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5:00pm

Oberhofer
    Monday March 12, 2012 5:00pm - 5:40pm @ Fader Fort (1101 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78702)

    Ever since moving operations from his parent’s basement in Tacoma, Washington to Brooklyn, 20 year old Brad Oberhofer has been carefully honing his own brand of bedroom pop, which is as affecting and genuine as it is naively chaotic.
    Charmingly skewed and ramshackle, Oberhofer’s classic, melody heavy indie rock sound manages to meld Brian Wilson sized hooks with expansive instrumentation and kooky, unpredictable song structures. The intense production mixes programmed drums with jittering live percussion and centers his exuberant yelps amongst keys, xylophones, whistles and washes of wall of sound guitar.



    Artists
    Between 4 green towers composite of the best known human words...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #Oberhofer
    Info Y
    Tags Music, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS17422


 
 

8:00pm

Dinosaur Feathers
    Tuesday March 13, 2012 8:00pm - 8:25pm @ The Belmont (305 West 6th Street, Austin, TX, 78701)

    With Whistle Tips, Brooklyn, NY quartet Dinosaur Feathers flee from the tropics of their debut, 2009’s Fantasy Memorial, and push themselves into hitherto unexplored and ultimately rewarding new territories. Once tethered to a drum machine, the addition of drummer Nick Brooks provides new-found forcefulness and flexibility; the clean melodic basslines of Ryan Michael Kiley often grow into dynamic leads without abandoning the low end; and where acoustic guitar once engendered laid-back vibes and folk misnomers, the electric guitar of vocalist Greg Sullo now drives with clear tones, a welcome crunch, and occasionally noisy outbursts. Evolution is, however, only a theory. For all you indie creationists, the Dinosaur Feathers you may have known and/or loved lives on through their sunny melodies, still-infectious grooves, and ever-boisterous harmonies between Sullo, Kiley, and keyboardist Derek Zimmerman. These elements, plus such seemingly disparate influences as The Soft Boys, The Olivia Tremor Control, XTC and of course Paul McCartney's Wings, now inform a jazzier/punkier/maybe even poppier mélange.

    Artists
    With Whistle Tips, Brooklyn, NY quartet Dinosaur Feathers flee...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #DinosaurFeathers
    Tags Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS15772


8:00pm

Ariane Moffatt
    Tuesday March 13, 2012 8:00pm - 8:40pm @ Spill (212 E. 6th St.)
    Ariane Moffatt is an adventurer. The Montreal singer-songwriter’s illustrious career is marked by curiosity ¬– sonic, musical and emotional – and it’s contagious. She has built a devoted following in Quebec over the past decade, making inroads to France with her evocative blend of electro, pop, soul and rock.
    At the heart of her success is that voice – an instrument of arresting intimacy that tugs on your heartstrings as it floats through the atmosphere, at once earthy, ethereal and capable of surprising power.
    Yet it is underwater that Moffatt makes her grand entrance, splashing onto the scene with her runaway 2002 debut Aquanaute. An entrancing collection of post-trip-hop confessionals blending acoustic and electronic textures, sung just above a whisper, the album strikes a chord. It sells 120,000 copies and wins three ADISQ Awards (Quebec’s Grammys) including Discovery of the Year and Pop-Rock Album of the Year.
    Meanwhile, Moffatt is making her reputation as a mesmerizing performer, her live shows bringing a whole new dimension to her dreamy sound. The submersive audio-visual experience is captured on the live CD/DVD Ariane Moffatt à la Station C, which appears in 2005, six months before her second album, Le coeur dans la tête.
    Without losing the lightness of her earlier material, the new work surprises with gritty forays into rock, reggae and drum-and-bass. Two things become immediately obvious: this girl can do anything; and, held together by her voice, it all fits.
    “It’s like I want to master the essence of each kind of groove,” Moffatt says. “I want to submerge myself in these sounds; I feel more creative when I make stylistic clashes, borrowing ingredients from all kinds of things I love.”
    At the heart of her inclusive vibe is an artistic integrity and emotional honesty that cut through her aesthetic choices.
    “The emotion in a song is like the glue that picks it all up,” she says, “my identity, my personality, poetry. Maybe that’s my musical identity – that whole mix. I’m very sensitive; I ask a lot of questions. I listen to what’s happening inside myself and music is a great channel to express those feelings.”
    Moffatt is introduced to the French public in February, 2006, opening for Alain Souchon at the fabled Olympia de Paris. Shortly after, Le coeur dans la tête is released in France, where her star continues to rise as she is taken under the wing of flamboyant pop songsmith M (aka Mathieu Chedid).
    A few years later, Moffatt seduces the French public with Je veux tout, the irresistible hit single off her third album Tous les sens, released in April, 2008. The song cycle finds the singer dabbling in what she does best, from airy introspection to folky ragtime and funky electro.
    The electronic elements of her music are highlighted on the followup EP Tous les sens - remix, featuring inspired reworkings of her songs by acclaimed Montreal techno artists Akufen, Deadbeat and Pheek. On the opposite end of the spectrum, in 2010 she releases Trauma – musique de la série TV, a collection of stripped down, English-language covers of songs by everyone from The Ronettes to Cat Power, Tom Waits, R.E.M. and Leonard Cohen recorded for the Grey’s Anatomy-style Quebec hospital drama.
    Now, as she prepares to unveil her most ambitious album yet, Moffatt is more comfortable than ever with the various incarnations of her artistic expression.
    “Music takes us places that aren’t in any guidebook or on a map,” she says. “It’s like a quest, a search for what is beautiful – to make tangible the things which cannot be named, to give substance to emotions and create a common denominator for everything people feel.”

    Artists
    Ariane Moffatt is an adventurer. The Montreal singer-songwriter’s...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #ArianeMoffatt
    Tags Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS16267


8:00pm

Bruce Hughes & the All Nude Army

8:00pm

8:00pm

Love Inks

8:00pm

Oberhofer
    Tuesday March 13, 2012 8:00pm - 8:40pm @ Hype Hotel (504 Trinity Street, Austin, TX 78701)
    Ever since moving operations from his parent’s basement in Tacoma, Washington to Brooklyn, 20 year old Brad Oberhofer has been carefully honing his own brand of bedroom pop, which is as affecting and genuine as it is naively chaotic.
    Charmingly skewed and ramshackle, Oberhofer’s classic, melody heavy indie rock sound manages to meld Brian Wilson sized hooks with expansive instrumentation and kooky, unpredictable song structures. The intense production mixes programmed drums with jittering live percussion and centers his exuberant yelps amongst keys, xylophones, whistles and washes of wall of sound guitar.

    Artists
    Between 4 green towers composite of the best known human words...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #Oberhofer
    Tags 21+, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS19301


8:00pm

The Late Great Fitzcarraldos

8:30pm

8:55pm

Outasight

9:00pm

Capital Cities
    Tuesday March 13, 2012 9:00pm - 9:40pm @ Buffalo Billiards (201 E 6th St)

    L.A.’s Capital Cities arrive with a little sonic head rush called ‘Safe and Sound’, an easy, breezy, beautiful slice of effervescent electro-pop that even comes complete with a massive ‘trumpets-in-da-club’ bit that absolutely kills it. (Neon Gold) The song has catchy indie stylings and features the beloved vintage Juno-106 keyboard that gives the production such a comforting retro vibe. (Arjan Writes) It’s a scorcher bound to make your dance-infused taste buds sizzle. The music swarms with outside-of-the-box tendencies, jam-packed full of life, energy and unusual yet fantastic sounds. (Clixie)

    Artists
    The creative alchemy of two former jingle writers—Ryan Merchant...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #CapitalCities
    Tags 21+, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS17375


9:00pm

Grape St.

9:00pm

Half Moon Run

9:00pm

Sphynx
    Tuesday March 13, 2012 9:00pm - 9:40pm @ Trinity Hall (401 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701)

    Cory Dennis, Todd Harris, and Aaron Miller's first glimpse of success came in high school with The El Guapos, an indie-rock outfit that disbanded after three years of packed Austin venues, a capacity performance at the 2009 NAMM SXSW-Underage showcase, and a botched European record deal. While Miller and Harris studied at The University of Texas, Dennis honed his recording and production skills, founding Indie Fort Studios and receiving acclaim for his work with award-winning baroque-pop group, Mother Falcon. The three remained best friends and it wasn't long before they embarked on another musical project, this time experimenting with pop and electronic music. They called it Sphynx.

    Artists
    Cory Dennis, Todd Harris, and Aaron Miller's first glimpse of...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #Sphynx
    Tags 21+, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS17234


9:00pm

The Seedy Seeds

10:00pm

Each Other

10:00pm

Rachael Sage & The Sequins

10:00pm

Voltaire Twins

11:00pm

Herra Terra
    Tuesday March 13, 2012 11:00pm - 11:40pm @ Valhalla (710 Red River St)

    “Whenever Boston’s delinquent nephew Worcester comes up in conversation, we can’t help but form the mental image of some sort of devastated city-scape straight out of an arcade beat-em-up, ala Final Fight or Streets of Rage, where everyone just goes around supplexing each other and eating chicken legs off the ground. While this is likely untrue, and undoubtedly insulting, in our defense, SynthRock heros HERRA TERRA aren’t really helping things by making the perfect sort of music to spin-kick by."

    Artists
    “Whenever Boston’s delinquent nephew Worcester comes up in...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #HerraTerra
    Tags 21+, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS18249


11:00pm

Jon Lindsay
    Tuesday March 13, 2012 11:00pm - 11:40pm @ tenOak (409 Colorado St)

    Jon Lindsay has been on a pretty incredible tear since emerging on the national indie rock scene in 2010. After going solo in 2009 from prominent roles in several well known bands (most notably Benji Hughes and The Young Sons), the Oregon-born, North Carolina raised singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist released 2 critically acclaimed EP's, a stunning debut LP (2010's "Escape From Plaza-Midwood"), AND a debut LP "Rumormill" for his side band, The Catch Fire, all while playing upwards of 150 national shows between 2010 and 2011.

    Artists
    Jon Lindsay has been on a pretty incredible tear since emerging...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #JonLindsay
    Tags 21+, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS17900


 
 

12:00am

Rayon Beach

12:00am

Royal Teeth
    Wednesday March 14, 2012 12:00am - 12:40am @ BD Riley's (204 E. 6th St.)

    More often than not, Royal Teeth tries something, and despite the odds or apparent roadblocks, it simply works. Recruit a lead vocalist who has never been in a band before? Check. Record a cover of a popular, mega-selling single for the band’s first studio EP? Why not? High on the release of their new EP “Act Naturally”, the vocal duo of Gary Larsen and Nora Patterson provide heartfelt lyrics as the 6 piece band of musicians travel through lavish soundscapes via a synth-infused sound boasting a brand all to itself that’s not quite “dance pop” and not quite electronic. Leadoff track “Wild” finds Patterson’s crystalline vocal hooks bounding in joyous romps over Larsen’s grounded narrative. “I believe I can make you scream for me,” she sings, like a little girl flirting on the playground with her fingers firmly crossed behind her back. The band’s bold, warmed-up rendition of The Knife’s 2003 chilled-out club single “Heartbeats” sounds like a long-lost New Wave hit from the early 1980s, bubbling over with dance floor pulses and thick kick drum echoes. Royal Teeth effortlessly makes this familiar song its own without having to radically reinvent the style of the track or compromise the character of the band. In fact, Royal Teeth’s musicians are only interested in being themselves. And if making music and having audiences respond well is a difficult thing, it’s news to them. Larsen adds, “Everything about this band has been easy so far. Lots of people do the guy-girl vocals thing, but we felt that we could take our own swing at it.” Royal Teeth makes music for adventures.

    Artists
    http://royalteethmusic.com


    Type Band, Official
    Tags 21+, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS19405


12:00am

Tic Tic Boom!

1:00am

Polica
    Wednesday March 14, 2012 1:00am - 1:45am @ The Bat Bar (218 E 6th St)

    POLIÇA began as a collaboration between fellow Gayngs' members Channy Casselle and Ryan Olson in June of 2011. By July they had completed 11 songs, made the key additions of drummers Ben Ivascu and Drew Christopherson, bass player Chris Bierdan, and headed to the studio. After Mike Noyce (Bon Iver) lent his voice on Lay Your Cards Out and Wandering Star, the record was brought to Austin, TX to be mixed with Jim Eno (Spoon). In a few days, the LP was completed and the band Poliça was formed. On stage, the original beats composed by Olson play amongst Channy’s passionate vocals & an intense rhythm section, that lead to a description somewhere in the area of electro-r&b goth-pop.

    Artists
    POLIÇA began as a collaboration between fellow Gayngs' members...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #Polica
    Tags 21+, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS15703


1:00am

1:00pm

Francisca Valenzuela

1:00pm

Hype Machine’s Hype Hotel

2:00pm

Monsieur Perine

2:00pm

2:00pm

Set Your Content Free (It's Harder Than You Think)

2:00pm

Social Media Band Camp

2:00pm

SXSW Music Accelerator: Round One B Pitches

2:00pm

What Happened to the Big Idea in Music Technology?

    From Raoul Hernandez, The Austin Chronicle:

    In 1997, Rick Moody's second novel, The Ice Storm, a biting tragedy of Seventies malaise, was translated onscreen with an all-star cast by future Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee. Now a Criterion Collection DVD shown in December at the Blanton Museum with Moody present, the film didn't capture the era's soundtrack the way the book did, even if its author made mixtapes for his cinematic stand-in, Tobey Maguire.

    A lifelong musician and friend of Gang of Four bassist Dave Allen, who moderates this panel, Moody's way with words – "Actual music would subvert the immanence of music in novel writing, the incredible power of music described in words, the music suggested by words, the very music of prose," he wrote in an afterward to The Ice Storm – demanded an email interview. Why talk by phone when you can get a master of prose to write you? For the complete exchange, see the Earache! Music blog.

    Austin Chronicle: So what did 'Happen to the Big Idea in Technology'? Is there one? Do we need one? Didn't tech already liberate the industry?

    Ricky Moody: Yes, I think there is a de-centralization that has taken place in music as a result of digital technology. Now it's really possible to make a record at home without all the incredibly expensive equipment and studio time. And it's possible to distribute music yourself without a record label. (I have done it, in fact, though I cannot say I think I have done it very well.) That's good, that's democratic.

    On the other hand, I think iTunes has driven promotion into the ground, and file-sharing has destroyed the sense of music as a product. Which means that only one part of the business – live music – seems to have any vitality to it anymore. This is good for touring musicians, I guess. They can make money on tickets and t-shirts. But the retrenchment in the industry has meanwhile made the major labels risk averse, both in the recording and the promotion. People make records that risk nothing, and which are cookie cutter releases stylistically, and they promote them (if they do at all) in the same ways all the time.

    I can't think of a more depressing time in terms of what popular music is. And I was alive in the early Seventies, before punk. All of this, all of what remains of the revolution that was once rock & roll, is driven by capitalism and by the herd mentality of the record labels and technology companies. I hope the kids will take the ashes of popular song and remake it their own revolutionary way.



    Speakers
    Pres | Katalyst | Anthony Batt is the President of Katalyst...

    Dir, Interactive Strategy | NORTH | Dave Allen is the Director...

    Creative Dir | Uncorked Studios | David is Creative Director...

    Cash Music | Jesse von Doom is the co-Executive Director of CASH...

    Writer | Rick Moody writes about music at The Rumpus (www.therumpus.net...

    Asst Instructor | The University of Texas | I marshal the middle...


    Type Music, Panel
    Hashtag #sxsw #bigidea
    Info Y
    Tags AustinChronicle, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MP990263


2:00pm

PureVolume House

2:10pm

Teeth & Tongue

2:30pm

The John Steel Singers
    Wednesday March 14, 2012 2:30pm - 2:39pm @ Ballroom G Day Stage Austin Convention Center (500 E Cesar Chavez St.)

