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.

SXSW Song Of The Day – Enjoyable Listens – The Key Of Innocence

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The 2021 edition of SXSW is nearly upon us, with the first fully virtual online edition of the festival starting exactly three weeks from today. And with the start date of SXSW Online fast approaching, the festival has just dropped a bunch of names for the second round of acts performing at SXSW this year.

Among the notable names just announced are No Joy, Jambinai, Lambert, Iceage, and Black Country, New Road, but today we turn the spotlight on Oxford’s Enjoyable Listens, because, really, isn’t an enjoyable listen essentially what we’re all looking for in a new band? Yes, yes it is.

Check out the video for Enjoyable Listens’ “The Key Of Innocence” below.

Song Of The Day: Loner Statue – Controller

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Sounding like some long lost gem from the 1980s, “Controller” is the debut single from Loner Statue, the new solo project from San Francisco’s Zach Dighans.

Loner Statue was born out of Dighans’ need to continue making music on his own once COVID put his other project Pure Hex on hold and if “Controller” is any indication, the end results are pretty compelling, with the lead single’s pulsating synth sounds and Dighans’ Ian Curtis-inspired vocals causing me to hit ‘replay’ on this track. Check it out below.

Song Of The Day: Vallens – While You Are Still Waiting

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It’s been a couple of years since their last release, but Vallens has returned with “While You Are Still Waiting.” the moody, goth-tinged single from the Toronto band’s upcoming album In Era.

On the subject of the new album, bandleader Robyn Philips describes all of the songs as feeling “… special to me. Which is not to speak highly of myself, but it’s just a nice feeling to have – to know that I really tried to make this album the most reflective of my current style and taste and musicianship and it’s so rare that you actually get that and I think I achieved that. So I’m just proud of it. I don’t necessarily know that everyone’s gonna resonate with it, but it feels nice to feel strong in your own feelings about it.”

In Era is out March 19 via Hand Drawn Dracula.