Waxahatchee – Ivy Tripp [album review]

April 13, 2015

I was on the fence about Waxahatchee, aka Katie Crutchfield, prior to SXSW. I dug some of the tracks on her prior album, Cerculean Salt, but not enough to really rope me in. So when the SXSW Gods slipped her on to a Tuesday night showcase with Ryler Walker, Steve Gunn, TORESS and Angel Olsen; [...]

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Blackfoot Gypsies announce new album, Handle It 4/14/15

April 10, 2015

I first caught wind of Nashville’s Blackfoot Gypsies right before SXSW when I stumbled across the video for Don’t Know About You. It has everything one could want in a video – women’s rugby, golf carts, a bus, skateboards, canned beer, trick shooting w/ BB guns, grilling meat and a dude playing spoons. And while [...]

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The Lowest Pair – The Sacred Heart Sessions [album review]

April 8, 2015

Stood in the rain for @TheLowestPair at @BrooklynBrewery party. Worth every minute. #SXSW pic.twitter.com/plMuerLJ5u — HearYa (@Hearya) March 21, 2015 Come Saturdays at SXSW, I am usually hanging by a thread. In addition to exhaustion, this year’s Saturday had the added bonus of a steady rain. So while cuddling up with Jefe in our warm [...]

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Porter – This Red Mountain [album review]

April 3, 2015

Porter is the stage name of one Chris Porter. While Porter has been in the business for years working with acts The Back Row Baptists and Some Dark Holler; this the first time I’ve had the pleasure of crossing paths with his music. This Red Mountain is his solo debut and it is a cracking [...]

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Blank Range is worth checking out

April 2, 2015

For the second year, I scrapped my Wednesday day schedule at SXSW to go see a band at Lambert’s at noon. Both times it was based on one track. Last year, it was Spanish Gold. For 2015, it was Blank Range. I got an email comparing them to Wilco and Big Star. I heard the [...]

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Made Violent – s/t EP [album review]

March 31, 2015

Made Violent are a trio out of Buffalo comprised of Joseph White (bass/vocals), Rob Romano (guitar) and Justin Acee (drums). They’ve recently release their debut EP and subsequently made their was to SXSW. Our crew rolled in for a night set at Maggie Mae’s. While the sound system was “meh”, we all managed to have [...]

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Ryley Walker – Primrose Green [album review]

March 30, 2015

The Grateful Dead are coming to Chicago to play their Farewell shows. I was a major Head back in the day. The Dead shaped my musical tastes and persona like no other musical act over the course of 70 some-odd shows like no other band before and no other band since. But truth be told, [...]

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Doug Burr Announces New LP Pale White Dove 4/7/15

March 29, 2015

On the rainy Friday of SXSW; some time between seeing Houndmouth and Run The Jewels, I walked a half-mile in the wrong direction to catch a set by Doug Burr based on this one track below. Sadly, I had never heard of Doug Burr prior. But it didn’t take long for him to win me [...]

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Hinds – Bamboo & Castigadas en el Granero

March 25, 2015

Hinds are a group of four young ladies from Madrid. Apparently, they were previously known as Deers before some Canadian lawyer threatened them because a confusing similarity. I had heard of these guys but had more or less dismissed them as some hipster hype bullshit. On Wednesday of SXSW they were playing at Cheer Up [...]

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Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit [album review]

March 24, 2015

I have a misconception amongst friends that I don’t like pop music. I like good pop music just fine. For Christ sakes, The Beatles were pop music and I think they’re pretty swell. The problem with the new age of pop music as well as new TV is that we are force fed a non-stop [...]

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