"...We also note an act from Shanghai (Tang Trio) and Sophie Villy of Tbilisi, Georgia, in the former Soviet Union. Reformed North Irish punk band Protex, which played SXSW 2014, returns...."
"...Gaga’s a 27-year-old dance banshee with leotard leggings and meat slabs for shoulder pads. Pay no mind to whether or not she’s good for music in 2014 and remember that she is music in 2014 – Macklemore, Lorde, and “Gangnam Style” wrapped into one..."
"...Seventies-style street rockers led by namesake singer/guitar-handler Orville Bateman Neely, who restaffed his band in 2014 and left the garage scene in the dust. Since then, the band’s released a pair of 4-star albums propelled by the almighty guitar riff and hardened with big-dick attitude..."
"...UPDATE: The first batch of SXSW 2014 Music Festival Wristbands have sold out. SXSW opened sales for the second batch of Music Festival Wristbands this morning at 10am..."
"...Idea fermenting for years, the band was born amidst a spirited 2014 World Cup run by la patria. Fútbol nationalism in the air, Sanchez enlisted his brother Daniel on drums, and Erick Bohorquez (from Houston with Bogotá roots) and Medellín native Andres Villegas, both on guitar..."
"...14, Swan Dive Patio, 10:20pm Since forming in 1994 behind Jason Reece and Conrad Keely, TOD proved remarkably consistent in generating concert chaos, crackerjack songwriting, and an explosive fusion of prog ambition and punk's middle-finger thrust. After living in Phnom Penh, Keely's return to Austin finds him and Reece working on a follow-up to 2014's IX..."
"...Wed. 15, Bungalow, 1am Launched by principals Jason Reece and Conrad Keely in mid-Nineties Austin, AYWKUBTTOD's incendiary post-punk destruction evolved into cinematic art rock on 2014's IX..."
"...SXSW 2014 Music Panels..."
"...March 15, 2014. 20 photos...."
"...The news marks year three in which the prestigious Moody acts as the designated space for SXSW’s truly huge names, beginning with Jay-Z and Bruce Springsteen in 2012 and shooting on through to Green Day last year. The difference in 2014 is that Apple will hold court for the entirety of the Music fest, whereas last year brought more diversity...."
"...Guitarist for that disbanded trio, Yonatan Gat returns to the conference with a similarly workhorse schedule. Gat launched a solo career with his 2014 Iberian Passage EP, then topped it with last year's Director LP, a cement mixer of spazz jazz, noise rock, and world music..."
"...14, Hotel Vegas Annex, 9:35pm "You're a feminist until I won't fuck you," scowls Eilidh McMillan in a thick Scottish accent. The Glasgow trio's been churning out fearless, no frills, sociopolitical punk since 2014..."
"...15, Stubb's, 9:20pm As production guru Nick Sanborn weaves beats, singer Amelia Meath brings the energy to this Durham, N.C., duo. Her crystalline voice, bowing on the pair's eponymous 2014 debut on Partisan, is entrancing in itself as folded into Sanborn's creations, but her dance moves make the live experience utterly charming..."
"...Jansen Fri. 17, Elephant Room, 1am Born in Cincinnati and based in Philadelphia, Jansen brings the oft-overlooked baritone saxophone back to prominence with the straightforward jazz found on his second LP, 2014's Ronin...."
"...Sour Notes 11pm, Cheer Up Charlies What began as a bedroom project for singer-songwriter Jared Boulanger has blossomed into a band of serious intent. The Austin quintet's fifth LP, 2014's Do What May, features a wall of sound and synths, yet never strays too far from its pure pop aspirations..."
"...On Tuesday, Kesha arrived at SXSW to discuss online bullying with Refinery29’s Chief Content Officer Amy Emmerich. Although she hasn’t released new material in several years, 30-year-old Kesha Rose Sebert (she removed the $ in 2014) has developed a massive fan base in that time – for both her music and her activism...."
"...2014 sophomore platter All or Nothin' broke out Nikki Lane as part of the new wrecking-ball crew razing the Nashville establishment. 2017 follow-up Highway Queen on New West paired the South Carolina native with producer Jonathan Tyler for a more rocking rebel twang. Red Shahan..."
"...Annabelle Chairlegs started in 2014, after Mackin moved from Santa Fe to Austin. She met Schweinberg that SXSW at her house show, and by late summer the band performed its first set – opening Holy Wave's European tour kickoff at Hotel Vegas..."
"...That lack of fullness, of variety of sound, caused a lot of the material to blend together, despite the set being made up of forthcoming material, picks from recent EPs, 2014’s LP Zentropy, and more. Recordings of “Young” and “O Contest Winner,” two new tracks relying heavily on synths, sound like a dramatic departure from Zentropy, but came out indistinguishable live..."
"...Opening Austin imprint Nile Mile Records’ showcase on Tuesday at Maggie Mae’s Gibson Room, the local songwriter looked like an appropriately disheveled blur of bad decisions himself, more like standing at the close of SXSW than its beginning. Yet the moment he struck the first chords of “Natatorium” from 2014 LP The State I’m In, Ballinger fell into place onstage, uncompromised and focused...."
"...Darkest Hour finally stormed the stage at 1am with “Knife in the Safe Room,” blistering opener off their brand-new disc, Godless Prophets & the Migrant Flora. The album eschews the metalcore contrivances of 2014’s self-titled effort in lieu of trademark melodic death metal...."
"...Before packing Empire Control Room, Capyac began at the hands of keyboardist Delwin Campbell in 2012. Meeting locally in high school jazz band, the duo got reacquainted after Peana attended Campbell's show and they began collaborating in 2014..."
"...The 41-year-old frontman teased both Blue Öyster Cult and “Born to Run” from the Boss, but The Things We Do naturally dominated via “Get Lost” and “Bar Art & Weirdo Ideas.” 2014 EP Who Would Ever Want Anything So Broken was also revisited by way of high-octane sucker punch “Filthy Luck.”..."
"...Animated, buoyant, drenched in color, the feminist punks from Seattle threw lit-up balloons into the audience and fit two songs about periods into their stage time. Their sunny rock & roll took tunes from 2014’s NVM and the forthcoming Lost Time, and covered subject matter including The X-Files, catcalling, teenage horse girls, and Internet trolls..."
"...March 14, 2014. 61 photos...."
"...March 13, 2014. 78 photos...."
"...March 13, 2014. 26 photos...."
"...Since 2011's Peace Meal, reveling in Wonderland's rough and raw Janis Joplin-esque howl and burn-down blues, she's lent her impeccable riffs to a number of albums, including the upcoming LP from the Stooges' James Williamson, Re-licked. 2014 promises a necessary live album..."
"...The latter might buckle under the weight of heavy beats from electronic and hip-hop artists. Alex Fleming, 19, brings haunting piano ballad "Paris" and 2014's sharply punctuated debut EP, Young Bloods, opening as Black Atlass..."
"...Variety foreshadowed the phenomenon with the article "For SXSW Music, Bigger Isn't Necessarily Better," in which music festival general manager James Minor revealed he's been focused on quality over quantity the last three years. And indeed the hysteria whipped up by SXSW has ebbed since 2014's overblown year of Lady Gaga equating Doritos dust with "bold" lifestyle choices, but last week played out especially manageable..."
"...Her harmonies and Shakey Graves' new fourpiece outfit move toward a Fifties country R&B sound cut with a modern roots sensibility. Though the sophomore disc still isn't due till late 2014, moving beyond the one-man-band will have been worth the wait...."