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SXSW Music Live: Willie Nelson and Avett Brothers Fête Ray Benson
After the peak moment of Ray Benson’s 66th birthday party at GSD&M on Tuesday night, in which outlaw Buddha Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel’s frontman shared verses on “Pancho and Lefty” with the Avett Brothers accompanying, Nelson reflected the emotion of everyone in attendance when he locked eyes with the birthday boy and grinned ear-to-ear.

2:45PM Wed. Mar. 15, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

SXSW Music Live: Spoon Nite 1
By the time Tuesday evening’s line to get into the Main – rebranded Eno’s through Thursday in honor of its former incarnation as Emo’s and Spoon drummer Jim Eno – allowed entry, Austin’s Bright Light Social Hour were neck-deep in the lysergic emanations of the Beatles’ Tibetan Book of the Dead rewrite, “Tomorrow Never Knows.”

2:15PM Wed. Mar. 15, Tim Stegall Read More | Comment »

SXSW Music Live: Erykah Badu, Thievery Corp, Wu-Tang
On a night billed as a D.C. showcase, Chocolate City go-go legends Rare Essence set an awfully high bar for the bigger names that followed. With more than 15 members onstage, the 40-year vets delivered a master class on call-and-response syncopated funk jams with honorary member DJ Kool (“Let Me Clear My Throat”) serving as MC.

1:35PM Wed. Mar. 15, Thomas Fawcett Read More | Comment »

SXSW Music Live: Modern English
When Modern English began its set as de facto headliner of the Part Time Punks showcase on Tuesday night, it faced a packed house, including members of all the bands that performed before them. Fifteen minutes in, the Colchester, UK, quintet played to half outside at Barracuda.

1:10PM Wed. Mar. 15, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

SXSW Music Live: BBC Radio
The British Empire delivered swirling, psychedelic electronics, woozy hip-hop, and caustic punk via the BBC Radio Showcase at Latitude 30 on Tuesday night. First up, Sweat coalesced sparkling flourishes and hazy synths that ebb behind husked and earnest vox.

12:50PM Wed. Mar. 15, Alejandra Ramirez Read More | Comment »

SXSW Music Live: UK Grime
New hip-hop legend Kano and emerging star Little Simz come covered in UK grime, main attraction for a packed and ethnically diverse audience Tuesday night at the Main II, original home of Emo’s. The subgenre easily made its case as the not-so-distant future of rhymed word over beat.

12:25PM Wed. Mar. 15, Kahron Spearman Read More | Comment »

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SXSW Music Live: Stereogum Party
Not until late Tuesday did Empire Garage pack out with people flooding in for the late-night acts, bona fide indie gods Real Estate and noise-pop Sleigh Bells. The former delivered a slick set, while the latter proved all show and no substance. By then, the most dynamic sets of Stereogum’s showcase were hours old.

11:55AM Wed. Mar. 15, Libby Webster Read More | Comment »

SXSW Music Live: City of Austin Showcase
Credit bassist Scott Telles of Austin instrumental spellcasters My Education for knowing just how to fire up Maggie Mae’s rooftop crowd on Tuesday, the second night of SXSW’s music portion. “Can we turn the stage lights down? We’re nothing to look at.”

11:30AM Wed. Mar. 15, Bryan Rolli Read More | Comment »

SXSW Music Live: Kevin Morby
The back of the house at the Belmont on Tuesday night resembled Austin on a typical Friday: loud barflies with little to no attention span. From the middle of that throng, you’d have no idea a SXSW showcase was unfolding. A few yards up, down the stairs into the slightly lowered pit, Kevin Morby had the first few rows’ rapt attention.

11:00AM Wed. Mar. 15, Abby Johnston Read More | Comment »

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