Rock Against the TPP Tour - Denver

The Rock Against the TPP nationwide tour launched like a rocket (and a helium balloon) at the packed-out Summit Music Hall in Denver, a night of performances, advocacy, and education to empower American citizens to stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal from ever seeing the light of day.

Until the Ribbon Breaks - Underground Music Showcase 2015

In our multitasking world, music listening is typically done while we’re busy doing other things; driving, working, polishing the silver. Gone are the days of laying on the floor with our big headphones and simply listening to every note, memorizing lyrics, feeling the bridge and chorus. The musical experience performed by Cardiff’s, now Los Angeles, Until the Ribbon Breaks causes one to pull off the road, to stop, lay and listen to the gorgeously orchestrated, multi-faceted A Lesson Unlearnt.

Django Django - Summer 2015 US Tour - Bluebird Theatre

To say the Django Django show this week in Denver was highly anticiapted would be an understatement. A stop in the Mile-High city was a first for the London by way of Scotland band, and the lead singer, Vincent Neff, admitted he fully expected to see people walking around in cowboy hats. Tongue placed firmly in cheek he said, “I haven’t seen anyone wearing a Stetson.” Hey, at least he didn't say anything about the altitude and was smart enough to be drinking plenty of coconut water.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Multi-Love Tour - Bluebird Theatre

Having recently experienced Unknown Mortal Orchestra's recent set at Bonnarro from afar, it was exciting to be more up close and personal once again, this time in the lovely intimate Bluebird Theatre. It was a packed out, sold out show, and frontman Ruban Nielson was immensely grateful, thanking Denver for making it so.

Bonnaroo 2015 Kicks Off With a Bang

You could feel the excitement for the first day of Bonnaroo 2015 from the dusty parking lot, starting with the people who checked our cars and drew big hearts on our car windows. The line up - just for this one day - was spectacular...

Governors Ball 2015 Day 1 - DIIV, Gorgon City, Decemberists, Death From Above 1979, Chromeo

Friday, June 6, the start of Governors Ball started off with a bouncing set by many a band slated for that day, from DIIV, who introduced music from their upcoming album to fans, muddy mosh pits for Death From Above 1979, to a banger performance by the UK's Gorgon City and Portland's Decemberists who were playing to a rained on, but drying and happy crowd once again.

Hot Chip - Ogden Theatre

Have party, will travel. To experience Hot Chip on tour is to be injected with the joy of life, the feel the pulse in your veins ignited by the band’s legacy of hooks, beats and beauty. After 15 years, this London group continues to pump up the volume with dance music to move every man, woman and child that comes in contact. On tour in support of this year's Why Make Sense?, they kicked off with the first single "Huarache Lights," mixing in fan favorites like "One Life Stand," "Ready for the Floor" and "Over and Over."

Kishi Bashi - Ogden Theatre

Kishi Bashi performed at the Ogden Theatre Saturday, January 17, on the first date of Guster’s North American tour. The multi-instrumentalist/singer-songwriter performed his unique style of intricate and intense stringed-solos, layered and looped harmonies and beats, and nearly operatic indie pop with a slice of comedy and bright smiles at every turn.

Spring King - DIY All-Dayer - Laundry E8 (2014)

Spring King from Manchester put on a blast of a show at the All-Dayer Anniversary party presented by DIY Magazine, November 1, 2014 at Laundry E8 in Hackney.

The Cribs - Parish Show Gallery - SXSW Music 2015

One of the best things about the Parish in Austin is the long row of seating to the right of the venue. I was wise to take a rest there prior to The Cribs taking the stage, since I would need what little energy I had left to make it through torrentially fabulous set. Bent on shooting this show and with no one to blame but myself, I was right at the front with the crowd, which this evening was the antithesis of the L.A., arm-folding gang of kids. Read the full review here.

One of the best things about the Parish in Austin is the long row of seating to the right of the venue. I was wise to take a rest there prior to The Cribs taking the stage, since I would need what little energy I had left to make it through torrentially fabulous set. Bent on shooting this show and with no one to blame but myself, I was right at the front with the crowd, which this evening was the antithesis of the L.A., arm-folding gang of kids. - See more at: http://kaffeinebuzz.com/reviews/event-reviews/item/14227-the-cribs-parish-sxsw-music-2015-recap-plus-tour-dates#sthash.r2YCfjxG.dpuf

Carl Barât and The Jackals - British Music Embassy Gallery - SXSW Music 2015

It was great to have Carl Barât back in Austin for SXSW, this time with this three bandmates to make up and The Jackals, shooting a firehose of rock and roll over the Latitude 30 crowd. It had been many years since Barât made another Sx appearance with Dirty Pretty Things. On this night the band came through to deliver on the eagerness of their fans, much in the way they did when I caught their Coventry gig towards the end of last year.

