Friday 4/13/18 Playlist

This Friday list has a couple of the videos we shot this week.

We start our playlist with a group that we never really appreciated until we saw them at Bonnaroo in 2015 Florence + The Machine are back with a new song, “Sky Full of Song”, that is a beautiful but restrained song , especially in comparison to their big hits.

We shot the next video at the King Krule show in Dallas this week. We posted up a video of “The Locomotive”

Titus Andronicus Played an interesting and enjoyable set here in Fort Worth, which included a Jeff Buckley cover.

Hinds returns to our Friday list with another new video. This week it is “Finally Floating”. Their new album is great, and you should check it out.

Jean Grae & Quelle Chris Put out an interesting hip-hop album. It is part satire, part comedy, part political comedy, and all throwback (in the best possible way). The video for “Gold Purple Orange” is set up like a cheesy Karaoke video with some great cameos.

Goat Girl returns to our list with a live version of one of their new album tracks, “The Man”.

Buzzy Lee is the nom de guerre for Sasha Spielberg. Yes, before you bother to ask, Steven is her daughter. She has created a great pop song with “Coolhand”, and will soon have a whole EP out.

Matt and Kim Are a late addition to our playlist and a great way to start your weekend. “Glad I Tried” is another positive party anthem from the duo. We are lucky and get to see them Saturday night here in Dallas.

Concert Review: King Krule

King Krule played with Kelsey Lu as the opening act at Granada Theater in Dallas 4/11/18. 

Kelsey Lu warmed up the crowd with a stream of consciousness set of beautiful music and vocals...The Granada Theater was muggy and warm, as if they did not expect as large a crowd as was present...King Krule performed with a full band creating a room filling sound that often seemed like it might burst out of the theater...With a muddled mix of sound vocals and even lead guitar were often lost in the bass and drums...Alternating between crooners and screamers, Archy kept the crowd enraptured throughout the night. 


Here is a picture of Kelsey Lu.

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Here are a few pictures of Archy Marshall (King Krule)

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Here is a video of "The Locomotive".

Album Review: L.A. Salami: The City of Bootmakers

L.A. salami does not have anything to do with a Southern California city or luncheon meats, but has everything to do with creating avant garde, genre bending 21st century Folk music...The album is of NOW, and tackles subjects such as gentrification ("Brick Lane"), radical Islam ("Terrorism (The ISIS Crisis)"),  the problems facing England with Brexit and great divisions ("England Is Unwell"), and the meaning of life ("Science+Buddhism= A Reality You Can Know")...Some great lyrics include: "and the cash flows from all the wealthy come in, Who seem not to like the scene that led them on, and the scene is gone" from "Brick Lane" and "I'm penniless, but I've sold my soul, I'm restless, but I've nowhere to go" from "Generation L(ost)...Lookman Adekunle Salami sings with the restrained energy and emotion of a hand grenade explosion being channeled through a drinking straw...Tackling important subjects would be a waste of time if his music was not catching and enjoyable. 

The album will be out and streaming everywhere on Friday 4/13. Here are a couple of the songs that we really like off of the new album (also "Terrorism (The ISIS Crisis)" is on last Friday's playlist).


Our review format

Today, with the Titus Andronicus review, we are introducing our new review format. This will be used for concerts, albums, music festivals, and anything else that we review. 

The format is a straight forward expression of 5 separate thoughts with a bit of style and formatting borrowed from the old Larry King USA Today articles. The best comparison would be to 5 text messages about a concert or album from your friend. Some messages may be only one or two words, some may be runon sentences, and some may be paragraphs. We do promise not to ramble on and drift off topic like a text from your favorite grandparent. 

Our goal is to be brief, informative, and to not simply rehash the same concert review written city after city using press release information and a few facts about the first 3 or 4 songs played (before the reviewer left to send in the review and head to sleep). We are music fans.  Our reviews may come a day late because our ears were ringing, hearts pumping, and adrenaline flowing after a show; and we did not want to sit down to compose our thoughts and edit our pictures and video. 

We will try to always include photos and video, because concerts are an experience for the senses.  

Concert Review: Titus Andronicus "Acoustic"

Here is our review of the Titus Andronicus "Acoustic" Concert from 4/6/2018 in Fort Worth, TX. 

..."Acoustic" is actually "Stripped Down" and the performance was with an electric guitar and electric piano. There was no percussion or traditional rhythm section...Even Stripped down, Titus Andronicus is a high energy show...Patrick Stickles, has a skill with stage banter that is on the level of Tom Waits, Dan Deacon, or Father John Misty. With a full band, or alone, Patrick's conversations with himself and advice to the crowd are always a highlight of any T@ show...The removal of the drums and bass guitar gave the vocals room to breathe. This enabled the crowd to focus on the depth and meaning of the lyrics, which is very different than a typical T@ show that would involve multiple mosh pits and crowd dives...They performed covers of rarity tracks by Velvet Underground and Lou Reed (and possibly a song or two others we did not recognize) along with the theme from Cheers...Patrick's mother is getting married and he has a future sister-in-law living in Texas, and though he supports his mother's marriage, he does not support marriage in general or procreation. 

