More Tuesday SXSW pictures.

Chelsea Manning introduced Pussyriot.  


Yahyel Mesmerized during an inside early evening set. 


Superchunk rocked like it was 20 years ago.  


Starcrawler played, sang, and danced their asses off.  


Shamir showcased great style along with some new and old tunes intermixed with some insightful stage banter.  


Bat Fangs tore through their set with some great guitar playing and high energy.  


Lee Baines III mixed Southern charm with Liberal politics.  


Sammus shared personal stories and even more personal songs.  


We will add more pictures as we get the chance.  

Some Tuesday Pictures

Pussy Riot spread anti-establishment, anti-fascist, anti-commercialism art-rock.  


Starcrawler let it all hang out on stage.  


Bat Fangs proved ex-Ex-Hex is not cursed. 



Alice Bag brought #MeToo mentality and female positivity to SXSW. 



Bad Gyal put on a show for all the registrants. 



Monday: a day in pictures

Here are some more SXSW 2018 music day one pictures.  

we visited the Langford Lunchbox, from the TV show Rosanne. 


We saw an interview and poolside performance by Tunde Olaniran. 


We saw a lively performance from Lido Pimienta. 


There were dance horns and more during an entertaining showcase by Golden Dawn Arkestra. 


As we can we will post more images and stories.  

SXSW 2018 Day 1 Highlight: LIFE at the British Music Embassy

The band LIFE ended our first night at SXSW 2018, and it was a raucous yet tight 35 minute set. They are an amazing English punk band that recently released their debut album, Popular Music, in 2017.  

Here are a few pictures and a video from the show. Using every part of the bar and stage, Mez, was mesmerizing with his showmanship. The band kept pace tearing through song after song. The video below best embodies the set. 

 Here is a video recording of "Rare Boots" if the video quality is not great, we will upgrade it to high def as soon as we get a chance. 

Here is a video recording of "Rare Boots" if the video quality is not great, we will upgrade it to high def as soon as we get a chance. 

Life's great performance of "Rare Boots" at the British Music Embassy on 3/12/18. See more music, pictures and video at

Our SXSW Rankings

We have rated about 650 of the bands that will be at SXSW our lists are compiled in downloadable PDF and Excel files. Here is a link


The stars or numbers are our ratings and the ratings are 1-5.  

1 is a band to avoid,

2 is a band that might be worth seeing if you are there, but is not worth seeking out. 

3 Is a band you should try to see and will add to any show they are at.

4 is a very good band

5 is a band that we think are amazing

The first column is related to how much the SWB staff would like a band. The second column is how much a fan of that genre is likely to enjoy the band. The other column are comments about the bands to help you find out who you like. 

Starting Monday, we will have a ton of SXSW posts and pictures, so be sure to check back often. 




SXSW 2018 Recommendations Part 8

Here is our Eighth group of recommended artists that will be performing at SXSW 2018

This list is all Hip Hop artists. Most of the tracks have lyrics that are NSFW

J.I.D. is from Atlanta- real name: Destin Route. He attended and played cornerback at Hampton University. He is signed to J. Cole's Dreamville Records- likes turtles and is being compared to Kendrick Lamar, which he loves so much, he has a DARN. shirt he wears in recognition.
RIYL: Kendrick Lamar, Killer Mike
Pseudo Genre: American Grime

Here is the official video for “Never”.

“EdEDDnEddy” demonstrates his obvious love for eponymous cartoon.

Junglepussy is Shayna McHayle from NY. Her father is from Jamaica, and her mother is from Trinidad. She promotes healthy lifestyle choices in her songs. Was recently invited to speak at Yale and Columbia.
RIYL: Princess Nokia, The TV show Insecure
Pseudo Genre: Empowering Hip Hop

Here is the official video for “Nah”.

”Bling Bling” was featured on Issa Rae’s HBO show, Insecure.

G Yamazawa was born and raised in Durham, NC with a Buddhist background, G is a National Poetry Slam Champion, two-time Individual World Poetry Slam Finalist, and three-time Southern Fried Champion. He has toured in over 40 American cities and 5 European countries, and has been a featured performer at the Sundance Film Festival, TV One's Verses and Flow, the Pentagon, and the White House Initiative for AAPI.
G Yamazawa
RIYL: Hamilton, Poetry Slams, a good book
Pseudo Genre: Rap that challenges your mind
Here is the official video for “North Cack”

Here is a freestyle wrap video that was filmed in South Korea.

