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Archive for March, 2011

SXSW 2011

Raphael SaadiqCharles Bradley & the Menahan Street BandCharles Bradley & the Menahan Street BandGhost of the Saber Tooth TigerYoko Ono

Yoko Ono Plastic Ono BandCharles Bradley & the Menahan Street Band

TV on the RadioThe Strokes

Full review coming soon…

See Laura Lea’s full gallery of SXSW 2011 here.

Photos by Laura Lea Nalle, all rights reserved.

 

SXSW Preview

SXSW Film & Interactive is in full swing, and with Music just around the corner, we wanted to offer a quick preview of some of the artists we can’t wait to see.

Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic ZerosThe Backyard First Look FestivalRaphael Saadiq live at Austin Music Hall, SXSW 2010 photo by Laura Lea Nalle

There are, naturally, tons of Austin artists worth seeing, and if you’re in from out of town, please take the time to see some of the awesome talent we enjoy in Austin year round!  Among our favorites are Guy Forsyth, Carolyn Wonderland, Gary Clark Jr., Sahara Smith, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, T Bird & the Breaks, Suzanna Choffel, Joe Ely, Eliza Gikyson, Lincoln Durham, Ray Bonneville, and Gurf Morlix.  Our friends over at Music Fog hold it down all weekend at Threadgills showcasing some of the best local talent, so stop by, grab some food and enjoy the show.  And of course there is an abundance of awesomeness coming in from out of town.  Some of the ones we look forward to seeing the most are Fitz & the Tantrums, Ivan & Aloysha, Raphael Saadiq, The Head & The Heart, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Lupe Fiasco, Charles Bradley & the Menahan Street Band, and Yoko Ono.  Alex Ebert, front man of the eleven piece ensemble Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, is performing under a new solo project called Alexander.  We still remember with vivid fondness seeing Ed Sharpe for the first time at 4am on the last night of SXSW two years ago.  No one outside of LA knew who they were, and clearly their flavor of musical magic proved to be infectious beyond belief.  They have blown up like wild fire, and we look forward to seeing what they do in various other arrangements and incarnations.  There are, of course, hundreds of bands we haven’t mentioned, and we look forward to randomly happening upon their showcases and being blown away.  In fact, our favorite SXSW moments are the ones that spontaneously and serendipitously happen in the midst of all the craziness.  Have fun, stay in touch, and we’ll see you around town!

Photos: Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Gary Clark Jr., Raphael Saadiq

Written and photographed by Laura Lea Nalle, all right reserved.

See Laura Lea’s galleries of SXSW 2010 highlights and SXSW 2009 highlights.

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The Walkmen open the season at Stubb’s

Oh it feels good to be back at Stubb’s.  It’s our favorite of the larger capacity venues in Austin for a variety of reasons, and on a night like last night, it had everything to do with the beautiful breezy weather and awesome music.  We saw The Walkmen last year during SXSW and their show was one of the highlights for the entire festival.  We made a point to check them out as they came back through town for their sold out show at Stubb’s.  The Head and the Heart opened for The Walkmen, and what a revelation!  They are an amazing group with impeccable presence on stage.  Definitely worth checking them out when they come back for SXSW.

The WalkmenThe Walkmen

The Head & The HeartThe Head & The HeartThe Head & The Heart

See Laura Lea’s full galleries of The Head & The Heart and The Walkmen.