South By Southwest

SXSW Primer: Athlete

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Toronto – Can you believe the band Athlete now has 4 albums out? I can’t. It just seemed like last week they gently slid into the scene with their laid back summery singles “You Got the Style” and “El Salvador”. However, that was almost seven years ago. Where has time gone? Athlete’s fourth album – Black Swan comes out in the US today (it has been out in the UK for awhile) and as with any band who has anything to release this year, they will be flooding SXSW with a bunch of shows.

For me, Athlete has been a band that’s always kinda been there, lurking in the background. I like their music, but have yet to attach myself emotionally to it, like girls do to Robert Pattinson. But then again, I don’t think I do that anyways, so it’s probably a moot point. I will definitely be attending one of their many showcases though, as their song Wires (off their sophomore effort Tourist) is sensational and definitely one of those songs I want to listen to live.

You can stream their whole album here: http://www.ilike.com/artist/Athlete/

Here is a youtube video of their latest single “The Getaway”, with it’s slow melodic grooves and a big chorus, this song seems primed for a montage in Gossip Girl where all the characters think about all the mistakes they have made in that episode, while looking really really good.

SXSW Schedule
Thursday 3/18 – 2:40PM Fontana @ Buffalo Billiards / The Lodge
Thursday 3/18 – 10:00PM Billboard Showcase @ Habana Bar Backyard

Friday 3/19 – 3:00PM Express Showcase @ The Phoenix

Saturday 3/20 – 2:40PM Filter @ Cedar Street Courtyard
Saturday 3/20 – 1:00AM The Bedford at SXSW

SXSW Primer: Marina and the Diamonds

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Toronto – One of the acts I’m more excited about at SXSW is Marina and the Diamonds. Filled with witty lyrics about society, a wide range of musical styles and a soulful voice, her debut album The Family Jewels has been consistently in my rotation since came out on February 22nd. I’m pretty sure she’ll be pretty big sometime soon, so it’ll be nice to see her in a smallish venue before she reaches Lily Allen levels. Check out her new single, the cleverly written Hollywood.

Also, Spinner has an interview with Marina

So far, Marina and the Diamonds is scheduled to play Lamberts at 12:00 AM On Thursday

SXSW Primer: Pack A.D.

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Toronto – The music of The Pack A.D. represents pretty much how you’ll feel after attending any music festival – a bit rock and roll, a bit dirty, a bit sleazy and a bit cooler then you thought you could ever be. The Pack AD are from Vancouver and consists of two girls – Becky Black on guitar and Maya Miller on the drums. They like to pound the shit out of their instruments. I saw them at Sneaky Dees for NXNE a few years ago and they definitely left an impression. They had the same effect on Wade at Pop Montreal. Basically, you will like them live. The Pack AD played over 150 shows last year, and this year appears to be no different as they’ll be bringing their blend of bluesy no bullshit rock and roll to five SXSW showcases.

SXSW March 18 AFM Party @ Canada House – Austin, TX
SXSW March 18 Mint/Six Shooter Hootenanny @ Headhunters – Austin, TX
SXSW March 18 The Best Damn Day of Duo’s ever @ Pie Guys Pizza – Austin, TX
SXSW March 19 Buddyhead.com Day Party – Austin, TX
SXSW March 19 Showcase @ Jaime’s Spanish Villa – Austin, TX

SXSW Primer: Surfer Blood

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Toronto – So there’s two big festivals going on in march – SXSW and CMW, so in the next few weeks, we’ll be posting up some random stuff about bands that are playing at these festivals. First up is Floridian band Surfer Blood. These guys are currently riding a wave of critical acclaim (Pitchfork gave it 8.2) into Austin and you can be sure their showcases will be packed. Their album Astro Coast was released on January 19th and reviews have generally been favorable. Also, they have TWO songs named after a WWF catchphrase (“jabroni”). It’s kind of hard to pin point what kind of music they sound like. I guess it’s mostly indie power pop, filled with big riffs, occasional feedback and reverb. Check out the song Swim, aside from all the big elements I just mentioned, it also has a Vampire Weekend-ish instrumental in the middle.

Surfer Blood will also be at Sneaky Dees, March 6th as well as at SXSW.