SXSW’s original goal was to create an event that would act as a tool for creative people and the companies they work with to develop their careers, to bring together people from a wide area to meet and share ideas. That continues to be the goal today whether it is music, film or the internet. And Austin continues to be the perfect location.
ACTIVE CHILD (Los Angeles, CA)
Hypnotic electro-pop project of LA-based musician Pat Grossi that pairs his chilly falsetto with lovely synth washes and powerful programming. The debut single is “She Was A Vision” b/w “Voice Of An Old Friend,” which was just released on 7″ vinyl through the record label of UK blog Transparent. In addition, Mirror Universe has just issued the “Sun Rooms” limited-edition cassette tape featuring a host of new tracks showcasing Grossi’s atmospheric sound. A new EP will be released in May via Filter Records.
Active Child at SXSW
Thursday, March 18 – 1:00 p.m. – Club Spaceland Showcase @ Beauty Bar Annex
Thursday, Match 18 – 2:40 p.m. – FILTER Magazine – Showdown @ Cedar Street Courtyard
Friday, March 19 – 12:00 p.m. – Brooklyn Vegan Party @ Club Deville
Friday, March 19 – 10:00 p.m. – NME Showcase @ Latitude 30
Saturday, March 20 – Grand Life/NYLON party
THE BOXER REBELLION (London, UK)
Unsigned, epic indie-rock. Recent album, “Union,” was named “Best Alternative Album” for 2009 by iTunes US. Back in Jan. of ’09 the band became the first unsigned band in history to break the Billboard Top 100 Albums chart on a digital-only release when “Union” was released. Most recently, The Boxer Rebellion toured Australia and Japan, sharing the stage with artists such as The Temper Trap and Editors, and in the coming year, the band will be featured as the centerpiece to Drew Barrymore and Justin Long’s upcoming film “Going the Distance.” The band is currently working on their third studio album.
The Boxer Rebellion at SXSW
Saturday, March 13 – 9:30 p.m. – NEARVERSE Party @ The Phoenix
Thursday, March 18 – 10:00 p.m. – DICKIES showcase @ Lustre Pearl
Friday, March 19 – 10:00 p.m. – WARP MAGAZINE showcase @ Maggie Mae’s Rooftop
Saturday, March 20 – 4:00 p.m. – FILTER MAGAZINE party @ Cedar Street Courtyard
Saturday, March 20 – 10:00 p.m. – DANGERBIRD Records party @ Mellow Johnny’s
DAWES (Los Angeles, CA)
LA-based quartet that released their stunning, heartfelt debut album, “North Hills,” via ATO Records on September 29, 2009. Upon first listen, it is obvious Dawes is influenced by the endearing lyrical nature of those such as Dylan, Fogerty, Petty, and Springsteen, among others, and “North Hills” presents itself as a delicate, sun-soaked, folk-gospel-rock offering created by an assemblage of young men wise beyond their years.
Rolling Stone online featured the band in their previous Fall Music Preview and claimed they are “the roots-rock rookies of the year thanks to their note-perfect take on the warm, folksy Laurel Canyon sound.” Paste agrees — they’ve named these guys one of their “Best of What’s Next” artists and praised their “stripped-down, dusty-hands country sound.”
Dawes at SXSW
Wednesday, March 17 – 8:00 p.m. – Brooklyn Vegan Showcase
Thursday, March 18 – 5:00 p.m. – DICKIES Party
Thursday, March 18 – 8:00 p.m. – Rolling Stone Showcase
Friday, March 19 – 2:00 p.m. – Front Gate Brunch (Acoustic)
Friday, March 19 – 1:00 a.m. – Coda Showcase w/ John McCaully and Matt Vasquez
Saturday, March 20 – 1:45 p.m. – WXPN Party
Saturday, March 20 – 4:00 p.m. – Ground Control Showcase @ Auditorium Shores
Dawes – “Love is All I Am” (mp3)