    The John Steel Singers are one of the most well-known alternative acts in Australia. With five members traversing across instruments like explorers, the Brisbane natives bring another dimension to the experimental pop aesthetic with an accomplished brass section on trombone and trumpet amongst the staple guitars, bass and drums. They were voted by national youth station, triple j, as unsigned band of the year with the Unearthed J Award in 2008. Their debut album ‘Tangalooma’ was produced by Robert Forster of The Go-Betweens and mixed by Nicolas Vernhes (Deerhunter, Fiery Furnaces). The album garnered huge support with triple j, receiving feature album, and single ‘Overpass’ coming in at #52 in the Hottest 100 of 2010. The band has trekked the country with their own sell-out headline shows and supported some incredible bands on tour such as The Polyphonic Spree, The Morning Benders and The Dodos; as well as playing festivals such as Splendour In The Grass, Big Day Out and Laneway Festival. They were recently in the states for CMJ in NY and have returned again for SXSW. They’ll be touring the west coast with He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister and Bad Weather California; playing the Tree Fort Music Festival in Boise, Idaho; and they’ll jumping into the studio with LA producer Thom Monahan (Vetiver, Little Joy, Au Revoir Simone) while in the country.

    Artists
    The John Steel Singers are returning, bringing with them their...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #TheJohnSteelSingers
    Tags All, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS19700


2:30pm

Next Stage: Behind the Scenes with Indiewire featuring Female Directors Martha Stephens of Pilgrim Song, Amy Siemetz of Sun Don’t Shine and Meagan Griffiths of Eden

2:50pm

Voltaire Twins

3:00pm

Canadian Blast

5:00pm

Oberhofer
    Wednesday March 14, 2012 5:00pm - 5:40pm @ Fader Fort (1101 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78702)

    Ever since moving operations from his parent’s basement in Tacoma, Washington to Brooklyn, 20 year old Brad Oberhofer has been carefully honing his own brand of bedroom pop, which is as affecting and genuine as it is naively chaotic.
    Charmingly skewed and ramshackle, Oberhofer’s classic, melody heavy indie rock sound manages to meld Brian Wilson sized hooks with expansive instrumentation and kooky, unpredictable song structures. The intense production mixes programmed drums with jittering live percussion and centers his exuberant yelps amongst keys, xylophones, whistles and washes of wall of sound guitar.



    Artists
    Between 4 green towers composite of the best known human words...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #Oberhofer
    Info Y
    Tags Pop, Music
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS17422


7:30pm

Prom Date

8:00pm

Carletta Sue Kay
    Wednesday March 14, 2012 8:00pm - 8:35pm @ Beauty Bar (617 E. Seventh St. Austin, TX)
    Carletta Sue Kay are equal parts Marianne Faithful, Joanna Newsom and Emmylou Harris, coupled with the song writing styles of Stephin Merritt and Cole Porter. The music gravitates toward the sadder side of life, lamenting much, regretting more. CSK is named after singer-songwriter Randy Walker’s real-life cousin who served a prison sentence for domestic terrorism and threatening to blow-up her ex-boyfriend with a pipe bomb. This is an auspicious inspiration for a musical persona who, performing with an obvious five-o’clock shadow, sings heart-wrenching yet transformative songs of love, life, and relationships told from the perspective of a woman. Carletta’s live performances have so riveted audiences that she has already secured an international following—before releasing even a single record. The debut Carletta Sue Kay lp Incongruent will be out this year on Kitten Charmer. Singer Randy Walker, aka Carletta was recently honored to record with the Magnetic Fields for their forthcoming and 10th album Love at the Bottom of the Sea on Merge.
    "Infinitely more touching than Antony"
    – Vogue Italia

    "Lotte Lenya and Edith Piaf combined,
    with all of the tragedy but far more humor”
    – SF Weekly

    Artists
    Carletta Sue Kay are equal parts Marianne Faithful, Joanna Newsom...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #CarlettaSueKay
    Tags 21+, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS18218


8:00pm

Andrea Balency Trio
    Wednesday March 14, 2012 8:00pm - 8:40pm @ Buffalo Billiards (201 E 6th St)

    French-Mexican Andrea Balency was born in Paris in 1989 and after a thorough and classical education; she started composing music at the age of 17. Since then, her life experiences from both Argentina and Mexico - where she’s been living since her teens – have influenced her songwriting to the point of not only including traditional French music and ‘chanson’ but also Mexican and Argentina’s folklore. Throughout her short career she also included a wide array of other music styles to her own chemistry, ranging from jazz and sometimes hip-hop to a touch of electronic music which is, slowly, becoming her new favorite experimental ground.

    Artists
    French-Mexican Andrea Balency was born in Paris in 1989 and after...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #AndreaBalencyTrio
    Tags 21+, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS18222


8:00pm

Blood Orange

8:00pm

Gush

8:00pm

8:00pm

Wonder Villains

8:45pm

Mirror Mirror

8:45pm

9:00pm

Alex Cuba
    Wednesday March 14, 2012 9:00pm - 9:40pm @ Speakeasy (412 Congress Ave #D)

    Alex Cuba is a rebel. "When it comes to creativity, I need to go to places I've never been before," he says. With the wanderlust of a world traveler, the Cuban-Canadian singer-songwriter explores new sonic spaces on Ruido En El Sistema / Static in the System. Following the compass points of rock, soul, pop, and Latin-funk on his fourth album, Cuba continues his journey as a critically acclaimed independent artist who's charted his own destiny across the world stage while earning a growing legion of devoted listeners at each new juncture.

    Artists
    Alex Cuba is a rebel. "When it comes to creativity, I need to...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #AlexCuba
    Tags Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS16792


9:00pm

Boy Friend

9:00pm

Clare and the Reasons
    Wednesday March 14, 2012 9:00pm - 9:40pm @ St David's Historic Sanctuary (301 E 8th St Austin, TX 78701)
    Clare and the Reasons call Brooklyn home, but after touring around the world extensively for their first 2 albums, they needed a new setting, one that would make them see and hear differently. In 2011, for 8 months, they lived in an apartment on Berlin's Bergstrasse, on the western edges of what used to be the East. They bought a Schwalbe moped--model KR-51, and sped around the city at a velocity the congested New York streets would have prohibited. While riding under the vast skies of Berlin, the city, a blurred filmstrip of cobblestones, trees, and graffiti, they dreamed up the sounds of the new record. After months of writing under the influence of Berlin they packed up a van and drove to a town near the Dutch border called Rees-Haldern to record the album, Oct-Nov of 2011. They recorded for long hours, in between bicycling in and around cow fields under an unimaginable number of stars.

    Artists
    Clare and the Reasons call Brooklyn home, but after touring around...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #ClareandtheReasons
    Tags All, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS17403


9:00pm

Mozart's Sister

9:00pm

Oberhofer
    Wednesday March 14, 2012 9:00pm - 9:40pm @ Haven (401 colorado st, Austin, TX 78701)

    Ever since moving operations from his parent’s basement in Tacoma, Washington to Brooklyn, 20 year old Brad Oberhofer has been carefully honing his own brand of bedroom pop, which is as affecting and genuine as it is naively chaotic.
    Charmingly skewed and ramshackle, Oberhofer’s classic, melody heavy indie rock sound manages to meld Brian Wilson sized hooks with expansive instrumentation and kooky, unpredictable song structures. The intense production mixes programmed drums with jittering live percussion and centers his exuberant yelps amongst keys, xylophones, whistles and washes of wall of sound guitar.

    Artists
    Between 4 green towers composite of the best known human words...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #Oberhofer
    Tags Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS17422


9:00pm

Shimmering Stars
    Wednesday March 14, 2012 9:00pm - 9:40pm @ Hotel Vegas (1500 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702)

    Shimmering Stars is a three-piece dream pop act from Vancouver, BC, Canada. The music embodies an attempt at drawing out and illuminating the subtle darkness inherent in the seemingly wholesome, innocent music of the 1950s and 60s. The result filters older influences like the Everly Brothers, Del Shannon, Phil Spector, and Bo Diddley through a contemporary indie lens. Songs about being in love, not being in love, the painfully modern condition of floating in a state of suspended adolescence – all tinted with the slight self-deprication of knowing how trite it is to be writing songs about these things at all.

    Artists
    Shimmering Stars is a three-piece dream pop act from Vancouver...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #ShimmeringStars
    Tags 21+, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS17634


9:00pm

Superhumanoids

9:00pm

The Two

9:00pm

Tiago Iorc

9:15pm

ZZ Ward
    Wednesday March 14, 2012 9:15pm - 9:45pm @ The Bat Bar (218 E 6th St)

    Where dirty blues and beats collide: Meet ZZ Ward, a singer/songwriter whose artistry spins on a luminous axis of voice and soul. Raised in Roseburg, Oregon, ZZ learned from her father who wrote songs and played harmonica in blues bands, but it was old school masters like Big Mama Thornton, Howlin’ Wolf, Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters from her parent’s vinyl collection that first intrigued ZZ. “It was the authenticity,” she recalls, “the soulfulness.”
    While ZZ is now at home on stage in reverential Los Angeles listening rooms, she was schooled in smokey dive bars and juke joints across the Pacific Northwest – anywhere she could sing. Driving fog-shrouded logging roads to gigs, hauling gear and setting up the sound system before playing three hours a night, ZZ is battle-tested.

    “I’m proud of the fact that I’ve done a lot,” she says. “I’ve paid dues and I’m still paying dues. I put albums together and sold them in parking lots. It was hard to go up to strangers and talk about music, but it made me tough.”

    Her musical momentum took her on a strange road, connecting her with a hip-hop community in Eugene, Oregon, to write and perform hooks at high-energy, rap shows. This rhythmic journey, combined with her bluesy upbringing, would become essential in laying the foundation for her signature "dirty blues and beats" sound.

    On January 4, 2012, ZZ dropped her mixtape, eleven roses, further solidifying her sonic foundation. The set features blues-riddled interpretations of some of her favorite hip-hop songs including Tyler The Creator’s “Yonkers,” Childish Gambino’s “You Know Me,” Wiz Khalifa/Curren$y’s “Rooftops” and Freddie Gibbs’ “Oil Money.” The offering also boasts two originals produced by Kid Cudi/Cool Kids collaborators Blended Babies and two acoustic renditions of songs to be featured on her upcoming full-length debut, due out later this year on Boardwalk/Hollywood Records.

    Artists
    http://zzward.com/


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #ZZWard
    Tags 21+, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS18225


9:40pm

Christopher Cross

10:00pm

Brite Futures
    Wednesday March 14, 2012 10:00pm - 10:40pm @ The Velveeta Room (521 E 6th St)

    The newest album from Seattle’s fun-loving quintet Brite Futures is a youthfully swaggering mix of synth-happy pop, rock, funk, disco, and New Wave that the band likes to describe as “punk rock Abba disco Osmonds with chainsaws.” It challenges the notion that irresistible pop can only be peddled by solo artists propped up by big-name songwriters and major labels. These pop, indie-minded twenty-somethings released Dark Past, mixed by Eliot James (Two Door Cinema Club, Kaiser Chiefs), last fall.

    Artists
    The newest album from Seattle’s fun-loving quintet Brite Futures...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #BriteFutures
    Tags All, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS16020


10:00pm

French Wives

10:00pm

Friends

10:00pm

Julia Nunes

10:00pm

Lake Street Dive
    Wednesday March 14, 2012 10:00pm - 10:40pm @ tenOak (409 Colorado St)
    Classic soul and R&B, jazz, and British invasion form the backdrop for the quirky and irreverent brand of pop for which Lake Street Dive has become known. Combine this with the unstoppable joy of their live shows and near viral collection of Youtube videos, and you get the sum of the Lake Street Dive equation: pure pop music fun. Knock- your-socks-off vocals and virtuosic instrumentals top it all off, and with the release of their third and self titled record on Signature Sounds, which Popmatters calls “a staggering, monumental disc,” this Brooklyn based quartet is garnering a growing fan base in and beyond their native East Coast. Incorporating the unlikely elements of upright bass and jazz-inflected trumpet along with more traditional rock staples, drum set and electric guitar, Lake Street Dive are equally at home in a jazz club, a dive bar or a festival stage.

    Artists
    Brooklyn-based quartet, Lake Street Dive enjoyed a whirlwind...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #LakeStreetDive
    Tags 21+, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS17612


10:00pm

Lynhurst
    Wednesday March 14, 2012 10:00pm - 10:40pm @ Deseo Centro Lounge (219 Congress Ave)
    Mari, Matt, and Jake Abdo, are the siblings who are LYNHURST. The band is named after the South Minneapolis Park and neighborhood where they grew up. After a year of touring, writing, and recording, LYNHURST delivers a 5 song EP titled “One Of These Days.” Mari, 21 recently stepped out from behind the drums to take over lead vocals. Matt, 24 sings, plays keys and guitar, and Jake, 25 plays bass and sings. Ed Hermanek emigrated from Chicago and stepped in as the band’s new drummer. “It’s really a new band with a new vibe and attitude, “says Mari. “It’s easier for me to connect with the audience from the front and it is very exciting!”

    Artists
    Mari, Matt, and Jake Abdo, are the siblings who are LYNHURST...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #Lynhurst
    Tags 21+, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS18122


10:00pm

Marit Larsen

10:00pm

Polica
    Wednesday March 14, 2012 10:00pm - 10:40pm @ ACL Live at the Moody Theater (310 W Willie Nelson Blvd 78701)

    POLIÇA began as a collaboration between fellow Gayngs' members Channy Casselle and Ryan Olson in June of 2011. By July they had completed 11 songs, made the key additions of drummers Ben Ivascu and Drew Christopherson, bass player Chris Bierdan, and headed to the studio. After Mike Noyce (Bon Iver) lent his voice on Lay Your Cards Out and Wandering Star, the record was brought to Austin, TX to be mixed with Jim Eno (Spoon). In a few days, the LP was completed and the band Poliça was formed. On stage, the original beats composed by Olson play amongst Channy’s passionate vocals & an intense rhythm section, that lead to a description somewhere in the area of electro-r&b goth-pop.

    Artists
    POLIÇA began as a collaboration between fellow Gayngs' members...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #Polica
    Tags Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS19295


10:00pm

Princeton

10:00pm

Tennis

10:00pm

We Are Serenades
    Wednesday March 14, 2012 10:00pm - 10:40pm @ ND (501 N IH 35)

    America, we’d like to introduce you to an amazing new band called Serenades. Based in Stockholm, Sweden, Serenades are the dynamic duo of Adam Olenius (Shout Out Louds) and Markus Krunegard, two of Sweden’s most highly-regarded songwriters. Serenades’ debut album will be available next year thanks to Cherrytree Records. In the meantime, however, you can get a very special taste of what’s to come via the band’s first EP, titled Come Home. Released through all digital service providers and indie retail on November 15th, Come Home is the perfect introduction to a band whose name you’ll be hearing throughout 2012.

    Artists
    America, we’d like to introduce you to an amazing new band...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #WeAreSerenades
    Tags Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS15993


10:10pm

Kimbra

10:25pm

Korallreven

10:30pm

Nic Cowan
    Wednesday March 14, 2012 10:30pm - 11:10pm @ St David's Bethell Hall (301 E 8th St)
    Many young musicians have parents who are less than supportive when artistic aspirations are announced. It’s understandable. After all, becoming a doctor, lawyer or accountant are safe career bets. Donning a guitar, writing songs and pounding on club doors for gigs? Not so much.
    But Nic Cowan never had that worry. When the native Texan and transplanted Atlantan decided to get serious about his musical career, he turned to the professional musician he knew best—his dad, a drummer who regularly gigged with folk, country and jazz ensembles. As an aspiring frontman and solo artist, the younger Cowan wanted dad’s ideas on what it would take to be successful. And dad, who’d played behind more than a few frontmen—good, bad and indifferent—was more than happy to lay aside his sticks to drop some wisdom.

    Artists
    Many young musicians have parents who are less than supportive...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #NicCowan
    Tags All, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS19024


10:35pm

Gliss

11:00pm

Anna Ihlis

11:00pm

Bensh

11:00pm

11:00pm

11:00pm

Half Moon Run

11:00pm

The Ropes

11:15pm

Pure X
    Wednesday March 14, 2012 11:15pm - 11:55pm @ Barbarella (611 Red River St)

    Austin, Texas trio Pure X play languid, dreamy, noise pop that floats on a raft of thick, distorted guitar sounds, carried along by a current of simple but determined rhythms. The members of Pure X first met when they were attending college in San Marcos, Texas, not far from Austin. Bassist Jesse Jenkins and drummer Austin Youngblood were members of the band Silver Pines, while guitarist and vocalist Nate Grace played in a short-lived band with Jenkins and released a handful of solo projects on cassette. After spending some time traveling, Grace settled in Austin in 2009, and invited Jenkins and Youngblood to jam with him. These first informal get-togethers evolved into a band called Pure Ecstasy, but when the Texans learned there was a show band in California using the same name, they changed their handle to Pure X. (As Grace told journalist Amber Bravo, "I like Pure X. Pure "blank" is how I like to think of it.") Aligning themselves with the like-minded bands on Austin's Light Lodge Records label, Pure X began releasing a steady stream of 7" and cassette releases; their favored recording technique was to cut everything live to tape, with no overdubs and minimal editing. After receiving encouraging reviews for their initial releases and live shows, Pure X came to the attention of Acephale Records, who released the band's first full-length album, Pleasure, in the summer of 2011.

