For those of us who are fanatics for indie music that emerges out of the U.K., the small venue on San Jacinto and 6th Street, Latitude 30, becomes the haven known as the British Music Embassy Showcase during SXSW. The first glimmer of what’s in store for 2015 has surfaced, as BBC Introducing announced their showcase bands in conjunction with PRS for Music Foundation.
Oklahoma’s BRONCHO (bron-cho, not bronco, as in the Denver NFL team) are known to perform in the oddest places: a convenience store, the middle of the street, in a record store. Okay, so the latter is pretty common, but when their raw and dirgy garage rock splashes against the art deco walls of Denver’s Paramount Theatre on February 9, the ghost of ’20s past may flee in fright. Opening for Billy Idol, the bad boy of 80s new wave, will definitely throws things over the balcony.
There are certain moments in our day-to-day lives that cause us stop the fury of to-do lists and time chasing, where we embrace a moment for all its glory: watching the sunset from the window of a plane window, breathing in the view of the snow-topped mountains as we climb higher on the chairlift, or running down a beach in the early morning light. Such is the experience of Evermotion, the latest release from Guster, their seventh out this month on Nettwerk/Ocho Mule.
The men in Fat White Family give a performance, not a show; an anguished punk rock opera injected with joy while ejecting various types of bodily fluids, taking you through a frightening high that won’t let go. From the first beads of sweat that drip from Lias Saoudi’s brow, know that this is going to be a bumpy ride, and oh, what a good ride it will be.
The big news of 2014 related to Carl Barât has been the Libertines reunion, the band’s raucous show in Hyde Park at the British Summertime Festival, three sold-out nights at London's Alexandra Palace, and a new Libertines album announced for 2015. But that's not all folks. Barât's new band The Jackals, comprised of unknown members Barât discovered through an online search, have their own big plans for next year, including his return to Austin for SXSW 2015.
Issa Gold and AK of The Underachievers have been building up to this moment, having begun their journey to debut since 2007. That year when the two first encountered each other’s presence in their Flatbush neighborhood, through to seven years later with the release of this first album, Cellar Door: Terminus Ut Exordium (with the aptly named translation “the end of the beginning”), it’s been a series of steps up the musical evolution staircase.
Now in it’s sixth year, Hackney Wick-ED celebrates the unique art community that continues to put East London on the creative culture map with three packed days (1 - 3 August) of art-related events, food and drink at every turn, along with a variety of musical performances. But ultimately, this is about learning about and discovering local art, an opportunity to take home pieces to add to your collection at a price far, far away from a Sotheby’s auction house…but could be there some day.
By now you may think you can't go on, especially if you've attended every day of the Underground Music Showcase (UMS) thus far. But you need to soldier on, 'cause there's another full day of music and festivities to be had and conquered. So dust off the beers and cocktails from last night, jump in a cold shower, grab and hearty breakfast from one of the many spots around Denver (Sputnik's hangover special is an obvious choice), get all hopped up on caffeine and get going.
It's the weekend! This means work is out of the way it's time for some daytime parties and shows. There's lots in store, so take your vitamins and stay hydrated. It's a marathon, not a sprint.
Okay it’s Day 2 of UMS. Hopefully you’ve paced yourself ‘cause they’re three more days to go, packed with tons of bands to see and hear and so many good times to be had. So here we go…