Monday, August 17, 2015

President releases personal Spotify playlists

Posted By on Mon, Aug 17, 2015 at 11:04 AM

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"Your summer just got a little groovier," the White House has announced in a press release detailing Barack Obama's inaugural Spotify playlists.

Taken together, they represent the most exciting presidential music recommendations since Woodrow Wilson released his own wax-cylinder mixtape in the early 1920s.

Okay, we made up the Woodrow Wilson part, but the rest is true.

The more interesting POTUS picks include Talib Kweli, Florence + The Machine, Lianne La Havas, and Leonard Cohen.

Less exciting, perhaps, is the inclusion of tracks by Coldplay, The Lumineers, and Beyonce.

You can find the official White house press release here.

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Nicki Bluhm, Jason Isbell and The Family Crest shine at Lyons' Folks Fest

Posted By on Sun, Aug 16, 2015 at 12:52 PM

Nicki Bluhm channeling Grace and Dolly at this weekend' Folks Fest in Lyons. - PHOTO BY LORING WIRBEL
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  • Nicki Bluhm channeling Grace and Dolly at this weekend' Folks Fest in Lyons.
No matter the breadth of talent booked by Planet Bluegrass for each year’s Folks Fest in Lyons, a significant number of Festivarians arrive with a set agenda in mind.

For this weekend's 25th anniversary event, the planned draws included Sufjan Stevens’ first Colorado performance of the acoustic "Carrie and Lowell," an unusual joint appearance by Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin, an emergence from seclusion by the elusive Gillian Welch, and the first showing by guitar virtuoso Richard Thompson since his stunning new album Still.

Even fans with the most predetermine agendas often run into utter surprises during each year’s festival, and Saturday's festivities were no exception, thanks to the gypsy folk act Taarka, the experimental spoken-word poet Shane Koyczan, indie-rock choir The Family Crest, and the madcap jam band Session Americana, produced by Anais Mitchell.

Still, the most interesting acts of any given year are typically ones that balance surprise and expectations – a hybrid of the set agenda and the total unknown. Lucy Kaplansky and Richard Shindell's Pine Hill Project, for example, combined two beloved folk songwriters in an unexpected duo. Shindell in particular rarely appears in the U.S. since his move to Buenos Aires. The Pine Hill Project’s Kickstarter-funded album featured Kaplansky and Shindell offering 11 unusual cover songs. Some of these, like Dave Carter’s powerful “Farewell to St. Dolores,” were performed at Folks Fest. But so were some unreleased Shindell tunes like “Deer on the Parkway,” and a haunting Sept. 11 ballad by Kaplansky, “Brooklyn Train.”

Another artist that insiders thought they had pegged was The Gramblers, led by San Francisco’s newest chanteuse, Nicki Bluhm. Bluhm is a remarkable singer, but few in the audience expected her to channel elements of Grace Slick and Dolly Parton. Bluhm led The Gramblers through a set that steadily increase in power and decibels.

Even the well-known alt-country artist Jason
Isbell, who closed Saturday’s show, brought along some surprises. Isbell had a reputation for abuse of pills and the bottle, while he was in Drive-By Truckers and in his early solo years. Saturday night, however, proved a clean-and-sober salute to 12-step redemption. Isbell provided a powerful and crisp tour through his two most recent albums, Southeastern and Something More Than Free, minimizing the appearance of the more relentlessly depressing tunes in favor of those emphasizing hope. His violin player, Amanda Shires, was nowhere to be seen, as she and Isbell have married and are expecting a baby within weeks.

Isbell still knows where all the bodies are buried in the Deep South, but he’s given up pill laments for patter about diapers. The Folks Fest crowd loved it all, treating Isbell’s performance as just one more surprise in a weekend festival loaded with the unexpected. 
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Monday, July 20, 2015

Charles Bradley and Phosphorescent sign on for Freewheelin Music Fest

Posted By on Mon, Jul 20, 2015 at 12:38 PM


Bristol Brewing Company’s Freewheelin Music Fest announced today that Charles Bradley and Phosphorescent will be the headliners at this year's inaugural event. The two-day festival, to be held on multiple stages at Ivywild School on Sept. 11-12, will feature more than a dozen acts, including Joe Pug, Paper Bird, Pujol, Chimney Choir, and Natural Child.