Cure For Paranoia are a hip-hop collective from our hometown of Dallas that has dropped some really interesting tracks.
Cure for Paranoi
RIYL: Odd Future, Doomtree
Pseudo Genre: Hip Hop Collective

Here is their video for “Wired”

Here is a live video from a small show in Dallas.

Oscars tonight

We are anxiously anticipating tonight’s performance by Sufjan Stevens along with St. Vincent (Annie Clark), Moses Sumney, and Chris Thile. They will be performing the beautiful “Mystery of Love” from Call Me By Your Name. 

Here is Elliot Smith’s amazing Oscar performance which helps to remind us of why it is worth having the songs featured during a movie award show.  



SXSW 2018 Recommendations Part 7

Here is our seventh group of recommended artists that will be performing at SXSW 2018

This list is chosen by Jamie.

Hayley Heynderickx is a doom folk artist from Portland, OR. We originally heard her on an NPR All Songs Considered Podcast
Hayley Heynderickx
RIYL: Courtney Barnett, Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen
Pseudo Genre: Doom Folk

Here is the official video for “Yom She La La”. This was written as an entry into a one day song writing contest.

The second video is a live version of “Drinking Song” performed at NPR’s Tiny Desk.

Lucy Dacus was inspired by a reunion with her birth family that occurred after she released her first album. She is about to make a splash in a big way after signing with a new label.
Lucy Dacus
RIYL: Courtney Barnett, Lily Allen
Pseudo Genre: Punk Folk

”Night Shift” is a 6 plus minute epic track that changes tempo and showcases her singing and musicianship.

We love the raw performances at Bob Boilen of NPR’s desk. Here is Lucy’s Tiny Desk Concert

IDER are old schoolmates that formed a band and moved together into a 2 bedroom apartment music studio where they create songs with lovely harmonies.
RIYL: Lucius, Dirty Projectors, Wilson Phillips
Pseudo Genre: Folktronica
This live version of “Body Love” really showcases their strong harmonies.


This is a studio version of “Learn to Let Go” that demonstrates their fully produced sound.

Invoke is a string quartet making modern classical music. They are currently in residence at The University of Texas, Austin
RIYL: Yo Yo Ma, Orchestras
Pseudo Genre: Modern Classical

Here is a video from a a TED talk

Friday Playlist 3/2/18

This week we get ready for SXSW which starts next week, so it is a bit of a short list. We have a lot of covers and songs with guests artists this week.

One of the songs we couldn’t find on Youtube so you will have to click right HERE in order to hear a reinterpretation of Kanye West’s “Runaway” by Charlotte Gainsbourg.

Now onto our Youtube playlist....

Iceage put out another new song from their upcoming album. “Pain Killer” is a bit more upbeat than typical the Iceage sound and it features Sky Ferreira of acting and music semi-fame.

Superorganism covered the classic Pavement song “Cut Your Hair” on Sirius radio. You have to love when a new band you are excited to hear from covers one of your old favorites.

Lucius and their silky smooth voices pull off a cover of another band with silky smooth voices, Dirty Projectors. The vinyl looks gorgeous with optical illusions and the ladies of Lucius always sound amazing.

The Breeders return with a new album this week. Kim, Kelly and the rest of the band area always pushing boundaries and creating new sounds.

Suuns new album is out this week and you can get a taste of their sound with “Watch You, Watch Me”.

Finally our list is rounded out with a new song from CHVRCHES that features the distinctive baritone of Matt Berninger of The National.

Cupcakke Concert Review 2/27/18

Cupcakke is a 20 year old hip hop artist from Chicago who has found her niche by creating songs that are empowering, especially to women. Her show tonight, at RBC in Dallas, had a crowd that was predominantly women and members of the LGBT community. It was apropos that her show was a mixture of a concert and drag show atmosphere. Despite lack-luster opening performers, the crowd was crazy and into the music from the moment she hit the stage.  

She performed a furious and unrelenting 40 minute set for the raucous and exuberant crowd. The larger than life personality that Cupakke projects may be more character than substance, but it is truly all entertainment. Our video below is NSFW, but then again, nothing Cupcakke ever does is safe for work. 


St. Vincent homecoming

Last night St. Vincent (née Annie Clark) returned to her hometown of Dallas, Tx for a show athe Bomb Factory. The opening act was Annie’s aunt and uncle, the veteran touring group, Tuck and Patti.  It was a turnabout from years ago when “Little Annie” was the opening act for Tuck and Patti.  From the beginning of the night on, it was a love affair between the performers and the audience.  

