K-Pop Idols f(x) from SM Entertainment headlined the K-Pop Night Out showcase at SXSW 2013. Some of f(x)'s fans were waiting in line for up to 15 hours to see their idols in action. The girls didn't disappoint with an energetic 5 song set that got the crowd screaming for more.
To end our Tuesday night - the first of music at SXSW 2013 - we headed along to check out the midnight performances at Red 7 from DIIV and a band seemingly confirmed for Splendour in the Grass, Dallas' The Polyphonic Spree, in their second of six shows at the festival. However, it seemed either the former had played early or were cancelled, because it was a good hour wait for anything to happen, and the Spree took to the stage.
Headlining a special Tuesday night show at SXSW's Fader Fort was it-kid Baauer, a DJ who has been catapulted into the spotlight thanks to "Harlem Shake", the latest music trend to sweep the interwebs.
Sounds Australia put on a special showcase at BD Reilly's in Austin on Tuesday afternoon at SXSW, called "She'll Be Right", featuring the wonderful women of Australian music. We briefly caught Lucy Campbell, who sounded spellbinding in acoustic mode. Next up, and one of the two bands pictured, we're Adelaide's The Audreys who were performing as a duo and making their Austin debut.
The featured act of the Red Bull Sound Select stage, thanks in part to some last minute time changes, was Los Angeles' Best Coast who stormed through a series of their loved tracks and some new favourites, including "No One Like You", "Why I Cry", "Let's Go Home" and "Who Have I Become", an upcoming Clarks' shoes record store day release. The band were in fine form and high spirits (quite literally; definitely not sober), though were disappointed their under 21 fans weren't able to get in. And let it be known that Beth is a big fan of Fraiser. Here are the photos from Andrew Wade! - Larry Heath
Pictured: Galaxy Express.
8 Interactive start ups from Korea hosted their own party at SXSW called Geeks From Gangnam. Live music featured Korean indie act Goonam and rockers Galaxy Express at Moonshine Patio. Johnny Au was their to capture all the action.
New tracks were previewed during the set, and the later part of the set that we caught included a cover of Oasis' "Don't Look Back in Anger", the beautiful "Senseless" and the closing track "Sleep Forever", which led into a "Hey Jude" singalong. The band are getting set for a massive year, so I doubt this will be the last we'll be hearing of them in the near future, but for the meantime this was a great reminder of a) what fantastic music this band produces and b) just how stellar they are live. Bring on the new album!
Playing a special showcase the night before the SXSW Music Festival kicked off in Austin - their first of many shows at the festival - recent Australian visitors Divine Fits returned to the city they debuted in last August. They managed to fit in a new song into their set - a sign that there is indeed more to come from the band that features Austin's own Britt Daniel (Spoon) and Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade/Handsome Furs).
We were invited to the launch of the new Helm Boots retail store in Austin on Monday night during SXSW, during which we got to hear the divine sounds of Athens, Georgia based artist Dreamboat. Usually performing as a duo with Dan Donahue, for this SXSW event Page Campbell was playing solo - just her and her guitar.
One of the best things about SXSW is finding cool stuff when you don't mean to; while waiting in line for Divine Fits, we stumbled onto a carpark party featuring a DJ set by Neon Indian and performance by DFA-stalwart The Juan Maclean. It was pretty cool.
Part of the fourth annual Synth by Southwest showcase, Austin locals Feathers played a set showing us what's in store for us when they support legends Depeche Mode later in the week. They were preceeded by missions (pictured) who displayed an 80's-influenced minimalist sound.
Deadmau5 was the special guest at the opening day for Sonos Studio at SXSW, which was highlighting the new Sonos Playbar. You can learn more about it here: http://www.sonos.com/introducing/playbar
There aren't many straightforward, non-Romantic Comedies these days. At least not ones that get a big advertising budget. And generally, when they do, they suffer from juvenile humour, a disappointing, predictable script and scenarios that illicit little more than the occasional giggle. The sorts of movies that cause geniune, belly aching laughter - at least to yours truly - seem rarer than ever these days. So when one experiences such a sensation, you're somewhat taken by surprise. Especially when it hasn't been made by the British.
We hit the red carpet at SXSW 2013 for today's premiere of the new film Spring Breakers starring James Franco and Selena Gomez, who both walked the red carpet. Photos by Johnny Au.
We hit the red carpet at SXSW 2013 for today's premiere of the new romantic comedy I Give It A Year, starring Australia's own Simon Baker & Rose Byrne, who both walked the red carpet. Photos by Johnny Au.