    Artists
    Austin, Texas trio Pure X play languid, dreamy, noise pop that...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #PureX
    Tags 21+, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS17867


 
 

12:00am

12:00am

Django Django

12:00am

Kimbra

12:00am

12:00am

Miike Snow

12:00am

The Pierces

12:00am

Miike Snow

1:00am

1:00am

Winterpills

2:10pm

Lost in the Trees
    Thursday March 15, 2012 2:10pm - 2:55pm @ La Zona Rosa (612 W 4th St, Austin, TX 78701)

    Lost in the Trees
    A Church That Fits Our Needs 
    Release Date: March 20, 2012
     
    Lush  clusters  of  piano,  a  mysterious  sound  that  might  be  something  being  unwrapped,  or  paper  crushed  for  kindling,  and  A  Church  That  Fits  Our Needs,  the  second  album  by  North  Carolina  group  LOST  IN  THE  TREES,  is  underway,  announcing  itself  as  a  work  of  vaulting  ambition,  a  cathedral built on loss and transformation.  In the summer of 2009 Ari Picker – writer, 
    composer,  and  architect  of  the  band  –  lost  his  mother,  an  artist  in  her  own 
    right,  when  she  took  her  own  life.    Picker  was  in  the  midst  of  releasing  his  band’s  debut  album,  All  Alone  in  an  Empty  House,  a 
    collection  of  folk‐inflected  songs  that  surprised  with  its  orchestral  arrangements,  to  an  acclaim  usually  reserved  for  seasoned 
    veterans:  “both  heart  wrenching  and  beautiful,”  said  Paste,  while  the  Huffington  Post  called  the  album  “spellbinding  in  its  musical 
    ambition,  touching  in  its  intimacy,  and  often  overwhelming  in  its  emotional  honesty.”    Picker  took  the  loss  of  his  mother  and  set 
    about transforming the events into a tribute, composing, writing lyrics, his mother’s picture above his writing desk: the same picture 
    that  now  graces  the  album’s  cover.    “I  wanted  to  give  her  a  space,  in  the  music,  to  be,  and  to  become  all  the  things  she  didn’t  get  a  chance to be when she was alive.”



    Artists
    Dense clusters of piano, a mysterious sound that might be something...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #LostintheTrees
    Info Y
    Tags Pop, Music
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS17351


3:00pm

Dave Kusek Book Signing

3:00pm

Andrea Balency Trio

3:00pm

3:00pm

3:50pm

Graffiti6
    Thursday March 15, 2012 3:50pm - 4:30pm @ Speakeasy (412 Congress Ave.)

    Colours, the debut album from Britain’s Graffiti6, is as vividly vibrant as both the project’s moniker and its album title suggest: an uncategorizable mélange of pop, psychedelia, R&B, and British Northern Soul that fully capitalizes on the soaring uplift of Jamie Scott’s emotionally transparent voice and gift for melody and TommyD’s irresistible rhythms and inventive production. Songs like “Stone In My Heart,” “Stare Into The Sun,” “Annie You Save Me,” and “Free” are “latter-day psych-soul nuggets, all phased vocals and sunshine melodies given the warp factor,” as London’s Guardian newspaper put it, while the remainder of Colours zigzags all over the musical map from the folk-soul balladry of “Goodbye Geoffrey Drake,” to the spare, gospel-inflected feel of “Over You,” to the downtempo sultriness of “Calm The Storm,” to the jangly indie-rock vibe of “Lay Me Down.” “For me, the unexpectedness of the sound is the whole point,” Scott says. “It’s fun to mess with people’s heads.”



    Artists
    Colours, the debut album from Britain’s Graffiti6, is as vividly...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #Graffiti6
    Info Y
    Tags Pop, Music
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS18829


4:30pm

Kimbra

7:00pm

Polica
    Thursday March 15, 2012 7:00pm - 7:40pm @ IFC Crossroads House at Vice (302 E. 6th St., Austin, TX 78701)

    POLIÇA began as a collaboration between fellow Gayngs' members Channy Casselle and Ryan Olson in June of 2011. By July they had completed 11 songs, made the key additions of drummers Ben Ivascu and Drew Christopherson, bass player Chris Bierdan, and headed to the studio. After Mike Noyce (Bon Iver) lent his voice on Lay Your Cards Out and Wandering Star, the record was brought to Austin, TX to be mixed with Jim Eno (Spoon). In a few days, the LP was completed and the band Poliça was formed. On stage, the original beats composed by Olson play amongst Channy’s passionate vocals & an intense rhythm section, that lead to a description somewhere in the area of electro-r&b goth-pop.

    Artists
    POLIÇA began as a collaboration between fellow Gayngs' members...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #Polica
    Tags 18+, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS17884


7:30pm

The Grownup Noise
    Thursday March 15, 2012 7:30pm - 8:00pm @ Lamberts (401 W 2nd St)

    Since releasing their self-titled debut in 2007, Boston's The Grownup Noise have evolved into a rousing indie- pop outfit, bridging the gap between americana and indie, who've shared stages with everyone from comedian Patton Oswalt to fellow avant-baroque musicians like Dresden Doll Amanda Palmer, Thao with the Get Down Stay Down(Kill Rock Stars), and acclaimed Canadian barnstormers Rock Plaza Central. Fast forward several years and various enriching personal pursuits, and the band is finally gearing up for its playful, poignant new LP, This Time with Feeling, set for release in late spring, 2011. Described by the Portland Press Herald (ME) as a combination of "smart lyrics with keen vocals," adding that "its songs are doses of melodic sunshine," The Grownup Noise has maintained and built on its fanbase during the intervening years through a savvy combination of eccentric pop songs, natural talent and determination.

    Artists
    Since releasing their self-titled debut in 2007, Boston's The...


    Type Band, Official
    Tags 18+, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS19362


8:00pm

Ear Pwr
    Thursday March 15, 2012 8:00pm - 8:40pm @ 512 Rooftop (408 E 6th St)
    Since 2006, Devin Booze and Sarah Reynolds have been actively recording and performing as EAR PWR, a project crafted around Booze’s instrumentation, Reynolds’ lyricism, and the two’s creatively synergetic interplay. Booze’s training at the Bob Moog founded music technology program at UNCA lays the sonic groundwork upon which EAR PWR is ultimately realized. Utilizing a collection of analog synthesizers and miscellaneous live percussion, the two explore and invent densely textured soundscapes. Following a short-lived stint in Baltimore, EAR PWR returned to the mountains of their native North Carolina to get to work on their sophomore record with a more grounded and earnest approach than was seen on their off-the-cuff and dance-heavy Carpark debut. Booze’s handwritten musical compositions--compiled while touring Europe and the US with friends Future Islands and labelmate Toro Y Moi--are overlaid with Reynolds’ naturalistic allusion and everyday sentimentality, blossoming into ten diverse tracks of tactile electronica, spattered percussion, thematic depth and lyrical melody that attest to the transformation enacted by these two over the last year and a half. Emerging from this sea change is a unique creation brimming with joy, contemplation, and an energetic spirit harnessed in Booze and Reynolds’ collaborative commitment to one another in their maturing musical endeavor. In May of 2011 EAR PWR will have the honor of performing at the ATP Festival in England curated by Animal Collective.

    Artists
    Since 2006, Devin Booze and Sarah Reynolds have been actively...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #EarPwr
    Tags 21+, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS16037


8:00pm

I.No
    Thursday March 15, 2012 8:00pm - 8:40pm @ Spill (212 E. 6th St.)
    The paths of Amélie Nault and Olivier Beaulieu first crossed in Quebec City, where the pair enjoyed revisiting classics from their idols. The inseparable duo began to lay the groundwork for an as-yet amorphous musical project. Then came the breakthrough: after a few carefully-chosen appearances, Nault and Beaulieu met Alexandre Blais and Simon Pedneault, who helped polish the sound and confirm the tone.

    It is hard to find words to describe i.No's relentless, unsettling sound. An uninhibited fabric of sound, whose grainy harmonies lend orchestral overtones, both sensual and haunting. Elements of folk, rock and soul beat together in the same heart.

    Artists
    The paths of Amélie Nault and Olivier Beaulieu first crossed...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #I.No
    Tags Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS18446


8:00pm

Spectrals

8:00pm

Stepdad

8:00pm

The Strange Familiar

8:00pm

Wild Moccasins
    Thursday March 15, 2012 8:00pm - 8:40pm @ tenOak (409 Colorado St)

    With a collection of songs that web male-female vocals of couple Zahira Gutierrez and Cody Swann, as well as pop-infused percussion and string work, Wild Moccasins, a quintet of 20-somethings from Houston, TX, offer a sound that balances a musical guile beyond the band’s years.
    Wild Moccasins are perhaps best known in their native Texas for their uncanny ability to sell-out live shows. The mere release of their EP, Microscopic Metronomes & then Full Length, Skin Collision Past, actually resulted in some significant amount of press noting how they are one of the few local acts that have no trouble selling out a show.
    The explanation behind their passionate fan base can be found in the one aspect of Wild Moccasins that is most prevalent: their energy. The passion for music that all five members emit both in the studio and on the stage is one to marvel at.

    Artists
    With a collection of songs that web male-female vocals of couple...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #WildMoccasins
    Tags 21+, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS19273


8:00pm

Zak Waters

8:00pm

Zak Waters

8:15pm

Pink Nasty
    Thursday March 15, 2012 8:15pm - 8:45pm @ Sony Club @ Red 7 Patio (611 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78701)
    Sara Beck, better known by her stage name, Pink Nasty is an American singer-songwriter. She is from Wichita, Kansas and currently lives in Austin, Texas. Pink Nasty has released three full length albums. She performs with her brother, a rapper who goes by the stage name Black Nasty.
    Kathryn Yu of NPR described Pink Nasty as a "young and talented singer-songwriter whose quirky alt-country songs nicely complement her pretty but powerful voice". The song "Don't Ever Change" on her second album, Mold the Gold features Pink Nasty and Bonnie Prince Billy. She has opened for notable indie music acts Britt Daniel and José González.
    Pink Nasty's third album, Pink Nasty was released in 2010. Reviews on the Oxford American and Austin 360 websites praise the album's blend of quirkiness and pop.
    Beck cites Weezer, Stephen Malkmus and The Strokes as influences.

    Artists
    Sara Beck, better known by her stage name, Pink Nasty is an American...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #PinkNasty
    Tags All, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS19948


8:15pm

ZZ Ward
    Thursday March 15, 2012 8:15pm - 8:55pm @ Club 606 (606 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78701)

    Where dirty blues and beats collide: Meet ZZ Ward, a singer/songwriter whose artistry spins on a luminous axis of voice and soul. Raised in Roseburg, Oregon, ZZ learned from her father who wrote songs and played harmonica in blues bands, but it was old school masters like Big Mama Thornton, Howlin’ Wolf, Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters from her parent’s vinyl collection that first intrigued ZZ. “It was the authenticity,” she recalls, “the soulfulness.”
    While ZZ is now at home on stage in reverential Los Angeles listening rooms, she was schooled in smokey dive bars and juke joints across the Pacific Northwest – anywhere she could sing. Driving fog-shrouded logging roads to gigs, hauling gear and setting up the sound system before playing three hours a night, ZZ is battle-tested.

    “I’m proud of the fact that I’ve done a lot,” she says. “I’ve paid dues and I’m still paying dues. I put albums together and sold them in parking lots. It was hard to go up to strangers and talk about music, but it made me tough.”

    Her musical momentum took her on a strange road, connecting her with a hip-hop community in Eugene, Oregon, to write and perform hooks at high-energy, rap shows. This rhythmic journey, combined with her bluesy upbringing, would become essential in laying the foundation for her signature "dirty blues and beats" sound.

    On January 4, 2012, ZZ dropped her mixtape, eleven roses, further solidifying her sonic foundation. The set features blues-riddled interpretations of some of her favorite hip-hop songs including Tyler The Creator’s “Yonkers,” Childish Gambino’s “You Know Me,” Wiz Khalifa/Curren$y’s “Rooftops” and Freddie Gibbs’ “Oil Money.” The offering also boasts two originals produced by Kid Cudi/Cool Kids collaborators Blended Babies and two acoustic renditions of songs to be featured on her upcoming full-length debut, due out later this year on Boardwalk/Hollywood Records.

    Artists
    http://zzward.com/


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #ZZWard
    Tags 21+, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS19192


9:00pm

Capybara
    Thursday March 15, 2012 9:00pm - 9:40pm @ 18th Floor at Hilton Garden Inn (500 N IH 35)

    Capybara is bent on making authentic music in spite of the odds. In early 2009, four lifelong friends slipped away from jobs and leases in Portland, Brooklyn, and Kansas City to form a band in a frozen pueblo in Taos, New Mexico. The result was Try Brother, the group’s delicate, introspective debut that initiated a flood of opportunity: signing to The Record Machine, a nod on Spike Jonze’s official mixtape for Where the Wild Things Are, an invitation to compose the feature-length soundtrack for Sundance 2010 pick One Too Many Mornings, and the honor of backing legendary cult songwriter Daniel Johnston at the inaugural Middle of the Map festival in Kansas City. With a litany of accomplishments behind them and their eyes (and hearts) set on the future, Capybara is bringing its lush creative process to new heights.

    Artists
    Capybara is bent on making authentic music in spite of the odds...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #Capybara
    Tags 18+, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS18948


9:00pm

Guards
    Thursday March 15, 2012 9:00pm - 9:40pm @ ND (501 N IH 35)

    Guards was formed in New York City when Richie James Follin returned from a European tour to a recording studio with nothing in it but a broken electric 12 string guitar and an omnichord. He wrote and recorded a few songs for his little sister to sing on ,but ended up singing on the songs himself. He enlisted the help of his friends (Caroline Polachek of Chairlift, James Richardson of MGMT, Loren Shane Humphrey of Willowz) and family (Madeline Follin of Cults) to guest on some songs.

    Artists
    http://guards.bandcamp.com/


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #Guards
    Tags Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS19594


9:00pm

Karim Ouellet
    Thursday March 15, 2012 9:00pm - 9:40pm @ Spill (212 E. 6th St.)

    Born in Dakar, Senegal, into a travelling family, Karim Ouellet spent parts of his formative years growing up in Canada, Senegal, France, Rwanda and Tunisia before settling in Quebec. A versatile and hands-on musician, Ouellet recently released his first solo album, Plume, which he wrote, composed, mixed, arranged and produced (with Claude Bégin and Thomas Gagnon-Coupal). It's an eclectic collection of pop songs spanning reggae, progressive rock, electro and folk.

    Artists
    Karim Ouellet was born in Senegal, but has lived in Canada, Senegal...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #KarimOuellet
    Tags Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS17646


9:00pm

Love Inks

9:00pm

Penguin Prison

9:05pm

Jukebox the Ghost

9:15pm

Charli XCX

9:20pm

Teeth & Tongue

9:30pm

Gardens & Villa
    Thursday March 15, 2012 9:30pm - 10:10pm @ Mohawk Patio (912 Red River St)

    In the year of the saxophone, Santa Barbara's Gardens & Villa give us the flute. And along the way, G&V effectively wipe clear the vaseline from the murky bedroom funk of recent days. G&V bang out instant classics -- each crystal clear and immaculate, but no less sweeping or languid. Their debut is a youthful exploration of just how opulent and pop starkness can go. It also leaves an impression of California in the way that Richard Diebenkorn's Ocean Park series or the pool party scene from The Graduate both do, always sensed more than stated outright.
    Gardens & Villa channel all the taut pop precisions of 90s Britpop of bands like Blur (borrowed from the 60s anyhow), and send it through an 80s synth filter both undeniably coastal and modern. It's Spoon's Kill The Moonlight lost in a daydream, but with that same hungry energy. Gardens & Villa may simultaneously pull from Gary Numan, The Kinks and odder prog within one composition. And like a fine sweet tea, it's made just that right kind of sugary -- though even the most upbeat tunes have an undercurrent of the bittersweet and the lost at heart.
    In 2010, Gardens & Villa traveled to Oregon to record their debut with visionary, vibemaster and labelmate Richard Swift. Together, they put some sand in the sheets of new wave ("Black Hills") and pop some translucent funk ("Orange Blossom"). There's also a level of effortless class maintained across the whole set. Each and every lush little gem explores the wonderful mystery between intuition and proficiency, between tension and repose.
    Gardens & Villa are Chris Lynch, Adam Rasmussen, Levi Hayden, Shane McKillop and Dusty Ineman.

