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Team Me FTW

Posted by xneverwherex on March 24, 2014

Friday March 14
SXSW
Austin, Texas

Friday began with a plan. Too bad I cant read schedules and the Friday schedule I wanted to see was really happening on Saturday. I ended up catching the tail end of Neulore and I really enjoyed their sound. I was bummed I didnt catch more of their set, but I was intrigued and will catch them some other time.

Team Me

Team Me

Then it was off to Maggie Mae’s which was PACKED!! The first band The Soil & The Sun which had a folk-rock sound were quite good, but the sound was so bad it really didnt help. I lasted about 20 mins before taking off to (hopefully) catch Jungle. On the way – I met some guys who were working for Vans/Mohawk (should have taken advantage of it) at some random stage. We were all yelling at the band to figure out who they were. The 2 people on the stage rocked — really great voice, really amazing guitars, the female had some kick ass moves. After a bit of yelling, we found out they were called Schisms. Finally it was off to Vans – Mohawk. I arrived to find a line down the block, up a hill, around a corner (and that included badge holders). So again – I would have to miss Jungle and a bunch of other bands. Story of my life with a lot of the day showcases.

So it was back to the beginning (ie Maggie Maes) — with a quick stop to listen to a really great indie/70s band who had some great songs. The band was so catchy and their sound filled the air. Really punchy guitars, soaring vocals — the band was Temples. OMG. They sounded even better than when I saw them and they were playing even catchier songs. I was standing outside Stubbs — which was impossible to get into (I think Lady Gaga or someone else of that caliber would be there). It worked for me, Stubbs sounds way better outside.

So then I just wandered 6th street and started hearing really great bands. Some guys invited me into a showcase at Trinity Hall (Old School Bar) and damn — it was quite the showcase. I couldnt see everyone, but I wished I could have. I was able to catch another set from Terraplane Sun — still sounding as excellent as before. Same catchy songs – but the guys seemed a little subdued (perhaps the crowd). Music was still as awesome as ever and a few of us were dancing.

Hey Moonshaker

Hey Moonshaker

Then was able to catch about 20 mins of Hey Moonshaker. I wished I had seen longer because these guys were great. The 2 guys had a brotherly love for each other and they talked so nicely about each other. One of them had mad skills with his beatboxing. He had the entire small bar on their feet, making a circle around him. The other guy was great on guitar adding a blues sound to it all. The blend was smooth and they were exciting to watch. 20 mins was way too short and I knew that I needed more.

The next band I had heard so many good things about I was beyond excited for. Although it was back to Maggie Mae’s and that I was worried about. The place was packed (even moreso), but I was somehow able to squeeze in towards the front. I was beyond glad that I did. The band was Team Me from Norway. I had met one of the guys in the band earlier in the day and he was cheerful and friendly. The band had to be the cutest bunch of kids with the young guys in headbands dancing around. The whole band seemed to always be dancing — while playing the keyboards, guitars whatever. They were the HAPPIEST band ever! They also played the cheeriest, sunniest pop music ever!! It was impossible not to enjoy the set and everyone was dancing and clapping. The band ended the set with bringing their instruments and mics into the crowd and singing from deep inside the center of the crowd. Others were playing their instruments, singing with them. It was just pure fun and it couldnt have been a better set!

Mumiy Troll

Mumiy Troll

So I was off — a really great band — what would be next. Mumiy Troll from Russia. The band was quite possibly the best band ive seen here. Funk meets glam with rock. Lead singer Ilya is awesome. He works the stage wearing his black jeans covered with a hula grass skirt. He danced around, played the keyboards, he worked it up a storm. The band entertained and were easily one of the best I had seen.

After that — while I probably could have found more great bands, I opted to check out Gruff’s film ‘American Interior’. I love everything about him and loved the film no less – which retraces the fantastical adventure of his 18th Century relative, the Welsh explorer John Evans. The people Gruff encounters along the way are pretty cool and is a nice look at the other parts of America. Its worth seeing if youre at all interested in history or just love Gruff.

From Wales it was off to Scotland to see the lovely ladies of the Cairn String Quartet. The 4some were quite magical with 3 of them playing violin and the lone cellist. The band performed current beats to classical pieces and just sounded lovely. They had some great song choices with one of Lorde’s song which was easily recognizable and also played from some Scottish artists. They really had a complete range of styles and the crowd just loved them. They ended the set by playing a song from one of the more popular Scottish bands – Franz Ferdinand – and had an awesome rendition of ‘Take Me Out’. The women seemed so excited to be playing and informed us their next set would be very different as they change it up depending on the venue. I would love to see them again sometime and hopefully they will be doing a full tour.

FMLYBND, from Isla Vista (home of UCSB), is a band I was beyond excited to see. Im pretty local to my SB bands and so much wanted to like them. The club was one of those places Id never be caught dead in – offering shots to those on the street and just seemed the total club to be seen. The band, had some major issues, and couldnt seem to get their instruments set up. It took about 40 mins (almost their entire set) before they were even read to play. By that time, their set should have been over. I caught 2 songs and the band sadly just seemed so much more interested in themselves than actually playing anything remotely good. It was somewhat dance-y with lots of guitars and keyboards, but overall just forgettable.

