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

Posted on by Ricky in Everything, South By Southwest | 1 Comment

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!

Concert Review: Junip, November 5, Lee’s Palace

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Toronto – I will readily admit that I knew very little about Junip before going to this show, but I do like Jose Gonzalez.  His solo stuff has a nice, almost hypnotic vibe to it, so I was interested in seeing what he would do as part of a full band.  And after seeing and being totally charmed by Sharon Van Etten’s  opening set, I was in the right mood to hear what they had to offer.

Of course, any talk about Junip kind of refers to it as Gonzalez branching out and starting a new band, when of course, the band actually existed before his solo career (and apparently met through going to hardcore shows in Gothenburg) so really this is kind of a return to his roots.  Tom Petty did a similar sort of thing with his recent Mudcrutch project, so maybe this is becoming a trend.

So how did they sound?  Well, pretty much like Jose Gonzalez with a full band.  They had a similar sort of hypnotic vibe, but a bit spacier maybe courtesy of Tobias Winterkorn’s synthesizer work.  There was a definite 70s influence on their sound, and the persistent drumming added a touch of Can-style krautrock.  And they had conga drums too!  Everybody loves congas.  Or were they bongos?  Maybe both.  Either way, there was lots of percussion involved.  And if that wasn’t enough, they threw in a really solid cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “The Ghost Of Tom Joad” near the end of their encore … although I have to wonder, does it really even count as an encore if you’re only gone from the stage for like 20 seconds?  Why not just stay onstage and forego the pretense, guys?   


Junip – Rope and Summit by sanfordco

Concert Review: Sharon Van Etten, November 5, Lee’s Palace

Posted on by Ricky in Concerts | 1 Comment

Toronto – if I was writing a year end article about the most charming on stage performers, I’m pretty Sharon Van Etten would be at the top of the list. The singer from Jersey easily won over the semi packed crowd at Lee’s Palace with her laid back and humble personality. I could easily write a few paragraphs about her interactions with the crowd but I won’t. There was, however, a particularly hilarious dedication to a man in the front row who had recognized her “I can’t. believe you know who I am!” she says to the crowd.

Opening for Junip, Sharon Van Etten gave a good sample as to why media outlets like Pitchfork are going balls to the wall for her material. I had previously labeled Sharon as another singer songwriter type with that soulful yet singular sound that while good, sounded samey when compared with other similar artists. However, the live show definitely showed Sharon’s versatility as a musician, switching from folky quiet numbers to rock/shouting ones to beautifully arranged ones. It was very impressive. I haven’t listened to her new record epic yet but if the set is any indication, I’m sure the album is pretty good. A fan requested song – Consolation prize finished the splendid set.

All in all, very impressive opening act. I am thinking it’s just a matter of time before more people will know who Sharon Van Etten is.

Sharon Van Etten – Love More by Henry Coachella