sxsw Archive

UK’s BATTLE LINES release new track “COLONIES”; Stateside debut at @SXSW 3/13/14! @battlelines

‘Colonies’ is the latest 7″ from UK quartet Battle Lines. Haunting and fraught with inner conflict, the title track fuses intense, atmospheric guitars, surging rhythm and fragile lyrics that disarm the soul, while tearing down emotional walls with pensive accounts of love, loss and purgatory. CHECK IT OUT RIGHT HERE!

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FUCKED UP to Release 6th Installment Of The Zodiac Series Via Tankcrimes; Playing @SXSW + Brainsqueeze Fest

Long running Canadian hardcore punk perpetrators, FUCKED UP, will discharge the sixth installment of the “Zodiac Series” with Year Of The Dragon this Spring. Melding all the prime tenets of rock, punk, metal and psychedia into a comprehensive and imposing opus of unyielding enormity, FUCKED UP are sonically and conceptually devouring in ways few bands can emulate. Following the releases […]

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It’s Festival Announcement Wednesday, featuring OUTKAST and 1,000,000,000 other bands. #music #festivals #2014 #riccing

Someone decided today, January 15th, was totally appropriate to blow their music festival load all over creation, so check out below for a (by no means comprehensive) list of what has been clogging up our inbox and flooding our social media pages thus far. Scroll down for links to some of the best events happening […]

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CITY RIOTS (AUS) RELEASE LP FOR U.S., SEA OF BRIGHT LIGHTS @thesyndotcom

“It’s the sound where the poetry is found: hypnotic and pretty” – Rolling Stone Australia  “Choruses that sneak their way into your subconscious until you’re humming them along involuntarily – 4.5/5” – Sputnik Music  “It was more important for us to make songs that work as a cohesive album that a few big singles and […]

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Interview with Brazil’s Black Drawing Chalks; played at @SXSW @blackdrawing @thesyndotcom

I like my Rock n Roll to sound dirty. Gimme a heavy guitar crunch, a fat and steady rhythm, and a good dose of “fuck you” attitude, and I’m generally sold on what’s going down. Black Drawing Chalks have plenty of it, so I’m putting my money on them to make some noise at this […]

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Interview with Asgeir Trausti; played Iceland Airwaves @asgeirtrausti @icelandairwaves @sxsw

20-year old Iceland native Asgeir Trausti is a classically trained guitar phenom who recently dropped his debut release, Dyrd I Daudapgon, to much acclaim in the Icelandic music community. The obvious linguistic barrier prevents me from understanding his lyrics, but I can only describe the music as a delicate, complex guitar attack, coupled with a […]

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Interview with Bruno and TC from Brazil’s EMINENCE; played @SXSW @eminenceband

Thrashy, blasting metal. Brazilian metal juggernauts Eminence are exactly what I needed to cleanse my pallet from the nonstop blitzkrieg of poorly performed hipster schlock that grazed all over SXSW 2013. Brazil LOVES their metal, and when a member of seminal Brazilian act Sepultura takes interest and offers his time to help you with your […]

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Interview with Olafur Arnalds; New album For Now I Am Winter drops April 4th @olafurarnalds @deccarecords

Hailing from Reykjavík, Iceland, 26-year old Olafur Arnalds has already done things in the music world that many can only dream of. Having provided direct support for Sigur Ros and establishing himself as an internationally respected artist in recent years, Olafur has managed to blur the lines of classical and contemporary music, shedding greater light […]

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Interview with Soley; Performed at Iceland Airwaves event during @sxsw @soleysoleysoley

Soley, along with her band mates Jón Óskar Jónsson (drums) and Albert Finnbogason (keys&guitar,) bring a dark, inspired alt-pop sound, with plenty of sonic possibility through the usage of live loop sampling. Currently signed to Morr Music, her latest release, 2011’s We Sink, is a beautifully composed work, offering richly textural melodies and a smooth, […]

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Throw away your razors… Here’s an interview with The Beards! @the_beards @thesyndotcom

Adelaide’s The Beards want one thing to be abundantly clear… No razors allowed. The quartet, consisting of Nathanial Beard, Facey McStubblington, Johann Beardraven, and John Beardman, Jr. are the world’s foremost ambassadors of beard culture, and missionaries for a more equal and just bearded society.

