For those wondering what SXSW is, the South By SouthWest is a festival in Austin, TX that takes place every March for the movers and shakers of the entertainment industry. It gives a chance to showcase talents, release new apps and gadgets. For those who are cluing into the festival as it is ending, here's a little glimpse at what you may have missed, www.sxsw.com.
Neil Young delivered the Keynote Address at the Austin Convention Center (www.npr.org/sxsw) . He last delivered the Keynote Address in 2006. Neil Young is also launching the new PonoMusic. Warner Brothers label mates were featured at SXSW: Bad Things, Damon Albarn, Echosmith, Foxboro Hot Tubs, Mystery Skulls - http://youtu.be/PrKYSL2_psQ, Neon Hitch, Royal Blood, Skaters, and The Wild Feathers; www.sxsw.com/music.
Royal Blood played four sets at SXSW, http://royalbloodband.com and www.youtube.com/royalbloodUK. Featuring 23-year-old Mike Kerr on vocals and bass, alongside 25-year-old drummer Ben Thatcher, Royal Blood is a wicked duo. Their single Out of the Black was released on the band's own label Black Mammoth Records last year, but today marks the release of their Warner Brothers album. Look for Royal Blood on the NME Tour.
Detroit-based teen rockers Bulletproof Snow headed down to Texas for the festival. Streaming tracks can be found at www.reverbnation.com/bulletproofsnow. Be sure to check out the winners of the 2013 Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands at www.bulletproofsnow.com and www.facebook.com/bulletproofsnow.
Ronnie James Dio This is Your Life got a sneek preview at SXSW. The compilation features musicians like Metallica, Corey Taylor, Rob Halford, Anthrax, Halestorm, Scorpions, Tenacious D, Motorhead and more. This was put on by Land Shark, www.facebook.com/landsharkpromotion, and included a lot of Dio merch given away to lucky fans, www.diocancerfund.org/events, memorializing Ronnie James Dio, who lost his battle with stomach cancer. All profits from the album will benefit cancer research via the Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund for research work of the T.J. Martell Foundation for Cancer, AIDS and Leukemia Research and the gastric cancer research unit of the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX, where Dio spent the last six months of his life being treated for gastric cancer. Visit www.diocancerfund.org.
The Dollyrots showcased songs from their latest, Barefoot and Pregnant, which was produced by John Fields (Jimmy Eat World, Andrew WK, Miley Cyrus). Check out their video for Stupidly In Love at http://www.purevolume.com/news/PREMIERE-The-Dollyrots-Stupidly-In-Love-L... Learn more about the band at www.thedollyrots.com, www.twitter.com/thedollyrots, and www.facebook.com/thedollyrots.
Rhode Island doom conjurors Pilgrim ravaged SXSW. Their new music Void Worship is streaming at www.invisibleoranges.com. Recorded by Mike Moebius at Moonlight Mile Recording, this shapeshifting earth doom will leave you feeling tremors. Check out the hymn Paladin at www.metalblade.com/pilgrim and catch them on tour.
Cult Leader and YAUJTA are playing the Nothing For Us Here Tour in support of YAUJTA's Songs of Descent. YAUJTA played the Pitchfork showcase with Kylese, Indian, Power Trip, Psalm Zero, and more, as well as the Invisible Oranges showcase with Black Tusk, Mutoid Man, Kayo Dot and more. Check out www.facebook.com/yaujtatn and http://yaujta.bandcamp.com.
COLDCOCK American Herbal Flavored Whiskey took over SXSW and South By So What Festivals, www.coldcockwhiskey.com. COLDCOCK was founded by music industry leaders like John Reese (Co-creator of Rockstar Energy Mayhem and Uproar Festivals), and Michael Arfin (AGI, has worked with Rammstein and many more), as well as strategic partners like Century Media Records, Schecter Guitar Research, Peavey Electronics and spirits leaders Rick Zeiler and Sarah Zeiler. COLDCOCK investors include Slayer's Kerry King, Disturbed's David Draiman, Black Veil Brides' Ashley Purdy, Slightly Stoopid's Miles Doughty, The Expendables' Raul Bianchi, pro mountain bike freestylers Gregg Watts and Cam Zink.
Interview Magazine premiered Caught A Ghost's title track to promote them playing at SXSW. Caught A Ghost will release their album Human Nature on April 1st, and they will be on tour with Wild Belle.
Bend Sinister were in town for SXSW, and Big Takeover streamed their album Animals. The Vancouver quartet's follow up to Small Fame is available now and was recorded in San Diego's Signature Sound with Grammy-nominated producer Joe Marlett. For more info, go to www.bendsinisterband.com and www.facebook.com/bendsinister.
Leveling the Austin Festival, PYRRHON soiled ears with The Mother of Virtues. Traumatic dark jazz harkens listeners to portals of doom with psychedelica, http://www.relapse.com/pyrrhon.
Producers of 2009's SXSW Audience Choice Winner Iron Maiden: Flight 666, Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn at Banger Films have created Super Duper Alice Cooper, the story of a man named Vincent Furnier, also known as Alice Cooper. The on-stage and off-stage Jekyll and Hyde personalities struggle with one another in a tale told by Alice Cooper band members, Elton John, Iggy Pop, John Lydon and Dee Snider. The 'doc-opera' film will premiere at Tribeca Film Festival and will hit theatres nationwide. Submit your own question for Keep Calm and Go Ask Alice Anything at www.superduperalicecooper.com and be sure to check out www.alicecooper.com.
