Fans Riot for The Strokes at SXSW

What happens when you tell all of SXSW in Austin that The Strokes are playing a free show? Well 30,000 people show up and riot and break down the gates when you don’t let them in. It was a peaceful riot where no one seemed to get hurt. Hell, they just wanted to see The Strokes. When did this happen? Strokes riots? Selling out Madison Square Garden’s 20,000 seats? Congratulations fellas, you are bigger than The Beatles. We are loving it.

Grand Atlantic Add SXSW Date

Australian power pop quintet Grand Atlantic will be bringing their psychedelic sound to B.D’Reily’s Pub in Austin for The Drys-A-Bone SXSW Showcase on March 19. Touring in support of their third, untitled album, the group has become so practiced at their live set that even some of the songs on said record were recorded straight from concerts.

The album was recorded in an abandoned psychiatric hospital near Dunedin, New Zealand, and this dark, haunted setting shines through in their music.

Check out tour dates below!

Grand Atlantic Tour Dates

3/11 Reggie’s Music Joint, Chicago, IL

3/12 The Living Room, New York, NY

3/13 The Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY

3/15 (SXSW) Dart International Party, Austin, TX

3/17 (SXSW) Paisley Underground Party, Austin, TX

3/19 (SXSW) B.D’Reily,’s Pub, Austin, TX

3/20 Dan Electro’s Guitar Bar, Houston, TX

3/22 Comet Tavern, Seattle, WA

3/24 Hotel Utah, San Francisco, CA

3/25 Trip, Santa Monica, CA

…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead Set To Release New Album

lol it's funny because this picture is from green shoelace

…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead (Trail of Dead for short) is an indie rock band from Austin, Texas, known for their wild, energetic live performances. They’ve released five solid albums since 1998 and one fantastic album, 2002’s Source Tags & Codes. Their new album, Tao of the Dead, drops on February 8th, and the band will celebrate with a record release show at Littlefield on the same day. Conrad Keeley, the band’s frontman, is also a talented artist whose work not only graces the front of the album but will also be on display at the release show. Check out a clip from a new documentary about Keeley, listen to two of their new songs, and try to win tickets to the Littlefield show at Brooklyn Vegan!

Hooray For Earth Announce Album Release Date and Tour

To follow up on their debut LP, Momo, Hooray For Earth will officially be releasing their full-length album, True Loves, on May 3rd, 2011 on Dovecote Records. The album is mainly the result of band leader Noel Heroux’s work, who wrote, recorded and produced 90% of the material it contains, with the other members of the band coming in to perfect their parts during a few sessions.

But before you can own True Loves, you can catch Hooray For Earth on tour this month with The Concretes. They’ll also be on the road later, in March, where they will be appearing at Austin’s South By South West Festival in between their shows with A Place To Bury Strangers. Check below for the exact dates.

Here are their upcoming tour dates:

01-14 Minneapolis, MN – The Triple Rock Social Club (with The Concretes)

01-15 Chicago, IL – The Empty Bottle

01-16 Detroit, MI – Magik Stick (with The Concretes)

01-17 Toronto, Ontario – The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern (with The Concretes)

01-18 Ottawa, Ontario – Mavericks (with The Concretes)

01-19 Montreal, Quebec – La Sala Rosa  (with The Concretes)

01-20 Boston, MA – Great Scott (with The Concretes)

01-22 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom (with The Concretes)

01-24 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s  (with The Concretes)

01-25 Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel (with The Concretes)

03-10 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade (with A Place To Bury Strangers)

03-11 Durham, NC – Motorco Music Hall (with A Place To Bury Strangers)

03-15 San Antonio, TX – Korova (with A Place To Bury Strangers)

03-16 Austin, TX – SXSW

03-17 Austin, TX – SXSW

03-18 Austin, TX – SXSW

03-19 Austin, TX – SXSW

03-22 Oxford, MS – Proud Larrys (with A Place To Bury Strangers)

03-23 Greenville, SC – The Handlebar (with A Place To Bury Strangers)

03-24 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar (with A Place To Bury Strangers)

Back Up North. Air Waves Interview.

Winter isn’t here yet and Air Waves are already mapping out pins for the new year. Air Waves is a music project created by Nicole Schneit, who has been undergoing a fluctuating capsule of transitioning band members and tasting the crowd of southern habitat. Still, her heart-warming lyrics and catchy head-bopping tunes set themselves apart from the uniformed nature of indie-pop.

It is known that you moved away to Austin at the end of this past summer, what brings you back to New York?

We have an album coming out really soon, so we thought it would be nice to play for a little bit before it is released.

What made you decide to move away from New York?

My girlfriend lives in Austin and we had been long-distance for about two years, so she was going to come here, but I have lived in New York my whole life, so I decided to move there. I’m coming back in February.

