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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[…]

NEW MUSIC: Dead Sea – Keep it High

Recently I find a lot of good music coming from Paris: there’s Ibeyi for once, but also Dead Sea, a four piece who released their first video for the song Keep It High. Their music lays somewhere between Keep Shelly in Athens and Lamb, which means I like it a[…]

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Grimes – REALiTi

What we really want from Grimes is a new album with new songs, but somehow she’s not inclined to give one to us. Instead we get a new video for an old song that didn’t make the cut for Visions. Grimes dances through East Asia and there is some live[…]

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.

THROWBACK: Liaisons Dangereuses – Los Niños Del Parque

Another favorite song with a relentless synthline, two years before Anne Clark, is Los Niños Del Parque by the German band Liaisons Dangereuses. It also features my all-time favorite snare drum sound (better to be heard in the recorded version. I heard the song the first time on the portable[…]

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[…]

NEW MUSIC: Body Language – Reset

Body Language makes upbeat electropop, AlunaGeorge-style. There are another band from Brooklyn I have missed so far: fortunately Audiofemme has an interview with singer Angelica Bess to catch up and learn more.

NEW MUSIC: Cuushe – Tie

I have yet to hear a Cascine release I don’t like. Tokyo artist Cuushe’s latest song Tie is no exception: it immediately evokes pleasant images in my mind, maybe a cab ride trough a city o Friday night. There’s an EP on the way for release on April 5th.