SXSW 2010: Thursday in Photos

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SXSW 2010

Our first day of the 2010 edition of SXSW was jam-packed with musical exploration. We had the chance to check out a bunch of bands we’ve never indulged in before, and caught up with some old favorites. Throughout the day we caught sets from The Living Sisters, Fanfarlo, Gordon Gano & The Ryans, Lou Barlow & the Missingmen, The Lonely Forest, The Low Anthem, Black Prairie, The xx, Local Natives, Adam Green and Delta Spirit.

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SXSW 2010 | Thursday In Review

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SXSW 2010

Another SXSW has come and gone, and we couldn’t have left with more accomplished and satisfied feelings then we did. The BOT team of Toast, Bacon and myself took the festival by storm, and hit up as many shows as possible. Over the course of three days I witnessed at least a few songs by 48 different bands (as well as a few choice repeats), and now I sit here in a daze trying to think about our crazy adventures throughout the city of Austin. We made it to the festival on Thursday morning, and it was on from there!

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Newport Folk Festival 2010 Line-Up

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Newport Folk Festival – photo courtesy of Scotty B over at Hidden Track
There have been many festivals that have come and gone over the years, but only one can say they’ve been at it for over half a decade. George Wein’s Newport Folk Festival has been going strong since 1959, and has witnessed year after year of quality performances. I mean, come on, Dylan first went electric at Newport! That’s pretty freaking cool if you ask me. For the 51st edition of the storied festival, Wein has put together another excellent docket of bands to perform at the three-day event. Friday, July 30th is an abridged day, and will be headlined by actor/comedian/musician Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers. Saturday, July 31st will see performances from the likes of John Prine, Andrew Bird, Yim Yames of My Morning Jacket, Calexico and SXSW bust-out’s The Low Anthem among others. The final day, Sunday, August 1st, will close the festival out in style with Levon Helm’s Ramble On The Road, The Swell Season, The Avett Brothers, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Richie Havens and one of my current favorites, The Felice Brothers.


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YACHT | “The Afterlife”

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One of my must-see acts of 2010’s SXSW music festival was without a doubt Liverpool dance-rockers YACHT. After catching bits and pieces of two different sets on Friday, I finally had the chance to experience the group for an entire set at the French Legation Museum’s Garden Party on a chilly Saturday evening that also featured the likes of Frightened Rabbit and J Mascis’ Sweet Apple. They didn’t disappoint for their full 45 minutes, and left me with a longing for an extended performance in the near future. Just today, the duo consisting of Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans released a brand new video for “The Afterlife,” a standout track from their break-out 2009 album, See Mystery Lights. The video finds them being baptized, not only once, but numerous times in a various assortment of different bodies of water. Check it out…

There’s really no way you can’t love this song, specifically the breakdown mid-way through. After hearing it live twice a few days ago, I’m freaking obsessed!

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Win Tickets To See Alkaline Trio, Cursive and The Dear & Departed At Warehouse Live

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Congratulations to Corey Deiterman and Eric Brantner for winning a pair of tickets each! We will continue to feature give away’s on a regular basis, so for those of you that didn’t win, there will be plenty of opportunities for free tickets in the near future. Thanks for supporting BOT!

We are giving away two pairs of tickets to see Alkaline Trio, Cursive and The Dear & Departed at Houston’s Warehouse Live on Friday, March 26th. To win, all you have to do is leave a comment with your full name and e-mail address or phone number in which you receive texts. We will need to get a hold of you when we choose the winners, and be able to give your full name to our press contact, so without those things, you can’t win. We will be choosing the winners on Thursday, March 25th at 3 PM, so get your comments in quick! We will quickly notify the winner via e-mail or text, as well as at the top of this post shortly after the 3 PM deadline. This should be a pretty amazing showcase of road-tested indie rock from all three bands, and I can’t think of a better way to see it when you don’t have to pay for it!

If you don’t feel like entering this simple contest, or have too much money lying around, you can hop on over to Warehouse Live’s ticketing page and pick up as many as you need for a pretty cheap $18 ($6 a band…). As always, thanks to The Messina Group, AEG Live and Warehouse Live for allowing us the chance to give away all of these tickets. You guys kick ass!

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