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SXSW 2011

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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.

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The Backyard First Look Festival

There are few better ways to spend a beautiful spring day than out at the new Backyard listening to great local live music.  On the lineup, Gary Clark Jr., Carolyn Wonderland, Malford Milligan, Dan Dyer, Stewart Mann & the Statesboro Revue, WC Clark, and many others.

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See more of Laura Lea’s photos here.

Photos by Laura Lea Nalle, all rights reserved.

 

ZZ Top at the new Backyard

ZZ Top live at The Backyard, Austin TX, April 2010

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The iconic Texas blues rock trio, ZZ Top, rock out the very first show at Austin’s new Backyard.

The Backyard, intersection of Stevie Ray and Willie Way

We are so glad The Backyard is back!  This iconic outdoor venue is the stuff of legends.  Now about a quarter mile from the original location, the new Backyard sits on 38 acres of beautiful hill country adjacent to Bee Cave Park.  While we didn’t see any 400 year old live oak trees for which the old location was so well known, we also didn’t see any oppressive strip malls encroaching on the pristine hill country landscape.  The new location is much more open, too, with views of the surrounding land and open to the big Texas sky.  The stage is placed in a natural amphitheater location, giving good views from just about anywhere you care to throw your picnic blanket.  The sound and lighting is fantastic, as you’d expect, and there’s a great lineup this season including the First Look Festival this coming weekend with tons of local favorites (like Carolyn Wonderland, Gary Clark Jr., Suzanna Choffel, Dan Dyer, and many more), the Gipsy Kings, Willie Nelson’s annual 4th of July Picnic, and Sheryl Crow (we hear Doyle Bramhall II, one of our all time favorites and co-producer of her upcoming album, will be on tour with her).

We are looking forward to many sunny afternoons and breezy nights under the stars listening to great music at The Backyard.  See you there!

You can see Laura Lea’s full gallery of ZZ Top photos here.

Photos by Laura Lea Nalle, all rights reserved.