    Artists
    In the year of the saxophone, Santa Barbara's Gardens & Villa...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #Gardens&Villa
    Tags All, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS17420


10:00pm

The Chicharones
    Thursday March 15, 2012 10:00pm - 10:30pm @ Malaia (300 E. 6th St.)

    The Chicharones, formed at South by Southwest in 2001, are composed of songwriters Sleep and Josh Martinez. Since releasing their 2006 opus When Pigs Fly (Camobear Records/Bella Union), they have toured the world, collaborated with the who's who of underground pop, released critically and commercially successful solo albums and become international celebrities. Much has happened in the four years since their last release "When Pigs Fly". "Chicharones - The Best Bar Band in America" The Chicharones have toured the world together, solo and with live bands, and learned countless new tricks along the road. From Sleep's magic tricks and quick change routines, to Martinez's beer balancing and hi-kicking Elvis dance moves, they are buzzing everywhere with their insanely energetic live shows. Since adding live drums and bass to their live show, they can literally play with any other act and hold their own. Spin called the Chicharones "The best bar band in America" after seeing a 2.5 hour set at the Viper Room in Los Angeles. It’s easy to see why. Expect 5-part harmonies, a razor tight band, costume changes, syncopated dance moves, stage magic, standup comedy and the joyful interplay of 10 year veteran performers Sleep and Josh Martinez. And there's also rap.

    Artists
    The Chicharones, were formed at the South by Southwest Festival...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #TheChicharones
    Tags Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS17985


10:00pm

Alex Anwandter

10:00pm

Dinosaur Feathers
    Thursday March 15, 2012 10:00pm - 10:40pm @ Buffalo Billiards (201 E 6th St)

    With Whistle Tips, Brooklyn, NY quartet Dinosaur Feathers flee from the tropics of their debut, 2009’s Fantasy Memorial, and push themselves into hitherto unexplored and ultimately rewarding new territories. Once tethered to a drum machine, the addition of drummer Nick Brooks provides new-found forcefulness and flexibility; the clean melodic basslines of Ryan Michael Kiley often grow into dynamic leads without abandoning the low end; and where acoustic guitar once engendered laid-back vibes and folk misnomers, the electric guitar of vocalist Greg Sullo now drives with clear tones, a welcome crunch, and occasionally noisy outbursts. Evolution is, however, only a theory. For all you indie creationists, the Dinosaur Feathers you may have known and/or loved lives on through their sunny melodies, still-infectious grooves, and ever-boisterous harmonies between Sullo, Kiley, and keyboardist Derek Zimmerman. These elements, plus such seemingly disparate influences as The Soft Boys, The Olivia Tremor Control, XTC and of course Paul McCartney's Wings, now inform a jazzier/punkier/maybe even poppier mélange.

    Artists
    With Whistle Tips, Brooklyn, NY quartet Dinosaur Feathers flee...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #DinosaurFeathers
    Tags 21+, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS19271


10:00pm

10:00pm

Hospitality

10:00pm

Jacob Abello
    Thursday March 15, 2012 10:00pm - 10:40pm @ Friends (208 E 6th St)
    From Norman, Oklahoma – the city that birthed crazy bands (and crazier band names) like the Flaming Lips, Starlight Mints, and Evangelicals – comes 23-year-old indie/pop/whatever singer and songwriter Jacob Abello. Okay, so his name may not be quite as prolific as those of his counterparts, but that hasn't stopped Abello's debut album "Nothing But Gold" from garnering much-warranted attention. Recorded at Blackwatch Studio with musicians such as Justin Meldal Johnson (Beck, Nine Inch Nails) and James McAllister (Sufjan Stevens, Pedro the Lion), Abello's songs range in theme and mood from quiet, contemplative mornings to late night, raucous dance parties. Tying it all together is Abello's youthful exuberance and intimated naivety, spilled over the album in the form of a shining voice. Abello released "Gold" in October 2009 to a sold out show in Norman, OK and to nothing but raving reviews from local publications such as The Oklahoma Gazette and The Oklahoma Daily.

    Artists
    From Norman, Oklahoma – the city that birthed crazy bands (and...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #JacobAbello
    Tags 21+, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS18135


10:00pm

Jonquil

10:00pm

Krista Muir

10:00pm

Letting Up Despite Great Faults
    Thursday March 15, 2012 10:00pm - 10:40pm @ Victorian Room at The Driskill (604 Brazos St)
    Hailing from Los Angeles, California, Letting Up Despite Great Faults is the electro-based sonic diary of founding member, Mike Lee. They first entered the music scene with the release of the Movement EP, which included songs that were featured on NPR and the hit television drama, One Tree Hill. Since then, they've refined and expanded their sound, bridging the gap between lo-fi, shoegaze and indie rock on their self-titled full length release in 2009. The album was met with unanimous critical acclaim, garnering rave reviews from the likes of Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Exclaim!, and countless music blogs. With their latest offering, Paper Crush EP, Letting Up Despite Great Faults continue to reinvent a sound, with music blog Aquarium Drunkard declaring "if there was ever a band to spearhead the recent renaissance of dream-pop fever then this is the act to get invested in."

    Artists
    Letting Up Despite Great Faults is the indie/electro sonic diary...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #LettingUpDespiteGreatFaults
    Tags 21+, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS18364


10:00pm

Library Voices
    Thursday March 15, 2012 10:00pm - 10:40pm @ Trinity Hall (401 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701)

    Library Voices are a seven-piece pop collective from Regina, Saskatchewan that blends tremolo soaked guitars with analog synths, vintage organs, circuit bent electronics, accordion, saxophone, strings, theremin, Tenori-on, and glockenspiel. Since forming in spring of 2008, the group has operated at a feverish pace given their infectious musical blend of bubblegum synth-folk. The release of their sophomore record, Summer Of Lust (Nevado Records / Dine Alone Records) has also provided for constant tour mileage through North America in 2011. They’ve been heralded by SPIN as an “undiscovered band you need to hear now” and have been featured in The New Yorker, La Blogotheque, NYLON Magazine and more.

    Artists
    Library Voices are a seven-piece pop collective from Regina...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #LibraryVoices
    Tags 21+, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS16930


10:00pm

Magic Wands
    Thursday March 15, 2012 10:00pm - 10:40pm @ Soho Lounge (217 E 6th St)

    Magic Wands are a two-piece from either Los Angeles, CA or Nashville, TN. They’re not really sure. Currently, however, they do know that they are drifting across the country bringing a “wall of white guitars” and “unapologetic cosmic pop” to all parts of the U.S. Taking cues from the likes of The Ravonettes (run through a galactic black hole), Morrissey and My Bloody Valentine, Artrocker describes them as “slick and sexy, glutinous and glimmering.”

    Artists
    Magic Wands are a two-piece from either Los Angeles, CA or Nashville...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #MagicWands
    Tags 21+, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS17124


10:00pm

Philco Fiction

10:00pm

Sion Russell Jones

10:00pm

Walk The Moon

10:00pm

Wishes and Thieves
    Thursday March 15, 2012 10:00pm - 10:40pm @ The Studio by HGTV (304 W 4th St)

    Wishes and Thieves is a New York based Alternative-Pop group that came together in the fall of 2010. Starting as the project of long-time friends Joe Higgins (bass) and Mike MacAllister (guitar), they sought to create music featuring modern electronic sounds without loosing the element of human performance. Completing the band was drummer Will Clark and vocalist Jolanda Porter. Their bass-heavy, female vocal driven sound has drawn comparisons to the likes of Portishead, Bjork, and Little Dragon. The group began writing and recording the music for “Lighthouse EP” throughout the winter of 2010/11. Following mastering by Jo LaPorta at the Lodge, the album was released in the spring as the group's debut record. The single and music video for "Forest Fire," the title track off their upcoming EP was released on November 1st. They continue to write, and record in their studio located in NYC’s flatiron district.

    Artists
    Wishes and Thieves is a New York based Alternative-Pop group...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #WishesandThieves
    Tags 21+, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS17400


10:00pm

Young Magic

10:45pm

Grimes

11:00pm

Uncle Skeleton

11:00pm

Andrea Balency Trio
    Thursday March 15, 2012 11:00pm - 11:40pm @ Buca Lounge (422 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701)

    French-Mexican Andrea Balency was born in Paris in 1989 and after a thorough and classical education; she started composing music at the age of 17. Since then, her life experiences from both Argentina and Mexico - where she’s been living since her teens – have influenced her songwriting to the point of not only including traditional French music and ‘chanson’ but also Mexican and Argentina’s folklore. Throughout her short career she also included a wide array of other music styles to her own chemistry, ranging from jazz and sometimes hip-hop to a touch of electronic music which is, slowly, becoming her new favorite experimental ground.

    Artists
    French-Mexican Andrea Balency was born in Paris in 1989 and after...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #AndreaBalencyTrio
    Tags 21+, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS18937


11:00pm

Brendan Benson

11:00pm

Class Actress
    Thursday March 15, 2012 11:00pm - 11:40pm @ 512 Rooftop (408 E 6th St)

    Elizabeth Harper, a former drama major from Los Angeles, had been writing delicate, wistful songs of longing and detachment for several years when she met musician & psychoanalyst-in-training Mark Richardson in 2009 and asked him to remix one of her tracks. Their creative chemistry was instantaneous – Mark’s production style was cerebral but sensual, relying heavily on vintage synths and drum machines, and influenced by ‘80s bands like Human League and Depeche Mode while still conscious of modern club sounds steeped in hip hop and house. It perfectly complemented the melancholy undertone in Harper’s songs and revealed in them an urge towards ecstatic abandon.

    Artists
    Elizabeth Harper, a former drama major from Los Angeles, had...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #ClassActress
    Tags 21+, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS15379


11:00pm

Colleen Green

11:00pm

Fiction

11:00pm

11:00pm

Korallreven

11:00pm

Royal Canoe

11:00pm

Slow Club

11:00pm

Tennis
    Thursday March 15, 2012 11:00pm - 11:40pm @ Club de Ville (900 Red River St.)

    Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore met while studying philosophy in college. The two agreed that upon graduating they would sell their collective possessions and leave behind their lives in Denver. They planned to buy a small sailboat and spend the next year living aboard and traveling exclusively under sail. For years this dream was carefully nurtured while preparations were made. Learning to sail and selecting a boat is difficult to accomplish from a landlocked state. Their nautical self-education consisted of a steady diet of how-to books and videos.

    Artists
    http://www.tennis-music.com


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #Tennis
    Tags 21+, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS17079


 
 

12:00am

Ariane Moffatt
    Friday March 16, 2012 12:00am - 12:40am @ Spill (212 E. 6th St.)

    Ariane Moffatt is an adventurer. The Montreal singer-songwriter’s illustrious career is marked by curiosity ¬– sonic, musical and emotional – and it’s contagious. She has built a devoted following in Quebec over the past decade, making inroads to France with her evocative blend of electro, pop, soul and rock.
    At the heart of her success is that voice – an instrument of arresting intimacy that tugs on your heartstrings as it floats through the atmosphere, at once earthy, ethereal and capable of surprising power.
    Yet it is underwater that Moffatt makes her grand entrance, splashing onto the scene with her runaway 2002 debut Aquanaute. An entrancing collection of post-trip-hop confessionals blending acoustic and electronic textures, sung just above a whisper, the album strikes a chord. It sells 120,000 copies and wins three ADISQ Awards (Quebec’s Grammys) including Discovery of the Year and Pop-Rock Album of the Year.
    Meanwhile, Moffatt is making her reputation as a mesmerizing performer, her live shows bringing a whole new dimension to her dreamy sound. The submersive audio-visual experience is captured on the live CD/DVD Ariane Moffatt à la Station C, which appears in 2005, six months before her second album, Le coeur dans la tête.
    Without losing the lightness of her earlier material, the new work surprises with gritty forays into rock, reggae and drum-and-bass. Two things become immediately obvious: this girl can do anything; and, held together by her voice, it all fits.
    “It’s like I want to master the essence of each kind of groove,” Moffatt says. “I want to submerge myself in these sounds; I feel more creative when I make stylistic clashes, borrowing ingredients from all kinds of things I love.”
    At the heart of her inclusive vibe is an artistic integrity and emotional honesty that cut through her aesthetic choices.
    “The emotion in a song is like the glue that picks it all up,” she says, “my identity, my personality, poetry. Maybe that’s my musical identity – that whole mix. I’m very sensitive; I ask a lot of questions. I listen to what’s happening inside myself and music is a great channel to express those feelings.”
    Moffatt is introduced to the French public in February, 2006, opening for Alain Souchon at the fabled Olympia de Paris. Shortly after, Le coeur dans la tête is released in France, where her star continues to rise as she is taken under the wing of flamboyant pop songsmith M (aka Mathieu Chedid).
    A few years later, Moffatt seduces the French public with Je veux tout, the irresistible hit single off her third album Tous les sens, released in April, 2008. The song cycle finds the singer dabbling in what she does best, from airy introspection to folky ragtime and funky electro.
    The electronic elements of her music are highlighted on the followup EP Tous les sens - remix, featuring inspired reworkings of her songs by acclaimed Montreal techno artists Akufen, Deadbeat and Pheek. On the opposite end of the spectrum, in 2010 she releases Trauma – musique de la série TV, a collection of stripped down, English-language covers of songs by everyone from The Ronettes to Cat Power, Tom Waits, R.E.M. and Leonard Cohen recorded for the Grey’s Anatomy-style Quebec hospital drama.
    Now, as she prepares to unveil her most ambitious album yet, Moffatt is more comfortable than ever with the various incarnations of her artistic expression.
    “Music takes us places that aren’t in any guidebook or on a map,” she says. “It’s like a quest, a search for what is beautiful – to make tangible the things which cannot be named, to give substance to emotions and create a common denominator for everything people feel.”

    Artists
    Ariane Moffatt is an adventurer. The Montreal singer-songwriter’s...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #ArianeMoffatt
    Tags Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS18435


12:00am

Dent May
    Friday March 16, 2012 12:00am - 12:40am @ 512 Rooftop (408 E 6th St)

    Jackson, Mississippi native Dent May grew up singing in local church groups, acting in school plays, and performing at nursing home gigs with a recorder choir. In high school, he wrote synthy power-pop with his band The Rockwells while recording erotically charged novelty tracks with friends on the side. After three unsuccessful semesters at NYU's film school, May moved to North Mississippi where he helped found the Cats Purring arts collective and formed a country-rock band called Cowboy Maloney's Electric City. In late 2007, inspired by Serge Gainsbourg and Lee Hazlewood, he began performing as Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele and released a digital E.P. of cheeky lo-fi tunes, A Brush With Velvet. The title is a reference to The Partridge Family, episodes of which May obsessively collected and organized on VHS tapes as a teen. His debut album, The Good Feeling Music of Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele, was recorded with Rusty Santos in May's home, a double-wide trailer in Taylor, Mississippi (population: 300). He continues to perform with Cowboy Maloney's Electric City, and recently began recording dance music under the moniker Dent Sweat.

