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SXSW 2018: Q&A with Pretty City

Pretty City are the only SXSW alumni on our showcase, having played the festival in 2016 for the first time, and returning again this year for a second time. Two years ago was also when we instantly became friends with Drew Schapper (drums), Hugh Matthew (vocals, guitar), and Johnny Rock (guitar, vocals).[…]

SXSW 2018: Q&A with Blonde Maze

2017 saw New York-based electro-pop artist Blonde Maze, perform in venues as diverse as Music Hall of Williamsburg, Knitting Factory or The Delancey. As long time fans of Blonde Maze, aka Amanda Steckler, we were also delighted to feature her at some of our New York shows, and are thrilled to welcome[…]

SXSW 2018: Q&A with Emme Woods

With six acts on our Official SXSW Showcase, only one will be absolutely new to us: the fabulous Emme Woods, who is making the trip over the pond from Glasgow, Scotland together with her four band members Jamie Logie (guitar), Neil McKenzie (trumpet, bass), Katie Doyle (keys) and Gary Gilmour (drums). Listening to[…]

SXSW 2018: Q&A with The Lulls

In July 2016, I heard about The Lulls for the very first time and was immediately taken by their laid back, intelligent but also delicate sound. We premiered “Bruise”, the first single from their debut album “Island of Daughters, and at some point, Rutger Rosenborg and Ryan Miller mentioned that[…]

SONG PICK: CLARA-NOVA – Echo

CLARA-NOVA is the stage name of Sydney Wayser, a multi-media artist based in Los Angeles. She does photography and art installations, but also pop music that retains enough edge to stand out from current trends. “Echo” is a new track from her excellent upcoming 4-track EP “The Iron Age”, due[…]

SONG PICK: Emme Woods – I’ve Been Running

The holidays are over and that means that SXSW is approaching fast. With it comes the opportunity to discover new and exciting music, like Emme Woods, a singer/songwriter from Scotland. Her latest track “I’ve Been Running” is an earthy blues/rock/ska genre mix about keeping up with the struggles of life.[…]

PHOTOS: Fifi Rong live at Latitude 30 (SXSW)

Fifi Rong is a London-based singer and producer who does lush and dramatic synth pop songs. She is a sought-after collaborator and toured for example with Swiss avantgarde pop pioneers Yello. But her solo shows are no less a delightful experience: on stage she has a charming and enchanting personality[…]

PHOTOS: Dead Leaf Echo Live at Iron Bear Bar (SXSW)

Seeing Dead Leaf Echo live is always a treat, hands down. The show they put on for this year’s SXSW at Austin’s Iron Bear Bar was one for the ages, though! When approaching the venue, which is located up the hill on 8th street, we could already hear our favorite Brooklyn[…]

PHOTOS: Let’s Eat Grandma Live at Latitude 30 (SXSW)

Let’s Eat Grandma is a duo from Norwich, U.K, which turns pop music on its head as can be witnessed on their 2016 debut album “I, Gemini” (Apple Music | Spotify). On stage, Rosa Walton and Jenny Hollingworth put on an eerie, ghostly show that sees them playing many different[…]