Saw Joy Formidable last week, pretty killer show. I must be getting older though because the last two trips to the Neptune I’ve felt like I needed earplugs. Crazy kids with their rock music.
April 3, 2013 by Dave
March 12, 2013 by A2S
I’m not going to SXSW (le sad…) but I do want to listen to the best and the brightest of the festival. Usually it isn’t until after the Austin Madness that we can see clearly who makes the cut, but Time Magazine submitted their list of the 9 Must-Sees. I wanted to listen. Maybe you do too. Here’s a playlist:
Which other bands are must-sees at SXSW?
Tell me and I’ll make a playlist of your recommendations.
February 23, 2013 by Dave
Added a few more songs inspired why the recent live music (Helio Sequence & Talkdemonic) and a friend of mine who suggested ∆ (Alt-J).
∆’s (pronounced “alt j”) name comes from the keyboard shortcut “Alt-J” on Mac OSX that creates the Delta symbol. They’ve been a long time in them making having formed in 2007 with their self titled debut EP “∆” being released in 2011 and their debut full length album “An Awesome Wave” dropping on 2012. You can find them (Track: Buffalo) in the soundtrack of Oscar nominated film “Silver Linings Playbook” produced by Danny Elfman. The song that’s been added to this playlist is “Breezeblocks” which was their second single that is based on Maurice Sendak’s book “Where the Wild Things Are”. Definitely a fan.
February 22, 2013 by Dave
Talkdemonic opened the night showing off the band’s new line up having added two more members. they’ve certainly come a long way since we last talked about them: http://addicted2shows.com/2011/07/05/sasquatch-through-the-lens-of-dave/#more-2834. The added bassist and keyboardist created a much more full sound that Lisa Molinaro could lay her viola melodies over and it was those moments that the show really took off.
Helio Sequence, hailing from Beaverton Oregon, threw down an incredible set at the Neptune Sunday night bringing their recent tour to a close. Both Helio Sequence and Talkdemonic have drummers that are way too much fun to watch. Weikel’s facial expressions while drumming changed almost as quickly as his complex rythms. The appropriately named Harmonica Song definitely got the crowd going with Summers busted out his harmonica over Weikel’s beats.
As the show was coming to a close we were treated to a surprise collaboration of Helio Sequence and Shabazz Palaces who had been touring with them for the grand majority of the time. (Both groups signed to Subpop)
February 19, 2013 by Dave
I’d like to launch a playlist project “Digital Oddio” with a couple tracks that have caught my attention lately.
Kicking it off is a track from “The Heavy”, an indie rock group from Bath England with some great soul and blues influences. “Short Change Hero” was featured recently in Borderlands 2 as the theme to the cut scene that opens up the game and it’ll fill the same role in this playlist.
Following “The Heavy” we have a song from “Self” called “Trunk fulla amps”. Self is largely composed of one man, a multi-instrumentalist named Matt Mahaffee and the track he put together is filled with homages to a lot different artists ranging from Glen Danzig to Freddy Mercury.
To end this post I’m throwing in “Bit by Bit” by “Mother Mother” a group from Quadra Island off the eastern coast of Vancouver Island, Canada. I really dig the energy of this piece driven by powerful vocals out of brother/sister Ryan and Molly Guldemond.
More tracks to come.
October 19, 2012 by A2S
June 29, 2012 by Marwood
Seattle singer-songwriter Grant Olsen (formerly of Arthur and Yu)’s Gold Leaves opened proceedings on the Yeti stage on Monday, and probably deserved a better slot. Being the opening act on the fourth day of a festival can’t be easy, but the soaring five-piece put on a good show for the few who’d made it out of their tents.
June 28, 2012 by Hilary
I was pleasantly surprised by Electric Guest. Just like last year with Wye Oak I walked up having not yet heard them before thus the slate was clean. Quite simply put, Asa Taccone can sing. His range was a highlight of the performance from the falsettos featured in “This Head I Hold” to the full rich sound of “Under the Gun”.
June 27, 2012 by Hilary
(Photo credit: Greg Ellis)
I walked into this performance an avid Pretty Lights fan, but I think I did so with an inaccurate understanding of his music having not seen him live before. In most situations, when I’m listening to his work I myself am working. I would not go so far as to say that his music is suited only for background, but on the main stage Friday night it felt a little less than substantial. There was a bit of a mass exodus as the crowd who had just heard Girl Talk and an impromptu Macklemore performance suddenly realized just how late it was. While the tracks began and ended with intensity, somewhere in the middle of each the energy was lost. During these drones of anonymity waves of people would leave, climbing up the glowstick-strewn grassy hill. While I didn’t leave this set unhappy, I did leave with a different understanding of his music and my enjoyment of it.