    Artists
    In the years since signing with Paw Tracks in 2009, Mississippi...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #DentMay
    Tags 21+, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS15396


12:00am

Francisca Valenzuela

12:00am

Friends

12:00am

Imaginary Cities

12:00am

Ringo Deathstarr

12:00am

Seapony
    Friday March 16, 2012 12:00am - 12:40am @ Hotel Vegas (1500 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702)
    The music of Seapony is refreshing in its simplicity. Most songs on Go With Me use no more than three chords, with an average running time around two-and-a-half minutes. In lieu of a human drummer, the Seattle trio entrusts time-keeping to a vintage gizmo the size of a desktop calculator. The lyrics to "Dreaming," the track that catapulted them into the spotlight, are just six lines long. Like Young Marble Giants and Beat Happening before them, this young three-piece has generated excitement that belies their music's modest means. And their back story is just as no-nonsense.

    Artists
    The music of Seapony is refreshing in its simplicity. Most songs...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #Seapony
    Tags 21+, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS16484


12:00am

Sundress

12:00am

The Chain Gang of 1974

12:00am

What Made Milwaukee Famous
    Friday March 16, 2012 12:00am - 12:40am @ The Studio by HGTV (304 W 4th St)

    What Made Milwaukee Famous has been a stalwart of the Austin music scene since their inception in 2003. The three original members, Michael Kingcaid (vocals, guitar, keyboards), John Farmer (bass), and Jason Davis (guitars, vocals), each bring a diverse range of influences to the table, allowing them to seamlessly shift between genres at the drop of a hat. With the release of their first two records, Trying to Never Catch Up and What Doesn’t Kill Us on Seattle’s Barsuk imprint, the band has been touted for their abilities to channel strong musicianship and diverse song-writing into instantly, addictive hooks. Their “elegant pop” (Billboard) has landed them on the bill at a number of the mammoth festivals including Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, Sasquatch, SXSW and Lollapalooza, highlighted by a taping on PBS’s prestigious Austin City Limits with Franz Ferdinand. They have also shared the stage with the likes of Arcade Fire, The Black Keys, The National, Snow Patrol, The Walkmen, TV on the Radio, and the Pretenders to name a few; a testament to their musical diversity and mutual respect with other artists in the industry.


    Artists
    What Made Milwaukee Famous has been a stalwart of the Austin...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #WhatMadeMilwaukeeFamous
    Tags 21+, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS17587


12:00am

Miike Snow

12:45am

1:00am

1:00am

Monsieur Perine

1:00am

Nite Jewel
    Friday March 16, 2012 1:00am - 1:40am @ Mohawk (912 Red River)

    Over the past few years, LA' s Nite Jewel has honed its pop-funk craft across releases from Italians Do It Better, Mexican Summer and LA's own Gloriette Records. In that time, Ramona Gonzalez's airy but often distant voice has found new gravitas and charisma. Meanwhile, the synth lines have gotten more agile and the bass pops tighter and tighter. The stuttered 80s synth R&B melodies unfold into one another here in ways both giddy and deceivingly nonchalant. This maturation and evolution will all come to a head in early 2012 when Secretly Canadian will release Nite Jewel's proper full-length follow up to her brilliant 2008 LP, Good Evening.

    Artists
    Over the past few years, LA' s Nite Jewel has honed its pop-funk...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #NiteJewel
    Tags All, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS17404


1:00am

Cannon Bros
    Friday March 16, 2012 1:00am - 1:50am @ Maggie Mae's Gibson Room (512 Trinity St)
    Playing music with a sense of urgency and sophistication well beyond their years, it is tempting to place bets on just how far their remarkable talent will lead this band. In the autumn of 2009, Cole Woods and Alannah Walker formed Cannon Bros upon the premise that the less people you have in a band, the easier it is to get things done. While this utilitarian approach could easily limit a lesser group, Cannon Bros prove that less can certainly be more -- though merely made by one guitar, a set of drums, and two voices, these songs do not sound stripped down or bare, but full and vibrant. With ridiculously catchy melodies and great songs, the sky is most certainly the limit. Think Pavement meets Yo La Tengo or early Replacements meets an edgier, less religious version of the Carpenters. Look for their first full length album “Firecracker/Cloudglow” out on Disintegration Records.

    Artists
    Playing music with a sense of urgency and sophistication well...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #CannonBros
    Tags 21+, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS17842


1:00am

1:00am

La Sera
    Friday March 16, 2012 1:00am - 1:50am @ Hotel Vegas (1500 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702)

    La Sera’s Sees The Light follows 2011’s masterful self-titled debut with ten new tracks of peppy break-up pop brimming with defiance and bitter sweetness. On album opener “Love That’s Gone,” the vocals and drumbeat linger for seconds, swaying in the wind while the guitar cuts through, charming you, pulling you by your shirt and telling you that it is time to move on. This is a break-up album for the best kinds of break-ups. There's a lightness of touch, too, that surround the harmonies throughout and makes one yearn for the days of Donna Lynn, Julie Ruin and The Shirelles. But before you can settle into your seat, La Sera delivers a one-two punch - a rip of rolling snare and sending you speeding off in a fast car. Seize the light.

    Artists
    La Sera’s Sees The Light follows 2011’s masterful self-titled...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #LaSera
    Tags 21+, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS16485


1:00am

Niki & The Dove

1:00am

OK SWEETHEART
    Friday March 16, 2012 1:00am - 1:50am @ Friends (208 E 6th St)

    OK SWEETHEART -- A group reminiscent of all the good things from mid-century pop with roots in Tulsa, OK is currently based out of New York City. Their well crafted simplicity has been compared to the writing of Harry Nilsson, The Zombies, and Randy Newman. OK SWEETHEART’s uniquely pop sound is the result of an eclectic collaboration with members of Midlake (Denton, TX), Elizabeth and the Catapult (Brooklyn, NY), The Polyphonic Spree (Dallas, TX), and Via Audio (Brooklyn, NY).

    Artists
    OK SWEETHEART is the recording project of singer-songwriter...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #OkSweetheart
    Tags 21+, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS17482


1:00am

Twerps
    Friday March 16, 2012 1:00am - 1:50am @ Beale Street Tavern (214-B East 6th St, Austin, TX 78701)

    Cheeky, charming and touchingly direct, Melbourne foursome Twerps have risen from humble beginnings to become international lo-fi pop champions.
    Formed in 2008, Twerps were supporting the likes of Deerhunter (USA), the Bats (New Zealand), the Black Lips (USA), Yo La Tengo (USA) and Thee Oh Sees (USA) within a few months of their first gig.
    Their debut EP was released by Chapter Music in 2009 (also released on cassette by US label Night People) and saw the band described as “the best new band in Australia” by iconic UK magazine Uncut.
    They released two singles in early 2011 on US labels Underwater Peoples (Mountain Man, Real Estate) and Group Tightener (Best Coast, Cloud Nothings). They also took off on their first US tour, a six week adventure that took in SXSW, a midwest tour with Wet Hair, and a packed New York show with Big Troubles.
    Their warm-hearted, ramshackle self-titled debut album was released in October 2011, as a co-release for Chapter Music and Underwater Peoples, after lead track Dreamin was premiered on Pitchfork. The album has received handsome reviews, including a 7.9 from Pitchfork and a coveted Best New Track for album closer Coast To Coast. The record was streamed on Stereogum and Gorilla Vs Bear and has been written up everywhere from Fader to Vice.

    Artists
    Cheeky, charming and touchingly direct, Melbourne foursome Twerps...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #Twerps
    Tags 21+, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS19837


1:00am

Van Hunt

1:00am

Gossip

7:00am

Graffiti6
    Friday March 16, 2012 7:00am - 7:30am @ W Hotel (200 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701)

    Colours, the debut album from Britain’s Graffiti6, is as vividly vibrant as both the project’s moniker and its album title suggest: an uncategorizable mélange of pop, psychedelia, R&B, and British Northern Soul that fully capitalizes on the soaring uplift of Jamie Scott’s emotionally transparent voice and gift for melody and TommyD’s irresistible rhythms and inventive production. Songs like “Stone In My Heart,” “Stare Into The Sun,” “Annie You Save Me,” and “Free” are “latter-day psych-soul nuggets, all phased vocals and sunshine melodies given the warp factor,” as London’s Guardian newspaper put it, while the remainder of Colours zigzags all over the musical map from the folk-soul balladry of “Goodbye Geoffrey Drake,” to the spare, gospel-inflected feel of “Over You,” to the downtempo sultriness of “Calm The Storm,” to the jangly indie-rock vibe of “Lay Me Down.” “For me, the unexpectedness of the sound is the whole point,” Scott says. “It’s fun to mess with people’s heads.”



    Artists
    Colours, the debut album from Britain’s Graffiti6, is as vividly...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #Graffiti6
    Info Y
    Tags Music, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS18829


12:45pm

Lost in the Trees
    Friday March 16, 2012 12:45pm - 1:30pm @ Flamingo Cantina (515 East 6th Street Austin, TX)

    Lost in the Trees
    A Church That Fits Our Needs 
    Release Date: March 20, 2012
     
    Lush  clusters  of  piano,  a  mysterious  sound  that  might  be  something  being  unwrapped,  or  paper  crushed  for  kindling,  and  A  Church  That  Fits  Our Needs,  the  second  album  by  North  Carolina  group  LOST  IN  THE  TREES,  is  underway,  announcing  itself  as  a  work  of  vaulting  ambition,  a  cathedral built on loss and transformation.  In the summer of 2009 Ari Picker – writer, 
    composer,  and  architect  of  the  band  –  lost  his  mother,  an  artist  in  her  own 
    right,  when  she  took  her  own  life.    Picker  was  in  the  midst  of  releasing  his  band’s  debut  album,  All  Alone  in  an  Empty  House,  a 
    collection  of  folk‐inflected  songs  that  surprised  with  its  orchestral  arrangements,  to  an  acclaim  usually  reserved  for  seasoned 
    veterans:  “both  heart  wrenching  and  beautiful,”  said  Paste,  while  the  Huffington  Post  called  the  album  “spellbinding  in  its  musical 
    ambition,  touching  in  its  intimacy,  and  often  overwhelming  in  its  emotional  honesty.”    Picker  took  the  loss  of  his  mother  and  set 
    about transforming the events into a tribute, composing, writing lyrics, his mother’s picture above his writing desk: the same picture 
    that  now  graces  the  album’s  cover.    “I  wanted  to  give  her  a  space,  in  the  music,  to  be,  and  to  become  all  the  things  she  didn’t  get  a  chance to be when she was alive.”



    Artists
    Dense clusters of piano, a mysterious sound that might be something...


    Type Band, Unofficial
    Hashtag #sxsw #LostintheTrees
    Info Y
    Tags Music, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS17351


2:00pm

2:00pm

Give Fans A Reason To Buy; Make Direct-to-Fan Work

2:00pm

How Indie Metal is Surviving and Thriving

2:00pm

Mentor Session 6

2:00pm

Music in TV Pilots: Sales Tool or Strategy?
    Friday March 16, 2012 2:00pm - 3:00pm @ Austin Convention Center (500 E Cesar Chavez St)
    Among the myriad of challenges in creating a successful television pilot, selecting the right music is frequently the most overlooked. From the score, to songs, to the perfect main title theme, there are many different elements to consider, and one question that defines them all: What is the most effective way to use music to sell a pilot, while still establishing a sound for the entire series? As a studio executive or a music supervisor, where should (or shouldn't) you compromise? With music budgets shrinking everywhere, where do the funds go ­ a skilled composer or a recognizable Lady Gaga track? Is there an opportunity for aspiring composers to save the day?

    Speakers
    Principal | Chop Shop Music

    Music Coord | Format Entertainment | Amanda Krieg began her career...

    Exec Dir, Music | Reveille | DARYL BERG Reveille LLC. EXECUTIVE...

    Television Producer/Director | Warner Bros TV | Executive Producer...

    Head of Television Music/Artist & Repertoire | Lionsgate...

    Dir, TV Music | ABC Entertainment Group | Tony Von Pervieux Creative...


    Type Music, Panel
    Hashtag #sxsw #tvpilot
    Level Intermediate
    Tags Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MP9402


2:00pm

Obsession of the Dealmaker

2:00pm

Pennies From The Celestial Jukebox

2:00pm

The Importance of Latin Presence in Music Festivals

2:00pm

They Used to Call It Classical

2:00pm

PureVolume House

2:10pm

The Influence of Music on Style and Vice Versa

2:15pm

Music Gear Expo Classes

3:10pm

La Sera
    Friday March 16, 2012 3:10pm - 4:00pm @ Flamingo Cantina (515 East 6th Street Austin, TX)

    La Sera’s Sees The Light follows 2011’s masterful self-titled debut with ten new tracks of peppy break-up pop brimming with defiance and bitter sweetness. On album opener “Love That’s Gone,” the vocals and drumbeat linger for seconds, swaying in the wind while the guitar cuts through, charming you, pulling you by your shirt and telling you that it is time to move on. This is a break-up album for the best kinds of break-ups. There's a lightness of touch, too, that surround the harmonies throughout and makes one yearn for the days of Donna Lynn, Julie Ruin and The Shirelles. But before you can settle into your seat, La Sera delivers a one-two punch - a rip of rolling snare and sending you speeding off in a fast car. Seize the light.



    Artists
    La Sera’s Sees The Light follows 2011’s masterful self-titled...


    Type Band, Unofficial
    Hashtag #sxsw #LaSera
    Info Y
    Tags Pop, Music
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS16485


4:00pm

Graffiti6
    Friday March 16, 2012 4:00pm - 5:00pm @ Cedar Street Courtyard (208 W 4th St.)

    Colours, the debut album from Britain’s Graffiti6, is as vividly vibrant as both the project’s moniker and its album title suggest: an uncategorizable mélange of pop, psychedelia, R&B, and British Northern Soul that fully capitalizes on the soaring uplift of Jamie Scott’s emotionally transparent voice and gift for melody and TommyD’s irresistible rhythms and inventive production. Songs like “Stone In My Heart,” “Stare Into The Sun,” “Annie You Save Me,” and “Free” are “latter-day psych-soul nuggets, all phased vocals and sunshine melodies given the warp factor,” as London’s Guardian newspaper put it, while the remainder of Colours zigzags all over the musical map from the folk-soul balladry of “Goodbye Geoffrey Drake,” to the spare, gospel-inflected feel of “Over You,” to the downtempo sultriness of “Calm The Storm,” to the jangly indie-rock vibe of “Lay Me Down.” “For me, the unexpectedness of the sound is the whole point,” Scott says. “It’s fun to mess with people’s heads.”



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    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS18829


7:30pm

Electric Guest
    Friday March 16, 2012 7:30pm - 7:50pm @ The Stage on Sixth (508 E 6th Street, Austin, Texas 78701)

    From Austin Powell, The Austin Chronicle:

    Third Man Records literally rolled into South by Southwest last year. Owner Jack White turned his innovative Nashville, Tenn., label into a rolling record store, hosting a generator-powered show in the Frank parking lot and selling limited LPs across town from a window in his tricked-out step van. Never one for idle hands, expect White to perform in some capacity, given his upcoming proper solo debut, Blunderbuss, and the fact that he's either produced or played on most of Third Man's releases, notably for model/chanteuse Karen Elson, goth girls the Black Belles (who play Sat., 10pm, at Mohawk Patio), and Australia's Lanie Lane, who looks and sounds like a vintage rockabilly pin-up gal. Actor John C. Reilly walks harder in real life than Dewey Cox, with two 7-inch singles to prove it, while Nashville's Pujol offers a promising dose of garage-pop. Brooklyn's suave White Rabbits just released their career best, Milk Famous, but most eyes will be on Electric Guest, a Los Angeles duo whose debut for Downtown Records, Mondo, out April 24, was produced by Danger Mouse and sounds like a more promising version of Broken Bells. As for special guests, let's hope it's not the label's most controversial collaborators: I.C.P.



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    Having played only a handful of shows in their headquarters of...


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    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS15939


7:30pm

So & So

7:30pm

Magic Wands
    Friday March 16, 2012 7:30pm - 8:10pm @ Swan Dive (615 Red River St)

    From Michael Toland, The Austin Chronicle:

    Jail Guitar Doors' mission is both simple (donating musical instruments to prisoners) and complex (hoping those instruments will help in those prisoners' rehabilitation). The South by Southwest edition begins with Magic Wands, an androgynous, slinky Nashville, Tenn., duo whose sexy psychedelia finds the sweet spot between the Raveonettes and Tom Tom Club. Power trio Beware of Darkness hail from Los Angeles and have been likened to a cross between Led Zeppelin and David Bowie's Hunky Dory with a literary bent. North Carolina's Flagship revolves around the dramatic keen of Drake Margolnick, who leads his band to howl, seethe, or soothe. Local garage-rock ensemble and veteran JGD supporters English Teeth is joined here by Ryan Bingham bassist-turned-singer Elijah Ford and underrated Americana rebel Otis Gibbs. Wayne Kramer, JGD co-founder and rock & roll legend, never fails to kick out the jams, motherfucker, and never more so than in support of a righteous cause. Taking a break from the Rage Against the Machine reunion, Tom Morello, aka the Nightwatchman, brings his postmodern protest songs to the headline slot.



