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05 Apr

SXSW is the craziest, busiest music festival in the country. In addition to all the networking, conferences, industry panels, you have concerts.. during the day, night, and overnight. Then there are parties, during the day, night and overnight and super late night/early morning. Over the next few days, we’ll have some recap posts for you as well as some features on specific shows and exclusive interviews! Stay tuned!

We arrived into Austin late afternoon on Wednesday the 17th. If you have any questions as to whether Austin is a music town, there was a SXSW banner at the escalator at the airport and statues of guitars near the baggage claim.

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Upon getting into downtown, we headed immediately over to our Manic Fest Destiny Party which featured over 40 bands! The event was a massive success thanks to Tijuana Gift Shop, Exotic Recordings, Sideways Media, and Half Door Records. Not only was the event at the extravagant Belmont, it was free and open to the public. Some of the stand out bands included Austin’s own The Black And White Years. The Black And White Years are super catchy indie dance rock slightly reminiscent of Tears For Fears. Check out some photos below thanks to Bridget Maher of

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We also caught The Art Of Shooting who remind us of Tori Amos/Poe if they rocked out a little harder. A highlight of the band’s set was catching their cover of Queen’s “Fat Bottomed Girls.” Make sure to catch them at Piano’s in NYC on April 27th for their CD release show!





Next, we saw Middle Distance Runner from Washington, DC. Think of Arcade Fire with a little more fire and soul. Check out some photos below and make sure to catch them Tuesday April 6th at Jammin Java as they compete to perform at DC101′s Chili Cookoff in May.




The last band that we caught at our awesome Manic Fest Destiny Party was California’s own Vanaprasta. If Kings Of Leon were from Silver Lake, they’d sound like Vanaprasta. Expect big things from these guys this year. Catch them next April 9th at the Beauty Bar in San Diego.


In order to make sure that we caught a little bit of everything, we went over to the Speakeasy to see Tabi Bonney who was great. For rockers like us, Tabi Bonney was a lot of fun to watch. He’s not hardcore rap but alternative hip hop. (apologies for the low quality cell phone pic!)



A little later in the Kabaret room at Speakeasy, we tried to see/hear the mad hyped Madlib. Unfortunately, the place was so packed and the volume was so low that we didn’t really get to truly enjoy the experience. Either way, it was cool to catch some different music.


To say that we were beat from our connecting flights and over 7 hours of music would be an understand. Stay tuned for Day 2 coverage.

16 Mar

On March 16th, Kate Miller-Heidke will release her US debut LP Curiouser.

“We had no songs,” she said. “What we had was a huge burst of inspiration. We went into this album with a vision. We mapped out how we wanted it to sound; the aesthetic, the spirit of it. Experimental, hooky, unashamedly pop . . . we wanted to exploit everything that’s unique about my music.”

“We” includes Kate’s partner in life and music, husband/guitarist/collaborator Keir Nuttall.

Recording with Los Angeles producer Mickey Petralia (Beck, Peaches, eels, Dandy Warhols), who had the right mix of humor, enthusiasm and weird old electronic stuff to offer the new tunes, Miller-Heidke, Nuttall, bassist Ben McCarthy and drummer Steve Pope spent two months crafting Curiouser. With his strict 4pm to 4am shifts (with no days off), Petralia’s studio wizardry turned out to be the perfect galvanising force for Miller-Heidke’s and and Nuttall’s carefully detailed home demos.

“To me,” she said, “it sounds like a modern album, a forward-looking album.” To everyone else, however, it sounds like one of the best Australian records in recent memory – a set embraced by an enthusiastic audience and one lauded with critical acclaim.

“Mickey thought Curiouser was a noun, something that made you more curious – that’s what made up my mind about the title. Wouldn’t it be great if people listened to this album and it made them curiouser?”

