Tuesday, December 13, 2011

5. Antoine Reverb

psychedelic Alternative Pop (Guadalajara MEXICO) 

http://antoinereverb.bandcamp.com/

Listen to the song Little Cabins/ Little Castanets off of A Revolt of Sorts. Its amazing. 

4. ANR

Alternative Pop (Miami FL)

http://anrmiami.com/

I really like ANR. I got their album Stay Kids and I’ve really been listening to it a lot for about a week. The title track Stay Kids is really great! 

3. Ambition

Hip Hop (Halifax CANADA) 

http://kream.bandcamp.com/

**Love this! Everyone should go and download his K.R.E.A.M. mixtape. The track Quite Like This is my favorite! 

2. Agent Fresco

Rock (Reykjavík ICELAND)

http://myspace.com/agentfresco

1. Akina Adderley & The Vintage Playboys

Soul, Funk, R&B (Austin TX)

http://aavpmusic.com/

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

I’m Back!!!

Well guys, I know its been some time since I last wrote. These past few months I’ve been so busy with school and have totally neglected you guys and I apologize! The good news is I’m done with school, Christmas break has started, AND the 2012 South By Southwest 1st music list has been released! I’ve gone over it and its full of bands and artist that I already love! I’m sooo excited to find some new bands and can’t wait to share them all with you! Starting sometime at the end of this week I’m going to start posting my reviews for these bands. This year due to being so busy with school I’m going to be doing things a little differently. Instead of reviewing every single band I’m going to list them all with where they’re from and genre and then doing actual reviews on the ones that I really like! I wish I could try and review every band again, but being a senior PR major means that most of my time is being spent on projects. Anyways, lets start getting excited because there’s only 97 till SXSW 2012! YAY!!!!!

**Edit** The 2nd list just came out today, so now we have a HUGE list!  

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

So, it’s that time of year again. The Austin City Limits Festival, better known as ACL. When 3-day passes sold out, like always, this year I was kind of sad. When the lineup came out, I was only sad that I would be missing Kanye West. When this years Fun Fun Fun Fest lineup came out I completely forgot about my sadness of not going to ACL, because I was 10 times more excited for Austin’s much smaller music festival. Last year I missed out on ACL because I had just moved and was broke. I got to see Band of Horses for their ACL TV show taping, and with all the stories I heard about Zilker being way too crowded and other complaints, I was much happier to go to this one, much more, intimate show. So why am I talking about ACL when I don’t even really want to go? Well the answer: to my surprise, one of my really great friends, is giving me a 3 day pass for free. Just a couple of days ago my bitterness towards Austin’s biggest music festival turned into pure excitement! I have to say, I’m still way more excited for Fun Fun Fun, but I’m also excited for ACL’s very SXSW influenced lineup. So without further adieu, here are the acts I will be trying to see for ACL 2011….
Friday
Cults
An Horse
Reptar
Fools Gold
James Blake
Big Boi
Foster The People
Cold War Kids
Santigold
KANYE WEST!!!!! 
Why all caps for Kanye?? Let’s just say that I am IN LOVE with Mr. West. I have been wanting to see him since I was a sophomore in high school, and now I finally have the chance, especially after his cluster fuck of a show during SXSW (its cool though, I got to see the one and only Puff Daddy instead). I will try my best to be in the very front, even if it means I have to miss Santigold, who I’ve seen, and sit through Nas & Damian Marley, who I saw their very first show together SXSW 2010, I will be up close for my boy YEEE! As for the rest of the day, I would really like to see Cults, I love their album! I wrote about An Horse for my SXSW blog this year, but I never got to see them, so that would be nice. I’ve known about Reptar for too long and I can’t believe they’re playing so they are a MUST! Fools Gold and James Blake I’ve both seen at SXSW, but they’re both really fun shows and James Blake is fun to look at. I love Outkast and missed Big Boi at South By, so I’m sure you will be able to find me there. Next comes the tough pick. Foster the People vs Cold War Kids. I love both of these bands. I’m thinking since I saw Foster the People’s set at Waterloo Records and I sure the crowd will be huge for them, I will see the beginning of their show and then run over to Cold War Kids. Friday as the best lineup by far!
Saturday
Telekinesis
The Antlers 
Twin Shadow
Young The Giant
City and Colour 
Iron & Wine
Fitz And The Tantrums 
Cut Copy 
TV On The Radio
My Morning Jacket
Stevie Wonder 
Saturday is pretty much my day to see all the acts I wanted to see at SXSW and didn’t have a chance to. Telekinesis, The Antlers, Young The Giant, City and Colour, Fitz and the Tantrums, and TV on the Radio all fall under that category. Thank you ACL for the convenience.
Sunday 
Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr
The Head and the Heart
The Airborne Toxic Event
AWOLNATION
Death From Above 1979
Fleet Foxes
Empire of the Sun
Arcade Fire
My biggest problem for sun day is that The Head and the Heart and Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr are playing at the same time! These are two big SXSW acts that I missed, I don’t even know what I’m going to do, I guess I’ll figure it out when the time comes. Other than that, my whole day will revolve around Death From Above 1979. Words cannot describe how much I love this band! Ever since I heard the theme song for MTV’s Human Giant, I was in love. Some of my friends were really into them, so they gave me their album, You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine. I probably listened to that album everyday of my senior year of high school. After the riot they caused at SXSW this year, I know their show will be off the walls crazy, and I cannot wait to be there!!!! 

