South By Southwest

SXSW Review: Mister Heavenly, March 15, Bat Bar

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Austin – Mister Heavenly is an indie rock supergroup of sorts spearheaded by Nick Thorburn of Islands and featuring Man Man’s Honus Honus and Modest Mouse’s Joe Plummer.  But I’d imagine if one were to do an informal poll of the crowd, the findings would be that the majority of people in attendance were there not because of a fondness for those bands, but for one sole reason: they wanted to see a celebrity play in a band.  Yes, Mister Heavenly also features Michael Cera aka George Michael Bluth, aka that guy from Superbad, aka Scott Pilgrim.  And much like Scott Pilgrim, Cera plays bass in this group. 

The curiosity factor was very high, with one girl outside wondering if Cera would even be playing with them tonight and another guy musing on whether all of their lyrics would come in the form of awkwardly phrased sentences.  I spoke with two guys who had seen them play earlier that afternoon (I think at The IFC House?) who told me after the first song that they sucked, adding, “all their songs sound like this.”  I wondered why they would come see them again if they already knew they sucked, but kept my wouth shut on that matter as I wanted to watch a band, not get into a debate. 

So, did they suck?  No, but it wasn’t quite what I expected either.  In interviews before the band had even really recorded anything, Thorburn described the project as “doom wop,” and not having heard anything from them, I was expecting 1950s style harmonies over slow, droning, doomy riffs.  I was expecting Cera to be laying down some thick bass sludge Geezer Butler style.  This was not the reality.  I could certainly hear the ’50s influence in a lot of the melodies, but not quite the doom part.  Still, it was pretty decent stuff and I look forward to hearing the new album when it comes out.

SXSW Preview: The Antlers

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The Antlers, Phoenix, Toronto, ON

Toronto – I saw The Antlers three times last year – opening up for the Editors, at SXSW and opening up for the National at Massey Hall. Needless to say, I am a large fan of their depressing wall of sound music. I didn’t have them slated for my initial SXSW schedule because I thought they were doing that relentless touring thing and that they were still touring for their excellent major label debut album, Hospice.

Luckily, I was wrong (seems to happen all the time) and the Brooklyn trio are back with a new record, entitled Burst Apart. The record is due to drop May 10th off Frenchkiss Records. I, for one, am extremely excited about it and hope for lead singer Peter Silberman’s sake that it’s not as much of a downer as the previous one was. The Antlers will be premiering their record as part of NPR’s showcase at The Parish in Austin on March 17th at 4:00pm. They’ll also be playing many other sets. Here are all the set information

Wed, March 16 @ 12:00am: Frenchkiss Showcase
The Parish – 214 East 6th St
w/ The Dodos, Young Man

Thurs, March 17 @ 4pm: NPR Party
The Parish – 214 East 6th St
w/ Tune-Yards, The Joy Formidable, Colin Stetson

Friday, March 18 @ 7pm: Sennheiser Party (<- any chance of free headphones?)
The Stage on Sixth – 508 E. 6th St
w/ The Luyas

If you are in Austin, check these guys out.

The Antlers – Two (Buffetlibre remix) by Buffetlibre

Celebrating International Women’s Day AND SXSW, a cheap playlist

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Toronto – Never one to give up a cheap opportunity to get quick hits and at the same time, cover two of the most popular topics, the team at the Panic Manual has quickly racked their brains and come up with a playlist that comprises of women playing at SXSW. Now of course, today is International Women’s Day a day celebrating our(my) favorite type of people. Now as Ali G famously once said “One out of every two people is a woman” so it is going to be quite a celebration. I’m sure they’ll be celebrating from Malawi to Mumbai.

So without further delay, here is a play list of women playing at SXSW.

Notable Exception Alert!!! – Anna Calvi

Sadly, Anna Calvi had to withdraw from all her shows at SXSW this year due to an arm injury. This doesn’t mean we don’t love you, it just means we love you less. Still, you should check out her self titled debut album, which was released earlier this year off Domino Records

Desire by Anna Calvi

On to the real list

Kyla La Grange – Courage

I was absolutely in love with her first single – Walk Through Walls and this song from the English singer is no less impressive. I’m pretty sure she is headed for big things based on these two epic, intense songs. Mark it down.

Kyla La Grange – Courage (free download) by Stayloose

Kyla La Grange plays at 10pm Thursday March 17th at Communion night at Klub Krucial

Sharon Van Etten – Much More Than That

One of the most charming performer I have seen recently, Sharon Van Etten has been on a roll ever since her sophomore record Epic to much delight and fan fare. Check her out if like earnest folk rock music powered by a great voice. She’ll be playing a lot of shows including

Wednesday March 16th, Midnight, Swan Dive
Thursday March 17th, 4:00 pm, French Legation Museum
Friday March 18th, 4:00Pm, Mohawk


Tue 04/12/11 Toronto, ON – Drake Hotel
Wed 04/13/11 Montreal, QC – Casa Del Popolo

Much More Than That by sharonvanetten

The Dollyrots – Om Nom Nom

The Dollyrots are a pop punk band out of California (where else, really) that is fronted by one Kelly Ogden. I loved their debut album Eat My Heart Out its catchy and fun. Their showcase is going to be one hell of a show I suspect. No idea why this band isn’t huge, they are made for young girls to party to.

Friday March 18th, Black & Tan, 11:30pm

Om Nom Nom by The Dollyrots

Lenka – Heart Skips a Beat

Lenka is an Australia singer songwriter who is releasing her second album, cleverly/lazily titled Two. Maybe she named it after the Antlers song, I dunno. I’m a sucker for catchy pop music and this track is the epitome of that. Light and bouncy with a hook filled chorus, I imagine her showcase will be entirely fun and charming based on this video and song. Apparently, she has had her music played on a lot of television shows, so she might also be popular in the real world, I am unsure.

3/17 – The Roxy Theatre Presents…Austinrox at Rusty Spurs 9pm
3/18 – Texas Tornado at Red Eye Fly 4:15pm
3/19 – Maggie Maes 3:30 pm
3/19 – The Tap Room-Hotel Café Showcase 9:00 pm

Class Actress – Careful What You Say

Class Actress is the brain child of one Elizabeth Harper. The synth pop group has been making the touring rounds lately with in support of their EP Journal of Ardency. This track has a nice beat and shows a lot of promise. I await their debut album, which I am sure they’ll be preview at these shows:

Mar 16 SXSW @ Lipstick 24 (Flavorpill Party) – 3:30pm
Mar 17 SXSW @ Club 1808 (Piano’s Party w/Das Racist, Still Corners, etc.)
Mar 18 SXSW @ East Side Drive In (Pitchfork Party) – 12:45pm
Mar 18 SXSW @ Friends (Warp Magazine Showcase) – 11pm
Mar 19 SXSW @ Space 12 (Parafora Party) – 7pm

Class Actress – Careful What You Say by The Recommender

Have a good rest of the day!

SXSW Preview: Matt & Kim

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Toronto – Matt & Kim is simply put, one of the most entertaining shows you will see. Their energy is immaculate and their enthusiasm is more contagious then H1N1. No matter how crappy your mood is when you are entering a Matt & Kim show, you will feel a hell of a lot better after the drum and synth duo hit you with song after song of energetic punk-pop tunes. Once again, Matt & Kim are playing SXSW, this time in promotion of their new record Sidewalks. They seem to be only playing large shows in Austin, but if you can find the time, do check them out.

Here’s a video to get you prepped:

3/14 – Austin, TX @ The Belmont
3/16 – Austin, TX – mtvU Woodie Awards
3/18 – Austin, TX @ The FADER Fort, SXSW

Cameras by mattandkim