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Dreamers live at Main II, Austin SXSW 2015

When preparing a “schedule” for SXSW, it becomes very quickly apparent that Wednesday and Thursday are the days with the most shows and parties. Every hour one could go see at least five favorite bands! Not so day one of the festival, Tuesday. Granted, my partner in crime and I[…]

THROWBACK: Ideal – Eiszeit

Here’s another throwback to the early 80s: The Berlin band Ideal) with their first hit single Eiszeit (Ice Age). Ideal was one of the early bands of the Neue Deutsche Welle and represented the more punk branch of the movement. Looking at it today, they combined heavy guitars with Kraftwerk-like[…]

The Districts live at The Fader Fort, Austin SXSW 2015

Mid February, I came across The District‘s album A Flourish And A Spell, could not stop listening to it, and put my thoughts into an album review. Naturally, they were high up on my list of “must sees” when in Austin for the music festival. With all planning though, it looked as if[…]

SXSW Day 4 (part 1): The Districts // George Maple // Mansionair

From my perspective this was supposed to be Ibeyi day, so we rushed to the convention center to pick up SXXpress passes (some sort of wildcard that can help to get into a venue in time) for their evening show at the church. After attending a panel we decided to[…]

SXSW Day 3 (part 1): Ibeyi // Honduras // Highly Suspect

This was the day when I wanted to see Ibeyi, my number one must see for this year. I saw them, kind of: there was a 90 minutes line at the Spotify House and most of the show I attended from behind a noisy generator. We made it in for[…]

SXSW Day 2 part 1: Kate Boy // Wolf Alice // Young Ejecta

Wednesday turned out to be a perfect day: we could execute our plan with no waiting times. After attending some sessions at the Convention Center, the first live show was Kate Boy at Red 7, a three piece from Sweden, who perform with electronic drums, bass and keyboards. Singer Kate[…]

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[…]

NEW ALBUM: Swervedriver – I Wasn’t Born To Loose You

It’s the evening before the South By South West music festival in Austin, Texas starts… my suitcase and bag are packed, my desired schedule fixed, my “listening duties” aka checking out roughly 1,500 bands -and that’s not even all- done! And yet, I can’t possibly board Jet Blue tomorrow morning without having put[…]