Concerts

SXSW Song Of The Day: Arre! Arre! – Anthem

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Every good band needs an anthem. And with a sound reminiscent of their PNKSLM labelmates and fellow Swedes Shitkid, Malmö four piece Arre! Arre! comes charging out of the gate with a fierce anthem of their own in the aptly named “Anthem” off of last year’s Tell Me All About Them.

With an appearance at SXSW 2019 as well as a slot on last year’s Roskilde Festival already under their belts, the punk quartet seem poised to make some waves this year at SXSW 2020.

SXSW Song Of The Day: PONY – Limerence

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Photo Credit: Brittany Farhat

It’s that time of year. The time when those who’ll be making the pilgrimage to Texas in a couple of months start getting a little excited about being in Austin again. Or maybe you live in Austin already, in which case it’s probably the time when you brace yourself for the massive influx of music industry interlopers and/or start making plans to get out of town.

Yes, it’s almost SXSW time again, and today sees the announcement of the latest round of performers for this year’s edition of the festival (taking place from March 13-22). There’s a lot to like in this latest list, with names such as Soccer Mommy, Lydia Lunch, Caroline Rose, Ratboys, and Snotty Nose Rez Kids standing out as some of the highlights.

And since Panic Manual is based out of Toronto, we might as well take this opportunity to shine the spotlight in the direction of one of the Torontonian acts on that list – PONY. The Toronto grunge pop band, fronted by Sam Bielanski, has put out a couple of EPs since their inception in 2014 and will be releasing their debut full length on Buzz Records some time later this year. In the meantime, check out the video for the band’s latest single “Limerence” below.

Review: Riptide Festival, November 23, Fort Lauderdale

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When you combine good music, amazing light and sound set ups, tasty food, and the beach it’s hard to go wrong. Fort Lauderdale’s two-day Riptide Festival capitalized on this equation to put on an awesome event this weekend.

First, if you’ve never been to south Florida – you should make it a destination. White sand beaches, palm trees, crystal clear ocean, great bars and restaurants, fresh seafood and interesting (the good, the bad the beautiful and the ugly sort of interesting) people who come from all over the world. Second, what better time to go (especially for our Canadian and Chicago readers) than late November? I arrived from Chi city in a parka and immediately changed into a sundress. #yesplease

Finally, to close the argument: Riptide. The reasonably-priced festival isn’t overwhelmingly crowded, is jam-packed with interesting food and fashion vendors, is right on the beach and treats its audiences and bands right with great stage, lighting, and sound support to put on a stellar show. My personal highlights from Saturday’s line up were Judah and the Lion and The Killers. I really can’t sing Judah’s praises enough. They are just a delightful, high-energy and uplifting show every time I’ve seen them and they are touring hard so take advantage! These guys are well worth the ticket price.

The Killers, Saturday’s headliner, also lived up to expectations. The band, hailing from fabulous Las Vegas, put on a Sin City-worthy spectacle with an amazing light show and even a guest star from the audience. The band welcomed up a super talented young gentleman named Jason who wowed the audience with his drumming skills and obviously was having the time of his life. The whole show was a real treat and it was only good vibes in the audience who were soaking in the music, the surf and the beautiful Florida night. (Side note: the Killers made multiple promises to be back in Fort Lauderdale in 2020 – even more reason to book a trip.)

So, thanks Fort Lauderdale and Riptide. As we get closer to the Thanksgiving season here in the USofA I am so grateful for the weekend away from the chilly Chicago winter and the chance to see some top notch musical talent in a beautiful place with good people. Doesn’t get much better than that.

Concert Review: Minami Deutsch, Kikagaku Moyo, November 19, Horseshoe Tavern

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There’s always something special about seeing a band at the top of their game playing live – the interaction between band members with the ability to lock into a groove and jam at an almost telepathic level can make for an impressive show. And on Tuesday night at the Horseshoe, a packed house was treated to not one but two such performances courtesy of two acts from Japan – Minami Deutsch and Kikagaku Moyo.

First up was Minami Deutsch, whose name translates to “South Germany” – an apt name since the band is heavily inspired by the Krautrock sounds originated by acts such as Faust, Can, and Neu!

In concert, the band’s long, hypnotic jams alternated between a locked-in motorik groove and pure balls-to-the-wall guitar freak outs. Those were basically the band’s two main gears throughout their roughly 40 minute set, though they did find time for the odd exploratory psychedelic passage here and there.

It was an absolutely beautiful performance. I came in as a curious admirer of what I’d heard from the band on record and came out a full on fan.

Following Minami Deutsch, headliners Kikagaku Moyo took to the stage and kept the psychedelic vibes coming with a sound that was a tad trippier and more expansive than the openers, though no less intense and just as satisfying.