SXSW Post-Mortem: The Photos

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I ran around SXSW this year, trying to snap as many shots as I could, mostly depending on what level of intoxication I was at. Most of the time, I’d say I hovered around an 8, so some moments of the weekend weren’t fully captured. Hell, Saturday I left my camera in my car. I did get a good round-up of shots from the weekend though, which you can see if you read more.

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Middle Brother – “Million Dollar Bill”

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This past weekend at SXSW, I had the opportunity to catch one of many sets performed by indie-rock supergroup Middle Brother. Made up of Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, John McCauley of Deer Tick and Matt Vasquez of Delta Spirit, the trio makes music that sounds like what would happen if all three of their bands collided. I know, shitty description, but that’s pretty much exactly how they sound. On the record, McCauley takes more of a center stage, at least vocally, but when it comes to the live format, they all have their turns to shine. At this past weekends event, the fine folks at Austin’s 91.7 KXT and ArtSeek recorded a quick little video of the friends and bandmates performing “Million Dollar Bill,” the closing track off their eponymous debut album. They seem to have so much fun together, I just want an hour of hanging out time with them!

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SXSW Post-Mortem: Eggs’ Top Sets And Discoveries

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Another SXSW has come and gone, and after two days of recovery, I finally sit here with a clear enough mind to recap the extremely long and tiring four days of awesomeness that we all just took part in. After studying for a solid month before the festival, I thought I had a good idea about what I was going to do all four days, but everything changes once you finally dip your toes into the action. Overall, I think I stuck to about fifty percent of my plans, and for the other half, just wandered and found different and sometimes better options. I wasn’t worried about seeing Kanye, or getting into Duran Duran, or Death From Above 1979, or Wu-Tang or TV On The Radio – I can do that at any major festival or shed throughout the country. I was more worried about having new experiences with new bands, and several choice performances from some of my past favorites. With forty bands caught over the course of the four day extravaganza, that mission was successfully accomplished if not surpassed.

Read more for my favorite performances, as well as a list of my top discoveries from SXSW 2011.

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SXSW Live Streams

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While most BOT heads are at SXSW right now, there are some of us that couldn’t make it. If you’re like me, cry no more! Thanks to NPR Music and Limelight Networks you can catch some live performances. Just head over to NPR for the live streaming.

3/16 @ 8:15pm CT: Yuck, James Blake, Smith Westerns and Raphael Saadiq.
3/17 @ 12:00pm CT: The Antlers, The Joy Formidable, WILD FLAG, Khaira Arby, tUnE-yArDs and Colin Stetson.
and @ 9:30pm CT – via XV, Donnis, B.O.B, Wiz Khalifa and Janelle Monáe.
3/19 @ 3:30pm CT: Bright Eyes, The Felice Brothers, Middle Brother, Man Man and Kurt Vile.

That’s what I have for you. If I find any other schedules, I’ll let you know. Enjoy!

Live From SXSW: Stream the Rolling Stone Showcases. Click here to get to the live streaming.

3/17 @ 12-5pm CT: Gary Clark Jr., Raphael Saadiq, Tracy Bonham, Mona, and The Meat Puppets.
3/18 @ 12-5pm CT: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Dawes, Nicole Atkins, and Hayes Carll.
3/19 @ 12-5pm CT: Beast Make Bomb, Tennis, Surfer Blood, The Joy Formidable, and Ellie Goulding.

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Bacon’s Top 5 Pre-SXSW 2011 Discoveries

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This year’s SXSW is going to be different you guys. At nearly all times of the day and night, there are 3-7 free parties with at least one band that I’m excited to see. I’m not relying on getting into Fader Fort or Rachel Ray or any of that other stand-in-line-until-you-want-to-assault-the-next-person-you-see-in-ironic-DayGlo bullshit. As CroissanWich perfectly coined it, this year is South by No Stress. A big part of reducing stress levels has been doing more pre-planning in terms of which parties to attempt attending, so most of these bands were discovered on the undercard of stuff that I’ll be hitting up for a larger act on the bill. Can’t wait to report back with the post-sxsw discoveries, but for now check out some stuff I’m newly excited about:

Kvelertak. Metal usually makes my ears bleed, but I’m gradually opening up to the genre thanks to bands like Mastadon, Baroness, and Kylesa. You know, the stuff that real metal fans refer to derogatively as “pussy-ass hipster metal.” I’m not sure which category these Norwegians fall under, but it makes me want to throw myself into a wall of sweaty behemoths with a smile on my face. Apparently all of their lyrics are about Norse mythology and Vikings, bonus.

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CroissanWich’s Top 5 Pre-SXSW 2011 Discoveries

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My brain hurts a lot, readers.  I’ve been poring over lists of SXSW free shows, hoping to put together the ultimate schedule.  There are simply too many factors to consider: free alcohol, free food, geographic proximity, likelihood of a long line, where my friends are going to be, and of course, the talent (bands, not sexy ladies).  But even as the stress of excessive choice turns my mind to mush, I’ve been checking out some great new bands.  So here, in no particular order, are my five favorite pre-SXSW discoveries (at least they’re new to me):

Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Interesting name, that one…  Hip hop quartet?  No.  Funk rock fusion?  Nope.  Noisy indie psych? YES!  Woohoo!  These guys are gonna blow up.  That groove is unstoppable.

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Yellow Ostrich Needs To Be Heard, Here’s “Whale”

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Damn you Bacon for getting me into another band right before SXSW. If I needed more complications in my scheduling next week, I would’ve tried to find a new band my-damn-self. Dude seriously, not cool. Here I sit, at very late at night/early in the morning, with a slight Whiskey Wednesday buzz on, thinking about how I’m going to see Yellow Ostrich as many times as possible during the course of Austin’s musical orgy next week. Actually, screw it. I’m going to protest this band over the course of SXSW, just because you got me into them right now. I’m going to have to wait until they make it back around before I see them, and I blame that on you. It could be a couple years, who knows?! Damnit! Shit! Why, dude?!

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Railroad Revival Tour

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Announced earlier today, the Railroad Revival Tour is a one of a kind collaborative tour featuring the talents of Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow Medicine Show. The three bands will each take their unique blends of folk music and hop on a vintage train for a week of touring, stopping in six different outdoor locales along the way. While aboard said train, they will eat, sleep, play music, record and collaborate the entire week, eventually putting it all together for what is assured to be one kick ass documentary. Check out dates and read more about the Railroad Revival Tour after the jump.

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ACL 2010 Line-Up

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In what is quickly becoming one of the most anticipated American music events running, the Austin City Limits Music Festival has officially announced its line-up for the 2010 edition. Topping the bill this year are classic easy-rockers The Eagles, newly crowned British music royalty Muse and BOT-favorite Phish. Ya, that’s right, Phish. Hell yes! Also set to hit the stages in Austin’s Zilker Park over the weekend of October 8-10 are an assortment of iPod-popular groups including The Strokes, The Flaming Lips, LCD Soundsystem, Spoon, Band Of Horses, Monsters Of Folk, The National, The Black Keys, Yeasayer, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros and Local Natives among a whole bunch more. Check out the rest of the ACL 2010 line-up after the jump.

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SXSW 2010 | Friday In Photos

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SXSW 2010

Day two of the SXSW music festival was just as action-packed as day one, this time filled with a host of my must-see acts of the year. After our initial plans were deviated, we ended up catching sets from Everest, Delta Spirit, Citizen Cope, Minus The Bear, Grupo Fantasma, Mariachi El Bronx, Billy Bragg, Frightened Rabbit and Man Man.

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