Before heading to SXSW, U.K. imports, The Brute Chorus, is heading to Piano’s in New York City to play a one night only event (And first ever North American show!) with Sharen. The critically acclaimed Brutes have been gaining attention from the likes of CMJ,, NME, and the BBC, just to name a few. We have an exclusive BRUTE CHORUS Tee Shirt for you to win to show your love for the band. Please E-mail “” with “Brute Chorus Contest” in the subject line. Please give your NAME, ADDRESS and TEE SHIRT size. All entries close Tuesday, March 9th at 11:59pm.

In the meantime, take a peak at this exclusive live video below the group has posted on their IndieGoGo page. Also take time out to donate to these fine lads who are about to head to SXSW. For more info plus a live video of “My Testament,” head HERE.



THE BRUTE CHORUS Are Prepared to Bring Their Unique Brand of Indie Rock to the States!

British indie rock sensations, THE BRUTE CHORUS, are finally making their way to the United States!

On the verge of announcing several official SXSW showcases, THE BRUTE CHORUS are ready to take to the stage for their first American shows. THE BRUTE CHORUS are James Steel, Nick Foots, Mark Austin and Dave Ferrett. The band cut their teeth with a residency at Camden’s infamous Hawley Arms, a watering hole popular at the time with the likes of Amy Winehouse and Kate Moss. Championed at a very early stage by The BBC and NME Magazine THE BRUTE CHORUS’ wild blend of garage rock, blues, and folk music with lyrics populated with characters from Greek mythology and Grimm’s fairytales quickly broke the indie guitar band mould. Their accessible sound has so far managed to escape any generalized genre pigeon-holing as they have gone on to carve out their own genuine, word-of-mouth buzz from their frenzied live shows.

And what shows! The band have taken it to the people gig by gig across Britain and Europe and have surely proved they can keep up with the big boys through their many support shows for acts as diverse as ART BRUT, IDA MARIA, THE WOODENTOPS, MARTHA WAINWRIGHT, and THE RUMBLESTRIPS. Their live rep has seen them stand out among the crowd at almost every British music festival of the last three years and they even recorded their debut album LIVE, in one take at London’s prestigious Roundhouse venue.

At the end of 2010 the band had released their sophomore album, How the Caged Bird Sings, to further critical acclaim from the likes of NME, Drowned in Sound, Clash Magazine, Artrocker, The Fly, Zane Lowe, Marc Riley and Steve Lamacq among others. The band’s popularity on radio was boosted when they became Artists in Residence on John Kennedy’s XFM show for a whole week at the start of 2011 where the famed DJ played live session tracks alongside album cuts, highlighting the standard of the band’s live performance and raw rock n’ roll spirit. They’ve also performed live sessions for Radio1 and Radio 6 whilst on TV Channel 4 screened a mini-doc on the band featuring clips of them playing live in Glasgow. Videos for the likes of ‘Birdman’ (Single of the Week on Kerrang! Radio and Q Radio) received heavy rotations on blogs around the globe as well as being aired on MTV Iggy here in the US. Everyone certainly wants a piece of THE BRUTE CHORUS, and now it’s time to get yours.

With such a reputation for their stellar live shows, you can check out what THE BRUTE CHORUS has to offer by getting a glimpse of their live footage from The Roundhouse in Camden, featuring the unbelievably catchy song “All the Pilgrims.” Make room on your SXSW schedule to check out THE BRUTE CHORUS live. You will NOT want to miss these shows.

Shit Robot Debuts Hot Chip Remix

Hot Chip’s Alex Taylor has remixed Shit Robot’s track “Losing My Patience” (which he conveniently lent vocals to on the original). The remix is part of the new Shit Robot single, which features the original version of “Losing My Patience.”

Along with Hot Chip’s remix, the single features a Unabombers’ remix and a dub version. The single will be out April 18th on DFA records. You can hear the Hot Chip remix below.

Shit Robot debuted a visual-heavy live performance at this year’s SXSW, dubbed the “Shit Robot Show”. He continued the moment throughout March, stopping by Terminal 5 to help send of LCD Soundsystem last week.

O’Death Tour The Globe

Brooklyn band O’Death are back on the road in support of their latest release, Outside, which will be available via Ernest Jenning Record Company on April 19th. The band just returned from SXSW, only to head right back out on the open road. They are undertaking a ginormous world tour that has stops ranging from California to Germany.

The group has also put out a new song from the album. You can listen to “Alamar” right here.