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Interview with Seager Tennis from Mellow Bravo from Boston; Playing @sxsw this week! @mellowbravo

Boston, Massachusetts sextet Mellow Bravo are making their way to SXSW this week, along with just about every other band hellbent on making their mark in the music industry. Steeped in the Rock n Roll sound and attitude, Mellow Bravo’s spirited approach will suit anyone who wants some straight forward ragers nicely. Check out this […]

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Gangbang Interview with @BottomDollars, @TheNuclears, and @Deathrow_Tull; at @sxsw and on tour now!

    The Bottom Dollars are one of Brooklyn, NY’s finest undiscovered quintets right now and they’re hitting the road right now with their self proclaimed “brothers-in-rock:” The Nuclears & Deathrow Tull. I was introduced to the group by someone I hardly knew who asked if I had any vacancies on a showcase I was […]

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FADER FORT SXSW 2013 RSVP LINK @thefader #faderfort

This will be back up shortly. Get it fast! http://www.thefader.com/2013/03/06/rsvp-to-the-fader-fort-presented-by-converse-2/

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Interview with SWEAR AND SHAKE (full band); Headed to @SXSW in March! @swearandshake @kickstarter

Brooklyn, NY indie/folk quartet Swear and Shake have only been a group since 2010, but when something great makes an entrance onto the music scene, it cannot, and does not, stay a secret for very long. Currently on the road opening for G. Love and Special Sauce (a great gig to have, folks!!!), Swear and […]

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Interview with Jeff Hershey from JEFF HERSHEY and THE HEARTBEATS; New covers EP and European Tour forthcoming! @jeffheartbeats #nomotiv

Jeff Hershey has worn many hats during his musical tenure. Some of you may know him from his metal days in Black Opal or Hybrid Moments. Others may recognize him as a core member of the wildly popular Vagrant Record’s act, No Motiv. My introduction to him was when he ran and danced his way […]

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EMINENCE recording with Sepultura member (!); Playing @SXSW 3/15/13!

EMINENCE IN THE STUDIO WITHSEPULTURA’S PAULO JR.    PERFORMING AT THIS YEAR’S SXSWBrazilian metal outfit Eminence has announced details regarding its forthcoming album. The band has reunited with Danish producer Tue Madsen (Moonspell, The Haunted, Sick Of It All), who also produced their well-received 2008 album The God Of All Mistakes. Recording has begun at Minerio de Ferro Studios in […]

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Check out the new video, “FAMOUS,” from Brazil’s BLACK DRAWING CHALKS! @sxsw #brazil #rockandroll

Cool! My first post about a band from Brazil! Black Drawing Chalks, hailing from Goiania, is perfect for all of you QOTSA-types, with a fuzzy blend of straight forward Rock n Roll, and have already shared bills with every act to make me drool incessantly. GnR, RATM, Motorhead? These guys have done it. Now, they’re […]

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Interview with Matt King from THE LIGHTS OUT; Heading to @SXSW for Berkelee Showcase in March!

Boston, Massachusetts’ The Lights Out are a 4-piece pop-rock beer-drinkin’ mayhem machine. When your description includes lines like “stickier than the High Life coating their sneakers by the end of every practice,” you can only expect a ruckus, and that’s why I started going to shows in the first place (though acquiring beer during an […]

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Interview with WARBEAST; On tour with haarp and DOWN

Texan thrash metal monsters WARBEAST almost killed me once. Seriously. The volume and bass projected from a stage can stop a person’s heart in a split second. It isn’t necessarily how I planned to leave this world, but it has to be better than falling down a cliff sneaking into a Nickelback show. WARBEAST were, […]

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