So, it’s that time of year again. The Austin City Limits Festival, better known as ACL. When 3-day passes sold out, like always, this year I was kind of sad. When the lineup came out, I was only sad that I would be missing Kanye West. When this years Fun Fun Fun Fest lineup came out I completely forgot about my sadness of not going to ACL, because I was 10 times more excited for Austin’s much smaller music festival. Last year I missed out on ACL because I had just moved and was broke. I got to see Band of Horses for their ACL TV show taping, and with all the stories I heard about Zilker being way too crowded and other complaints, I was much happier to go to this one, much more, intimate show. So why am I talking about ACL when I don’t even really want to go? Well the answer: to my surprise, one of my really great friends, is giving me a 3 day pass for free. Just a couple of days ago my bitterness towards Austin’s biggest music festival turned into pure excitement! I have to say, I’m still way more excited for Fun Fun Fun, but I’m also excited for ACL’s very SXSW influenced lineup. So without further adieu, here are the acts I will be trying to see for ACL 2011….

Friday

  • Cults
  • An Horse
  • Reptar
  • Fools Gold
  • James Blake
  • Big Boi
  • Foster The People
  • Cold War Kids
  • Santigold
  • KANYE WEST!!!!! 

Why all caps for Kanye?? Let’s just say that I am IN LOVE with Mr. West. I have been wanting to see him since I was a sophomore in high school, and now I finally have the chance, especially after his cluster fuck of a show during SXSW (its cool though, I got to see the one and only Puff Daddy instead). I will try my best to be in the very front, even if it means I have to miss Santigold, who I’ve seen, and sit through Nas & Damian Marley, who I saw their very first show together SXSW 2010, I will be up close for my boy YEEE! As for the rest of the day, I would really like to see Cults, I love their album! I wrote about An Horse for my SXSW blog this year, but I never got to see them, so that would be nice. I’ve known about Reptar for too long and I can’t believe they’re playing so they are a MUST! Fools Gold and James Blake I’ve both seen at SXSW, but they’re both really fun shows and James Blake is fun to look at. I love Outkast and missed Big Boi at South By, so I’m sure you will be able to find me there. Next comes the tough pick. Foster the People vs Cold War Kids. I love both of these bands. I’m thinking since I saw Foster the People’s set at Waterloo Records and I sure the crowd will be huge for them, I will see the beginning of their show and then run over to Cold War Kids. Friday as the best lineup by far!

Saturday

  • Telekinesis
  • The Antlers 
  • Twin Shadow
  • Young The Giant
  • City and Colour 
  • Iron & Wine
  • Fitz And The Tantrums 
  • Cut Copy 
  • TV On The Radio
  • My Morning Jacket
  • Stevie Wonder 

Saturday is pretty much my day to see all the acts I wanted to see at SXSW and didn’t have a chance to. Telekinesis, The Antlers, Young The Giant, City and Colour, Fitz and the Tantrums, and TV on the Radio all fall under that category. Thank you ACL for the convenience.