If you want to check out O’Death, you can see them on the road:

Tuesday, Apr. 5 – Pueblo, CO @ Red Raven Gallery w/ Sasquatch, The Haunted Windchimes

Wednesday, Apr. 6 – Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre

Thursday, Apr. 7 – Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium

Friday, Apr. 8 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club w/ Grandchildren

Saturday, Apr. 9 – Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen w/ Grandchildren

Monday, Apr. 11 – Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop w/ The Hollows, Grandchildren

Tuesday, Apr. 12 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Thunderbird Cafe w/ Grandchildren

Wednesday, Apr. 13 – Grantham, PA @ Messiah College

Thursday, Apr. 14 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie w/ Grandchildren

Friday, Apr. 15 – Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory w/ Grandchildren

Saturday, Apr. 16 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott

Wednesday, Apr. 27 – Dublin, Ireland @ the Workman’s Club

Thursday, Apr. 28 – Cork, Ireland @ Crane Lane Theatre

Friday, Apr. 29 – Clonakilty, Ireland @ De Barras

Saturday, Apr. 30- Galway, Ireland @ Kelly’s Bar & Lounge

Monday, May 2 – London, UK @ Cargo

Wednesday, May 4 – Paris, France @ La Fleche d’Or

Thursday, May 5 – Luzern, Switzerland @ Vasco da Gama, Frigorex

Friday, May 6 – Schaffhausen, Switzerland @ Tap Tab

Saturday, May 7 – Zürich, Switzerland @ El Lokal

Sunday, May 8 – Schorndorf, Germany @ Manfaktur

Monday, May 9 – Munich, Germany @ Feierwerk

Wednesday, May 11 – Prague, Czech Republic @ K4

Thursday, May 12 – Dresden, Germany @ Beatpol

Friday, May 13 – Leipzig, Germany @ Conne Island

Saturday, May14 – Berlin, Germany @ Privatclub

Monday, May 16 – Hamburg, Germany @ Molotow

Tuesday, May 17 – Nuremberg, Germany @ MuZ

Wednesday, May 18 – Cologne, Germany @ Studio 672

So Good They Almost Induce A Riot

One of the last performances of this year’s SXSW ended on a bit of a sour note.

The first reunion show from Death From Above 1979, on a late SXSW Saturday night, erupted in gate-crashing and flare-ups between police and fans.

According to Spinner, about twenty minutes into the band’s set the gate around the venue went down under fan pressure. The police began to assemble and the band quit playing, warning the fans that they would only continue after everyone had calmed down.

After a couple tense minutes, the crowd calmed down and the band hurriedly finished its set, after which the audience was quickly dispersed. It just serves as a reminder that at SXSW, you never know what’s going to happen.

SXSW 2011 Wrap Up

The Flashbacks

While SXSW is generally for the unknown discoveries, there were of course some blast from the past sets. Nineties revival at it’s peak lately, the real nineties rolled through Austin with a live performance by Meat Puppets at Waterloo Records. Going through all their past hits as well as newer cuts from their upcoming album, Lollipop to a very sunburned audience, the band has aged well musically with experience and possibly made some new fans who hadn’t gone deeper into their discography. That said, while Meat Puppets gained fans, The Bangles certainly lost some at SXSW. After nearly an hour wait for the iconic pop band finally came out on stage at Cedar Street Courtyard. Losing half the crowd to go see TV on the Radio, The Bangles may have lost some fans’ eternal flames, however playing a generally solid set to the restless crowd.


hip hop: kanye west, lil b + diddy + ofwkta, grillade + big krit, wiz khalifa

house shows: secret mountains / mazes

flash backs: meat puppets, the bangles

big names: james blake, tv on the radio

collabs nite jewel + dam funk

overseas: Pacific!, BRAHMS, boxer rebellion, summer camp

la sera, dirty beaches, foster the people, naked and famous, gobble gobble, twin shadow, darwin deez, tristen, cloud nothings,

The House Shows

A huge draw for my trip to Austin, was the fact that so many locals opened up their homes and backyard to strangers and bands. While, they do get a little weird, that’s all part of their charm. From home brewed kegs to taco bars in people’s kitchens, Austin’s true hospitality shines through with these shows. Amongst the slew of nameless local bands which seemed to focus on either heavy psych rock or loud noise jam bands, there were shining gems of touring bands that made appearances as well. Baltimore band Secret Mountains (formerly The Owls Go) played several sets throughout the week,

The Hype Bands

The bands everybody has “got to see”, the ones on the top of the blogosphere charts, the ones that will hit mainstream and you “knew about it before everybody else” or ultimately fade into the past without notice or a second album. Cults/tennis/