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    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS18750


8:00pm

Tops

8:00pm

Grape St.

8:00pm

Leftover Cuties

8:00pm

Monsieur Perine

8:00pm

Moonmen on the Moon, Man

8:00pm

The Balconies

8:00pm

The Lighthouse and the Whaler

8:30pm

Hospitality

8:30pm

Molly Rankin

8:40pm

Lanie Lane
    Friday March 16, 2012 8:40pm - 9:00pm @ The Stage On Sixth Patio (508 E 6th Street)

    From Austin Powell, The Austin Chronicle:

    Third Man Records literally rolled into South by Southwest last year. Owner Jack White turned his innovative Nashville, Tenn., label into a rolling record store, hosting a generator-powered show in the Frank parking lot and selling limited LPs across town from a window in his tricked-out step van. Never one for idle hands, expect White to perform in some capacity, given his upcoming proper solo debut, Blunderbuss, and the fact that he's either produced or played on most of Third Man's releases, notably for model/chanteuse Karen Elson, goth girls the Black Belles (who play Sat., 10pm, at Mohawk Patio), and Australia's Lanie Lane, who looks and sounds like a vintage rockabilly pin-up gal. Actor John C. Reilly walks harder in real life than Dewey Cox, with two 7-inch singles to prove it, while Nashville's Pujol offers a promising dose of garage-pop. Brooklyn's suave White Rabbits just released their career best, Milk Famous, but most eyes will be on Electric Guest, a Los Angeles duo whose debut for Downtown Records, Mondo, out April 24, was produced by Danger Mouse and sounds like a more promising version of Broken Bells. As for special guests, let's hope it's not the label's most controversial collaborators: I.C.P.



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    Please meet the beguiling Ms. Lanie Lane. Adding sass to the...


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    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS15854


8:45pm

The Magnetic Fields
    Friday March 16, 2012 8:45pm - 10:00pm @ ACL Live at the Moody Theater (310 W Willie Nelson Blvd 78701)

    The Magnetic Fields' classic songwriter Stephin Merritt enjoys working with themes: escape, country roads, vampires, miniatures. There is no official theme for The Magnetic Fields’ tenth full-length release, Love at the Bottom of the Sea, but Merritt describes it as a return to their roots-- synths! In it, he challenged himself to use synthesizers in different ways. “Our no-synth trilogy being over, we are now gleefully using synthesizers in ever more improbable ways, often sounding like electronic swarms of crickets and that sort of thing." Many listeners came to discover TMF via the 1999 epic three disc album, 69 Love Songs. For the band's 2012 performance at South By Southwest, they will be performing both old and new songs, bringing their signature orchestral-pop lineup of cello, ukulele, acoustic piano and guitar, harmonium, and oddball synths and toy instruments.

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    The Magnetic Fields' classic songwriter Stephin Merritt enjoys...


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    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS18557


9:00pm

Ava Luna

9:00pm

Fanny Bloom
    Friday March 16, 2012 9:00pm - 9:40pm @ Spill (212 E. 6th St.)

    Fanny Bloom grew up in the country, where she studied music and met two boys with whom she would go on to form the band "La Patère Rose" in 2008. In no time, the trio won the Grand Prize at the 12th Edition of the Francouvertes and got signed to "Grosse Boîte" in Quebec, and then to "Naïve" in France. Though "La Patère Rose" members parted ways in July 2011, Fanny did not give up on music and started writing again. Leaving behind the ribbons and the shades of pink, the artist, now more mature, began work on a solo project : "Apprentie Guerrière". The album combines her talent for piano melodies with deeper rhythms, more urban sounds and a more intimate feel. It’s as if, through music, the once-naïve Fanny has grown into a woman, replacing the pastel coloring pencils and little-girl pigtails with blood-red lipstick and messy hair.

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    Fanny Bloom grew up in the country, where she studied music and...


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    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS17539


9:00pm

JMSN

9:00pm

We Are The In Crowd

9:00pm

You Say France & I Whistle

9:10pm

DWNTWN

9:15pm

9:20pm

Park Hotell

9:30pm

MNDR

9:30pm

The Mynabirds

9:40pm

Bad Rabbits
    Friday March 16, 2012 9:40pm - 9:55pm @ La Zona Rosa (612 W 4th St)

    Bad Rabbits are the American Dream. The collective first generation sons of Indian, Argentinean, Ghanaian and Israeli lineage with a single son of liberty are your tired, hungry and poor invading this nation with a unique hybrid sound that has garnered attention from hip hop heads, hipsters and hardcore loyalists alike. Fuck immigration reform – if the pitiful pilgrims running this country had any taste in music at all, Bad Rabbits would be the gang breaking down borders and barriers from coast to coast and album to album.

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    Bad Rabbits are the American Dream. The collective first generation...


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    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS19882


9:40pm

ZULU Winter

9:50pm

Shanell

10:00pm

Nite Jewel
    Friday March 16, 2012 10:00pm - 10:30pm @ Barbarella Patio (611 Red River St)

    Over the past few years, LA' s Nite Jewel has honed its pop-funk craft across releases from Italians Do It Better, Mexican Summer and LA's own Gloriette Records. In that time, Ramona Gonzalez's airy but often distant voice has found new gravitas and charisma. Meanwhile, the synth lines have gotten more agile and the bass pops tighter and tighter. The stuttered 80s synth R&B melodies unfold into one another here in ways both giddy and deceivingly nonchalant. This maturation and evolution will all come to a head in early 2012 when Secretly Canadian will release Nite Jewel's proper full-length follow up to her brilliant 2008 LP, Good Evening.

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    Over the past few years, LA' s Nite Jewel has honed its pop-funk...


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    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS19787


10:00pm

D E N A
    Friday March 16, 2012 10:00pm - 10:40pm @ Easy Tiger Patio (709 E 6th St)
    D E N A is the music project of Berlin-based song writer and vocalist Dena Todorova.
    Born and raised in Bulgaria, she moved to Berlin few years ago, where she focused on writing and working on music.
    Dena stepped into focus as a guest vocalist on the two The Whitest Boy Alive albums. Now she’s cutting a dash with pop songs influenced by oldschool Hiphop, R&B and electronic music.
    Currently finalizing her debut album with Finnish producer Jonas Verwijnen in Kaiku Studios Berlin, she is aiming to publish her first record further this year.
    In summer 2011 D E N A started to play live in Berlin's club scene, and has already played a couple of support-shows for bands such as LCMDF, Kakkmaddafakka, Yip Deceiver and Das Racist.

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    D E N A is the music project of Berlin-based song writer and...


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    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS17148


10:00pm

Fenster

10:00pm

10:00pm

Loquat
    Friday March 16, 2012 10:00pm - 10:40pm @ Maggie Mae's (323 E. 6th St.)

    Chronicles of train terrorism, space expeditions, criminal infamy, and monsters under the bed are just a few of the themes you’ll hear on Loquat’s third full-length album, We Could Be Arsonists. Recorded at Fantasy Studios (David Bowie, U2, The Pretenders) in Berkeley, Calif. while singer/guitarist Kylee Swenson Gordon was pregnant with her now 1-year-old son Braxton (with bass player Anthony Gordon), We Could Be Arsonists is Loquat’s strongest stand.

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    Chronicles of train terrorism, space expeditions, criminal infamy...


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    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS17880


10:00pm

Razika

10:00pm

Savoir Adore

10:00pm

Tanlines

10:00pm

Rubblebucket
    Friday March 16, 2012 10:00pm - 10:45pm @ Beauty Bar Backyard (617 E 7th St)
    This spring the rapturous, octet, Rubblebucket are releasing their first live CD/DVD in conjunction with a U.S. tour. Live in Chicago features hits from the band's 2011 Omega La La, which was produced by Eric Broucek (LCD Soundsystem, !!!, Holy Ghost) at DFA Studios, and mastered by Joe Lambert (Animal Collective, Dirty Projectors, etc.). However, veteran fans will not be disappointed as Live in Chicago also includes old favorites such as: "Bikes", "November", and "Philips Van" from Rubblebucket's self titled debut.

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    This spring the rapturous, octet, Rubblebucket are releasing...


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    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS16986


10:30pm

Gardens & Villa
    Friday March 16, 2012 10:30pm - 11:10pm @ Bar 96 (96 Rainey St., Austin, TX 78701)

    In the year of the saxophone, Santa Barbara's Gardens & Villa give us the flute. And along the way, G&V effectively wipe clear the vaseline from the murky bedroom funk of recent days. G&V bang out instant classics -- each crystal clear and immaculate, but no less sweeping or languid. Their debut is a youthful exploration of just how opulent and pop starkness can go. It also leaves an impression of California in the way that Richard Diebenkorn's Ocean Park series or the pool party scene from The Graduate both do, always sensed more than stated outright.
    Gardens & Villa channel all the taut pop precisions of 90s Britpop of bands like Blur (borrowed from the 60s anyhow), and send it through an 80s synth filter both undeniably coastal and modern. It's Spoon's Kill The Moonlight lost in a daydream, but with that same hungry energy. Gardens & Villa may simultaneously pull from Gary Numan, The Kinks and odder prog within one composition. And like a fine sweet tea, it's made just that right kind of sugary -- though even the most upbeat tunes have an undercurrent of the bittersweet and the lost at heart.
    In 2010, Gardens & Villa traveled to Oregon to record their debut with visionary, vibemaster and labelmate Richard Swift. Together, they put some sand in the sheets of new wave ("Black Hills") and pop some translucent funk ("Orange Blossom"). There's also a level of effortless class maintained across the whole set. Each and every lush little gem explores the wonderful mystery between intuition and proficiency, between tension and repose.
    Gardens & Villa are Chris Lynch, Adam Rasmussen, Levi Hayden, Shane McKillop and Dusty Ineman.

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    In the year of the saxophone, Santa Barbara's Gardens & Villa...


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    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS19974


10:30pm

New Build

10:30pm

Ingrid Michaelson
    Friday March 16, 2012 10:30pm - 11:45pm @ Central Presbyterian Church (200 E 8th St)
    When she walks into a store in her Brooklyn neighborhood, Ingrid Michaelson is rarely recognized. But once she hands over her credit card to pay, the clerk often pauses, brightens up, and enthusiastically offers a bit of trivia: “Did you know that there’s a singer named Ingrid Michaelson?”

    Image has never been her priority, but Michaelson has earned enviable name-recognition thanks to her knack for crafting beautiful, idiosyncratic songs such as “The Way I Am,” “Maybe,” and “Keep Breathing.” (Her new album, Human Again, drops January 24 on Cabin 24 Records/ Mom+Pop Music.) And let the record show that her librarian-chic style has nonetheless received a shout-out in The New York Times.

    Michaelson’s grassroots sensibility has worked like gangbusters: Her music, often about love and relationships, has wafted out of your television in handfuls of Grey’s Anatomy episodes (not to mention countless other series since such as American Idol, Parenthood, and So You Think You Can Dance), in an affecting Google Chrome ad, and on VH1 as an artist You Outta Know. The New York Times marveled that she was “singing her way from obscurity to fame.” Billboard trumpeted her as the face of the new music business. NPR declared, “Ingrid Michaelson is everywhere.” As an independent artist she has sold over 750,000 albums and 3 million singles.

    With Human Again, produced by David Kahne (Regina Spektor, Paul McCartney) Michaelson throws a wrench in her reputation as the Crafter of Dainty Love Songs. “The album is called Human Again, because it’s taken me a very long time to be happy,” she says. “I am writing about a really dark time in my life even though I’m not there.” One of her most gutting compositions is Human’s first single, “Ghost,” a hushed reflection on lost romance that unfurls ruefully from its opening line, “Do remember when the walls fell?” From there, Michaelson plumbs the breadth of human emotion. The feisty “Blood Brothers,” in contrast, is a buoyant pop tune that actually “came from a place of annoyance,” she says. “Like you’re walking down the street, and someone shoulder-checks you while they’re rushing by. Wouldn’t it be nice if we treated each other like companions? Come on, everybody—stop being assholes!”

    Human Again is also a triumph in aural range. The music veers from orchestral (Kahne’s specialty) to percussive, while her accompanying voice swells from contralto to soprano. “I think I was really singing out, physically, on this album,” she says. “Usually that’s set aside for divas, and the rest of us kind of have to whisper and be precious. I figured, ‘Why don’t I just put that out on at least one record in my career—let it all hang out?’” No track better captures the alternating thoughtfulness and unrest of Human Again than “Fire,” a string-laden anthem in which she sings about an emotional slash-and-burn, “I will grow from the ground after you burn me down.” Notes Michaelson, “That is kind of a thread that runs throughout the record.”

    Such artistic ambition has always percolated in the blood of this singer-songwriter—who’s also co-written and starred in a semi-autobiographical, comedic pilot that she and improv-actress Rebekka Johnson are shopping around to TV networks. (The show is still untitled.) The Staten Island-raised daughter of classical-music composer Carl Michaelson, she took piano lessons from the age of five and starred in plays during her grade-school years. Michaelson went on to study musical theater at Binghamton University in upstate New York, where she sang in an a cappella group. After graduating, she cultivated her interest in music by performing at a coffee house where she worked as a barista. She was teaching theater to kids when she got a fateful call in 2006 from a music manager named Lynn Grossman whose company Secret Road discovered Michaelson’s homegrown tunes on her MySpace page.

    Within a few months, Michaelson’s music could be found sound-tracking the romantic-surgical debauchery Grey’s Anatomy with songs such as the cascading “Breakable” and the melancholic lullaby “Keep Breathing.” A music supervisor for Old Navy just happened to catch the episode featuring the latter and snapped up the cooing, calypso-inflected “The Way I Am” for one of the company’s commercials. (The song ultimately went platinum.) Radio play followed, just in time for the release of her 2007 full-length debut, Girls and Boys (out on Cabin 24 Records, her own imprint). This all happened in about a year. “We really had a lot of luck, and then we worked really hard to be in the position we’re in nowadays,” says Michaelson, who’s since released an EP, 2008’s Be OK, and a follow-up album, Everybody (both via the Cabin 24 label) — each proving fertile resources for music licensors.

    Human Again expands on her melodic roots. And it’s an ambitious move for Michaelson, one that’s even surprised her parents. “My father said, ‘Where are all the ditties?’” she recalls, laughing. “I said, ‘Well, I think I’m past the ditties, Dad.’ I’m done with that part of my life. I’m ready to think a little bolder.”

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    In the past two years, Ingrid Michaelson — who’ll drop her...


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11:00pm

11:00pm

Mozart's Sister

11:00pm

:papercutz

11:00pm

Bad Rabbits

11:00pm

Spectrals

11:00pm

Team Me

11:00pm

We Were Evergreen
    Friday March 16, 2012 11:00pm - 11:40pm @ St David's Bethell Hall (301 E 8th St)
    We Were Evergreen are an alternative indie-electro-pop band from France. The Parisian trio were born in 2008, after a new year's resolution that, for once, actually stuck. Brought together by a shared fondness for all kinds of pop music and nursery rhymes, they tell stories of small trees growing too fast, of yodelling yaks and children flying south for the winter: stories of adolescence, of things lost, then found –then lost again. There's a naïve freshness to their toy-like instruments, and their mellow-yet-uplifting choruses will inevitably get caught in your brain – just throw in some live sampling, a lot of percussions and a dash of electro, and you'll find your hands and feet joining in too.
    We Were Evergreen are based in the UK and recently supported for Michael Kiwanuka, King Charles, Ed Sheeran (QAwards), Emele Sande and Charlie Simpson.
    The band is going from strength to strength securing a sync on a Louis Vuitton advert soon to be released and airplay on the Radio Nova ‘Playlist A’ in France.
    We Were Evergreen have also been on BBC national news and had articles in The Sunday Times as well as videos on SB.TV and Fly TV.