In addition to the main festival (tickets for which are available at the Bristol Dry Goods Store or through, the event will include a free Indy Music Awards stage featuring winners of this year’s reader’s poll, who will be announced in our Sept. 9 issue.

Like this coming weekend's Blues Under The Bridge headliner Naomi Shelton, the Brooklyn-based Bradley is a veteran soul artist who was rediscovered by Daptone Records, as were Sharon Jones and Lee Fields. You can click here to read our 2013 interview with the artist.

Phosphorescence, aka indie-folk artist Matthew Houck, is also Brooklyn-based. His album, Pride, was chosen as the Number 12 album of 2007 by the staff of Stylus magazine

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

System of a Down and The Prodigy added to Riot Fest lineup

Posted By on Tue, Jun 23, 2015 at 3:46 PM


Organizers of Denver’s Riot Fest — or Riot Fest & Rodeo, as it’s being called this year — have just announced a handful of additional acts for the August 28-30 festival at the National Western Complex.

System of a Down, The Prodigy, 88 Fingers Louie, Input & Broken, and Chef’Special are the latest to join more than a hundred previously acts, which include Ice Cube, Pixies, Modest Mouse, Motorhead, Drive Like Jehu, L7, Run DMC, The Black Lips, Bootsy Collins, and Anthrax.

You can find the full lineup at

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Tickets go on sale Friday for Waka Flocka Flame’s Black Sheep show

Posted By on Tue, Jun 9, 2015 at 11:05 AM


A fair number of well-known hip-hop artists have played Colorado Springs in recent years, including political rap forefather KRS-One, former beatboxer DMX, and — this coming Sunday at the Speak Easy Vape Lounge — post-punk horror-core band BLKHRTS.

Yet not one of them has been a declared presidential candidate.

At least, not until now. In what’s either a local booking coup, or a triple platinum downsizing, Waka Flocka Flame will be playing the Black Sheep on August 15, with tickets going on sale this coming Friday.

Best known for his 2010 debut album Flockaveli, the Atlanta rapper recently debuted his campaign video via Rolling Stone — on 4/20, of course — with a platform that includes marijuana legalization and banning people with big feet from walking on sidewalks. (Seems reasonable.)

There are obstacles, of course, not least of which is being 28 when 35 is the minimum eligibility age.

The emcee also recently showed off his literary tastes on XXL’s site, which posted clips of him reciting excerpts from “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

You can watch Waka Flocka's very, um, blunt announcement below.

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Sunday, June 7, 2015

U2 at the Pepsi Center: What price salvation?

Posted By on Sun, Jun 7, 2015 at 2:57 AM

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Backstage at an Amnesty International benefit, Lou Reed once told some journalists — in his famously flat monotone — that if any of us actually knew the real Bono and the things he does behind-the-scenes, we'd all be worshipping him.

These days, of course, Bono's humanitarian achievements are far from secret. There's also no shortage of fans eager to bow before the altar of U2, as readily demonstrated Saturday night during the first of two sold-out shows at Denver's Pepsi Center.

Ireland's biggest export opened the evening with "The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)" from Songs of Innocence, an album that, as you may recall, just showed up one day in half a billion iTunes accounts, thus spawning a cottage industry of U2 removal software.

From there, the band segued to the title track "The Electric Co." from its debut album, Boy, which was soon followed by its first single, "I Will Follow," rekindling memories of a time when Bono was still more choirboy than messiah.

There have been more than a dozen albums since, which means the band can now play for two hours and still just skim the surface of its repertoire. Set highlights like "Until the End of the World" and "Vertigo" also proved they can still do the U2 anthem thing with as much passion and precision as ever.

Visually, the show makes artful use of a "transformable LED screen," which runs down the center of the arena and mixes surprisingly edgy animation with, less surprisingly, a ton of special effects and band member close-ups. Most of it works well, actually, although Bono's strut down the catwalk with a red-white-and-blue megaphone during "Bullet the Blue Sky" is a bit much.

And yes, there was, is, and ever shall be preaching, with Bono name-checking Ferguson and citing developments in his homeland as proof that "you cannot have peace without compromise."

Toward evening's end, the frontman further drove home his message of compromise, somehow managing to praise both Amnesty International and Bank of America in the same breath.

