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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Chronicling a Great Music Festival

Austin is well situated as the site for one of the world's most important music festivals. The weather is warm, the students are numerous and PBS's "Austin City Limits" called attention to its thriving outlaw country scene. But the South By Southwest festival had no assurances of success in its early years. As recounted...
Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Local bands go forth to Austin festival

The record number of Milwaukee bands that made the 1,200-mile trek to Austin, Texas, for this year’s South by Southwest Music and Media Conference & Festival (SXSW) made our city proud with their enthusiasm and compelling performances. More than a dozen Milwaukee bands played in or around the Texas-sized festival that is one of the largest and most prestigious of its kind, with 1,900 official acts from 55...
Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Milwaukee provides a strong presence at the overstuffed music festival

Although attendance was up at this year's South by Southwest music conference, ticket sales were down...
03.19.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
The worst thing about South By Southwest is seeing so many bands get eaten alive on stage. For every sleeper group that plays to a huge, adoring crowd, there�s two playing to mostly empty rooms. It�s a common trap, but one that Milwaukee�s Codebreaker easily avoided, since they brought along something to Austin that most bands don�t: fans. Seven or eight of the band�s friends followed the ...
03.21.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Though booked at an unglamorous 7 p.m. SXSW slot, the Collections of Colonies of Bees sister band All Tiny Creatures nonetheless played their amorphous, digitalized instrumentals to a full room. The band is on to something good. Instumental post-rock seems to be a real growth industry right now, as the brainier, more open-minded faction of the jam scene has warmed to acts like Tortoise and Expl...
03.23.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
"You'll find it takes a lot of patience to be a Des Ark fan," Aimee Argote apologized as she buried her head in her guitar, tightening its strings just right. With each Des Ark song in its own peculiar tuning, Argote spent much of her band's set this way. Where most bands at SXSW aimed to dazzle, Des Ark lacked any semblance of showmanship, their casualness testifying to their preference for house...
03.22.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Baltimore's native strain of rap, a fusion of house and dancehall conventions known as Baltimore club, is one of the most unique in the country, along with D.C. go-go a distinct alternative to the southern club music that's infiltrated much many of the country's bigger, less-isolated rap scenes. DJ Blaqstarr is the new face of Baltimore club, but its great white hope could be his protege, a teenag...
03.22.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
If the surest barometer of the Silversun Pickups' longevity is how many people flee their shows after they've finished playing "Lazy Eye," then the group is doing alright for itself. The mass exodus for the exits that once routinely followed that song in concert seems to be a thing of the past. When the group finished their hit Saturday night at SXSW, the entire, over-capacity crowd stayed in plac...
03.20.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
The Thermals' set this afternoon at an Insound day party wasn't short on the band's trademark energy, though it was short a couple of the band's most requested songs. "Pillar of Salt" and "Here's To Your Future" were notably absent from the set list, perhaps because the band is sick of playing them two or three times a day. Like so many of the more popular headliners here, the group is booked to t...
03.21.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Tracyanne Campbell's small, melancholy vocals are so dwarfed by the bright, '60s-fixated orchestral arrangements on Camera Obscura's records that it's easy to underestimate her role in the band. In concert, though, she's the clear leader of the group, the one responsible for writing these lovely songs and for tying such massive arrangements together. She is the decider, and she seems burdened by t...

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