Check out Kate Miller-Heidke during SXSW Wednesday March 17 at 3:30pm at our Manic Fest Destiny Party (RSVP HERE)

Download the single “Politics In Space” here or stream it below:



March 15*Joe’s Pub*7PM
SXSW – Austin, TX
March 17*Dakota Lounge*Manic Fest Destiny Party (afternoon)
March 18*Antone’s*SIN Sony Music International party
March 18*Hotel Café at The Parish*official SXSW showcase (evening)
March 19*Troubadour Saloon*All Together Now Showcase
March 20*Maggie Mae’s*Aussie BBQ/official SXSW showcase

April – opening for Ben Folds & playing Coachella!
April 6*Boston, MA*House of Blues
April 7*Bridgeport, CT*The Klein
April 9*Montclair, NJ*Wellmont Theatre
April 10*Hershey, PA*Hershey Theatre
April 12*New York, NY*Town Hall
April 13*New York, NY*Town Hall
April 16*Indio, CA*Coachella
April 18*Dayton OH*University of Dayton
April 19*Chicago, IL*Vic Theatre
April 20*Chicago, IL*Vic Theatre
April 21*Chicago, IL*Vic Theatre

15 Mar

“When California’s Noah Engh is finger-smacking the hell out of a resonator guitar and rasping through a distorted mic, it often builds up to a one-man acoustic psychobilly show. His well-traveled-greaser look fits the bill, but his slide-guitar playing is a runaway smelter of blues, country, and melodic rags. There’s a good, sparse Delta-blues base to it all, but at his best, Engh can fire off some impressive bursts of energy from his seat onstage.” “Lordy, Noah Engh might just be the dirtiest, rawest performer found on Dirty Hippie Radio! (Dirty Jeff – At the Cat Club sunday night in Hollywood, in between jive-talking rants flavored with whiskey, Noah Engh, the maniacal one man show, was picking and sliding the hell out his guitar like a man who’s sold his soul at the crossroads. Somehow, he convinced the devil to throw in an electric boot too. Yeah, an amplified boot heel for some serious stage stomping. If this guy couldn’t stomp his foot, he’d likely explode; however, from stomping his foot so much, it is said that he couldn’t walk from the shin splints. Throw in a $6 ‘MacGyvered‘ CB mic, some cigarettes, more whiskey to wash down the smoke, a dirty Captain Beefheart/Howlin’ Wolf-esque voice, and you’ve got what I would venture to describe as a crazy, blues screaming, jive ranting, dark doppelganger Doug MacLeod character: Noah Engh, The Kid Fantastic – parents, hide your daughters. Canadian parents, you’re fine for another year and half until Noah’s ban from touring illegally throughout your country is lifted. ~Dirty Jeff Catch his show. It’s real, raw, funny, good, and different.”

Check out Noah Engh during SXSW Wednesday March 17 at 2:00pm at our Manic Fest Destiny Party (RSVP HERE)

Mar 17 2010 2:00P Manicfest Destiny @ The Belmont Austin, Texas
Mar 20 2010 8:00P Fitzgerald’s w/ Los Skarnales Houston, Texas
May 28 2010 8:00P Lions Lair Denver, Colorado
May 29 2010 8:00P Replay Lounge Lawrence, Kansas
Jun 2 2010 8:00P The Frequency Madison, Wisconsin
Jun 3 2010 8:00P Palmers Minneapolis, Minnesota
Jun 4 2010 8:00P The White Horse St. Cloud, Minnesota

15 Mar

Danny Ross is piano-pop rocked out. An expressive singer, pianist and multi-instrumentalist with a strong discipline in classic pop songwriting, Danny Ross combines Beatlesque hooks with personal and inventive lyrics to create a fresh brand of alternative pop.