As of this writing, online resale outlets are still offering Sunday night tickets to well-heeled U2 enthusiasts, with prices ranging from $178 to $4,273.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Newly announced Riot Fest lineup includes Modest Mouse, The Pixies, and Run DMC

Posted By on Wed, May 27, 2015 at 6:57 PM


Denver’s Riot Fest is is investing heavily in the nostalgia market this year, with its biggest names hailing from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s.

The just-announced lineup for the three-day music festival — which this year will take place at the National Western Complex from August 28 to 30 — ranges from generation-spanning hip-hop (Run DMC, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, De La Soul, GZA, Doomtree) to punk icons (Iggy Pop, The Damned, Rancid, The Vandals, Off!) to indie-rock stalwarts (The Pixies, Modest Mouse, The Black Lips, Drive Like Jehu, Eagles of Death Metal).

The Denver Post’s Kiernan Maletsky was first out of the gate with the complete artist roster, which is as follows:
Modest Mouse
The Pixies
Snoop Dogg
Iggy Pop
Tenacious D
Ice Cube & special guests
Flogging Molly
Coheed and Cambria
Drive Like Jehu
Explosions in the Sky
The Airborne Toxic Event
Bootsy Collins' Rubber Band
Babes in Toyland.
The Damned
Eagles of Death Metal
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
De La Soul
The Dead Milkmen
Nada Surf
The Lawrence Arms
Reverend Horton Heat
Andrew W.K.
The Black Lips
The Get Up Kids
American Nightmare
The Vandals
Less Than Jake
The Joy Formidable
Cloud Cult
7 Seconds
Benjamin Booker
Joyce Manor
The White Buffalo
Post Malone with FKI
Jazz Cartier
Teenage Bottlerocket
The Bunny Gang
Speedy Ortiz
Beach Slang
The Hotelier
Fit For Rivals
Direct Hit!
The Moth & The Flame
Main Attrakionz
Broadway Calls
White Mystery
Skating Polly
Northern Faces
Meat Wave
Rozwell Kid
Sleep On It
Gateway Drugs
Daye Jack
Indian School
Cypress Hill
Alkaline Trio
Cold War Kids

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Telluride announced 2015 blues festival headliners

Posted By on Thu, May 14, 2015 at 11:29 AM

Sharon Jones
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It's a six-hour haul from Colorado Springs to Telluride, but fans of seasoned blue-rock, gospel and R&B artists will want to consider grabbing tickets for the Telluride Blues Fest, which announced its lineup earlier this morning.

This year's festival headliners are Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, ZZ Top, Greg Allman, John Hiatt & The Combo, Taj Mahal and Anders Osborne.

Other performers at the event, which will run from Sept. 18-20, include The Blind Boys of Alabama, Rich Robinson of The Black Crowes, Otis Taylor's Hey Joe Opus, The Revivalists and The London Souls.

Look for more information at You can also find a guide to less distant summer festivals in this week's Indy.

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Llamapalooza rained out

Posted By on Fri, May 8, 2015 at 11:50 PM

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Bad news for local music fans: According to a post on its Facebook page this evening, Colorado College's Llamapalooza Festival has been canceled due to weather conditions.

The annual event was to set to take place this Saturday with a lineup that included Brooklyn's highly-touted art-funk band Phony Ppl, as well as Kithkin, Netherfriends, Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire, and Moon Hooch. 

The cancelation follows a previous decision to move the festival from Worner Quad to the nearby Armstrong Hall parking lot in order to avoid a sinking stage and damaged grounds. 

Look for further information and updates at

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Blackalicious emcee to play Flux Capacitor Thursday

Posted By on Wed, May 6, 2015 at 12:27 PM


Flux Capacitor is rapidly establishing itself as Colorado Springs’ "little venue that could." Less than six months after opening, the alternative music space has been bringing in several all-ages shows a week, most of them featuring national touring artists, while showcasing a broader range of music than many of us expected.

Now comes the good news that Gift of Gab, emcee for the hip-hop duo Blackalicious, will be headlining the venue this Thursday night.

It’s a pretty big score for Flux Capacitor, and for Colorado Springs in general. The Bay Area rapper is widely regarded as one of the best in underground hip-hop, with Pitchfork drooling over his “astonishing verbal dexterity and enunciation.”

