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
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.
We hit the red carpet at SXSW 2013 for today's premiere of the upcoming film Some Girl(s), starring Adam Brody and Mia Maestro, who both walked the red carpet, along with their director Daisy Von Scherler Mayer. Photos by Johnny Au.
Two fantastic Australian bands appearing on the same bill in Los Angeles for $10? This was one show we couldn't say no to, as we head en route to SXSW in Austin, Texas. These two bands in question, playing the intimate Bootleg Theater near Silverlake, were the always entertaining group from Melbourne, Alpine and the bong loving duo of Brisbane, Dune Rats. Though both bands received a fantastic reception, it was Alpine who stole the show for the crowd, with massive attendance and a clear group of fans right up front, singing along and getting excited to songs like "Gasoline". With both bands now regulars on the US circuit we're expecting some great things for them over here in the US... but for now, please enjoy these photos from Andrew Wade (Words by Larry Heath).
It was by pure coincidence that I found myself arriving in Los Angeles on the same day that Dave Grohl's Sound City Players shut down part of Hollywood Blvd - a privilege normally reserved for a film shoot or the Oscars - to put on a massive, free concert for competition winners and those lucky enough to grab a ticket on the website 1iota. I was in the latter category and the night was something of a mixed blessing. The music was incredible, sure - you definitely don't get to see musicians of this calibre play together like this very often! - but the context of it all - as well as my location miles away from the stage - may have perhaps spoiled some of the charm of the anticipated performance at SXSW, which I'll hopefully catch next week.
In less than a month, the city of Austin, Texas will be throwing open its doors to tens of thousands of music fans, industry officials and musicians for the annual SXSW music festival and conference. Amongst that number are over thirty Australian artists. Over the course of the next couple of weeks we'll be profiling these artists, offering a brief introduction to what they’re about and what they have to offer.