South By Southwest

SXSW Song Of The Day: Hazy Sour Cherry – Tour de Tokyo

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Photo Credit: Hazy Sour Cherry

Hazy Sour Cherry. It sounds less like a band name and more like a craft microbrew you’d find at the most hipster-iffic watering hole you can think of, but no, it is indeed a band. A very fun band coming out of Tokyo and making delightful, poppy indie rock. Case in point: “Tour de Tokyo” – I dare you to listen to that song and try not to bop along with it.

Hazy Sour Cherry play the Damnably Records showcase on Wednesday, March 18 at Elysium alongside Otoboke Beaver, Drinking Boys & Girls Choir, Hiperson, Grrl Gang, and American Werewolf Academy.

SXSW Song Of The Day: Cloud Rat – Zula

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Photo Credit: Nicholas Sargeant

After previously showcasing Jason Hawk Harris’ “Cussing At The Light” and it’s metal-referencing video earlier this week as our SXSW Song Of The Day, the next logical step is of course to highlight one of the actual metal bands that will be appearing at this year’s edition of SouthBy – Michigan grindcore act Cloud Rat.

Check out the animated video for Cloud Rat’s “Zula” below. It won’t take long – the song is only 43 seconds long, but it packs a lot of punch in its brief timespan. It’s an intense 43 seconds.

Cloud Rat plays the Artoffact Records showcase at Valhalla on March 20th alongside Kaelan Mikla, ACTORS, The Foreign Resort, Ötzi, Bootblacks, and Devours.

SXSW Song Of The Day: Jason Hawk Harris – Cussing At The Light

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Country music and black metal corpsepaint come together at last in the video for Jason Hawk Harris‘ “Cussing At The Light.”

The song, taken off of Harris’ debut album Love & The Dark, definitely leans much closer to the sounds of classic country than it does to True Norwegian Black Metal, which makes sense I suppose, but it would also be totally cool if Bloodshot Records started putting out metal albums too. Unlikely, but cool.

Coincidentally, cussing at the light is also a thing I could imagine myself doing in the heat of the Austin sun as I try to avoid a sunburn during SXSW. It’s happened to me before and it will probably happen again.

SXSW Song Of The Day: Frances Quinlan – Your Reply

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Whenever a member of an established band branches out to go solo or release a side project, it generally goes one of two ways – either it ends up sounding very much like their previous work or it goes off in another direction entirely and ends up sounding completely unlike anything they’ve ever done before.

In Frances Quinlan’s case, her upcoming solo debut album Likewise splits the difference, with the songs released so far showing off a bit of a different side by adding several new sounds and textures while at the same time still bearing some sonic resemblance to her main gig as frontwoman for Hop Along.

The bouncy, piano-based “Your Reply” is the latest single off of Likewise, which is out January 31 on Saddle Creek Records. Check it out below.