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Playing SXSW Culture Collide – Carl Barât, BRONCHO, Gang of Four, Palma Violets

One of the must-attend SXSW events has announced their line up and RSVP – Filter Magazine’s Culture Collide party. Returning to Bar 96 at Rainey St. and once again partnering with Dr. Martens, an exciting bevy of artists is in store, including Carl Barât‘s return to SXSW with his new outfit, The Jackals, BRONCHO, Gang of Four, and Palma Violets for their cross-pond reunion with the states and Austin.



In the ‘much anticipated’ category, Carl Barât and The Jackals new debut full-length Let It Reign, will be amped for their tour of the states and a series of SXSW events. The new video for one of the album’s singles, “A Storm Is Coming,” was released earlier this month.


Palma Violets have also been in video mode, releasing the visual version of the title track to their second album, Danger In The Club, today. Directed by Roger Sargent and filmed at Pineapple pub, located south of Waterloo by way of Lambeth North in London, the band takes us through the shenanigans of mixing booze, rock and harp on a rainy day. Danger In The Club is out 4th (worldwide) and 5th (US) May on Rough Trade Records.


The last time I saw Gang of Four was when they performed at the Gothic Theatre, years ago here in Denver. Between breaks to tap into the oxygen tank on the side stage…yes, it’s a high-altitude city…former lead singer Jon King proceeded to smash a white microwave oven during their set. It took a few seconds, but I could tell it was the one that I’d taken to the charity shop earlier that morning. That’s the closest I’ve come to contributing to any element of a live performance, and am happy to have it stay that way.

Last year their former bassist Dave Allen spoke during SXSW Interactive about his plans with Beats Music to change the monetary models of the music business in favor of the artist. Since the acquisition of Beats Music by Apple, who’s to stay where that company is headed, but Allen is still with Beats, so I hope he’s been able to stay true to his mission. Maybe we’ll find out at this year’s Sx. Either way, Gang of Four’s last original member Andy Gill, along with Thomas McNeice, John “Gaoler” Sterry, and Jonny Finnegansmash will no doubt plan to smash the eardrums of the Rainey Street kids during their Culture Collide set.


With the ode of “Get there early, stay late and #STANDFORSOMETHING,” the remaining detailes for the full Culture Collide SXSW schedule will be announced throughout this week, so stay tuned. We’ll also keep our ears out for Filter’s Showdown at Cedar Street line up.



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