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Workshop Announced For UK’s SXSW Artists

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

There’s something about music from the UK that SXSW really enjoys, so it’s great to see the UK’s Performing Rights Society (PRS) supporting performers heading out to SXSW Music. Not only is the organisation supplying  financial support to fourteen artists to get to Austin (more details here, including Liverpool’s Stealing Sheep, who really should be on your radar), it is also offering a workshop for every UK-based performer heading out to Austin next month.

The Foundation will be hosting a workshop for all UK-based artists who have been invited to perform at SXSW which is to take place on Friday, February 12 in London at the PRS office in Kings Cross. Please contact/RSVP by emailing bhavesh@prsformusicfoundation.com.

I do hope the workshop reminds everyone to try and avoid the midday sun… us Brits burn very easily under the Texan light!

2015 Must See Films: 24 Beats Per Second

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

If you enjoyed last year’s Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon, then you will certainly enjoy Danny Says. Who is Danny Fields and how did he help build some of the biggest acts in music?  Go find out.


Wednesday, March 18
4:15PM – 5:59PM Vimeo Theater

Thursday, March 19
2:30PM – 4:14PM  Satellite Venue: Marchesa

Saturday, March 21
12:00PM – 1:44PM  Alamo Lamar B

I did not get a chance to preview Landfill Harmonic, but I am intrigued. Follow and learn the story of the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a Paraguayan musical group that plays instruments made entirely out of garbage. Music and recycling? How can you go wrong?


Wednesday, March 18
1:45PM – 3:09PM Alamo Ritz

Friday, March 20
4:15PM – 5:39PM  Alamo Lamar B

Saturday, March 21
11:00AM – 12:24PM  Alamo Ritz

Are you tired of listening to the same old thing? Check out Y/Our Music and add a whole new genre (or several) to your playlists! Expand your mind while watching the lush country of Thailand and her people. A treat for the eyes and ears. I am particularly fond of the Khaen and old style pin.


Hint-That’s a Khaen!

Tuesday, March 17
1:30PM – 2:51PM Alamo Lamar A

Wednesday, March 18
6:30PM – 7:51PM  Rollins Theatre at The Long Center

Thursday, March 19
7:45PM – 9:06PM  Satellite Venue: Marchesa


SXSW Baby Podcast: Missio

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

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Ewan interviews Matthew Brue and David Butler, of the band Missio ahead of their SXSW showcase.

Support for this year’s podcasts comes from HipChat. Bring your team to life, with group and private chat, file sharing, and integrations, all at hipchat.com.

Here Come The Bands (take 3)

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

The SXSW team have announced the third wave of performers who have showcases at this year’s SXSW Music festival. You can read the full list online at SXSW, but there are a few names I would want to pick up.

Blitzkids (YouTube) are from Nantwich in the UK, and are a good pop/punk band with a nice crunchy sound; New Albany’s Houndmouth (YouTube) return to Austin with a delightful folksy root sound; and Toffee (YouTube) from Taipei, Taiwan, who have a great modern twist on the classic sounds of the Far East.

There’s rather a lot of music to get through, so don’t forget our friends of the parish over at ‘Operation Every Band‘ are going to listen and rank all the showcases to help you through the festival of music.

Don’t forget the music panels at SXSW 2015

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

Lots of panels are being announced for SXSW, head over to the main site for all the details. I just want to draw attention to the music panels. While SXSW Music is heavily geared towards the showcases, especially in the mainstream press, it’s the panels and the opportunities to learn from others (and to make lots of new connections in a short amount of time).

So take some time to look through the panels, not only is there a lot to learn, but hitting the panels forces you to get up relatively early in the day so you can maximise your time in Austin!

Find all the Music panels here!

Submit your application to play SXSW Music 2015

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

SXSW have opened up the application process for bands looking to play in the Music strand come March 2015. Details can be found on the main SXSW website, and as with previous years, the team are using Sonicbids as a clearing house for submission:

Submit your application between July 8 and September 12, 2014 and pay only $33. The fee for applications submitted after September 12, 2014 is $45. All applications must be submitted no later than the final deadline of October 10, 2014Deadlines subject to change.

Sonicbids is the only method of applying, so best of luck (although I suspect that if you are Garth Brookes, you might have another option).

DJ Jonathan Toubin’s NY Night Train SOUL CLAP at SXSW 2014 Closing Party

Sunday, March 16th, 2014
Jonathan Toubin of New York Night Train

Jonathan Toubin of New York Night Train

Longtime Austinites may recall Jonathan Toubin from his college radio days at 91.7 KVRX or as a member of the band Churchbus, but nowadays Toubin is known best for his New York Night Train’s SOUL CLAP, his popular underground soul dance party across the United States.  He plays all original soul 45s from the 1960s as well as “uncommon upbeat cuts perfect for dancing the night away”, with clubs routinely sold out.

Toubin brings SOUL CLAP to Austin for the official SXSW closing party which is free and open to the public, and takes place Sunday, March 16, 8 pm at the Palm Door on Sixth (508 E. 6th St).

The party begins with four bands including: Kid Congo and The Pink Monkey Birds, led by Kid Congo Powers of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds; Daddy Long Legs, a fast and raw blues trio making their debut in Austin; lo-fi 1960s-inspired garage band Habibi; and Vockah Redu and The Cru, who will bring “one of the most elaborated stage shows in all of the bounce genre.”

The closing party will also feature a thirty minute dance competition with a $100 prize, with Toubin as emcee. Hip-hop legend Boots Riley of The Coup will select the dance songs, and judges include Edwin Neal (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), Kid Congo Powers, Austin Brown (of Parquet Courts) and more!

Toubin will close out the night with Soul Clap after the dance-off.

Listen below to a live recording of Jonathan Toubin turning his “flaming o.g. 45rpm soul platters” at the SOUL CLAP and DANCE-OFF at the Brooklyn Bowl.

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