Here are some photos followed by a video of Patrick performing while sitting at the bar opposite the stage. 


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Friday Playlist: 4/6/18

This week we return with our first Friday playlist since last month. There is a lot of great music coming out this April.

We start our playlist with a song that we put up earlier this week from Miya Folick. We cannot get this great track out of our heads. The sound of this song is a mature step forward for a talented musician.

L.A. Salami (real name: Lookman Adekunle Salami) is a London artist that is difficult to slot into a genre. He is sometimes called a folk artists, and certainly there are times that he is. We saw him at SXSW in 2017 perform what was essentially a punk show. Whatever the genre he is not afraid to utilize difficult and controversial topics. His album The City of Bootmakers will be out 4/13 and you can stream it early on NPR HERE. “Terrorism! The ISIS Crisis” is one of his new tracks.

Hinds is an incredibly fun band to listen to and even more enjoyable in person. They are from Barcelona but create a music that creates retro American rock vibes, much like The Strokes. Their new album is out today and can be streamed all over the place. Here we share one of the tracks “The Club”.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra was been on our list before, and this week the new album Sex & Food is out. UMO is always a vibey, funky, fun band. “Everyone” is no exception to that rule.

The Weeknd is another falsetto voiced singer putting out some new music. He surprise dropped a new EP which includes our favorite track “Wasted Times”. This track includes a few sure to be classic Weeknd lyrics such as: “And I know right now that we’re not talkin’/I hope you know this dick is still an option” which is then followed shortly by: “You were equestrian, so ride it like a champion”.

We were disappointed that we were unable to see Goat Girl at SXSW. After hearing some of their new album, we are even more disappointed. There music has a darker tone reminiscent of Nick Cave and Warpaint. “Throw me a Bone” definitely wets our appetite.

The last two tracks are not throwback tracks, but are very reminiscent of older sounds. Sofi Tukker’s song “Batshit” is sure to bring up memories of Right Said Fred’s “I’m Too Sexy” and other campy dance classics of the past.

You probably would not expect a sentimental and beautiful song from a band named Mama’s Gun, but “You Make My Life a Better Place” brings up thoughts in both sentiment and sound of “You are the Sunshine of My Life” by Stevie Wonder.

Saturday of SXSW in Words and Pictures

This is a summary of the last day of SXSW 2018. At this point in time you are nearing the end of the marathon that is SXSW. There have been times of sprinting, drinking, eating, but mostly music listening for 6 straight days. It starts to dawn on you that you will soon be re-entering a world where there is not dozens of music showcases to chose from at almost any moment of day or night. Back in the real world, music is not as important, people are not as courteous, and free alcohol and food are much harder to come by. 

We started our Saturday at the Convention Center's Flat Stock stage to see the golden voiced Italian,  Fabrizio Cammarata. Though seeing him in a small club would have been more appropriate to his voice and lyrics, the show was a great start to our day.  

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We then headed to Cheer Up Charlies for the Brooklyn Vegan day party. 

Prior to SXSW G. Flip had only performed as a backing drummer for other artists. By the end of SXSW she had performed her first 8 shows as THE performer and was perhaps the most buzzed about new artist at SXSW. She sang, rapped, and drummed her way through a highly energetic set that raised our expectations for her bright future. 

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Outside, at the same party, Andrew WK brought the rock, the positivity, and the PARTY. Andrew WK is a part time motivational speaker, part time rock musician, and full time partier. There is no person that lives to party more than the incomparable Andrew WK. If you get a chance, see his live show. It will make you smile and dance and sing. 


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We headed down to the Showtime party and visited "The Alibi " where Kev and V from the show were pouring drinks. We got to see Tank and the Bangas and Shamir again. We also saw WAVVS perform. 

After dinner we headed back to the British Music Embassy one last time. This time it was to see IDER. Their tight harmonies and arrangements were mesmerizing. Their recorded music does not do justice to their live show. 

You can hear a great example of their harmonies in a video we posted on YouTube:




After IDER we headed to the Parish to end our night and our SXSW. There we saw Tiny Ruins, Xyloris White and Ezra Furman. 


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Ezra's performance was a great way to end SXSW. It was truly a highlight with some great music, singing, and introspection by Ezra. We came away impressed. 

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We will continue to bring insights, discoveries, and images from SXSW in the coming weeks, but we will be transitioning to what we plan to be our routine postings with album reviews, music news, live show reviews, and lots of videos and music for you to check out. 