Mas Ysa

Mas Ysa

The only thing that I was happy about, is that I left when I did. I had really been wanting to check out Mas Ysa from Montreal. He is a one-man show blending different styles – folk meets electronic meets love songs. Its a bit melancholy, yet watching him play and manipulate the instruments is far from that. He takes you on a journey with his music and you just get lost in it. He was that good and sounded even better in the church. So of course, I stayed for another artist – Forest Swords from the UK. The band is a twosome with one guy playing guitar and the other one on keyboards. It works well in a very experimental avant-garde style. The music is at times quite heavy but it lifts you at the same time. I didnt last their entire set (was getting sick) but enjoyed them very much.

I also managed to catch some of EMA‘s music – the lead singer was battling being sick so it was a short set and she was losing her voice. The band sounded great. Saturday – which was a bust – I did manage to catch Tumbleweed Wanderers from Oakland — which was an alt country/folky band – not what I was expecting but good and saw another performance from Mother Falcon – even better than when I had previously seen them. Just loving that band.

Overall, SXSW was a huge success. Despite my day being totally ruined on Saturday/Sunday – I got to see a fair number of bands – saw bands I would have never seen (Mumiy Troll from Russia) and saw some other bands that I might never be able to see. This is definitely a festival I will have to do again, but definitely takes a toll on the body.

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More SXSW Bands

Posted by xneverwherex on March 20, 2014

Wed. March 12, 2014

Due to getting majorly sick — this is way more delayed then I would have liked. Ive been resting so often that I barely could turn on a computer. Cest la vie.

The evening was spent running around trying to find bands that sounded interesting. And here is what I encountered. Some good, some didnt care for and some who just werent there. Sadness.

Pagiins — I lasted a few minutes for their show at Holy Mountain Backyard. It was beyond painfully loud. They are a very guitar heavy garage-rock band. It didnt work for me, and even with earplugs I was dying.

Then it was off to my ONLY entry into Stubbs. I have no clue how that even happened as the place was packed. I was there to see England’s Eagulls. They were on my ‘must-see’ list and its too bad I saw them there. The mix was all off, and making out vocals and songs were impossible. On their more popular song, I could somewhat make out the guitar riffs enough to at least recognize the song. Needless to say, lasted maybe 3-4 songs before taking off. (Note: if youre at Stubb’s — the sound is way better just outside in line — go figure)

Lost in the Trees

Lost in the Trees

Then it was back to Holy Mountain Backyard to see Lost in the Trees. They were quite good and endearing to the crowd. They had some pleasant indie-pop songs and I feel that they are a band worth seeing again — esp in a better venue.

Later that evening (pre-Black Violin) it was off to see Papa. They have the potential of being a good indie-pop band, but it seemed the only thing special about the band is the obnoxious lead singer who must have thought it was funny swearing as every other word. I was so bored.

At this point I was supposed to hit up Rd Gld Grn (Red Gold Green) from DC who I was really wanting to see. I got to the Palm Door on 6th (avoid like a plague) and the line was INSANE!!! Thankfully I thought to check the schedule and saw their names crossed off — sadly, the band didn’t make SXSW as someone got sick 😦 And I had missed them in SF — Doh!

Instead I ended up over at Main II quite early and caught a bunch of rappers. I couldnt tell anyone who I saw (assuming schedules were right — which I dont think they were) I could prob figure it out. It wasnt totally my thing, but the crowd was so into it. Too much of the ‘ho’s and bitches’ and I just tune out.

Temples

Temples @ IFC Fairgrounds

Earlier there was Temples from England at the IFC Fairgrounds. It was a pretty cool spot and seemed like a small county fair (slide and all). A lot of food trucks were around, but having just had dinner it wasnt that appealing. I should have come here more often as the sound was incredible. Temples sounded great with an awesome 70s pysch rock sound and even the 70s vibe. The lead singer looked like he had stepped out of the 70s with platforms and a huge fro. He rocked it. The band was tight and so worth seeing again.

The day time set started out at The Blackheart and was one of my favorite spots. It was super low-key and so casual. It was totally my kind of place. The bands included Denmark’s very young trio Baby in Vain. These girls can ROCK!! Played some great garage rock. And they shred on their guitars. My friend and I loved them the most, and of course, they werent even on my list to see.

Australia’s Panama — sadly, very forgetful. They were playing some electro-dance heavy keyboard music, but they never even seemed that dance-y and were boring.

The High Highs from Australia as well were good. I loved their shoegaze music and the dreamy pop music was just right for the day. They have a very similar sound to Wild Nothing. Not a bad thing, and cant wait to see them again.

Terraplane Sun

Terraplane Sun on Rainey Street

The last afternoon band was a band I had really been wanting to see. Filter — which was of course packed — had some great bands on their set. I only was able to catch Terraplane Sun and they were AWESOME!! They lived up to everything I wanted them to be. The band, from Venice, CA, has a really great garage rock, bluesy pop sound. Theyre infectious and have some great songs that you find yourself singing along to and dancing to. Thankfully, I already have tickets to see them when they come here post-festival.

Lastly, I should add that I made a HUGE effort to see some panels. Im a huge sucker to sit in and listen to ‘experts’ talk and maybe learn a thing or two. So today’s panel was the ‘Nerdy Music Panel’ which featured a bunch of nerd-core hip-hop artists. It was interesting to learn about the genre and besides Dr. Awkward was there as well as Mega Ran (Random). So if youre into video games, and like hip-hop but want it more interesting than what a lot of rappers are rapping about – check this out. You will LOVE it!!

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