The debut LP four years in the works, Danny Ross Presents One Way, was self-released on October 6, 2009. Inspired by the great conceptual albums of rock history from The Who’s Tommy to Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Ross shares his personal account of young adulthood in America through a thirteen-track journey of highly textured pop songs. Ranging from the intimacy of the first single, “Forgive Me Love,” a duet with singer Joely Pittman, to orchestral ‘Wall of Sound’ arrangements, Ross touches upon nearly all the cornerstones of pop music to tell his story. Written, arranged and co-produced by the artist, One Way is an ambitious new release and was performed in its entirety with a fifteen-piece band at the Record Release Show on September 12th, 2009 in New York City’s St. Mark’s Church.

A current Brooklyn resident, Danny Ross, 25, grew up in Long Island, New York inspired by the craft and melody of 60s pop and soul music. Self-taught on piano and guitar in his early teens, Ross went on to study jazz piano at London’s Goldsmiths College before creating the Popular Music Composition and Performance major at Cornell University. There, Ross worked with professors in music and poetry over a year’s time to write and arrange the first incarnation of One Way, performing it live with a seventeen piece band in April 2006 for hundreds of students. The Cornell Daily Sun declared his work “a masterpiece” and “an album for our era,” and Ross received Summa Cum Laude honors.

Introducing Danny Ross! [EP] was released in the summer of 2007 to a generation hungry for sophisticated yet accessible pop music. Featured in The New Yorker, The New York Post ‘Page Six,’ Yahoo News, Newsday, Time Out New York, The New York Daily News, and Brooklyn Vegan, Ross has been packing rooms and playing residencies with his eight-piece band and horn section at New York City venues like Pianos, The Living Room and Rockwood Music Hall. In the space of two years, he’s accumulated over 30,000 MySpace hits, released a successful music video for “I Can’t Wait” as featured in CMJ, and was a Williamsburg Live Songwriting Contest Finalist. But from nine to five, Ross lives a very different life as a staffer for US Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), and he credits his day-job for providing him with the organization needed to be a successful DIY artist and manager. He even performed with You-Tube phenomenon “Obama Girl” at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

With all that he’s accomplished so far in his young career as an inspired songwriter and composer, a dynamic singer and performer, and a rising presence in the New York City music scene, Danny Ross is now introducing himself to the world.

Check out Danny Ross during SXSW Wednesday March 17 at 6:30pm at our Manic Fest Destiny Party (RSVP HERE)

Mar 17 2010 6:30P Manic Fest Destiny @ The Belmont Austin, Texas
Mar 19 2010 2:45P Playing in Traffic Records Showcase @ Clive Bar (SXSW) Austin, Texas
Mar 19 2010 11:00P Danny Ross Party w/ The Wink Winks @ Shakespeare’s Pub (SXSW) Austin, Texas
Mar 27 2010 8:00P Rockwood Music Hall New York, New York
Apr 1 2010 8:00P Songwriters Hall of Fame Artist Showcase @ The Bitter End New York, New York
Apr 24 2010 9:00P The Living Room New York, New York
May 15 2010 10:00P Pianos New York, New York

15 Mar

Austin, TX is home to The Black and White Years but Scott Butler, John Aldridge and Landon Thompson, actually met while attending Nashvilleʼs Belmont University in 2005. They performed together under a few band names before moving to Austin and settling into the electro-dance-rock sound that defines the The Black and White Years.

In 2007, they played their first SXSW Festival. Their “official” showcase was in the parking lot of Opal Devineʼs, far from the SXSW epicenter of 6th Street and Red River. B&WY were the first of a five-band line-up and when they took the stage there were exactly seven people in the audience. But, one of those seven people was once upon a time Talking Head and Modern Lover, Jerry Harrison.

Harrison was captivated by the bandʼs performance and over the rest of the weekend he visited their rehearsal space where the Years performed all of their songs for him. Five weeks later they were in Harrisonʼs San Francisco bay area studio, Sausalito Sound, recording what would become the bandʼs eponymous debut album, The Black And White Years. The band did not have a drummer at the time that the album was recorded as they had opted for the precision of programmed rhythms. Harrison recruited Steve Ferrone to lay down the drums tracks for the album. In 2008, Billy Potts joined the band as full time live drummer.

