This year, SXSW is bigger than ever as ut will feature even more film, food, and panelist discussions than ever before. Every day there will be something new to discover, and Joonbug.com is doing the best we can to keep you posted on all the stellar lineups.
The festival is split into three sections: interactive from March 7th–11th, film from March 7th–15th, and music from March 11th–16th.
Take a look at our newest list of SXSW events from March 11th-15th, including a discussion with Beatport CEO Matthew Adell. Other notable artists on our list include Steve Aoki, Slash, Boys Noize and Destructo.
Hammerstein Ballroom was THE place to be this past Friday night! Young the Giant performed at the NYC venue for a night of beachy melodies and infectious grooves. The sold-out show was just one stop out on their super busy Mind Over Matter Tour. Charming indie-pop five-piece, Cayucas, warmed up the crowd with the perky, peppy tunes from their debut album, Bigfoot. They kicked off with the infectious tune, Cayucos; frontman Zach Yudin's dreamy vocals floating over the beachy beat. “C'mon snap your fingers,” he encouraged, “C'mon clap your hands / C'mon stomp your feet / As fast as you can.” The crowd did as they were told; their enthusiasm intensified as the band jammed through East Coast Girl, Will “The Thrill”, and Deep Sea, from the days when they were Oregon Bike Trails. Hella and Ayawa 'kya followed, before Cayucas took the tempo down a couple of notches, stunning with crowd (and Joonbug) favorite, Bigfoot. Concertgoers were entranced by the steady, stomping beat and the echoed lyrics telling of a near-encounter with the mysterious brute, nodding along to Yudin's chants of, “Bigfoot, Bigfoot...” Cayucas snapped the crowd out of their daze with the cheery Dancing At The Blue Lagoon, and the bouncy High School Lover, before teasing concertgoers with “so...are you guys ready to see Young the Giant?!” The venue erupted in applause, and the band dove into their final song, Swimsuit, before waving goodbye and exiting the stage. After a nearly 40 minute wait, the telltale sounds of Slow Dive faded in...lights dimmed; a blast of light illuminated the venue; eyes widened and jaws to dropped. Young the Giant frontman Sameer Gadhia stormed onstage as Slow Dive faded into Anagram, his smile radiating all the way to the back of the crowd. YtG blasted right into It's About Time, packed fans swaying to it's alternating beat, all as Gadhia jammed on multiple instruments. Gadhia calmed down the feral crowd with Apartment, wowing with soaring vocals and dreamy backing instrumentals. Fans were entranced as he reminisced, “On my way to your apartment, I write for fear of silence. You carved a boat to sail my shadow, now I walk alone...” The crowd snapped out of their trance, the sweet, light sounds of Strings sleepily strumming before thrumming a commanding wake-up call with the impressive hooks of Guns Out, Waves, and Teachers. Next, Young the Giant delighted with lush harmonies and rich, layered instrumentals in the eerie, deep jam, Firelight. “Lay down by the firelight...for all I know it's the last time,” Gadhia nearly sighed before belting out, “Tell my son...oh...” The ballroom erupted into applause. I Got, Eros, and Paralysis, followed, before crowd-pleaser and single from their 2010 debut self-titled album, Cough Syrup, got hands in the air. Lights flickered and blasted brightly as drums clashed. “If I could find a way to see this straight, I'd run away. To some fortune that I, I should have found by now...” Gadhia's opulent vocals soared, “I'm waiting for this cough syrup to come down, come down...” Young the Giant wrapped up their set with Crystallized, before coming back for a three-track encore of hits Camera, Mind Over Matter, and My Body. Pumped and ready for more, Young the Giant headed off to their next venue on their gazillion stop tour. You’re gonna be Giant, if no longer young, when this is all over...remember us Young the Giant; remember all the little people who made you big!
So much for a Bad Reputation! Real-life Runaway and rock 'n' roll badass Joan Jett made history yesterday by becoming the first female honored with Revolver's "Golden God" Award. The legend will follow in the footsteps of fellow rock royalty Motorhead, KISS front man Gene Simmons, and Alice Cooper, who commented:“No one deserves this award MORE than Joan Jett. She’s never compromised who she is — she’s a rocker through and through." The ceremony will be headlined by Guns 'N' Roses, who's frontman Axl Rose will receive the Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award. Honors that are still up for debate include Best Guitarist, Best Bassist, Best Live Band, Comeback Of The Year, Album Of The Year, and more. Congratulations to Joan Jett and all of the nominees!