Great New Miya Folick song

You probably do not know who Miya Folick is, and that is ok. We first heard her a couple of years ago at SXSW and were mesmerized.  After hearing her new song, we think you will feel the same way about her as we do.  She has a great new song out that could be one of many anthems for the #MeToo movement. Independent of the theme of song, it is just a great song. Check it out. 


If you like the song, please take the time to visit her website and listen to more of her music. Here is a picture we took from a performance at SXSW. 

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Friday Day SXSW Recap in words and a few pictures

Friday was a pretty chill for us during the day. We checked hit the SX Southbites trailer parker and then headed to Rainey Street.  We got a few decent pics. 

We saw Ron Gallo at the Doc Martens day party. 

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We also hit the Chi day party and saw Joey Purp. 

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After Joey, we headed off to Parkside for our traditional SXSW Parkside meal. 

Our next post will go through our Saturday shows and then we will post a few reviews of SXSW shows, artists, and events prior to returning to our traditional coverage of music discovery. 


Friday Night SXSW in Words and Pictures

Friday we had a dinner at one of our favorite Austin restaurants, and also a SWB SXSW tradition, Parkside. This is an unsolicited plug, but we do love the place. It has great Pescatarian, Vegetarian and Vegan fare. The wine and drinks are great also. 

After dinner we headed out to see some shows. 

On our way to Rainey street we ran into a glowing Owl. 




We then dashed into The Clive Bar for a Chi sponsored showcase of Chicago artists. The first of which was the masked and very entertaining Leikeli47. She is an excellent MC and even had a very entertaining dancer join her on stage. She is an appreciative artist, and the first performer I have ever had come up to me after the show and ask to hug me. I do not thick a single audience member left that show without a positive memory of Leikeli47.



Next was one of our favorite discoveries from SXSW 2017, Kweku Collins. He is a Chicago based rapper that uses earnest and positive lyrics to get his messages across. Be sure to check out his first big hit "Stupid Rose"

We then headed over to the M&M house to see Billie Eilish sing, rap, and dance to the delight of the packed in crowd. 



Our night was topped off by seeing Sylvan Esso for our 3rd consecutive SXSW. The shows are always fun, and we do not mind them becoming a SXSW staple for the SWB crew. As many performers at SXSW, Sylvan Esso appear to be having as much fun as the crowd. It was another satisfying night that ended with a Durham, NC performer.

Thursday Night at SXSW recap in Pictures and Words

After our time at the convention center we had dinner at a party hosted by some lovely Canadians. After some wine and authentic Italian pizza, we headed across the street to the British Music Embassy for a showcase hosted by BBC 6. The night was certainly, to borrow a phase from the host country, our cup of tea. 

The night started with Nilufer Yanya. We were excited to see an artist that we had featured on a couple of our Friday playlists, and she did not disappoint. There are two videos in our SXSW playlist, and I will embed one below, because hearing is believing. 


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Nilüfer performed  "the Florist"  during the BBC 6 showcase at SXSW. 


The next band we saw was, LIFE, our favorite SXSW discovery. We have already said quite a bit about the band in previous posts. Also, we plan to have have a recap of their two shows in a separate post. Therefore, I will not say much here, but share some photos from another great show. 

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Following LIFE was the energetic and amazingly fun, Shopping. Perhaps the only band that we saw that was having as much fun as the audience. 


After Shopping we Brexitted and left the BBC 6 showcase to see one of our Hip Hop discoveries, G. Yamazawa. We captured some video, along with our photos. Ending the night with a Durham, NC performer was so great that we repeated it on Friday Night, seeing Sylvan Esso. 

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Prior to the song he retold the story of how he learned that in Korean culture "Have you eaten?" is most similar to the American phrase "Hi, how are you?" He described how, upon learning this fact, his relationship and interactions with his parents and grandparents was immediately changed.  His performance was not only entertaining, it was  uplifting and enlightening.

Here is a video of G. Yamazawa performing "Dinning Room" at SXSW 2018. 

Thursday Daytime at SXSW recap in pictures and words

We started our Thursday off with some shows at the convention center. The rooms are a bit sterile, but the sound is great, and the audience is always respectful of the performers. It is not uncommon to try to listen to a performer at one of the SXSW venues only to have so much crowd chatter and bar or kitchen related noise that the show is essentially, ruined. 

The first band we saw was Mt. Joy, and the great sound provided the perfect environment to listen to Matt Quinn's beautiful voice. The intricate arrangements could also be appreciated and well heard. 


Here is a picture of Matt Quinn

Here is a picture of Matt Quinn

Here you have a better idea of the Radio Day Stage set up. 

Here you have a better idea of the Radio Day Stage set up. 


There is a small stage on the convention floor surrounded by merchants selling posters, shoes, perfume, jewelry, and just about anything else you can imagine. In a curtained off area, the Flatstock Stage resides. Here we were able to see and hear Liz Brasher and her powerful voice and guitar playing. 