Fast forward, to SXSW 2009. The Black and White Years are the epitome of a SXSW dream come true. At the Austin Music Awards, the annual show that kicks of the SXSW Music Festival by recognizing excellence in the Austin music community, the band is the big winner for the year with FIVE awards including Best New Band, Song of the Year –“Power to Change,” Best Rock Band, Bass Player of the Year –John Aldridge, and Producer of the Year. They also play a series of well-attended showcases topped by the BMI Showcase where they share the bill with DEVO and Tricky.

The band’s song, “Power to Change,” has quietly received a fair amount of national attention via modern rock specialty airplay and college radio but also went the distance at WEQX/Albany (#1 for four weeks), KROX/Austin (Top 10 and #1 Requests) and full time adds at stations like CD-101/Columbus, Indie 103.1/Los Angeles.

A new video for the song, “Zeroes and Ones,” has just been released and although the band has appeared at CMJ and Austin City Limits, and done some limited touring in the Midwest and Northeast, they will embark on their first national tour this year.

Check out The Black & White Years during SXSW Wednesday March 17 at 6:00pm at our Manic Fest Destiny Party (RSVP HERE)

Mar 15 2010 10:00P Found Footage Fest @ CLUB DEVILLE Austin, Texas
Mar 16 2010 10:00P The Parish Presents Welcome to the Jungle – FREE SHOW! Austin, Texas
Mar 17 2010 6:00P Manic Fest Destiny Party @ The Belmont Austin, Texas
Mar 18 2010 1:00A SXSW: ASCAP SHOWCASE @ Dirty Dog Bar Austin, Texas
Mar 18 2010 2:00P High Five Party @ ELYSIUM Austin, Texas
Mar 20 2010 5:00P Obscure Magpie Party @ Encore Austin, Texas
Mar 21 2010 6:00P Six Stages Over Texas, 60 Band Benefit for Yéle Haiti Austin, Texas

15 Mar

Only Living Boy eats raw hearts for breakfast. Fueled by life’s stunning brokenness, the band’s distinct rock sound offers listeners an authentic and poignant experience. The trio’s unrivaled style is a combination of psych rock inherited from their parents’ vinyl and the alternative rock of their own MTV adolescence, woven together with threads of jam, blues, reggae and punk. Thanks to its hometown’s suspension between the woods of Pennsylvania and the concrete of New York City, Only Living Boy’s northwestern New Jersey roots help define its sound and attitude—organic with an edge.

Lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter Joe Cirotti, drummer Trevor Newcomb and bassist Eric Curley have played together in different incarnations since prepubescent basement jams. In 2005, they united as Rabid Roy, playing hundreds of gigs throughout New Jersey and New York.

In 2008, the band reinvented itself as Only Living Boy. The change represented a significant shift in attitude, songwriting and musicianship. With newfound motivation and an evolved sound, Only Living Boy recorded its insightful and provocative self-titled album, which debuted August 16, 2008. Following the release, the trio quickly began touring, playing such venues as The Knitting Factory (NYC), The Stone Pony (Asbury Park, NJ), Nectar’s (Burlington, VT), 123 Pleasant St (Morgantown, WV), The Soapbox (Wilmington, NC), Castaways (Ithaca, NY), Public Assembly (Brooklyn, NY), The Saint (Asbury Park, NJ), Preservation Pub (Knoxville, TN), Mexicali Blues (Teaneck, NJ), Cousin Larry’s (Danbury, CT), Tasty World (Athens, GA), Dante’s (Frostburg, MD), The Empty Glass (Charleston, WV), Lucky’s (Madison, WI), Big Shot’s (Clearwater, FL), HiFi Concert Club (Lakewood, OH), 10 High (Atlanta, GA). The band has shared bills with artists including former Sheryl Crow guitarist and cowriter Todd Wolfe (Easton, PA), April Smith (Brooklyn, NY), Lionize (Silver Spring, MD), Hero Pattern (Rockaway, NJ), The Loft (Nashville, TN), The Midgetmen (Austin, TX) and Dressy Bessy (Denver, CO).