Sunday 

  • Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr
  • The Head and the Heart
  • The Airborne Toxic Event
  • AWOLNATION
  • Death From Above 1979
  • Fleet Foxes
  • Empire of the Sun
  • Arcade Fire

My biggest problem for sun day is that The Head and the Heart and Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr are playing at the same time! These are two big SXSW acts that I missed, I don’t even know what I’m going to do, I guess I’ll figure it out when the time comes. Other than that, my whole day will revolve around Death From Above 1979. Words cannot describe how much I love this band! Ever since I heard the theme song for MTV’s Human Giant, I was in love. Some of my friends were really into them, so they gave me their album, You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine. I probably listened to that album everyday of my senior year of high school. After the riot they caused at SXSW this year, I know their show will be off the walls crazy, and I cannot wait to be there!!!! 

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Saturday SXSW 3/19/2011

Ohh the last day of South By South West. The last day is always so bittersweet. I’m sad that its over, but at the same time I’m ready for all these people to get the hell out of Austin and can’t wait to sleep, sleep, sleep. I got off of work and decided that since I had spent way too much money Friday night and that since I was gonna pretty much be by myself that I would go spend all day at the Fader Fort and drink for free. I hadn’t been to the Fader Fort all week and thought that since I had waited in line for 3 hours for the stupid wristband I might as well go. Plus James Blake, who I really wanted to see, and The Cool Kids, who I saw at my very first SXSW and just seen about a month ago, were playing. I was in the very front for James Blake and it was amazing. His slow dubstep is so moving and relaxing and looking at him make these sexy beats in front of my face almost knocked me off my feet. Oh and he’s soooo cute! He looks like a grown up Bieber kind of. He only played 3 or 4 songs which was kind of disappointing but I was still impressed. I really hope he comes back to Austin, because I will be there fo sho! After James Blake was some scream-o band and I went the farther back in the fort to where I couldn’t really hear and relax and have a few drinks before The Cool Kids. I was pretty much in the front for The Cool Kids and they put on a great show like always. In the middle of their set Asher Roth jumped on stage and performed a song with them. Many people probably don’t know this about me, but I love Asher Roth! I think he’s totally sexy in so strange way. When he came on stage I literally almost jumped over the barricade and tackled him, but I refrained myself the best I could. Next to the stage was Curren$y. I’ve never really listened to Curren$y but I’m always down to support some New Orleans rap. After Curren$y I went back to my spot in the back of the fort to wait and see who the surprise performer of the Fader Fort would be. Lil B was last on the official line up, but The Fader Fort is always known for having some big surprise guest. I ended up meeting and hanging out with Steve and Aaron of The Hood Internet, who are too great guys and found out that we have a friend in common, the one and only Neiliyo! They are really into Lil B so we went back up to the stage to see The Based God. I had never seen or heard of this Lil B character so had no idea what to expect. What. A. Show. Lil B is one crazy dude and I have to say, I really do dig his song Wonton Soup. #SWAG. Before Lil B went on, to everyones surprise, the one and only Sean P. Diddy Combs came out and introduced him. Lil B performed a couple of songs, went on a couple of rants, and then tried to sell his book as one of the best books ever written. By the end of the set more than half of the crowd was gone. In attempt to bring the crowd back to life Diddy hopped on stage and started singing his verse from Waka Flaka’s Oh Let’s Do This, which brought the crowd back to life. As soon as he got off stage the crowd went wild, chanting DIDDY, DIDDY, DIDDY! Lil B’s DJ then started playing the beat to All About The Benjamin’s and the rest is history from there. He played his two other classics, Mo Money Mo Problems and Victory. Lets just say all my dreams of being a kid in the 90s, growing up on Puff Daddy, came true in those maybe 20 minutes! Diddy then introduced Odd Future and they performed Yonkers and then that was the end of The Fader Fort 2011. After I left there I decided to head over to the Red Bull Party to meet up with friends. I was trying to find them in line but couldn’t find them due to the loudness and bad cell phone service. I ended up walking to the very front of the gate and walked right in with ease, real crasher style. Drinks were some what expensive and due to my brokeness I didn’t want to buy any. I was just turning around to leave when I heard the MC say “You might know him from the Fresh Prince of Bel Aire…” and before he even said it I knew who it was…. “DJ JAZZY JEFFFFF!!” I turned my little body around and ended up making it pretty close to the front. I couldn’t believe it, Puff Daddy and DJ Jazzy Jeff in the same night, no words. Towards the end of his set I was getting pretty tired and decided to say goodbye to SXSW 2011 and call it a night! Every year South By South West tends to top the year before, but this year was truly the best ever! I don’t know how next year will ever be able to top 2011!!!

James Blake 

The Cool Kids

Asher Roth 

Curren$y

Lil B

Sean P Diddy Combs