WFUV's coverage of SXSW 2014: The Friday afternoon 'Public Radio Rocks' Day Stage with Damon Albarn, Lucius, Phantogram and more; two days of Hotel San Jose interviews and performances; The NPR Music show from Stubb's... Video, audio & photos below. All videos are on the WFUV YouTube Channel. There's even more, including exclusive band guest blogs, on The Alternate Side.
Guitarist Adrian Quesada from Grupo Fantasma/Brownout, Dante Schwebel of Hacienda/City and Colour, and My Morning Jacket drummer Patrick Hallahan form the backbone of new Southern supergroup Spanish Gold (@spanishgoldband).
The trio of friends set up a session at Dan Auerbach’s studio in Nashville, did more recording in Austin, then finished their debut LP in Louisville, where Hallahan lives.
This new voice from Ireland — coming out of a man born on St. Patrick's Day, no less — has floored us with "Take Me to Church," his breakthrough single powered by an interwebs wave over 2 million strong.
Andrew Hozier-Byrne, known as Hozier (@Hozier), has but one EP to his solo career credit after honing his chops as a member of Anúna. So he's no stranger to the touring life, but this is his first SXSW — in fact, this week was his U.S. debut.
These Irish teenagers are, apparently, musically wise beyond their years. Dave Grohl, Roger Daltrey and Elton John are counted as early fans of The Strypes (@The_Strypes) — in fact, Elton signed them to his management company, and was quoted as saying, "they have a knowledge of R&B and blues at 16 years of age that I’ve only amassed in my 65 years."
We were out late enough last night to see that something crazy had happened.
Leaving the NPR Music showcase at Stubb's in the wee hours, we walked onto a Red River Street that was clearly the aftermath of a bad scene -- police cars, broken barricades, ebbing mayhem. It wasn't until this morning that we heard two people had been killed and dozens injured by an out-of-control driver fleeing a DUI check.
Day one of SXSW is in the books and it was expectedly busy, filled with lots of great live music. As I previewed earlier, it's just not possible to get to everything, but I did catch my fair share. It was a diverse bunch, too that included everything from Les Claypool to St. Vincent.
Tonight (and overnight), our friends at NPR Music return to Stubb's in Austin for their annual SXSW showcase, and you can stream live video here. If you missed St. Vincent when she was in town, this is a great chance to see her amazing live show. There's also U.K. punk from Eagulls, R&B from Kelis, and a preview of one of the artists set to perform at our Public Radio Rocks SXSW Day Stage on Friday: Damon Albarn.
SXSW has been going strong since 1987. It seemingly gets bigger and bigger every year, with hundreds of bands descending upon the city of Austin looking to get noticed. So how does an attendee focus their time and energy in order to separate the good from the not-so-good?
Tonight at 11 on UKNY, a SXSW preview of some of the British bands and artists headed to Austin, Texas next week for festival chaos, overpriced burritos and five showcases in one exhausting day—like Damon Albarn, Bipolar Sunshine (pictured), Battle Lines and Pins. Also, with new releases from Elbow and Metronomy on the immediate horizon, songs from those fine albums too.