Check out Only Living Boy during SXSW Wednesday March 17 at 4:30pm at our Manic Fest Destiny Party (RSVP HERE)

Mar 17 2010 4:30P The Belmont Austin, Texas
Mar 17 2010 8:00P Manic-Fest Destiny at The Belmont Austin, Texas
Mar 18 2010 12:00P sxsw Austin, Texas
Mar 19 2010 12:00P sxsw Austin, Texas
Mar 19 2010 6:00P Cafe Caffeine Austin, Texas
Mar 20 2010 12:00P sxsw Austin, Texas
Mar 21 2010 12:00P sxsw Austin, Texas
Mar 22 2010 8:00P TBA New Orleans, Louisiana
Mar 23 2010 9:00P The M at Matthew’s Birmingham, Alabama
Mar 24 2010 10:00P The Buccaneer Memphis, Tennessee
Mar 25 2010 9:00P The Basement Nashville, Tennessee
Mar 26 2010 9:00P Empty Glass Charleston, West Virginia
Mar 27 2010 9:00P Dante’s Frostburg, Maryland
Apr 6 2010 8:00P Wonder Bar Asbury Park, New Jersey
Apr 10 2010 8:00P Joe Cirotti SOLO @ Tumulty’s New Brunswick, New Jersey
Apr 16 2010 10:00P Court Tavern New Brunswick, New Jersey
Apr 24 2010 10:00P Pearly Baker’s Easton, Pennsylvania
Apr 30 2010 9:30P Bar46 Hackettstown, New Jersey

15 Mar

In today’s music market, it takes a truly unique voice to command the attention of listeners. Chicago native, Andrew Ripp, combines a voice that invokes both vulnerability and soul with a talent for undeniable hooks.

Operating independently of a label, Ripp focuses on touring and has shared the stage with Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Fiction Family (Jon Foreman of Switchfoot and Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek), Hanson, Dave Barnes, and Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers. Ripp and his band recently spent a month overseas performing for the U.S. troops stationed abroad in the UK, Mediterranean, and Middle East.

On his debut album Fifty Miles to Chicago, Ripp aimed to create an organic album reminiscent of those made in the 70’s and by artists like Otis Redding, Bob Dylan, and Hank Williams. Musicians Pete Maloney (Dishwalla, Tonic), keyboard player Will Hollis (Eagles), and steel guitar player Eric Heywood (Ray LaMontagne) were brought in to help create a timeless record based around Ripp’s rhythmic guitar playing and soulful voice. From the electricity of the full-band backed, organ-driven groove of “Get Your Smile On”, to the solo acoustic guitar and vocals of “It’s All Good”, and the heart-wrenching rock ballad of “Dresden Wine”, Ripp does just that.

Check out Andrew Ripp during SXSW Saturday March 20 at 12:25pm at our Manic Fest Destiny Party (RSVP HERE)


15 Mar

Singer-songwriter Todd Wright spent the early part of this century with his band GetawayCar who’s song “Superstar” was the soundtrack for the 2003 Pontiac Vibe. The band had to turn down the opening slot at the legendary HFStival in their hometown of Washington, DC when Todd landed a gig playing guitar with then-Atlantic Recording Artist Lucy Woodward. He spent most of 2003 with Lucy promoting her debut album “While You Can” in the US, Japan and New Zealand. From 2004-2006 Todd was the touring keyboardist/guitarist with the Pat McGee Band in support of their Warner Brothers release “Save Me.” In addition to these artists Todd has been a fill in guitarist for Sony/Or artist Adam Richman and Better Than Ezra. In late 2006 Wright left the touring world focus on writing and producing. He has written songs for Aaron Barnhart (Bonded/Universal), Courage Call (Epitaph), Lucy Woodward (Verve), Chelsea Lee (Atlantic), Pat McGee (Rockwood) and Toby Lightman (T Killa). He also worked on a song being recorded by the 2009 winner of X Factor Holland Lisa Hordijk for her upcoming Sony release.

