Photo: Ollie Thomas
Autobahn hails from Leeds, releasing two E.P.s prior to their debut album, Dissemble, which came out on Tough Love in August of 2015. The industrial, dark vibe reflected in Dissemble comes from different sources, from their area of origin, the initial concept of Krautrock via the band's Autobahn moniker, and most definitely in the songs themselves. Titles like “Beautiful Place to Die,” “Ostentation” and “Suicide Saturday,” lean in the goth realm of doom and gloom, while at the same time, Autobahn generates emotions of great joy with a touch of pleasure and pain.
Baby Strange - Johnny Madden, vocals/guitar, brothers Connaire McCann on drums and Aidan McCann on bass - out of Glasgow got a head start on the new year in January, snagging the attention of Amazon UK, who included them in their “New and Emerging” acts to watch in 2016, and were chosen to be part of the Great X-Pectations class of 2016 by Radio X, which adds to other accolades Baby Strange has rightly received since their start in 2012.
It’s 3:30am. My alarm goes off. Time to get up. No, not to catch a flight for an exotic holiday. It’s time to break out my laptop in the middle of the night to livestream the Arsenal match against Leicester City. And I’m not alone. Far from it. There are Gooners (Arsenal Gunner fans) across the U.S. up at this hour, in pubs, in their pajamas, but all very intent on cheering, sharing observations, jokes, bitching and moaning in person and on Twitter with each minute of the match.
It was last summer, July to be precise, when the tension-infused, darkstar four-piece FEWS was being interviewed by The Quietus about the beginnings of this band and the release of their first single, “ILL.” At the time The Quietus stated FEWS “has yet to fully puncture the indie blogosphere,” but that would soon change.
The Kaffeine Buzz show has been on a bit of hiatus over the past year, and now we’re taking the timing of this podcast relaunch to align with SXSW 2016.
Our plans for The Kaffeine Buzz show will coincide with our other planned coverage, which beyond Music, will include Interactive, Film, SXstyle, SXsports, Comedy, the parties and the mayhem, along with interviews, on-the-ground stories, and photo essays of all the action.
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.