Palma Violets - Do512 The Big One Gallery - SXSW Music 2015

Running, of sorts, as best as one can on the last day of SXSW, to the Empire Control Room, I caught the last minutes of Rumblebucket and their confetti shower, a fray that would continue through to the Palma Violets set soon after.

Guster - Ogden Theatre

Not sure what the equivalent of a band’s first night of tour is to a home run, a hat trick, a blow out, either way and sports metaphors aside, Guster met and more than exceeded fan’s expectation at the Ogden in Denver to a sold-out crowd.

Carl Barât and The Jackals - The Kasbah - Coventry (2014)

There was much anticipation for Carl Barât to emerge on the small stage of The Kasbah in Coventry with his band of bandmates, The Jackals. One Libertines fan approached me, ‘Is he really going to play here?,” asking in disbelief, as if it standing within spitting distance of a Barât performance was just too good to be true.

Menace Beach - DIY All-Dayer - Laundry E8 (2014)

Menace Beach was one of many acts performing at the All Dayer Anniversary party presented by DIY Magazine, November 1, 2014 at Laundry E8 in Hackney. Check out the band during their upcoming U.K. tour.

Fat White Family - SXSW Music 2014

I was the lone female front and center, a crowded center, for Fat White Family at the British Music Embassy, as numerous photographers and “fuck yeah man, I’m here to thrash to some punk rock!” kinda bros were all shoved in. My friend Shell Zenner (Amazing Radio host) didn’t say much of what to expect, only that I would have my face blown off. Holy fuck, was she right.

Sulk - Shacklewell Arms (London)

It was the end of Sulk's U.K. tour at the end of May when the band dove into Shacklewell Arms, swimming within a sea of devoted fans. The debut album Graceless (produced by Ed Buller, who's previously worked with Suede and Pulp) had been released the month prior, so many of these fans had yet to experience the single "Flowers" and other tracks from the album in a live setting.

Orthy - Fuck Yeah Pres by Tumblr SXSW Interactive 2013

Austin' Orthy performed at Mohawk for Tumblr's Fuck Yeah SXSW Interactive 2013 Party, along with Portugal The Man, Cloud Nothings, Anamanaguchi, Jerome LOL, Ume and Friendly Ghost Machine.

Tall Ships - British Music Embassy - SXSW Music 2013

Brighton's Tall Ships blasted through tracks from their debut album 'Everything Touching' in the packed-out Latitude 30, across the pond in Austin having previously sold out London' XOYO.

The walls shook from the chords in "T=O," the people swayed to jangle delight of "Phosphorescence," and hearts were moved by the utter beauty of "Idolatry."

 

Foxygen - SXSW Music 2013

Foxygen assembled on the Red 7 patio stage on the third day into SXSW 2013, after over a half hour of sound check. Under normal circumstances, not a big deal. In a festival scenario with a tight schedule, kind of a deal. 

So the show goes on.

From the start, lead vocalist and frontman Sam France took his place behind the keyboards, donned in colorful garb fitting of an artist ready to paint with flair. 

Read the full review here.

Hackney House - SXSW Interactive 2013

Hackney House made it's virgin voyage at this year's SXSW Interactive, making the trek from East London to Austin to present a series of events, from art, film, music and creative workshops and parties to a presentation on this year's Digital Shoreditch.

The best and brightest companies from the London Borough of Hackney mingled with Austin and other U.S.-based companies to discuss the future of business partnerships and collaborations, including Bare Conductive, BERG, Choose Your Own Documentary, The Church of London, Decoded, Dezeen, Digital Shoreditch, Goodnight Lamp, Hulger, iCITY, Kahoot! Makielab, Mixcloud, MOO, Mother, Not Tom, onedotzero, POKE, Protein,Sugru, Technology Will Save Us and Trampery.

Tim Wheeler from Ash - Lost Brothers - British Music Embassy - SXSW Music 2013

Tim Wheeler from Ash lit up Latitude 30 with his acoustic set at at the first night of the annual British Music Embassy at SXSW as part of the Ireland showcase. Fans sang along to favorites "Shining Light, "Oh Yeah," and a cover of the Undertone's "Teenage Kicks," a track from "Good Vibrations," a film screening at this year's SXSW.

A tough act to follow, but Lost Brothers managed to hold their own, taking influence from the very musicians who called Austin their home.

Breton - Red 7 Patio - SXSW Music 2012

London's Breton perform the last day of SXSW Music 2012 in the back patio of Red 7 in Austin. The four-piece released their debut album, Other People's Problems, this year on FatCat Records.

Akron/Family - Do512's Epic Interactive Party - SXSW 2013

Akron/Family performed songs from their fifth album, Sub Versus, for the peeps attending Do512's Epic Interactive Party presented by Deep Eddy Vodka & Get Smart Connect.