And just in case you think this booking is a fluke, you should also know that Rhymesayers artist Blueprint is slated to play Flux Capacitor on June 19.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Riot Fest goes rodeo

Posted By on Thu, Apr 23, 2015 at 5:57 PM

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The perennially nomadic Riot Fest today unveiled the location and date of its 2015 festival, which will be held at Denver’s National Western Complex from Aug. 28-30.

While this year’s lineup won’t be announced until May, those who want to take a leap of faith can purchase $69.98 presale tickets starting tomorrow at noon. Given the quality of the two previous years’ acts — including The Replacements, The Cure, Die Antwoord, Wu-Tang Clan, Weezer, Flaming Lips, Rocket From the Crypt, Iggy Pop and Slayer — it should be money well spent.

It’s also a reasonably safe bet that the event won’t have to change locations this year, as it did when the bite-sized town of Byars — which had hosted 2013’s inaugural festival — made an eleventh-hour decision to pull the plug. Promoters managed to save the event with a last-minute relocation to the less-than-ideal parking lots outside Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

Although best known as the site for the Denver County Fair, the National Western Complex also plays host to the Great Western Alpaca Show, Tortillas for Tepeyac, Foam Wonderland, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Submission Grappling, and the much-anticipated Rocky Mountain Reptile Expo.

In keeping with its new location, this year’s event has been dubbed Riot Fest & Rodeo, and will feature a host of thematically linked attractions that may or may not include blood and clowns.

Find more information as well as early bird tickets at

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Monday, March 23, 2015

SXSW: ‘Assholes, yellers and screamers’

Posted By on Mon, Mar 23, 2015 at 6:27 PM

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South By Southwest came to a close this weekend, just like many of the cordoned-off streets in downtown Austin, where careening pedicabs transported attendees from far-off parking spaces to more than 100 venues, all in pursuit of musical enlightenment and Facebook fodder. We’ll have a detailed wrap-up in next week’s issue, but in the meantime, here’s one last blog post on SXSW 2015.

Although weekend panel attendance benefited from an influx of actual Austin natives not having to work, that was largely counter-balanced by severe hangovers and considerable rain. One of Saturday’s most well-attended sessions was, predictably enough, “Power Networking in the Music Business,” where Emily White, cofounder of a crowdfunding platform called Dreamfuel, advised the gathering of ambitious musicians and aspiring moguls to collect at least five business cards when attending any business or social gathering.

White is also partner in a management agency and took issue with people characterizing managers as “assholes, yellers and screamers.”

Quiana Conley, who has directed music publishing and management companies representing clients from Beyonce and T-Boz to Taylor Swift and Motorhead, vouched for the fact that her co-panelists were nice people and said that the musicians in the audience should also strive to be nice. “But maybe you’re just not nice,” she added, in which case “you should get others who are nice people to represent you.”

The panelists who participated in “What Is Record Production and Why Do You Need It” also seemed very nice, even as they talked about sharing co-production credits with artists who had no idea what a producer actually does. They also discussed the challenge of translating musical intentions into all-too-vague words: “If you like something because it’s shiny,’ wondered UK producer Tarek Musa, “what does shiny mean?”

Stewart Lerman, a Grammy winner who’s worked with artists like Elvis Costello and Regina Spektor, echoed the concern: “I’ve never heard an artist say, ‘I’d like to make a record with a small sound that’s brittle and really annoying.”

Of course, sounds that are big and really annoying were easily found, thanks to the numerous Tom Waits impersonators performing in Sixth Street bars, their gravely voices and over-the-top theatrics approaching minstrel-show proportions. (Something has to be done about that, but no one knows what.)

Thankfully, all that was offset by a historic closing-night event at the Paramount Theatre where, at one point, more than four dozen incredible musicians were onstage together. More on that in next week’s issue.

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

SXSW: Twin Peaks, Turtles, and crowd-surfing kangaroos

Posted By on Sat, Mar 21, 2015 at 11:47 AM


If you're in a room full of lawyers listening to a panel full of lawyers — as they discuss a case that could dramatically change the way the music industry operates — one thing you don't want to do is misquote them.

So let's save our fastidiously-transcribed and legally-vetted quotes from "Unhappy Together: The Turtles with Sirius XM" for the upcoming SXSW wrap-up feature in our print edition.