Did you grow up in the city?

I was raised in Nyack, New York, it’s about an hour away. I moved to the city and lived here for about eight years in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Have your writing techniques changed with the move?

I’d been playing more guitar and keyboard, because it’s a bit more accessible in the house. I’m trying out different instruments, which is really fun. I enjoy when people take on instruments they don’t really have an idea of how to play. When I play guitar it’s more of a repetition and me playing the same chords and songs, so I’ve been doing more experimenting than songwriting. It’s been less lyrical living in Austin so far.

Is it more difficult to write music in Brooklyn or Austin?

Neither, but in Austin I have more privacy.

How would you describe your music to someone from another planet and who has  never heard it before?

Another planet, like ET? (laughs)Minimal pop, or something similar to that.

With the departure of your last drummer, you have transitional band members, who writes most of the material?

I write the songs on my guitar and the lyrical content, then I bring it to the band and they  take off from there and come up with their part.

Do you have a new drummer on the rise?

We’re looking, no luck so far. We’re trying to figure out if we need someone who lives in Austin or in New York, and it’s difficult because we’re going to be touring a lot.

What do you enjoy about being a part of the CMJ?

It’s really cool to see all of my friends. Even though Austin feels like the music capital right now, nowhere else has as many bands and as much creativity as New York. Even in Austin, when I go to shows and play there, the same people go, I can only really play there once a month, not more than that. In New York, there is a different crowd every time.

You’re currently touring here, on the East Coast, where are you most excited about performing your tunes?

Vermont! I just love it , it’s so pretty there and I’m excited to drive through there this time of the year. I don’t even know anything about the venue.

Do you have plans to tour the West?

Yes, probably January or February.

What is your favorite song to perform  live?

Newest material is always the most fun to perform to see if people like it and share the freshness of it. Right now it’s this song “Ride.”

Which song do the fans ask the most for?

Definitely “Shine On.” I haven’t been playing it that much. (laughs)

How have you been adjusting to the music scene outside of New York?

It’s been very hard. I don’t really have band members there. I’ve played two shows with Adam from Yellow Fever. I can’t say I’ve totally found a nitch there yet. I’m just glad to be working on my music inside my home, playing in Austin will come later.

-Viktorsha Uliyanova

“Echotone,” the Movie. The Experience.

When I was a young teenager, I was obsessed with a little documentry called Hype! that was put out about the Seattle Grunge scene. I made everyone who came into my path watch it. And I mean everyone (sorry Grandpa!). I remember it made me feel excited about music and fall fully in love with every single aspect of it. No documentry has ever hit me like that until Friday afternoon when I attended a screening of the upcoming film Echotone. Looking around the room, everyone gave it their full attention as it captivated all of us.

Based on the Austin music scene in the present day, Echotone takes you on a ride with bands such as {{{Sunset}}}, Belaire, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, The Octopus Project, The White White Lights and more. Though there are other bands featured, the story is told for a good portion by Bill Baird of {{{Sunset}}}, Black Joe Lewis and Cari Palazzolo of Belaire. All three bring up different struggles in the Austin scene.

Baird, who was formerly in the now disbanded Sound Team, who released one album on Capitol Records, now plays in {{{Sunset}}}, a dreamy musical experience for your ears. He tells the tale of being screwed by the man, and then rebuilding himself as a musician. Lewis, delivers fish in the daytime and plays to packed crowds at night. Palazzolo struggles with not making Belaire a commercial band and trying to hold back at offers. She even makes the band’s cd covers by hand and tee shirts. In the midst of all of this, skyscrapers are being built around some of Austin’s best clubs for music, which to the artists, take away from the musical landscape. Neighbors complain about music from the venues blaring into their house, in which one man even refers to it as a form of “terrorism” (c’mon really??). It’s a struggle for the musicians on a daily basis. When the topic of SXSW is brought up, everyone seems less than thrilled that people are taking over their city for the week. Actually that could be an understatement. For the most part Baird and Palazzolo seem especially outraged by it.

Though the film is set in Austin, you do not have to live there to appreciate the scene. The live footage is specatacular, and the interviews and pieces with the musicians are very heartfelt and personal. You can tell how passionate they are about their music, and how much they want to share it, but still keep it very close to their heart without letting the outside elements exploit it in a fashion they see to be unfit. The music used throught the documentry flows perfectly as the story is told, shaping and molding it into a moving piece. It will make you appreciate music in a way that most people have forgotten.

The tale of Austin is far from over. Quite frankily, as the “Live Music Capital of the World,” it never will be.

Echotone comes out this Fall to the public. It was made by Nathan Christ in conjunction with Reversal Films.

Watch the trailer for the film below:

For more about Echotone visit the official site HERE

Bill Baird of {{{Sunset}}}


Black Joe Lewis