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Concert Review AND SXSW Preview: Milk & Bone, March 1, Mod Club

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Talk about multitasking – a review and a preview all in one. Milk & Bone are a duo from Montreal who have just recently released their sophomore album Deception Bay. I personally knew nothing about them until I saw a friend suggesting people should go to the show. I hadn’t been to a show all year and I figured it would be a good idea to prep myself again for going to a show because in a few days I’ll be seeing about 40-50 bands and I don’t want to be traumatized from that.

My friend had described them as one of those “pleasant Spotify bands” that would show up in your “electro pop” playlist. The funny thing is after witnessing the show, it’s actually kind of true. I don’t know what that means but it made perfect sense.

Accompanied by a minimal light show, the duo played a rather long (over an hour) show that highlighted their talent. It was really hard for me to categorize their music, which is one of the things I try to do for some reason. The first part of the set was more low key dream pop and reminded me of Au Revoir Simone if Au Revoir Simone had listened to Massive Attack. Just as the music seemed to tire on me, the second part of their set was a mix of slick R&B tracks and more electronic focus, but like, not raging Calvin Harris at a tropical night club vibe – more like, if Calvin Harris was playing to a room of introverts kinda dance vibe. Through it all, one thing is clear: these two ladies are very good at vocals. No karaoke wars with them!

The show actually left me kind of confused. Are they a dream pop band? Are they an R&B band? Maybe they are a bit of everything. Maybe all new bands are a bit of everything because when they were kids it was the 2000s and all the genres blended together. How crazy is that? I’m so old.

Anyways, it was a very pleasant show and had a bit of everything. The packed crowd definitely enjoyed it and I was glad I was able to make the trek to the Mod Club to see them.

They are also at SXSW! here are their sets:

Mar 12, 2018 8:00pm @ Bungalow
Mar 15, 2018 1:10am @ The Sidewinder Outside
Mar 16, 2018 9:00pm @ Swan Dive Patio

SXSW Song Of The Day: Victim Mentality – Way Of Steel

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If I learned one thing from the recent Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, (other than the fact that a lot of people are kind of obsessed with whether or not Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are romantically involved) it’s that South Koreans love their metal.

The sight of a 13 year old guitarist shredding his ass off as he played a variation on Vivaldi’s “Winter” followed by a brief performance by heavy post-rock band Jambinai made for perhaps the most metal Olympics closing ceremony ever. So while the most heavily hyped Korean acts playing SXSW this year are likely the K-pop ones, the presence of retro glam metallers Victim Mentality is also welcome as they represent all that’s heavy in their homeland.

Victim Mentality play the very metal Dirty Dog Bar on March 15 at 9:00pm. Go see them and then grab a slice at Hoek’s next door for the full Austin metal experience.

SXSW Preview: British Music Embassy (Latitude 30)

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bme

Having been to SXSW 9 times now, you start to notice certain showcases as always being awesome. The British Music Embassy is one of them. Taking residence at Latitude 30, the BME showcases bands new and old, and despite what you think, it broadcasts quite the diverse showcase. Usually each area of Britain takes up a day or nite and you see a wide ranging group of musical acts.

Bascially you are guaranteed a good day or night of music. No lie, when my buddy visited Austin for one night during SXSW and he didn’t have a media pass, I told him to just go to BME and pay 10 bucks and stay the night there because it was the best bet for solid music.

Off the top of my head, I can think of some great shows I have seen there, including

Kate Tempest
Tim Wheeler (of Ash)
Late of the Pier
Sundara Kharma (why aren’t they big?)
Billy Bragg
Temples
Django Django

and I’m not even going to talk about the bands I have missed there which in recent years include

Glass Animals
Young Fathers
Wolf Alice

etc. You get the point, this shit’s gonna be good

Anyways, go here and check out this years lineups
http://www.thebritishmusicembassy.com/

Here are some acts I’m excited about this year:

Shame
Idles
Gaz Coombes
Frank Turner
Shopping
FrancoBollo
Girl Ray

It’s gonna be good. See you there.

SXSW Song of the Day: Mega Ran – Splash Woman

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By no means a new act, Mega Ran is known as a nerdcore rapper and frankly it’s new to me, dammit!

I’m not sure what nerdcore is but this track clearly takes samples from 8 bit video game sounds and that’s caught my ear. Don’t let the nerdy aspirations fool you, this track is no joke. The dude releases a lot of records every year and it definitely skews towards nerdy stuff. Like he has an album called Mat Mania which is about wrestling. Say what you want, but its a departure from most rap tracks, which is refreshing.

Mega Ran plays Karma Lounge on March 17.