For now, suffice it to say the musicians behind much-loved '70s hits like "You Know She'd Rather Be With Me," Elenor" and, of course, "Happy Together," sued the satellite giant for refusing to pay royalties on recordings that were released before 1972.

Late last year, The Turtles won judgements from federal courts in New York and California — thanks, in large part, to attorney Henry Gradstein, who argued the case in court and also dominated the discussion at SXSW.

The appeal process will, of course, live on, perhaps longer than the musicians. But assuming they prevail, it will mean a monetary windfall for musicians and an equally major financial blow to streaming music services and even that old-school terrestrial classic rock station you occasionally listen to in your car. A more serious subject, perhaps, than panels like "Rockin' SXSW in Four Hours," but ultimately more important as well.

On last night's live music front, Courtney Barnett deftly demonstated why she's Australia's most currently celebrated rock singer-songwriter, with a set that suggested an electric guitar-wielding Patti Smith with more rousingly accessible choruses and a couple of nice left-handed feedback solos.

"Now it's like a real festival," said Barnett, as a yellow inflatable kangaroo bounced above the crowd. From there she launched into the evening's loudest song, complete with the regionally appropriate chord progression A-C-D-C. But the biggest crowd-pleaser was definitely her signature "Avant Gardener," which she introduced as "the reason some of you may have heard of us." It also remains the most catchy song about a potentially life-threatening medical condition in recent memory, complete with singalong "I'm having trouble breathing" chorus.

Later that night in rain-drenched Austin, Broncho frontman Ryan Lindsay also sounded like he had trouble breathing, although that's more likely because of a helium-affected vocal style that made The Buzzcocks' Pete Shelley and Material Issue's Jim Ellison sound like deep Paul Robeson baritones.

But as the shoegazer-inclined Oklahoma band performed material from its recent sophomore album, Just Enough Hip To Be Woman, the bathrobe-clad singer-guitarist began looking less like a tormented Kurt Cobain and more like a rock musician having fun. And by the time he launched into the stuttering falsetto chorus of the closing "Class Historian," Broncho proved themselves to be a band worth standing in the rain for.

That was all the more true of Twin Peaks, the Chicago band who started out as high-school students in 2009 and now have two critically applauded albums under their belt. In fact, the group's late-night performance proved to be more powerful and varied than the vast majority of contemporary bands who wear their garage-rock hearts on their sleeves. With three of the five band members alternating as lead vocalists, many of their songs shifted gears unexpectedly and dramatically, while their skillful writing and rock arrangements at times recalled The Replacements in the more sober moments of their Let It Be tour. And unlike Broncho, Twin Peaks don't sound even remotely like anything their David Lynch-derived namesake would embrace. And for fans of loud, smart rock and roll, that was totally fine.
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Friday, March 20, 2015

SXSW takes on Colorado, Sheboygan and Anakin Skywalker

Posted By on Fri, Mar 20, 2015 at 12:51 PM

  • Altas did Denver proud at the Colorado Music Party

The music industry loves to talk about itself — who doesn't? — and that becomes more than apparent during SXSW's daytime panel offerings. Thursday's sessions ran the gamut from "Beethoven to Beyonce: The Science Behind a Hot Beat" to "How to Fill a Club When You Play Sheboygan."

The majority of these panels are geared toward record industry insiders and career-motivated artists, who are really the only people incentivized to venture out into daylight after long days and nights of musical debauchery.

"New bands come up to me and say, 'We need a publicist," recounts Ken Weinstein, owner of the prestigious Big Hassle agency. "And, in most cases, I tell them, 'No, you DON'T need a publicist. What you need is to get in that van and play. And then call me in a year. Or two."

With repeated apologies to the Wisconsin town that inspired the panel's name, Howard Wuelfing of Howlin' Wolf Media led his fellow publicists in a discussion of tertiary markets, places where musicians can put still put the word out through locally originating podcasts, Yahoo groups (!) and record stores "where they still exist," as Rounder Records publicist Regina Joskow put it.

In another panel, "AES Platinum Producers & Engineers," the topics of the hour ranged from technical talk to overall commentary on the industry's increasing instability. Recalling his personal excitement about digital downloading as a way to hear everything, panelist Eduardo Cabra went on to talk about how he eventually became aware of the long-term consequences.

