The band OK Go is quite the fan of videos. Their fans are even greater fans of their videos. In the few minutes it took to watch their latest masterpiece, "Upside Down & Inside Out," viewership had gone from 8,697,631 to 8,902,131. The reason? It was filmmed in one take, as always, but this time, "We shot this in zero gravity, in an actual plane, in the sky. There are no wires or green screens."
Mobile notifications are as frequent as in-and-out breaths these days, but when Spotify popped up with the latest music release by Teleman, my heart definitely skipped a beat. And “Düsseldorf” delivered on high expectations.
The three members of London-based Abjects - Noemi (guitar/vox), Yuki (bass/vox) and Alice (drums/vox) - have been at this rock and roll punk game since 2013. The trio jumpstarted their career with some feet first moves into the UK tour circuit with the likes of The Fresh & Onlys, The Coathangers, The Fat White Family, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, and PINS, the latter of which released the Abjects ‘Fast Love’ EP on the Haus of Pins label that year.
When this world, this country we live in is going bat shit crazy, and it’s always going bat shit crazy, laughter is always the best medicine to balance it all out. It’s easy to throw on a TV show for comedic relief, but more and more people are getting their asses off the couch and making it down to their local comedy club. A good thing. Tonight is one occasion to make it out in Los Angeles on a Tuesday: Mike E. Winfield at Laugh Factory in Hollywood.
Capsula from Buenos Aires have become quite the regulars at SXSW, performing from 2008 to 2014, and now again in 2016. The band has their 11th album on the way this year, Santa Rosa.
Bleached may call Los Angeles home, but it doesn’t look like the four-piece will be spending much time in the sunny city in 2016. Jennifer Clavin (vocals, guitar), Jessica Clavin (guitar), Marc Jordan (drums) and Micayla Grace (bass), recently announced a new U.S. tour that starts on the west coast after SXSW and moves east, ending back in their home town on May 5 at the Telegram Ballroom.
Now seasoned veterans of SXSW, Sheffield’s The Crookes return to Austin with treasures in tow: ten brand new tracks that make up their 2016 full-length album, Lucky Ones, which follows Dreams of Another Day EP, released when the band first appeared at SXSW in 2010, Chasing After Ghosts (2011), Hold Fast (2012), and Soapbox (2014).
Conversations around how profitable the festival industry is, and certain festivals in particular, has been ongoing for some time. Yesterday the Las Vegas business publication, Review Journal, took a look at the financials of the Life is Beautiful (LIB) festival. It included a quote I provided business columnist Alan Snel on the commonality of festivals operating in the red, so to speak, in their first three to five years of existance. Life is Beautiful is no different.
There’s nothing more exciting than seeing a thought, an idea, become a thing, a reality. Tucker Gumber, The Festival Guy, has released his book, “The Festival Thrower’s Bible,” on Vendini Press, and I couldn’t be more excited. It was last June at Bonnaroo. Tucker and I were chatting at the Red Light Management party when he told me of this project: a guide to help festival throwers do what they do better. Did I want to contribute? Hell yeah!
Telegram - comprised of singer Matt Saunders, bassist Oli Paget-Moon, drummer Jordan Cook, and guitarist Matt Wood - hails from London, having played together since 2013. That year BBC 6 Music’s Marc Riley’s debuted their first single, “Follow,” which quickly catapulted their sound and fan desire.