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    We Were Evergreen are an alternative indie-electro-pop band from...


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    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS18569


11:10pm

Francisca Valenzuela

11:30pm

Grimes

11:30pm

11:45pm

Jef Barbara
    Friday March 16, 2012 11:45pm - 12:15am @ Hotel Vegas (1500 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702)

    Montreal-born Jef Barbara's debut LP Contamination stakes his claim as an heir of pop music's golden age. With a wide array of influences, Contamination falls within the tradition of 80s landmarks such as George Michael's Faith, and alternates nods to French New Wave, soft rock, Kosmische Musik, and synth disco. Contamination also sees the glampop poet bridging Canada's two solitudes by crooning in both official languages equally, something that has been done, although not as thoroughly, on his two previous EPs. Contamination is also an ode to pop music's contagious powers - a force to reckon with, especially when armed with catchy hooks, which make up the Barbara's core songwriting asset. Jef Barbara aims to annihilate his genre's conventions, with guerilla-style music videos and live karaoke performances. His debut release is set to be re-issued on Paris-based label Tricatel in March 2012.

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    Jef Barbara makes his anticipated return from the future with...


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    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS16034


 
 

12:00am

Candy Claws

12:00am

12:00am

Class Actress
    Saturday March 17, 2012 12:00am - 12:40am @ Buffalo Billiards (201 E 6th St)
    Elizabeth Harper, a former drama major from Los Angeles, had been writing delicate, wistful songs of longing and detachment for several years when she met musician & psychoanalyst-in-training Mark Richardson in 2009 and asked him to remix one of her tracks. Their creative chemistry was instantaneous – Mark’s production style was cerebral but sensual, relying heavily on vintage synths and drum machines, and influenced by ‘80s bands like Human League and Depeche Mode while still conscious of modern club sounds steeped in hip hop and house. It perfectly complemented the melancholy undertone in Harper’s songs and revealed in them an urge towards ecstatic abandon.

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    Elizabeth Harper, a former drama major from Los Angeles, had...


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    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS19625


12:00am

Speak
    Saturday March 17, 2012 12:00am - 12:40am @ Maggie Mae's Gibson Room (512 Trinity St)
    Always striving for original, innovative melodies SPEAK garnered noteworthy attention with their 2010 debut EP, Hear Here and received overwhelming industry praise. Austin Chronicle asserted they are “poised to change the musical landscape” and gave the quartet 4 stars, the publication’s highest rating, while The A.V. Club declared it “smooth electronic seduction, spiked with a little venom.” Their powerhouse synth-rock-pop anthems and infectious melodies have earned them honors like “Best New Band” at Austin Music Awards where they were presented the award by the Talking Heads.
    I Believe In Everything was produced by the sought-after Chris “Frenchie” Smith (JET, Dandy Warhols). The 11-song set features the smash hit “Carrie” which you can download at www.hearspeakhere.com. The song is also available for purchase at iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/carrie-single/id445168769.
    SPEAK’s frontman, Troupe Gammage, has been recording music since age 11, and has always been entranced by the compositions within his favorite video games. Releasing his first EP at 16, he subsequently released two online albums and, to date, has received over 25,000 downloads. Thereafter, he began creating music on rudimentary computer software and later founded his own production company geared towards gaming for PlayStation, Xbox, Wii and PC.
    Never losing his love of music, he was introduced to fellow bandmates Nick Hurt (guitar), Joey Delahoussaye (bass) and Jake Stewart (drums) through mutual friends in 2008 and soon after formed SPEAK

    Artists
    Austin electro-pop group SPEAK’s new song “Peaks” reached...


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    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS15540


12:05am

Dragonette

12:30am

Tyrone Wells

12:30am

Un

12:40am

The Pierces

1:00am

1:00am

Lost in the Trees
    Saturday March 17, 2012 1:00am - 1:45am @ Antone's (213 W. 5th St.)

    Lost in the Trees
    A Church That Fits Our Needs 
    Release Date: March 20, 2012
     
    Lush  clusters  of  piano,  a  mysterious  sound  that  might  be  something  being  unwrapped,  or  paper  crushed  for  kindling,  and  A  Church  That  Fits  Our Needs,  the  second  album  by  North  Carolina  group  LOST  IN  THE  TREES,  is  underway,  announcing  itself  as  a  work  of  vaulting  ambition,  a  cathedral built on loss and transformation.  In the summer of 2009 Ari Picker – writer, 
    composer,  and  architect  of  the  band  –  lost  his  mother,  an  artist  in  her  own 
    right,  when  she  took  her  own  life.    Picker  was  in  the  midst  of  releasing  his  band’s  debut  album,  All  Alone  in  an  Empty  House,  a 
    collection  of  folk‐inflected  songs  that  surprised  with  its  orchestral  arrangements,  to  an  acclaim  usually  reserved  for  seasoned 
    veterans:  “both  heart  wrenching  and  beautiful,”  said  Paste,  while  the  Huffington  Post  called  the  album  “spellbinding  in  its  musical 
    ambition,  touching  in  its  intimacy,  and  often  overwhelming  in  its  emotional  honesty.”    Picker  took  the  loss  of  his  mother  and  set 
    about transforming the events into a tribute, composing, writing lyrics, his mother’s picture above his writing desk: the same picture 
    that  now  graces  the  album’s  cover.    “I  wanted  to  give  her  a  space,  in  the  music,  to  be,  and  to  become  all  the  things  she  didn’t  get  a  chance to be when she was alive.” 

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    Dense clusters of piano, a mysterious sound that might be something...


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    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS17351


1:00am

Breathe Carolina

1:00am

Ivan & Alyosha

1:00am

Mother Falcon

1:00am

Niki & The Dove

1:00am

Party Supplies
    Saturday March 17, 2012 1:00am - 1:50am @ Speakeasy Kabaret (412 Congress Ave)
    Party Supplies is the stage name of Justin Nealis, a Queens-born producer and literal one man band whose handmade MPC symphonies and heartfelt stage presence blend hip-hop energy with anthemic indie hooks. His homegrown remixes for Arcade Fire and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros turn festival favorites into cut and paste epics, and his production work for the likes of Action Bronson and Das Racist prove his boom-bap bonafides. Yet on original tracks like "Workin Out" and "Going Hard Forever" (from his forthcoming debut LP on Fool's Gold), both sides of Party Supplies combine for yearning singalongs over propulsive live drum machine beats. It's a show that must be seen to be believed, and has made fans-for-life out of the thousands who have already caught PS in action at Fool's Gold parties all year long. This is classic rock from the future, don't get left behind...

    Artists
    Party Supplies is the American Dream. It is the sound of Justin...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #PartySupplies
    Tags 21+, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS17895


1:00am

Polarsets

1:00am

Down With Webster

1:05am

Ringo Deathstarr

2:00pm

The Groundwork Music Orchestra

3:30pm

Graffiti6
    Saturday March 17, 2012 3:30pm - 4:30pm @ Whole Foods Market - Lamar (525 North Lamar Boulevard Austin, TX 78703)

    Colours, the debut album from Britain’s Graffiti6, is as vividly vibrant as both the project’s moniker and its album title suggest: an uncategorizable mélange of pop, psychedelia, R&B, and British Northern Soul that fully capitalizes on the soaring uplift of Jamie Scott’s emotionally transparent voice and gift for melody and TommyD’s irresistible rhythms and inventive production. Songs like “Stone In My Heart,” “Stare Into The Sun,” “Annie You Save Me,” and “Free” are “latter-day psych-soul nuggets, all phased vocals and sunshine melodies given the warp factor,” as London’s Guardian newspaper put it, while the remainder of Colours zigzags all over the musical map from the folk-soul balladry of “Goodbye Geoffrey Drake,” to the spare, gospel-inflected feel of “Over You,” to the downtempo sultriness of “Calm The Storm,” to the jangly indie-rock vibe of “Lay Me Down.” “For me, the unexpectedness of the sound is the whole point,” Scott says. “It’s fun to mess with people’s heads.”



    Artists
    Colours, the debut album from Britain’s Graffiti6, is as vividly...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #Graffiti6
    Info Y
    Tags Music, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS18829


4:00pm

Oberhofer
    Saturday March 17, 2012 4:00pm - 4:40pm @ Cedar Street Courtyard (208 W 4th St.)

    Ever since moving operations from his parent’s basement in Tacoma, Washington to Brooklyn, 20 year old Brad Oberhofer has been carefully honing his own brand of bedroom pop, which is as affecting and genuine as it is naively chaotic.
    Charmingly skewed and ramshackle, Oberhofer’s classic, melody heavy indie rock sound manages to meld Brian Wilson sized hooks with expansive instrumentation and kooky, unpredictable song structures. The intense production mixes programmed drums with jittering live percussion and centers his exuberant yelps amongst keys, xylophones, whistles and washes of wall of sound guitar.



    Artists
    Between 4 green towers composite of the best known human words...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #Oberhofer
    Info Y
    Tags Music, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS17422


6:30pm

Graffiti6
    Saturday March 17, 2012 6:30pm - 7:30pm @ Peckerheads on Sixth (402 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701)

    Colours, the debut album from Britain’s Graffiti6, is as vividly vibrant as both the project’s moniker and its album title suggest: an uncategorizable mélange of pop, psychedelia, R&B, and British Northern Soul that fully capitalizes on the soaring uplift of Jamie Scott’s emotionally transparent voice and gift for melody and TommyD’s irresistible rhythms and inventive production. Songs like “Stone In My Heart,” “Stare Into The Sun,” “Annie You Save Me,” and “Free” are “latter-day psych-soul nuggets, all phased vocals and sunshine melodies given the warp factor,” as London’s Guardian newspaper put it, while the remainder of Colours zigzags all over the musical map from the folk-soul balladry of “Goodbye Geoffrey Drake,” to the spare, gospel-inflected feel of “Over You,” to the downtempo sultriness of “Calm The Storm,” to the jangly indie-rock vibe of “Lay Me Down.” “For me, the unexpectedness of the sound is the whole point,” Scott says. “It’s fun to mess with people’s heads.”



    Artists
    Colours, the debut album from Britain’s Graffiti6, is as vividly...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #Graffiti6
    Info Y
    Tags Music, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS18829


7:15pm

Cris Cab
    Saturday March 17, 2012 7:15pm - 7:30pm @ Austin Music Hall (208 Nueces St)
    When I was nine years old, I innocently begged my parents for a guitar. As I grew older and realized that I loved to write music and sing, my dream quickly became apparent. I took every record I could find around my house, from Marvin Gaye to Bob Marley, and began to cover the sounds, adding many of the Caribbean beats I heard so often while I was in the Bahamas with my family. By chance, a family friend introduced me to Pharrell Williams, who gave me my first career advice. I took it to heart and with the help of family, friends and now my great fans, I've begun touring the country and reached millions of you on YouTube. I can't wait to see where this road takes me and I hope to see you out there soon!

    Artists
    When I was nine years old, I innocently begged my parents for...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #CrisCab
    Tags All, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS17596


7:45pm

8:00pm

Chains Of Love
    Saturday March 17, 2012 8:00pm - 8:40pm @ Maggie Mae's (323 E. 6th St.)
    Chains of Love started when Guitarist Felix Fung, the engineer and owner of Vancouver’s Little Red Sound, hatched a plan to start a girl group with Nathalia Pizarro. Nathalia was known as one of the best singers and all around performers on the scene, with her voice and the harmonic help of Rebecca Marie Law Gray, Felix knew that they had something truly amazing on their hands. They had what they call a “memory of that girl group sound” and a free studio on Tuesday afternoons, so they started inviting their friends over to see what they could make of this fortuitous combination. What you have in your headphones is what came of these nostalgic happenings, Spector harmonies, Motown bass lines and rich, thumping drums.

    Artists
    Chains of Love started when Guitarist Felix Fung, the engineer...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #ChainsOfLove
    Tags 21+, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS17042


8:00pm

Savoir Adore

8:00pm

The Scruffs

8:15pm

Kimbra

8:25pm

The Krayolas

8:30pm

Slowdance

8:45pm

Kat Graham

9:00pm

Balthazar

9:00pm

Blouse

9:00pm

Dexter Freebish

9:00pm

Erin Ivey and The Finest Kind

9:00pm

Eternal Summers
    Saturday March 17, 2012 9:00pm - 9:40pm @ The Studio by HGTV (304 W 4th St)

    Forming in the ancient lands of Roanoke Virginia, Eternal Summers began as a 2 piece minimal pop project that incorporated post punk and pop elements. Fronted by Nicole Yun (guitar) and backed by Daniel Cundiff (drums). The duo toured the U.S and released several E.P.s and a full length on Kanine records. They are known for their up beat, dark, edgy pop and Nicole Yun's beautiful vocals. Now they have adopted a bass player, Jonathan and are preparing to released their 2nd LP on Kanine in 2012. They plan to show the world that Rock and Roll is not dead but the world may be. Melting faces and writing well crafted sonic pop tunes is what they do.

    Artists
    Forming in the ancient lands of Roanoke Virginia, Eternal Summers...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #EternalSummers
    Tags 21+, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS19064


9:00pm

Molly Rankin

9:15pm

Mwahaha
    Saturday March 17, 2012 9:15pm - 9:55pm @ Club 606 (606 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78701)
    What's in a name? Oakland, CA's Mwahaha answers that question with a smirk, but the sounds that emanate from their forthcoming debut album are no joke. Psychedelic ebb & flows, electronic undercurrents, and elated pop flourishes bring into focus an attention to detail that's staggering. The band, consisting of Ross Peacock (formerly of Clipd Beaks ) and brothers Nathan and Cyrus Tilton (who were all previously in the Bay Area cult band Ned), have completed their debut full length album Mwahaha, set for release December 6th on their own Mwahaha Music imprint. The swirling, epic "Rainbow Diamond" is available as a free download. Instruments are filtered through an array of analog synths, analog drum machines exist in harmony with live drums, and morphing walls of sound allow more pop oriented material to be in harmony with the sprawling sonic landscapes elsewhere on the album. Reference points such as Matthew Dear's Black City, The Secret Machines, and the Silver Apples are apt, but Mwahaha carves out their own sound and approach, regardless of the comparisons.

    Artists
    What's in a name? Oakland, CA's Mwahaha answers that question...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #Mwahaha
    Tags 21+, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS19808


9:20pm

Idiot Glee
    Saturday March 17, 2012 9:20pm - 9:55pm @ Mohawk (912 Red River)

    "Each track on IG’s latest, Paddywhack, isolates the atomic essence of the pop song, replicating that perfect moment ad infinitum until the warm tides of melody, of rippling organ, of submerged synth bass, of falsetto oo’s have surrounded and engulfed you—feel flows more Mesmer than Brian Wilson. It is music so compact and honest and perfect that I witnessed it transform the beer-sticky, sweat-humid, furniture-deprived living room of the Lexington house venue appropriately christened “Crib Death” into a Gothic cathedral: a chiaroscuro of sound and feeling that is nothing short of holy, redemption for all of us High Life-swilling lowlifes." - Trevor Tremaine

    Artists
    Nobody likes a Life Without Jazz.http://idiotglee.com


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #IdiotGlee
    Tags All, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS15496


9:55pm

10:00pm

Alex Anwandter

10:00pm

Django Django
    Saturday March 17, 2012 10:00pm - 10:40pm @ Latitude 30 (512 San Jacinto)

    From Jim Caligiuri, The Austin Chronicle:

    Manchester's Dutch Uncles' debut, Cadenza, caused the press to coin "math-pop" to describe their oddly danceable tunes reminiscent of a hooky, denser Talking Heads. Clock Opera is an eclectic fourpiece led by former "pop-chop" guru Guy Connelly. The Londoner's debut, Ways To Forget, is due in April. With a deafening buzz already surrounding them, London's Django Django are a young quartet with a psychedelicized mix of familiar styles presented in a new way. Its self-titled debut was just released in the UK to roaring reviews. Maverick Sabre, aka Michael Stafford, was hailed by the BBC's Huw Stephens as "the male Amy Winehouse." The new voice in UK soul issued his first album, Lonely Are the Brave, in February. 2011's Paradise, the second effort from London's Slow Club, found the duo of Charles Watson and Rebecca Taylor boldly exploring new sounds while retaining their quirky bubblegum folk appeal. One of the UK's most popular dance DJs with his own show on BBC 1, Toddla T (aka Tom Bell) is more dubwise than dubstep.



