Johnny Rotten snarled to Rolling Stone in 1978 that the Sex Pistols were “a great dance band that’s out to destroy rock & roll.” Clearly, the man about to revert to John Lydon didn’t know Bush Tetras stood on the horizon.

11:35AM Sat. Mar. 16, Tim Stegall Read More | Comment »

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SXSW Music Review: Swervedriver
Never the most demonstrative band, Swervedriver’s stage moves consist of simply playing the instruments and singing the songs, trusting its powerful and peerless catalog of alternative rock gems to carry a show.

11:20AM Sat. Mar. 16, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

SXSW Music Review: The Beths
Auckland, New Zealand’s the Beths established themselves as a buzz band this year at SXSW, beginning with a bold, punchy, guitar-pop takedown at Mohawk on Monday night. By Friday’s 9pm slot at Rolling Stone’s Native Hostel Showcase, their mood had shifted.

11:10AM Sat. Mar. 16, Libby Webster Read More | Comment »

SXSW Music Review: MUSICOMEXP by Aurélie Ferrière
On Friday, in a seat-strewn theater, an elevator pitch projected onto a screen stationed centerstage. The short video prepped patrons shifting in the half-full Hideout for Aurélie Ferrière’s high seas voyage aboard the Fleur de Passion, a sailboat out on a four-year cruise to sonically map our oceans.

10:50AM Sat. Mar. 16, Rick Weaver Read More | Comment »

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