SXSW 2011 Post-Mortem: Bacon’s Top Sets

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We maaaaaaade it! Another SXSW has come and gone, and yeah, I’ll be hyperbolic – BEST SXSW EVER. This year was a clusterf*ck of awesomeness: uber-crowded streets, sloppy days and wandering nights, uh… RIOTS, Houston ownage both onstage and off, and my first time doing all 4 days since college. Eggs has already covered a couple of of my favorite performances, so be sure to read his review for another take on some of the shows. Read on for my favorite sets of SXSW 2011.

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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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Freshly Squeezed: Foster The People

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Exactly 24 hrs ago I got an email that read “Alan wants to know if you’ve heard Foster the People.” As every other semi-normal person would do, I googled them. I found their site and saved the link for after-hours. Alan recommended I listened to “Pumped Up Kicks,” so I did. And here I am. Hooked. Just a couple of hours after getting repeat-one happy on their music page, I decided to get the EP. Best $3 I”ve spent in a while, yo!

I”m full of questions. Who are these dudes, where did they come from, when is the full album coming out, are they playing anywhere near me, etc. Check out the video for “Pumped Up Kicks” and then continue reading to learn what I found out after a little more googling.

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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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Dawes Covering Edward Sharpe’s “Carries On” Makes My Eyes Rain With Excitement

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Seriously. One, I’m currently obsessed with Dawes, and all their amazing song craft, and two, I can never get enough of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. I meant to post this video to BOT a while ago, but never got around to it. Now is a perfect time. I’m getting ready to revisit another Dawes performance next week at SXSW, so they’ve been heavy on my playlist for the past few weeks. I know it’s a longshot that they’ll perform this cover, but man, if they did, my eyes probably would rain.

If you dig this video, it’s one of many different cover performances included in The Voice Project, a peace movement put together to raise awareness for Uganda, specifically the support of the the women of the African nation. If you want to enjoy Andrew Bird covering Cass McCombs, Bedouin Soundclash covering K’Naan, Nicole Atkins covering The Avett Brothers, Mike Mills covering Billy Bragg and Peter Gabriel covering Tom Waits among many others, and can get into a good cause, I highly recommend checking out what The Voice Project is doing.

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