    Artists
    Django Django Biography 2011 It's not for anyone else to decide...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #DjangoDjango
    Info Y
    Tags AustinChronicle, Pop, Music
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS15440


10:00pm

Each Other

10:00pm

Fallulah

10:00pm

10:00pm

Maren Parusel

10:00pm

Miles Zuniga
    Saturday March 17, 2012 10:00pm - 10:40pm @ Continental Club (1315 S Congress Ave)
    When MILES ZUNIGA set out to record his new solo record THESE GHOSTS HAVE BONES, he didn't set out to make an album like the multi-platinum band from whence he came, Fastball. It wasn't a group record but one to exorcise the pain from the end of a 10 year relationship. "Waking up in an empty house, it was nice to have somewhere to go," he says of the recording process. "My basic attitude was that I would get the record done with whoever was able to come in that day." Enlisting the likes of bassist Bruce Hughes (Bob Schneider, Jason Mraz) and drummer John Chipman (Band of Heathens), Miles created an album deep in emotion but exuberant in melodies.
    Released on September 27, 2011 on his own label 33 1/3 Records (via Redeye Distribution), These Ghost Have Bones was not only therapeutic but also a positive reinforcement of his effect on his fans who have supported him since Fastball's 1996 debut Make Your Mama Proud and their commercial breakthrough All The Pain That Money Can Buy, which yielded such massive hits as "The Way", "Fire Escape" and "Out of My Head." These fans supported him by donating to his successful Kickstarter campaign that far exceeded his initial goal. "I was stoked that my fans believed in me and responded so quickly," he says. "I like the new paradigm. I was always making music for the people listening but I never really knew who those people were. Now I do."
    In addition to Hughes and Chipman, Miles was accompanied by rising star Kat Edmonson, guitarists Kevin McKinney and Jeff Plankenhorn (Courtyard Hounds) and Justin Sherburn (Okkervil River) on keyboards. Mixed by the legendary Bob Clearmountain (Rolling Stones, Roxy Music, David Bowie), These Ghosts Have Bones is a lush and melodic album rife with the kind of sharp pop hooks that Miles is well-known for - from the opening pop opus "Marfa Moonlight" to the harmonic rock of "Rock Paper Scissors", to the melancholic loneliness of "Elizabeth" to the achingly sad acoustic ballad "You Can't Break My Heart." The cliche is that the best music comes from heartbreak. I'm sad to report that it's totally true."
    When asked as to the significance of the enigmatic title, he reveals that its origin actually comes from his own pride and joy. "These Ghosts Have Bones was something my son said to me while we were playing Ms. Pac Man," he beams. "You know when Ms. Pac Man eats the dot and the ghosts start to flash? He said, 'Daddy, These ghosts have bones.' I used to think of love as something that comes and goes but these ghosts have bones....you know what I mean? Thanks, son."

    Artists
    When MILES ZUNIGA set out to record his new solo record THESE...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #MilesZuniga
    Tags 21+, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS15576


10:00pm

Penguin Prison
    Saturday March 17, 2012 10:00pm - 10:40pm @ ND (501 N IH 35)
    “I definitely wanted to make a pop album where every song was good, catchy and people can dance to it,” says Chris Glover aka Penguin Prison, who’s goal is to have people dancing all over the world, much like his funk-forefathers Jackson and Prince did when he was growing up in NYC during the 1980's. “(the album) was hard work to make, but I tried to have fun. If I didn’t jump around the room while I was recording a song, it didn’t make the cut. Fun is the key.”

    Artists
    “I definitely wanted to make a pop album where every song was...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #PenguinPrison
    Tags Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS18097


10:00pm

Squarehead

10:30pm

Dragonette

10:30pm

My Name is You
    Saturday March 17, 2012 10:30pm - 10:55pm @ St David's Bethell Hall (301 E 8th St)

    Brandon & Anne met in college in southern California. After graduation Brandon took to the road and the studio; he co-produced Greg Laswell's 2008 release "Three Flights From Alto Nido" and has recorded for and toured with a host of singer-songwriters including Joshua Radin, Cary Brothers, Greg Laswell, Ingrid Michaelson and Tristan Prettyman. Anne began her post-college carrier with a move to Kenya, where she led the music program in a school and a taught music in an orphanage. They met up a few years later when Brandon was touring across Europe and Anne was living back home in rural Scotland. Both had been writing songs, and they decided to collaborate on a project. Later that year they met up in Los Angeles to make a record, and My Name is You was born. In the fall of 2011, the duo released their debut EP (self-titled), a rich convergence of orchestral indie-folk and heart rending lyrics.

    Artists
    Brandon & Anne met in college in southern California. After graduation...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #MyNameisYou
    Tags All, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS18075


11:00pm

A Fine Frenzy
    Saturday March 17, 2012 11:00pm - 11:40pm @ Central Presbyterian Church (200 E 8th St)

    A Fine Frenzy was introduced to the world with the 2007 album ONE CELL IN THE SEA. The project established her as one of the most talented young singers and songwriters around; it received rave reviews, was widely exposed through songs being licensed to numerous television shows, and reached Number One on Billboard's "Heatseeker" charts.
    With the follow-up album, BOMB IN A BIRDCAGE revealed another side of A Fine Frenzy. While the album retained the tuneful charm and whimsical language of the debut, it added new colors and textures, with louder guitars and beats that sometimes veer into New Wave-ydance territory. The album received critical acclaim and several of her songs including “Blow Away” and “What I Wouldn’t Do” have been featured in numerous television placements.
    Spring 2012 will see A Fine Frenzy release her highly anticipated 3rd album on Virgin Records/EMI.

    Artists
    A Fine Frenzy was introduced to the world with the 2007 album...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #AFineFrenzy
    Tags All, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS18511


11:00pm

11:00pm

Mrs. Glass

11:00pm

Slam Donahue
    Saturday March 17, 2012 11:00pm - 11:40pm @ Lamberts (401 W 2nd St)
    NY-based band Slam Donahue has debuted two brand new tracks 'It's Scary' and 'No More Talking' off their forthcoming 'Big House Nice Dreams' Mixtape (out March 28) as they make their way down to SXSW. Led by singer/guitarist David Otto and bassist Thomas Sommerville, the band built their identity out of bootlegged recording programs, department store keyboards, and keen, thoughtful melodies. After meeting as youths, playing in rival bands, and then finally collaborating; the duo's skills grew to complement each other in their attempts to test pop music's conventions. Sometimes skirting into new wave, R&B, hip hop, they are after something new and beautiful.

    Artists
    SLAM DONAHUE IS A NEW YORK CITY BASED ROCK BAND LED BY SINGER/GUITARIST...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #SlamDonahue
    Tags 18+, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS17371


11:00pm

Tyrone Wells

11:10pm

Radiation City
    Saturday March 17, 2012 11:10pm - 11:45pm @ Maggie Mae's Gibson Room (512 Trinity St)

    In 2009 Cameron Spies caught Lizzy Ellison becoming transfixed by the fluid movement of a bank teller's hands-- a involuntary hypnotic condition that Spies oddly enough shared. The Hands That Take You, the title of the debut album from the pair's dreamy-pop outfit Radiation City, is an homage to this phenomenon as it was the catalyst for not only a long-term love affair but a wellspring of creativity. The subsequent years came to be the most influential time in both their lives. Together they founded a DIY cassette tape label, planted a thriving vegetable garden in the backyard of their Portland, Oregon home and formed Radiation City, which, after only a few live performances was already being lauded as part of "a new generation of acts that don’t care much for the longstanding walls between slow acoustic pop, dance music, experimental electronic music and distortion-fueled rock (Willamette Week)"

    Artists
    There is a stillness between kissing lips that belies the beating...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #RadiationCity
    Tags 21+, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS15614


11:10pm

The John Steel Singers
    Saturday March 17, 2012 11:10pm - 11:45pm @ Soho Lounge (217 E 6th St)
    The John Steel Singers are one of the most well-known alternative acts in Australia. With five members traversing across instruments like explorers, the Brisbane natives bring another dimension to the experimental pop aesthetic with an accomplished brass section on trombone and trumpet amongst the staple guitars, bass and drums. They were voted by national youth station, triple j, as unsigned band of the year with the Unearthed J Award in 2008. Their debut album ‘Tangalooma’ was produced by Robert Forster of The Go-Betweens and mixed by Nicolas Vernhes (Deerhunter, Fiery Furnaces). The album garnered huge support with triple j, receiving feature album, and single ‘Overpass’ coming in at #52 in the Hottest 100 of 2010. The band has trekked the country with their own sell-out headline shows and supported some incredible bands on tour such as The Polyphonic Spree, The Morning Benders and The Dodos; as well as playing festivals such as Splendour In The Grass, Big Day Out and Laneway Festival. They were recently in the states for CMJ in NY and have returned again for SXSW. They’ll be touring the west coast with He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister and Bad Weather California; playing the Tree Fort Music Festival in Boise, Idaho; and they’ll jumping into the studio with LA producer Thom Monahan (Vetiver, Little Joy, Au Revoir Simone) while in the country.

    Artists
    The John Steel Singers are returning, bringing with them their...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #TheJohnSteelSingers
    Tags 21+, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS16458


11:30pm

Whispertown

11:30pm

11:35pm

11:45pm

Guards
 
 

12:00am

Emil & Friends

12:00am

12:00am

Jessie Frye

12:00am

Retro Stefson

12:00am

Slow Club
    Sunday March 18, 2012 12:00am - 12:40am @ Latitude 30 (512 San Jacinto)

    From Jim Caligiuri, The Austin Chronicle:

    Manchester's Dutch Uncles' debut, Cadenza, caused the press to coin "math-pop" to describe their oddly danceable tunes reminiscent of a hooky, denser Talking Heads. Clock Opera is an eclectic fourpiece led by former "pop-chop" guru Guy Connelly. The Londoner's debut, Ways To Forget, is due in April. With a deafening buzz already surrounding them, London's Django Django are a young quartet with a psychedelicized mix of familiar styles presented in a new way. Its self-titled debut was just released in the UK to roaring reviews. Maverick Sabre, aka Michael Stafford, was hailed by the BBC's Huw Stephens as "the male Amy Winehouse." The new voice in UK soul issued his first album, Lonely Are the Brave, in February. 2011's Paradise, the second effort from London's Slow Club, found the duo of Charles Watson and Rebecca Taylor boldly exploring new sounds while retaining their quirky bubblegum folk appeal. One of the UK's most popular dance DJs with his own show on BBC 1, Toddla T (aka Tom Bell) is more dubwise than dubstep.



    Artists
    SLOW CLUB | Paradise Like all good clichés, there's more than...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #SlowClub
    Info Y
    Tags AustinChronicle, Pop, Music
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS16577


12:00am

Toguna

12:00am

Young Magic

1:00am

Jukebox the Ghost

1:00am

Lights
    Sunday March 18, 2012 1:00am - 1:50am @ Elysium (705 Red River St 78701)
    Twenty-four year-old Toronto singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Lights has been crafting her own unique synth-pop-rock since she was 14. On the strength of her 2008 self-titled EP, Lights won the 2009 Juno Award for New Artist of the Year. Her full-length debut, The Listening was released to critical acclaim in North America in 2009 and was certified gold in Canada in October 2010. Siberia, her sophomore effort, was released on October 4th, 2011 and showcases Lights' maturity and progression as a songwriter. Collaborations with Toronto electronica band Holy Fuck bring in a darker, dub-grit sound that creates an interesting landscape for Lights' distinct vocals. Juno Award-winning rap artist Shad also appears on two songs to add another notable element to this modern soundscape. 2012 will see Lights hitting the road again for North American and UK tours.

    Artists
    Twenty-four year-old Toronto singer, songwriter, producer and...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #Lights
    Tags 21+, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS18800


1:00am

Teeth & Tongue

1:00am

Rich Aucoin

1:00am

Graffiti6
    Sunday March 18, 2012 1:00am - 2:00am @ Clive Bar (609 Davis St)

    Colours, the debut album from Britain’s Graffiti6, is as vividly vibrant as both the project’s moniker and its album title suggest: an uncategorizable mélange of pop, psychedelia, R&B, and British Northern Soul that fully capitalizes on the soaring uplift of Jamie Scott’s emotionally transparent voice and gift for melody and TommyD’s irresistible rhythms and inventive production. Songs like “Stone In My Heart,” “Stare Into The Sun,” “Annie You Save Me,” and “Free” are “latter-day psych-soul nuggets, all phased vocals and sunshine melodies given the warp factor,” as London’s Guardian newspaper put it, while the remainder of Colours zigzags all over the musical map from the folk-soul balladry of “Goodbye Geoffrey Drake,” to the spare, gospel-inflected feel of “Over You,” to the downtempo sultriness of “Calm The Storm,” to the jangly indie-rock vibe of “Lay Me Down.” “For me, the unexpectedness of the sound is the whole point,” Scott says. “It’s fun to mess with people’s heads.”



    Artists
    Colours, the debut album from Britain’s Graffiti6, is as vividly...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #Graffiti6
    Info Y
    Tags Music, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS18829


1:00am

Graffiti6
    Sunday March 18, 2012 1:00am - 2:00am @ Clive Bar (609 Davis St)
    Colours, the debut album from Britain’s Graffiti6, is as vividly vibrant as both the project’s moniker and its album title suggest: an uncategorizable mélange of pop, psychedelia, R&B, and British Northern Soul that fully capitalizes on the soaring uplift of Jamie Scott’s emotionally transparent voice and gift for melody and TommyD’s irresistible rhythms and inventive production. Songs like “Stone In My Heart,” “Stare Into The Sun,” “Annie You Save Me,” and “Free” are “latter-day psych-soul nuggets, all phased vocals and sunshine melodies given the warp factor,” as London’s Guardian newspaper put it, while the remainder of Colours zigzags all over the musical map from the folk-soul balladry of “Goodbye Geoffrey Drake,” to the spare, gospel-inflected feel of “Over You,” to the downtempo sultriness of “Calm The Storm,” to the jangly indie-rock vibe of “Lay Me Down.” “For me, the unexpectedness of the sound is the whole point,” Scott says. “It’s fun to mess with people’s heads.”

    Artists
    Colours, the debut album from Britain’s Graffiti6, is as vividly...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #Graffiti6
    Tags Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS18829


1:15am

8:00pm

D E N A
    Sunday March 18, 2012 8:00pm - 8:40pm @ The Jr (603 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701)
    D E N A is the music project of Berlin-based song writer and vocalist Dena Todorova.
    Born and raised in Bulgaria, she moved to Berlin few years ago, where she focused on writing and working on music.
    Dena stepped into focus as a guest vocalist on the two The Whitest Boy Alive albums. Now she’s cutting a dash with pop songs influenced by oldschool Hiphop, R&B and electronic music.
    Currently finalizing her debut album with Finnish producer Jonas Verwijnen in Kaiku Studios Berlin, she is aiming to publish her first record further this year.
    In summer 2011 D E N A started to play live in Berlin's club scene, and has already played a couple of support-shows for bands such as LCMDF, Kakkmaddafakka, Yip Deceiver and Das Racist.

    Artists
    D E N A is the music project of Berlin-based song writer and...


    Type Band, Official
    Hashtag #sxsw #DENA
    Tags All, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS19826


10:00pm

Toguna

11:00pm

Lederhosen Lucil
    Sunday March 18, 2012 11:00pm - 11:40pm @ The Jr (603 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701)

    Who is Lederhosen Lucil? She's the brainchild of multi-disciplinary artist Krista Muir who is currently based out of Montreal. Lucil is a fauxvarian pop princess who has descended on earth in her many-themed "hosen" to bring laughter, joy and music to the masses. She is here to discover the quirks and quarks of human nature while making people dance with her kitsch music! With her army of vintage keyboards and mini instrument collection, Lucil will charm you with both melody and wit. A favorite of co-collaborator DJ Kid Koala, Lucil has released two full-length albums to date and will release a third in 2013. Lucil's motto: Always make time to hose!

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    Who is Lederhosen Lucil? She's the brainchild of multi-disciplinary...


    Type Band, Official
    Tags All, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MS19814


 

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