Check out Todd Wright during SXSW Wednesday March 17 at 1:15pm at our Manic Fest Destiny Party (RSVP HERE)

15 Mar

Vanaprasta formed in December of 2008, and the Los Angeles/Silver Lake experimental rock quintet has already generated a swift buzz through their blood-stirring live act and critically acclaimed debut Forming the Shapes EP. The band recently earned an LA Times Top Pick, and designated their forthcoming LP Healthy Geometry as one of the most anticipated albums of 2010.

Vanaprasta – Collin Desha, Steven Wilkin, Taylor Brown, Cameron Dmytryk, and Ben Smiley – traveled to Portland to record the bulk of their album over the summer and fall of 2009. The band released Forming the Shapes EP as a precursor to these sessions on March 2nd. The 3 song EP showcases “their dramatic blend of churning rhythms, bright riffage and glowing imagery” (Kevin Bronson,

Vanaprasta‘s live shows and recorded tracks feature aggressive guitar interaction, abrupt shifts in tempo and time signature, tandem drumming, and soaring vocals. The band is influenced by various sounds, such as the bluesy monstrous riffs of Dark Side of the Moon to the slurred guitar of The Moon & Antarctica. Their sound also draws influence from the driving rhythms of Silent Alarm, the funk of bloodsugarsexmagik, and the raw three part guitarmonies from The Bends.

Check out Vanaprasta during SXSW Wednesday March 17 at 8:15pm at our Manic Fest Destiny Party (RSVP HERE)

Mar 17 2010 6:00P SXSW – RedGorilla Showcase at Cuba Libre Austin, Texas
Mar 17 2010 8:00P SXSW – Manic Fest Destiny Showcase @ The Belmont (Main Stage) Austin, Texas
Mar 18 2010 8:00P SXSW Austin, Texas
Mar 19 2010 1:00P SXSW – Triple Crown Tattoo Parlor @ 1157 Chicon St. Austin, Texas
Mar 20 2010 8:00P SXSW Austin, Texas
Mar 30 2010 7:00P The Roxy West Hollywood, California
Apr 9 2010 9:00P Beauty Bar San Diego, California

15 Mar

Big Light is a rock band from San Francisco. Formed by singer/guitarist Fred Torphy and drummer Bradly Bifulco in 2007 as a vehicle to get Fred’s songs into the world, the band achieved instant recognition and legitimacy with the early addition of bass player Steve Adams. A fixture in the Bay Area music scene and founding member of pop/rock jam stars ALO, here Adams gets to flex his rock & roll muscles. “I’m definitely turning my amp up and using more fuzz” he says. “One thing I really love about Big Light is its true garage rock sound. It’s gritty in all the right ways” continues Adams.

Inspired by contemporary bands like My Morning Jacket, The Slip, Dr. Dog and Wilco, more than specific stylistic similarities, it’s a mindset that Big Light shares with these acts. “We’re always looking to keep things as sonically interesting as possible” says bandleader Torphy. “But it all needs to come back to serve the song.” In other words, Big Light is catchy enough to land on the radio but adventurous enough to engage those who refuse to listen to it. And when it comes to the live show, anything goes; so don’t be surprised to see kids singing-along one moment and freaking out to a ten-minute jam the next.

Check out Fred Torphy of Big Light during SXSW Wednesday March 17 at 8:45pm at our Manic Fest Destiny Party (RSVP HERE)


Mar 18 2010 8:00P SXSW Austin, Texas
Mar 19 2010 8:00P SXSW Austin, Texas
Mar 20 2010 8:00P SXSW Austin, Texas
Apr 8 2010 11:00P Crystal Bay Casino Crystal Bay, Nevada
Apr 14 2010 9:00P Coopers Nevada City, California