SXSW 2013: Charles Bradley and the Menahan Street Band @...
I first heard about Charles Bradley after he played The State Room in SLC last year. SLUG’s former managing editor, Jeanette Moses, came in the office the next day exclaiming about his show the night before. For the next week, everywhere I went I ran into friends speaking about the Charles Bradley show. When I saw he was playing SXSW, I knew I couldn’t miss him. … read more
SXSW 2013: Icona Pop @ Lustre Pearl – Dickies and...
Holy shit, I have been to a lot of parties and seen a lot of shows, but I don’t think I have ever experienced one exactly like this. Within the first three songs, Icon Pop had put every single girl in the house into an excited estrogen-fuled frenzy. This must be what Katy Perry shows are like, except the music was fucking awesome and the audience wasn’t dressed up in stupid blue wigs. Every dude in the place looked scared. … read more
SXSW 2013: Bajofondo @ Auditorium Shores Stage (Lady Bird Lake)...
Bajofondo has a polished sense of how and when to move onstage. At one point, the drummer got a thick beat going, and frontman and guitarist Gustavo Santaolalla heralded his bandmates to get the crowd to start clapping along. As the audience followed suit, the stringed instruments cascaded into a dissonant, bend-sounding synergy of sound. … read more
SXSW 2013: Death @ TenOak Metrotimes Detroit Blowout Showcase 03.14
It was Death, the protopunk band—one of the (retroactively) driving forces in rock n’ roll history. And they killed it. The remaining Hackney brothers were right on spot in the rhythm section, and they had two guitarists rather than one. As Bobby Hackney said at various times during their set, this was music straight out of 1975, and I felt like I was transported there. … read more
SXSW 2013: Royal Thunder @ The Dirty Dog Metalsucks Showcase...
Royal Thunder’s set at the Dirty Dog was like sex on the beach. They started out with a couple of their more mellow songs, then they royal thumpered into “Whispering World” to take the rhythm and pace to the next level. Frontwoman Mlny Parsonz really knew how to lure a guy in with soft coos that eventually transformed into full-bodied singing, then growls like a tigress. … read more
SXSW 2013: Max Pain and the Groovies @ Uncorked –...
I love seeing locals play outside of Utah. Max Pain and The Groovies are no strangers to the road, and it shows. I’ve seen Max Pain and The Groovies plenty of times at Salt Lake watering holes, but usually both of us are drunk on whiskey and a little sloppy. While watching them play on Austin’s Uncorked patio as the sun prepared to set, I recalled these past shows and was impressed by how tight their set has become … read more
SXSW 2013: Blue Hawaii @ Elysium – RA Showcase 3.13
Raph Standell-Preston’s vocals and stage presence are sugary sweet, and the music manipulated behind them is crisp and chilled, like fresh strawberries with a dusting of sugar and a dollop of whipped cream. … read more
SXSW 2013: Bleeding Rainbow @ Valhalla – Kanine Records Showcase...
About three-fourths into Bleeding Rainbow’s set, front woman Sarah Everton swapped her bass for Rob Garcia’s guitar and they even traded spaces onstage. The set got a lot livelier then, and for their last song, just as my ears were about to start bleeding (because I was standing next to a speaker without protection), guitarist Al Creedon rammed into Everton with his guitar until she playfully pushed him away. … read more
SXSW 2013: White Lung @ Holy Mountain Enabler PR Showcase
When White Lung played their first song with their sharp melodies and Mish Way’s nonchalant stage presence, the darkness and slight dinginess of the club complemented White Lung’s macabre sound well as a group of photographers at the front snapped and flashed their machines like the band members were stars on some sort of award show in a noir movie. … read more
SXSW 2013: Foxygen @ The Stages on Sixth 03.13
Foxygen played a great mix of energetic, offbeat tracks with soulful guitars that wouldn’t be out of place in the Rocky Horror Picture Show and made me want to move my feet . … read more