With Prince a no go, Justin Timberlake a pipe dream and an overload of fantastic rock and roll making up the vast majority of my SXSW Music experience (and how!), it wasn't the obvious choice to go see The Smashing Pumpkins, either. I also wasn't overly willing to stand through a pile of pop acts at the Perez Hilton party just to catch Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. So, I went for something a bit more relaxed. A chance to sit down after a week of dancing, moshing, and an overall nine day experience that made me want to cut off my sore, sore feet. Yes ladies and gentleman, on the night that everyone who was anyone was performing in the city of Austin, I went to Church.
Venezuelan American singer songwriter Devendra Banhart is in the midst of releasing his eighth studio album Mala. Banhart is most notable for gaining mainstream attention by dating A-list actor Natalie Portman, but I can assure you that he doesn't need to date a famous leading lady to gain attention for his musical talent, he did that on his own.
It was my first time stumbling across Devendra Banhart at last year’s Big Day Out; I went along to his set because of a friend’s suggestion. As soon as the man started strumming away at his guitar I was mesmerised; as soon as he opened his mouth, I felt a deep attraction to his music - a bohemian Jeff Buckley perhaps. Whatever comparison I could think of, none would do justice to how amazing that set was.
The Frontier Touring Company are pleased to announce singer-songwriter Devendra Banhart will perform headline shows at Sydney’s Metro Theatre and Melbourne’s Prince bandroom this July.