St. Vincent spent the night alone on the stage playing a multitude of different colors of her custom Ernie Ball guitars. She began the night playing an assortment of hits from all of her albums preceding Masseduction. The stage went black and Ms. Clarke returned to play her stellar 2017 album from front to back. Video screens displayed artistic and beautiful images of bodies and furniture. All the while, St. Vincent strummed, shredded and noodled expertly to the delight of the enraptured audience.

Here are a few pictures from the night. 



Tuck and Patti


Friday Playlist 2/23/18

This week we celebrate the birth of one of SWB’s founders. Happy Birthday Jamie..

Janelle Monáe is both a visual and musical artist. Her artistry, aural, and visual beauty come through in her videos for “Make Me Feel” and “Django Jane”. Needless to say, we are waiting with baited breath for her new album to drop.

We stumbled upon “Hardly Strangers” by the Psychic Markers and knew instantly that we had to share it with you.

Screaming Females create earnest and honest that you could call Indie Rock, or Post Punk, or whatever you want, but it is damn good.

Someone took the time and amazingly created an amazing mash up of the Solo movie trailer with the Beastie Boys “Sabotage”

Kendrick Lamar returns to our list this week, with the Brit awards performance that you surely missed.

Speaking of the Brit Awards, if your performance is strong enough to receive a response from the government, it definitely makes our list. Stormzy had a performance in which he targets Theresa May. Instead of labeling him “Fake news” or making up a silly nick name, the British Government decided to respond with logic and numbers.

As long as Nilüfer Yanya keeps putting out good music, she will keep making our list. This week, you can enjoy “Baby Luv”

Is it punk? Is it Hip-Hop? Is it Indie rock? Who cares, it is Bakar

We will be a bit lazy and end this list with three of the greatest cover songs of all time. To be a great cover, you actually have to bring something new to a song, and all 3 of these definitely qualify. We start with Johnny Cashperforming “Hurt” by NIN

Few songs are undeniably greater than the original, but Joe Cocker’s “With a Little Help From My Friends” elevates the Ringo-led Beatles tune to another level.

Jamie’s favorite cover, and perhaps favorite song is Jeff Buckley performing Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”. Happy Birthday, Jamie.

New Father John Misty Song

Today there is a new FJM song available pretty much wherever you listen to music.  

It is called “Mr. Tillman” (FJM’s real name is Josh Tillman). 

FJM has some tour dates coming up, see the dates below. 



6/24 - Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl w/ Gillian Welch - Tickets | Info


3/3 - Phoenix, AZ @ McDowell Mountain Music Festival - Tickets | Info
3/11 - Tampa, FL @ Gasparilla Music Festival - Tickets | Info
4/28 - Cincinnati, OH @ The National Homecoming Festival - Tickets | Info
4/29 - Fort Worth, TX @ Fortress Festival - Tickets | Info
5/26 - Halifax, UK @ The Piece Hall - Tickets | Info
5/26 - London, UK @ All Points East Festival - Tickets | Info
5/28 - Dublin, IE @ Vicar Street - Tickets | Info
5/29 - Dublin, IE @ Vicar Street - Tickets | Info
5/30 - Dublin, IE @ Vicar Street - Tickets | Info
6/1 - Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound Festival - Tickets | Info
6/2 - Nimes, FR @ This Is Not A Love Song Festival - Tickets | Info
6/3 - Paris, FR @ We Love Green Festival - Tickets | Info
6/5 - Warsaw, PL @ Palladium Warszawa - Tickets | Info
6/7-6/9 - Porto, PT @ NOS Primavera Sound - Tickets | Info
6/8 - Aarhus, NO @ NorthSide Festival - Tickets | Info
6/10 - Hilvarenbeek, NL @ Best Kept Secret Festival - Tickets | Info
6/12 - Oslo, NO @ Sentrum Scene - Tickets | Info
6/14 - Bergen, NO @ Bergenfest - Tickets | Info
6/15-6/17 - Hunter, NY @ Mountain Jam Festival - Tickets | Info
6/16 - Minneapolis, MN @ Rock The Garden - Tickets | Info
7/13 - Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival - Tickets | Info
7/27 - New York, NY @ Panorama Music & Arts Festival - Tickets | Info
8/4 - Toronto, ON @ Fort York Garrison Commons - Tickets| Info
11/9-11/10 - Weissenhäuser Strand, DE @ Rolling Stone Weekender - Tickets | Info
11/16-11/17 - Rust, DE @ Rolling Stone Park - Tickets | Info