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We returned to the Radio Day Stage to see clean version of Frank Turner's act. His dry humor and British wit, quickly won over the crowd. There were multiple sing-a-longs and no one wanted the performance to end. Despite lacking a full backing band, he was able to rock the convention center.

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The last performer we saw during the day was Gordi. She utilizes an autotune, and picks right up where Bon Iver's last album left off. 


Our Thursday Daytime Takeaways were:

1. Mt. Joy needs to feature vocalist Matt Quinn the way Radiohead and learned to feature Thom Yorke. 

2. Liz Brasher has a voice and guitar chops to really go somewhere big, and it was treat to see her on such a small stage. 

3. Frank Turner is a fun performer with poignant lyrics and a great stage presence. Go see him, if you have the chance. 

4. Jamie does not like Autotune whether a woman uses it or Frank Ocean or Bon Iver. 


Stairwell Baby Videos from SXSW 2018

Today we took some time to put together a playlist of videos that we shot from SXSW this year. It is just a sampling of some of the artists, but we think it will give a good exposure to the variety of performers and performance spaces. We also hope that it will turn you on to some great new musicians.

LIFE, our favorite discovery

Despite listening to over 650 SXSW artists prior to heading to Austin, we had no idea who LIFE was. This is in spite of their previous trip to SXSW. The showmanship, bombast, tight musicianship , and overall great attitude make a LIFE show a truly great experience. We will be discussing the band and sharing more photos and music in the future. For now, we wanted to share a high def video of "Rare Boots" which helps to illustrate what a LIFE show is all about. 


SXSW Wednesday Pictures and recap

We began our Wednesday at the Convention Center listening to Only Girl from London on the International Day Stage. The environment may be a bit sterile, but her vocal performance was emotional and beautiful. 

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Sudan Archives, is comprised of a solo female act that utilizes violins with guitars and loops to create a full band sound. Despite being From Las Angeles, she creates songs utilizing elements of traditional Sudanese music. 

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We took a break from watching performances and listened to Kim Deal and Steve Albini discuss Kim's time in The Pixies and The Breeders. They spoke to fellow recording artists, technicians, producers and fans. There is a level of comfort during these type of conversation/sessions at SXSW that are not replicated in other interviews.  Kim is still creating some great music with The Breeders. Be sure to check out their newly release album, 

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Wednesday night we went to the annual NPR showcase at Stubbs. Though there were no free bag this year, NPR did continue the tradition of putting together an eclectic and rewarding line up. 

The night began with the beautiful voice and lovely instrumentation of Lucy Dacus. 

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There were many acts on the small stage, but most we were not able to see. The next act on the big stage was a band that was united and formed via the internet, Superorganism. Despite their unusual origins, they put together are a great live performance. 

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The tempo of the show changed considerably with indie rock veterans, Low. 




Okkervil River used their connection with Texas to help connect with the band. The set was filled primarily with newer, personal songs from their upcoming album.  They also hit some crowd favorites from their previous albums. 


2017 NPR Tiny Desktop winners, Tank and the Bangas, brought New Orleans funk and flare to the stage. 

   Following Tank and the Bangas we ducked inside for a quick, and quite dark set by WebsterX.    


Following Tank and the Bangas we ducked inside for a quick, and quite dark set by WebsterX. 





The night ended with a performance by August Greene, the newly formed super group of Common, Robert Glasper, and Karriem Riggins. Common was an impressive stage presence and had the crowd, including the camera pit, enthralled. 




Our Wednesday takeaways and recommended listening are:

1. If you like vocal pop, do yourself a favor and be ahead of the curve and listen to Only Girl now. Your friends and family will be listening to her by next year. 

2. If you like melodic vocals and music, Lucy Dacus is definitely your cup of tea. 

3. Expect big things out of Superorganism as they grow together as a band. 

4. Okkervile River has a very personal album coming out that touches on everything from having a tracheostomy to life in general. 

5. If you can, see Tank and the Bangas live. 

6. Common is still a powerful force in music. 

Unpacking SXSW

Obviously, we at SWB think that music is important. To quote the always energetic music ambassador Andrew W.K. “Music is worth living for!  Music makes life worth living, music is worth living for!”

That being said, some things actually are more important than music. If home is where your heart is, then Austin is one of our homes away from home.  Quite literally, it is our musical home for about 2 weeks a year. On a serious note, we would like to say that our heartfelt thoughts and concerns go out to those people killed or injured and the families and friends touched by the recent bombings in Austin. 

We hope that the authorities are able to apprehend those responsible and prevent any further tragedies.  

Here at SWB, we will be unpacking our photos, videos, and experiences of the last week. There will be a ton of new content and images posted through the next 10-14 days, so please come back often. 

In the meantime..... 


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.