SXSW Review: Illuminati Hotties, The Beths, March 12, Side Bar

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When you get right down to it, all you need for a successful show is good bands and a good crowd. Also, it doesn’t hurt to have some good hot dogs. This show had all of those. And perhaps some important life lessons along the way.

After taking the stage to the sounds of an audio sample from some sort of documentary on Adam Weishaupt and the Illuminati and how “they must remain hidden,” Illuminati Hotties took to the stage and, unlike the actual Illuminati, they had no qualms about making their agenda known – they came here to rock out and have fun. And to give props to the hot dog guy.

Yes, this day show had hot dogs and sausages provided by The Hot Dog King. Illuminati Hotties bandleader Sarah Tudzin mentioned how she spoke with the king earlier and asked exactly how one gains the title of Hot Dog King. Apparently by selling 10 thousand hot dogs at one event. The band then dedicated its next song “I Wanna Keep Yr Dog” to the king himself. Hot dog king? I Wanna Keep Yr Dog? That’s lot of dog references in there. Coincidence? I think not. Hot dog illuminati confirmed.

The band put on an excellent set full of Tudzin’s endearing and kind of goofy stage banter and some amazing Illuminati-themed synchronized dance moves during “Pressed 2 Death.” Before ending things off with “Better Than Ever,” the band also threw in a fun, high energy cover of Paul Simon’s “Obvious Child” that was only made better at one point when Tudzin forgot the lyrics and just kept going with some “na na na’s” as placeholders.

Following Illuminati Hotties on that stage was The Beths, who put on an equally fun show while also giving a shout out to hot dogs. “Can we get an update on the hot dog bun situation?” asked Beths guitarist Jonathan Pearce, referring to an earlier hot dog related emergency on-site when the King ran out of buns.

The band displayed some great harmonies throughout their set – it’s always impressive to see every member of a band singing together at the same time – as they ran through a set full of songs off of their brilliant and catchy debut full length Future Me Hates Me.

And perhaps inspired by Illuminati Hotties before them, the band also threw out a couple of conspiracy theories of their own. The first was that a “suspicious amp” (it was later cleared of suspicion) may have actually been filled with all those missing hot dog buns, but the major, possibly game changing, reveal came when Pearce detected a bit of music still playing over the house PA that was bleeding into their sound. And while singer/guitarist Liz Stokes just assumed it was coming from whatever band may have been playing next door, Pearce laid it all out for us, much like one might lay a hot dog out in a fresh, soft bun: there was in fact no other band playing.

“That’s the Austin effect. There’s only ever one band on,” he theorized. “So don’t worry about your fear of missing out – it’s not real.” Well said. But one question remains unanswered – did we ever get an update on that hot dog bun situation?

SXSW Song of the Day: Squid – The Dial

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Squid is bound to be one of those bands that people will claim are here to save rock & roll, and it’s easy to see why. The Brighton band have a post-punk vibe whose simplicity and effectiveness will invoke nostalgia from old rockers. the lead singer’s almost spoken vocals will remind many of James Murphy’s old man gruffs from LCD Soundsystem. Combine the two and you have an element of excitement.

Whatever they end up being, Squid is off to a good start. Check them out at British Music Embassy

Squid is playing Latitude 30 on March 14 at 10:00pm.

SXSW Preview: Broken Social Scene

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It seems very odd to write a preview for what many would assume is a very popular band, but realistically, outside the lens of the Canadian media, who really knows?

Case in point – Kasabian literally headlined Glastonbury few years ago and I doubt many people can name three of their songs in Canada, which is a shame since Kasabian is awesome.

The easiest way to describe Broken Social Scene is that they are like the New World Order(nWo). About fifteen years ago, Broken Social Scene invaded the Canadian music scene, put the proverbial leg drop on the likes of Our Lady Peace and said this is our town.

I think in this scenario, Kevin Drew is definitely Hollywood Hogan and Brendan Canning is Scott Hall but I dunno who would be Kevin Nash (I’m leaning towards Feist – charismatic, has their own star power, likes to powerbomb people). Since that time, BSS has expanded to God knows how many members and much like with nWo Wolfpac and Latino World order (lWo), the band have also splintered off into several sub factions (such as Metric, Apostle of Hustle, etc). Also like the nWo, Broken Social Scene has gone on hiatus and come back several times. This metaphor definitely works.

What I’m trying to say is that much like how you can’t talk about pro wrestling history of the past twenty years without talking about the nWo and its influence, you can’t talk about Canadian rock music without taking about Broken Social Scene’s influence, brother.

Broken Social Scene are playing a bunch of tiny venues at SXSW which is like Canadian Hulk Hogan wrestling in a tiny bingo hall. It’s a rare and unique experience and you should check them out.

What does their music sound like? Listen below. They have a new EP.

Here is a link to the SXSW page for BSS and their official show schedule:

ELYSIUM – Mar 12 at 11:00pm — 11:40pm
CONTAINER BAR – Mar 14 at 6:00pm — 6:40pm
BUNGALOW – Mar 14 at 11:00pm — 12:30pm
SCOOT INN – Mar 16 at 5:00pm — 5:40pm

They are also playing at Floodfest, which is one of our favorite day parties.


12:00 p.m. MUNYA
1:00 p.m. Illuminati Hotties
2:00 p.m. Priests
3:00 p.m. HÆLOS
4:00 p.m. White Denim
5:10 p.m. Broken Social Scene

SXSW Song Of The Day: The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown – Fire

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Photo Credit: @PaulyRockPhoto

Every year at SXSW, there’s usually at least a handful of old school veteran performers in attendance alongside all of the newbies and this year one of the artists filling that role is The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown.

Yes, the God of Hellfire himself is still at it more than 50 years after he first started and he’ll be appearing at SXSW this year on a solid bill put together by LPR and Psycho Entertainment alongside ’60s occult rockers Coven and newer acts such as Bambara and The Comet Is Coming. It promises to be a hell of a show (corny pun absolutely intended).

The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown plays Empire Garage on March 14 at 10:45pm.

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