Gary, Author at The Panic Manual

SXSW Review; Matt Maeson, Agnes Obel, March 17, St. David’s Sanctuary

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  I saw two acts as part of the “traditional” (for me) Communion Night at St. David’s Sanctuary this year. Matt Maeson As with each new generation of pop music, Matt Maeson’s songs are full of emphasis. They are overt and attention seeking. It’s something worth putting on Instagram but may not stay with you by happy hour Saturday evening. Even though they were delivered in a church with just a guitar, the dramatic pauses, the obvious epic-tempo, the produced …

SXSW Review: Totally Mild, All Our Exes Live In Texas, March 16, Brush Square Park

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I will admit that I had never heard of them until this year’s SXSW, but Melbourne-based Totally Mild ended up on my list on the strength of “Move On” from their last album, Down Time. It’s a bubbly vocalized piece with a music video that showed the band members drinking and regurgitating milk. Hearty, mind-bending, sardonic stuff. Since then, they have delivered another short album titled Alive in Denmark. The lead vocalist Elizabeth Mitchell has a naturally high-pitched and clear …

SXSW Review: ATO Showcase, March 16, Cedar Street Courtyard

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  ATO Records put on a showcase at Cedar Street Courtyard and the Panic Manual was there to take in sets by three of the artists performing: Nick Hakim Whether it’s “I Don’t Know” from 2014, or this year’s “Bet She Looks Like You,” Hakim’s recordings always project an air of sophistication. The precious silence in between his vocals produces its own reflective and soulful imagery. But in real life, with the din of Cedar Street Courtyard at 10pm, and …

SXSW Review: Mastodon, March 17, Empire Garage

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  Wikipedia states: “a Mastodon (Greek: “breast” and “tooth”) is any species of extinct mammutid proboscideans in the genus Mammut, distantly related to elephants, that inhabited North and Central America during the late Miocene or late Pliocene up to its extinction at the end of the Pleistocene 10,000 to 11,000 years ago.” So why was I taking their pictures while standing waves formed in my jello brain? The answer is that I had obviously followed the “wrong” teacher and deposited …