SXSW recap


23/03/2012

Hey y'all.  A round-up of last weeks SXSW action for the bands who went, played and of course conquered.

Dan Deacon

Pictures on The Phoenix

Check out more pictures from Dan Deacon's show at Stubb's (KEXP)

"No one in the whole of SXSW can match the energy of Dan Deacon, whose rainbow-dipped-electro noise pop lit up the NPR showcase at Stubbs. But before he could put all his high-octane tunes to use, he struggled through a series of tech issues that caused him to go on significantly later than planned. Stranded on stage, he looked into the audience, comparing his situation to the scene where the Blues Brothers aren’t in the venue and Cab Calloway has to take the stage—performing a flawless rendition of “Minnie the Moocher.” Regardless of if Deacon saw himself as a Blues Brother or Calloway, his set was near-flawless, including perhaps the most intricately orchestrated dance party ever." (Under the Radar)

Dent May

"Dent May's new live band have got that southern swing, that Sun Records grit, and a knack for old-school popcraft – jaunty vocal harmonies, involved bass trickery and a full-bodied guitar at the center. More than any band I’ve seen this week, this looked the most like a couple of friends on stage. They have no mythology or whispery back-story, just a yippy rock band from the south. They just seemed happy to play a show." (Prefix Mag

Check out a Dent May polaroid on Gorilla vs Bear

Howlin' Rain

Have a look at some pictures taken during the band's accoustic set (mxdwn.com)

"This had to be the most entertaining set of the evening for me as the San Francisco 5-piece took to the tiny stage at Valhalla and cruised through no more than 6 or 7 songs over the course of an hour and fifteen minute set. I can hear the wheels turning in your brain right now and yes your math is correct, each song averaged more than 10 minutes. The band opened with a raucous version of “Self Made Man,” the lead track off of their newest record The Russian Wilds and winded their way through other extended jams, both new and old. Lead singer Ethan Miller even made his way through the crowd to serenade us from atop the bar, only to make his way back down in to the audience and sway arm in arm with a few sweaty hipsters while belting out one of the band’s ballads." (Mamed & Tamed)

Peaking Lights

"Singer/keyboard player Dunis sang and delivered pretty vocal mantras, more focused on the sound of word repetition than on conveying deliberate meaning. On the transcendent "All the Sun that Shines," she repeated the title words over and over while plunking out a hollow keyboard line to accompany Coyes' Casiotone rhythms. Throughout the 40-minute set Peaking Lights moved from rhythm to rhythm, diving deep into the space within the beats to weave through layers of reverb and echo. It was perhaps the most entrancing afternoon ever spent in an Urban Outfitters parking lot." (LA Times)

Prince Rama

"Based in an eastern mysticism that doesn’t sound exploitative, the two gals who make up the entirety of Prince Rama managed to be psychedelic without guitars, electronic without a prevalent drum machine, vocal without clearly intoned words. This duo is set to take over the world, but if they did, they’d probably make us give up all worldly possessions and roam barefoot in a procession of Perfect All-One Consciousness." (LA Records)

Trust

"The anemic trio of Canadians’ danceable gloom made for a solid day-show incantation. Here was a band with vision, grace, respectably unfettered with the surroundings. It felt like we were in their personal universe, which is probably the best compliment you can pay" (Prefix Mag)

Washed Out

"Greene showed up ready for battle, bringing a full band with him and making a valiant effort to get the crowd to dance. He succeeded, thanks to a full set of surprisingly huge-sounding, dance-punky versions of songs off last year's Within and Without and 2009's Life of Leisure EP" (Pitchfork