"It's like the Latin industry found Anakin Skywalker and then Anakin went to the dark side, and now Luke has to come and save us." Exactly how that'll happen is still anyone's guess. "I really don't know why I'm talking about Anakin and Luke Skywalker," he joked as the metaphor began to wear thin.

As for Thursday evening's musical performances, many fell into the not-unexpected categories of exuberance, disappointment and revelation that SXSW is known for. The Brothers Landreth, who'd just received a Juno Award (which will forever be described as the Canadian equivalent of a Grammy) may have celebrated just a little too much, as they messed up the opening bars of Paul McCartney's "Let 'Em In." From there, the going got much easier, as the bluesy Americana act eased into a more surefooted rendition of their Canadian hit "I Am the Fool," a song they borrowed from their dad, musician Wally Landreth. ("Hey, old man, YOU'RE not using it.")

Elsewhere, neo-soul newcomer Leon Bridges filled a cavernous space called the Hype Hotel, showing why he's becoming the Next Big Thing among Daptone-revering R&B fans. Bridge's eight-piece band — which included two excellent backing vocalists and a sax player who would occasionally venture into overly loungey terrain — sometimes reached the point where a polished performance becomes a lackluster performance, but there's no doubt that the understated soul man at front and center is the real deal.

Later in the night, Wyclef Jean took things in the opposite direction, blasting the crowd with hyped-up renditions of songs that were, in som cases, approaching drinking age. Among them were the obligatory Fugees hit "Killing Me Softly" as well as a take on "No Woman No Cry" in which Wyclef went on about his taste for marijuana and resulting negotiations with a drug-sniffing dog. ("They brought Mister German Shepherd to talk to me...")

Later still, Death Valley Girls, a retro-punk band who've garnered comparisons to The Flesheaters and Mo Tucker, offered off-key unison vocals that showed they need to take serious lessons from bands like The Mutants.

Fortunately, the night's true revelation was right across the street at the Colorado Music Party, with a 1 a.m. set Altas. If they were from Europe or Asia instead of Denver, Altas would be worshipped by fans of German trance bands like Can and American post-rock groups like Tortoise. And while a microphone loomed at the front of the stage, which would have allowed that tremendously appealing instrumental soundscapes to be spoiled by disappointing vocals at any moment, THEY NEVER USED IT! Instead, the five musicians stared at their instruments — or into a space halfway between them and something no one else could see — and delivered what was, for me, the most unexpectedly brilliant set of the night.
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Thursday, March 19, 2015

SXSW: Life of the parties

Posted By on Thu, Mar 19, 2015 at 8:03 PM

"Is everybody having a good South By thus far?" asks The Family Crest's keyboardist-flautist Laura Bergman before an enthusiastic crowd at downtown Austin's sweltering Clive Bar patio.

Barring some as-yet-unheralded new British Invasion, her's was most likely the only case of Shakespearean English slipping into the stage patter during today's South by Southwest Festival, where the unofficial parties start earlier and earlier each year.

San Francisco's newish orchestral-pop septet — who were chosen as NPR Music's "Favorite New Band of 2014" — also provided what were conceivably the the most transcendent moment of the afternoon's musical celebrations, particularly during the near-operatically ambitious title track to last year's Beneath the Brine album. Factor in a cellist, violinist and trombonist (alongside the usual rock instrumentation) as well as the occasionally Poe-faced lyric ("Now the dark is nigh, and she lays here at my side"), and this might all start sounding a little pretentious. But the band's wide-eyed enthusiasm and self-deprecating manner make it just the opposite. It also doesn't hurt that Liam McCormick is a phenomenal vocalist on a par with Jeff Buckley.

This afternoon's show was one of four SXSW appearances The Family Crest will be making this week. Other repeat performances included The Ting Tings (who at times gravitated toward more Deee Lite-style electro-funk than their tinselly pop albums might suggest), British hip-hop newcomer Little Simz (who raps fast onstage than she does on record), and Barcelona's Macaco (whose frontman Dani Carbonell made his name in flamenco music but is now trafficking in more Train-like acoustic pop).

In addition to the proliferation of daytime showcases, there were still more than 50 panels to choose from today. More on those tomorrow, but in the meantime, there's still a full night of music ahead.

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