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SXSW Day 1 (daytime): Malia Grace // Safari // La Guacha

After all the preparation and listening through some 1,500 bands, we finally arrived in Austin to see some live music. But plans are subject to change at SXSW more than anywhere, so the first show we actually saw was singer-songwriter Malia Grace at a cafe in the airport. It was[…]

MUSIC BUZZ: SXSW // Warpaint // Blurred Lines

Next Tuesday, the music section of SXSW in Austin kicks off. Elke and I attended last year and had the time of our lives, even though it was supposed to be “miserable”. The thing is, if you see the event with fresh eyes, you just notice something like a Doritos[…]

NEW MUSIC: Wolf Alice – Giant Peach

Giant Peach is a wonderfully loud rock song by the London-based four-piece Wolf Alice. Their debut album is expected for this summer and they make an appearance at SXSW next week. I hope to see them there.

NEW MUSIC: Torres – Strange Hellos

This song is excellent and makes me want to see her at SXSW next week at any cost. Fortunately she plays seven shows in Austin, so chances are we run into a show of hers at some point. Strange Hellos reminds me on EMA, just a little more rock than[…]

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Lowell – I love You Money

While everybody else is discussing how musicians and songwriters are compensated fairly, the Canadian electropop artist Lowell goes for the green stuff directly by declaring I Love You Money, naturally in a big and loud celebration. I hope, it loves her back. She’s confirmed for SXSW this March, and I’m[…]

SXSW MUST SEE: Catfish and the Bottlemen

Must See for SXSW are Catfish and the Bottlemen, making their US touring debut over from Wales and if I ever had only seen them performing on Letterman (unlikely, because I don’t watch TV), I would not have really been impressed. Looks too much like a Julian Casablancas impersonation (huge fan!) and overall[…]

SXSW MUST SEE: Swervedriver

Like every appealing music festival, SXSW also ensures to bring on a few of the big name bands or pioneers/legacies in their field. This year, not only Australia’s The Church will be headlining the festival, but 90s shoegazers Swervedriver are making a stop in Austin too, while touring the US[…]

SXSW MUST SEE: DMA’s

DMA’s are three friends from Newton, South Australia. They got signed to I OH YOU without even having played (together as a band) live before. Their videos are refreshingly different, because the three sport a, decisively, nerdy/geeky look but their sound is anything but. The songs on their EP are catchy[…]

SXSW MUST SEE: Sexores

Sexores are a three-piece from Barcelona via Latin America. They call their music dream pop and rightfully so: Below the Rainbow feels like a dream, with the vocals barely raise over thick guitar layers.