Category Archives: SXSW 2014

SXSW Artist Profile: Miniature Tigers

We had so much fun at SXSW we’re still catching up! One act that had us dancing all night was synth-pop group Miniature Tigers at Karma Lounge for a fun, punchy dance party. Vocalist Charlie Brand’s singing falsetto is so different from his speaking voice (think a low hipster-chill, slightly gravelly voice with a bit of ‘50s-movie star twang) that ... Read More »

SXSW Showcase: The Colourist, Magic Man, Young the Giant

Whoever organized The Chevrolet Courtyard showcases deserves an award. For reals. With artists like Lucius, Lucinda Williams, The Hold Steady, Dum Dum Girls, and Julian Casablancas, they weren’t kidding around. Wandering over there after the Guitar Center Sessions featuring Damon Albarn proved to be a bit too mellow, I was rewarded with A) a solid lineup (more on that later) ... Read More »

SXSW Sound Bites

We took a whirl around SXSW, and here’s some of our favorite artists from the week: Best band with every song that sounds like it plays at that moment of a coming-of-age film: Magic Man. We caught Magic Man at the Chevy Showcase, and were blown away. They even outperformed seasoned headliners Young the Giant. Best up-and-coming party-pop kids: The ... Read More »

SXSW Artist Profile: Black Taxi


A band with character offstage is a band with loads of character onstage. Brooklyn rockers Black Taxi, well known for their unique and energetic live performances, put on quite the show in person when we chatted at SXSW. I quickly realized I was going to get a whole lot more than the standard 15 minute interview I bargained for when ... Read More »

Strings at SXSW: Kishi Bashi and Lindsey Stirling


The Pandora Den at SXSW had a special treat for violin lovers during their Saturday afternoon showcase: back-to-back sets from master fiddle looper Kishi Bashi and violin vixen Lindsey Stirling. Someone once told me that if God had an iPod, he’d be listening to Kishi Bashi. That’s about the most apt description I can think of to describe the luscious ... Read More »

“One Night in Austin” Returns to SXSW, Benefits VH1 Save the Music Foundation


Perez Hilton’s One Night In Austin returned to SXSW, featuring an all-star line up with 100% of ticket sales benefiting VH1’s Save the Music Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to keeping music education alive and well in classrooms across the country. Selling tickets to any SXSW show is a bold and unusual move, but both regular and VIP tickets sold out. ... Read More »

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