GNAW annihilated SXSW's Pitchfork showcase with Iron Reagan, Christian Mistress, Youth Code, Primitive Man, Windhand and more. Touring across Europe with their Italian cohorts OvO, GNAW will return to the States on May 16th for the Red Bull Music Academy Fest with Tim Hecker, Napalm Death, Gunplay, Wolf Eyes, Bastard Noise, Lubomyr Melnyk, Skullflower, Okkyung Lee, Clipping and more. GNAW will be expelling hymns from Horrible Chamber, which was recorded at Seizures Palace by Jason LaFarge (Swans, Akron/Family, Khanate, Angels of Light), mixed by Brian Beatrice at audioEngine and mastered by James Plotkin (OLD, Scorn, Khanate, Khylst). For more info, www.facebook.com/gnawtheband and www.seventhrule.com.
FUCKED UP took over SXSW and Brainsqueeze Fest. The Canadian Hardcore Punks are releasing the 6th installment of the Zodiac Series, Year Of The Dragon, via Tankcrimes. Fellow festival going label mates OBLITERATIONS will record at Studio 606 after exposing South by Southwesters to 17 new tracks off their upcoming album Southern Lord. Melbourne thrash-grinders KING PARROT will be leaving the States after playing the Texas festival to go on a nearly six-week tour. They will be sharing a label with newly signed IRON REAGAN of Richmond, VA; the band consists of current and former members from Municipal Waste, Cannibal Corpse, Darkest Hour, Mammoth Grinder and Suppression.
In celebration of their new release Monuments, Ume played the SXSW Festival and are now embarking on a headlining tour. The Austin Trio can be found on Dangerbird Records, along with their debut album Phantoms. The Texans performed at Waterloo Records to kickstart their tour. They have previously supported ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, The Smashing Pumpkins, Warpaint, Franz Ferdinand, Helmet, and Cursive. The band appeared on the 2012 Season Premiere of Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations. For more, see www.umemusic.com.
Spandau Ballet played tribute to Lou Reed at SXSW and premiered their trailer for their documentary Soul Boys of the Western World on USAToday.com. The pioneer London boys have sold more than 25 million records, with 6 multi-platinum records and 23 hit singles, like “To Cut A Long Story Short,” “Chant No. 1 (I Don't Need This Pressure On),” “Gold,” and “True.” Their world premiere documentary was an official selection of the SXSW Festival.
Epic Records' The Last Internationale, http://thelastinternationale.com, gave away its song “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Indian Blood” to fans. The trio recorded their debut album with Brendan O'Brien (Neil Young, Pearl Jam, Bruce Springstein). Another track “Killing Fields” from their album We Will Reign would have been heard on the FX series Justified on March 11th,, so on-demand it.
SHATTERED SUNS signed with Breaking Bands LLC and slaughtered SXSW. The Corpus Christi thrashers are working to release Hope Within Hatred. Breaking Bands LLC combines the talents of Maria Ferrero, CEO of Adrenaline PR, with Jon and Marsha Zazula, formerly of MegaForce Records and Crazed Management, and Testament vocalist Chuck Billy.
The MTV artist to watch, Echosmith, also played SXSW. Their album Talking Dreams was released in October, and they just finished The Trendsetter Tour. Check out “Cool Kids” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXTlczyWJ-Y&feature=youtu.be or visit www.echosmith.com.
Gary Numan kicked off his tour at SXSW to support his album Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind). Giving the tour a big top carnival-like atmosphere, it will feature guests like Big Black Delta and Romain Remains. Returning to the charts for the first time in over 30 years, Gary Numan's 20th studio album features Nine Inch Nails guitarist Robin Finck and lots of surprises; www.garynuman.com.
VATTEN VISKAR supported Sky Swallower in Texas, www.facebook.com/vattenviskar. Their debut full-length album was named one of the best releases by Pitchfork and Stereogum. The North American Trek started with Vermont's Vaporizer, and Austrailians King Parrot joins the bill for a string of dates, before VATTEN VISKAR teams up with the legendary Dillinger Escape Plan in April.
The 3rd Annual Raptor House Live featured Chanel President and COO John Galantic, Skullcandy CEO Hoby Darling, Pepsi Senior Director of Cultural Branding Javier Farfan, Spotify Head of Content Steve Savoca, Dreamworks Head of Digital Marketing Justin Pertschuk, Factory Made Ventures CEO and co-founder of El Rey Network John Fogelman, Commissioner of Major League Soccer Dan Garber, President of AOL Video Ran Harnevo, Nate Silver, ESPN's Marie O'Donohue, Boston Celtics President Rich Gothamn, San Francisco 49ers CEO Al Guido, Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey, Raptor Group Founder Jim Pallotta, Live Nation President of Media & Sponsorships Russell Wallach, Roc Nation Sports Director of Marketing Evan Levine and Jawbone Vice President of Product Management and Strategy Travis Bogard. Raptor House hosted Jimmy Cliff's acoustic performance, which was announced by Robert Plant, a surprise late night performance by Willie Nelson, K'naan's full band acoustic set, J. Cole previewed tracks from his Born Sinner album, an intimate performance by Solange, and featured emerging artists like Haim, The Mowglis, Cavement and Rudimental. This year, they featured the mixtape for Game of Thrones, called Catch the Throne: The Mixtape, which features tracks from Wale, Big Boi, Snow the Product, Bodega Bamz, Common and Daddy Yankee. Musical guests this year at the Raptor House included Brave Baby, MODOC, Mayaeni, Gentleman Hall, Seryn, Bad Things, Wild Feathers, Scavenger Hunt, Elle King, Melanie Fiona, Sir Sly, Madi Diaz, The Falls, Gang of Youths, Wardell, Dorothy, Magic Man, Hunter Hunted, Haerts, Cardinox, and Sons of Fathers.