SXSW Song of the Day – Babeheaven – Human Nature

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UK Duo Babeheaven was slated to play SXSW last year, but obviously were unable to do so. Now they will be playing this year for SXSW Online which is a bit unfortunate, because I think they would have made a lot of fans if they had an actual live showcase this year.

They sound remarkably polished for a relatively new act, and I’m sure much of that will be accredited to Jamie Travis’s production. Regardless, the duo’s music is built around singer Nancy Anderson’s great vocals.

Check out their song “Human Nature”, the hazy vibe of which has elements of ’90s trip hop but is not quite the same. Kinda like when you eat southern Indian curry instead of Northern. It’s kinda similar, but in some ways, completely different. Weird analogy I know, but that’s 2021.

SXSW Song of the Day: The Lazy Eyes – Where’s My Brain

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Remember live shows? I can’t wait to go back to one. I miss the energy, the pulse and just the noise of live music. Listening to the song “Where’s My Brain???” from Australian group The Lazy Eyes makes me realize this would be an amazing show to see live. Would definitely totally lose it – this song’s just an adventure, moving in and out of whatever wave you are on, and just when you think it’s over, it comes rip roaring back again. Who isn’t screaming to this track at the end? Who isn’t just moving around manically? You are making new friends at this show.

Anyways, until that happens, check them out at SXSW Online.

Song Of The Day: Ali Barter – Twisted Up

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It has been exactly one year now since I saw my last official concert and man, am I missing live music.

Yes, one year ago today, I saw Melbourne’s Ali Barter performing a set at The Drake Hotel as part of a tour that would soon be unceremoniously cut short and even though it was already starting to feel a little weird to be at a show back then, (the crowd was looking a bit sparse, though that could have been as much because it was a Monday night as it was due to COVID fears) it was a great set. And other than an outdoor B.A. Johnston performance last summer (which counts as its own weird and wonderful thing separate from everything else) I haven’t seen a live show since.

It’s certainly a bittersweet anniversary to mark, but I’ll mark it anyways, with hopes that in a year from now, we’ll all be out and seeing live music again. Or if you’re Australian, you can likely see Barter herself relatively soon, since they’re already doing live shows again. In the meantime, here’s a video for Ali Barter’s “Twisted Up”, released this past November. Check it out.

SXSW Film Preview: Without Getting Killed Or Caught (2020, Tamara Saviano, Paul Whitfield)

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While our focus over the years has primarily been on the music during SXSW, we’ve also kept an eye on the film festival portion of SouthBy for quite a while now and one of the films that’s caught our eye for this year’s edition is Without Getting Killed Or Caught.

The film, initially scheduled to premiere at last year’s SXSW prior to its cancellation, tells the story of the complicated relationship between legendary Texas singer-songwriter Guy Clark, his wife Susanna and another Texas legend, Townes Van Zandt. Featuring interviews with the likes of Rodney Crowell, Steve Earle, and Vince Gill and narration by Sissy Spacek taken from Susanna’s diaries, it’s sure to be an interesting look at a moment in Texas music history.

Take a look at the film’s trailer below as well as a performance by Clark of “L.A. Freeway”, the lyrics to which gave the film its title.

SXSW Online takes place March 16-20, 2021.