After 30 years together, Depeche Mode puts out its 13th album this week, the seductive Delta Machine. Jason Bentley of KCRW speaks with the band's core trio of members about making music apart and together and recovering from its darkest days.
This is a live band that thrives on experimentation, playing around and taking chances. Watch Ducktails on stage at Austin's Clive Bar as the band performs "Letter of Intent," featuring kicky guitars and emotive strains of organ and synth.
Michael Benjamin Lerner is a great singer-songwriter who happens to play the drums — which means he needs help bringing his songs to life in a live setting. Members of Wild Flag, The Globes and Say Hi join in during this performance of "Ghosts and Creatures," filmed live at The Parish in Austin, Texas, during SXSW.
Chvrches' bass-heavy pop sounds will be the soundtrack to many a barbecue this summer, but in the meantime, the Glaswegian trio got the crowd dancing at SXSW 2013. Watch the trio perform "The Mother We Share" at Austin's Red 7.
Watch the noise-rock trio tear it up at the 2013 South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas. Recorded live at Bar 96 for Filter Magazine's Dr. Martens Showcase, the band performs a heart-pounding version of "Wet Blanket" here.
SXSW is a festival that you can curate to your own taste: quick hits, big names, unknowns, or some of everything. But no matter what kind of festival you have, there will be moments when a band just cuts through the noise. Here are a handful of the most transporting moments from this year's festival.
For Mexico City's Molotov, politics and rock en Español combine in front of a crowd 10,000 strong, recorded live at Auditorium Shores in Austin, Texas. Watch the band perform "Voto Latino," then listen to Molotov's complete set from SXSW.
Big names and Next Big Things dominate coverage of Austin's festival, but there's quality music between the two poles. Ann Powers says the skill and subtlety those acts bring to the party interest her more than the sure bet of a legend or the sugar high of watching a baby band with buzz.