Our friends at Willow Wood put on a special showcase last night to help bring SXSW to an end, taking over Bethell Hall at St David's Church with a group of artists who took full advantage of the venue to deliver an evening full of special performances.
And just like that, as quickly as it began, we reached the end of yet another chaotic SXSW. With so many performances to filter and pick from over the past week, it's been hard to determine what has been classified a 'stand out' moment from the epic music festival. Between the four of us who scattered throughout Austin each day and night in an attempt to cover as much ground as possible, there were many memorable moments we all took away from the showcases we were able to attend (not marred by healthy amounts of tequila, of course) and below are just some of my choice artists who ranked highly this year.
Marina And The Diamonds' third album, Froot, is a continuation of the new wave, operatic indie-pop sound from her previous two albums. It's expansive and theatrical, kind of a spiritual descendant of Kate Bush. Like Bush, Marina And The Diamonds (real name Marina Diamandis) trades in sweeping, spacey weird-girl synth pop. They're songs that feel like grainy video-tape footage of English moors at dusk.
Strange-pop sensation Alison Wonderland is bringing the Wonderland Warehouse Project back in 2015 with the Wonderland Warehouse Project 2.0, kicking off at the end of May across the country and in Auckland. Wonderland is bringing her sharp-edged pop to a series of secret locations around the country in a bid to bring excitement, strangeness, and the kind of party you just don't get anymore to Australia's music scene. If nothing else, the tour will be interesting, especially if you're bored of the same vibe and the same venues.
For the 8th consecutive year, Rachael Ray's Feedback Party took over Stubb's BBQ for the final afternoon of SXSW, seeing a mix of bands from around the world play across three stages, while four Rachael Ray recipes (which you can see HERE), were enjoyed by the masses (you have to try the tacos!) - some of whom had lined up since the early hours of the morning to get their position in what has become one of the most popular and anticipated events of SXSW each and every year.
Youtube celebrity Tyler Oakley is stepping out from in front of the camera this September as he takes off on his first live Australian tour. Tyler Oakley's Slumber Party is a nation-wide multi-media event, showcasing one of Youtube's most popular video bloggers as he crosses over from digital to analogue (or, well, real world) performances.
Seth Sentry hit up Fremantle joined by scene favourites Citizen Kay and Coin Banks on Friday night as part of his national “Run” tour. It was a well executed night full of boasting egos yet grounded sincerity as the acts gave as much as they were given.
Sadly, the always anticipated The Black Keys will no longer be touring Australia and New Zealand (and Japan) in April, including their scheduled performances at Bluesfest Byron Bay. The cancellation comes due to drummer Patrick Carney suffering a serious shoulder injury.
Perth hardcore band Miles Away are taking Tide, their first full length album in five years, on the road this May for a full country Australian tour. Tide, which is out May 8th, is a distinctly Australian hardcore record, showcasing Miles Away's emotional and musical development over their 13 years as a band.
After collaborating with Tim Rogers of You Am I and opening for Rodriguez, Melbourne-based Jen Cloher returns with a new single "Needle in the Hay", off an upcoming split 7" vinyl release on Milk! records, with Courtney Barnett on the flip side. "Needle in the Hay" is a slow bluesy jam with an unexpectedly catchy chorus. Along with the release comes a new music video featuring Cloher’s live band; Jen Sholakis, Courtney Barnett and Bones Sloane, and a whole lot of paint. Check out the new video below:
The Aussie BBQ returned to Brush Park on Friday, taking over the East and West sides of the venue to bring a day full of incredible Australian acts. Sosefina already brought you the full live review, but now here are some photo highlights from the day. First up, we start with the BBQ itself, supplied this year by Franks Sausages. It was delicious.
For the last four days, the Pandora Discovery Den at SXSW has been taking audiences through the world of music, starting with Electronic, moving through Hip Hop, Americana and closing the week out with a day dedicated to Rock. Performing through the final day were artists like Big Data - who earlier in the day also rocked the Rachael Ray Feedback Party at Stubb's - Joywave, Ex Cops, Zella Day, Priory and Palma Violets.
Damian Cowell threw us all back into the 90's when he bought his Disco Machine to town. A disco is a school hall at the end of grade three and there’s one tube of fairy lights strung across a table with someone’s big sister DJing - THAT’s a disco. This is a machine...
In partnership with Travel Beyond Group, the Australian Music Industry Network (AMIN) have announced a deal which would save touring musicians thousands of dollars a year. In an Australian first, the Travel Beyond Group have launched a dedicated travel portal available to all members of AMIN's associated state and territory bodies, offering discounted fares, both domestic and international, on Virgin Australia flights. This is in addition to heavily discounted accommodation rates and ground requirements, cutting off a huge chunk of touring costs for Australian musicians.
History was made this past week at SXSW as Snoop Dogg became the first ever hip hop artist to give a keynote at the massive annual event. Though rather than him on stage discussing and analysing the past, present, and future of the music business, this one was more in the form of an intimate Q&A, with Snoop being accompanied on stage by Director Allen Hughes (Menace II Society; Dead Presidents) and long time manager Ted Chung. Snoop discussed many aspects of his career and past experiences, giving insight into positive and negative experiences, including entertaining little-known anecdotes about him and fellow music legends like Willie Nelson. This was a necessary exploration of one of hip hop's most enigmatic, influential, and controversial figures. Here are five of highlights from Snoop's morning sessions.