Tucked in the heart of Brooklyn, an edgy little bar by the name of Matchless creaked its doors open for an assemblage of music industry insiders, struggling artists and hanger's on to commiserate with Dead Waves, an up-and-coming grunge-rock band. The venue was like stepping back in time; Black Sabbath blared homilies in the background, and a heavy mixture of PBR and cigarettes permeated the stale air. Everybody in the crowd knew somebody, even if not by name, they had seen them before because they travel in the same circles. They were the disillusioned, the few who still felt physical pain when exposed to injustices, the live and let lives’.
Addtional reporting by Taila Aroshas
Photography by Shiri Lara
The last Amnesty International concert took place 16 years ago and inspired many people of that generation with a call to action that brought awareness to human rights in America and around the world. Now in 2014, Amnesty International is ready to pass the torch to the younger generations that can now connect to their movement to inspire them to be involved and active in human rights.
There’s something mighty powerful about a big band, and Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds brought it all to the stage.
Last Friday night, Brooklyn Bowl saw a jam-packed venue when the band (minus Arleigh) took to the stage and began playing infectious songs overtook with revved up horns, funky drumbeats, and captivating piano and harmonica notes.
As goers began to flock to the dance floor, lead singer Arleigh Kincheloe rushed the stage like a fireball - bringing her powerhouse voice to the instrumentals that preceded her. The band played their thundering versions of classic Led Zeppelin tracks, which showcased their musicianship and good ol' fashioned rock 'n' roll sense of style.
Slowly languishing under the heat-lamp, outdoor area of the Brooklyn Bowl on Thursday, January 30th, 2014, flocks of audience entered the trembling venue. Chatter about the band was in full effect, and everyone was ready for a dose of Consider The Source. Hailing from Queens, NY, this super trio is nothing less than extraordinary. In fact, you can say that they are more extra than ordinary. Comprised of only three players, Gabriel Marin (guitar), John Ferrara (bass), and Jeff Mann (drums), these wizards of musical odyssey are masters of their craft. Their music can be described as Sci-Fi, Middle Eastern, Fusion, melting together elements from many different genres to create an entirely new and unique concert experience. As their tapistries of OM symbols cascaded the back of the stage, the lights began to glow and Consider The Source took their places.
Punk lovers, rejoice! LA underground pioneers Black Flag are back with a new frontman, pro skateboarder and former manager Mike Vallely! 2013 was a disasterous year for Black Flag, full of internal conflicts and embarrassing public squabbles that even included kicking one-time singer Ron Reyes out of the band during a show in Australia. Luckily for us, that's all in the past for 2014, with new vocalist Vallely promising a new era for the band in a recent interview with Rolling Stone:"We feel that, generally, the band fell short in 2013 because of a difference in the philosophies of Ron and Greg—it just led to dysfunction... It could have been better. [Black Flag] can be a stronger, more cohesive, tighter band. We want to prove that." When asked about the continuation of BF, Vallely admitted: "Greg just felt like, 'I don't want the Black Flag name to fizzle out with this or be tainted with this record that's proven to be subpar compared to what the expectations for it were. He told me he made a mistake by working with Ron and trying to pander to a sort of old-school thing. He just thought that I was the guy for the job. . . I'm not gonna say no to that...I talked to Greg about [the legacy of Black Flag] and he said, 'I write a lot of music, and I'll write a lot more music. I'm not gonna cry over one fucking record."
Transatlantic is starting its world tour this January. The super-band formed in 1999 as an ensemble from other progressive rock bands - Neal Morse (Spock's beard), Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), Pete Trewavas (Marillion), and Roine Stolt (The Flower Kings)--joined forces.What started as a side project between the talented musicians became a full-time gig.
With their new album Kaleidoscope out February 27th, its already gained great reviews from fans and metal music-heads alike. It consists of 5 songs, for instance standout track, "Into the Blue," is twenty-five minutes long. Good news to the progressive rock community and those who have been faithful fans of the the mega band since their successful debut album "SMPTe" in 2000.
Yahooooo! Ballyhoo! has a new album, and it’s explosive! Pineapple Grenade, was recently released off of the band’s new label, Right Coast Records, paying homage to punk greats like Green Day and Blink-182, all while staying true to their original sound reminiscent of Sublime, Dirty Heads, and Pepper.