posted by Mikala Jamison on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 4:20 PM
posted by K. Ross Hoffman on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 3:00 PM
Like Austin itself (every damn day, as I just heard someone remark), the South By Southwest Music Conference is metastasizing. Again. The yearly festival-cum-industry-blowout, featuring pretty much every band, pop star, singer, rapper, iOS app, corporate brand, etc. that you’ve ever heard of, and about ten times as many more that you haven’t — used to span exactly four days in mid-March; Wednesday through Saturday. Last year brought some unprecedented Tuesday night action, which this year has ballooned to fill over 46 official venues tonight (that’s as compared to nearly 100 official venues, for instance, tomorrow night.) And even Monday, while not (yet) an official Music conference day, had enough to keep me plenty entertained as well. It’s Tuesday. This is gonna be a long week.
posted by Chris Sikich on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 2:30 PM
Last weekend, Throwing Muses regaled the New York citizenry with their rousing primal rock of the intellect at the Bowery Ballroom. At the sold-out Saturday show, the Muses took the crowd on a ride through their most recent masterpiece, 2013’s 32-track Purgatory/Paradise, and more familiar territory of the past.
For the majority of the show, the group unlocked the brilliance of Purgatory/Paradise. There was a payoff for this inundation of the new: founding member Tanya Donelly, who left the Muses in 1991, reunited with the band for this tour.
posted by Chris Sikich on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 1:30 PM
Last Friday, two behemoths of rock met for a magnificent concert: Paul Simon and Sting. For two and a half hours, they played side-by-side and did some songs solo before an enthusiastic crowd at Wells Fargo Center. Opening with "Brand New Day" and "Boy in the Bubble," Sting and Simon exchanged lyrics and guitar and bass licks. The arrangements, played by as many as 15 musicians, were both familiar and fresh, as with the lovely violin solo on "Driven to Tears."
posted by Chris Sikich on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 12:00 PM
One band people are sure to be excited to hear at SXSW this week is the Mary Timony-led three-piece Ex Hex. They will play Boot & Saddle on March 22, but this critic got an early immersion in their 1980s pop-rock earworm-laden sound Thursday at The Ottobar in Baltimore. (It was actually my second concert experience with the D.C. trio, as I saw them in December, as reviewed here.)
For 13 songs, they dazzled with lyrical hooks and guitar wizardry.
posted by Ed Newton on Monday, March 10, 2014 at 5:00 PM
posted by Ryan Briggs on Monday, March 10, 2014 at 4:30 PM
posted by Ryan Briggs on Monday, March 10, 2014 at 3:00 PM
After years of filing complaints about an illegal garbage dump located adjacent to her property, Erika Rose spent the weekend watching garbage trucks haul away tons of debris from the vacant lot next door.
It was a little surreal — some of the trucks were owned by Donald Plummer, the same man who had illegally filled the land with garbage in the first place.
posted by A.D. Amorosi on Friday, March 07, 2014 at 3:19 PM
I know that Nick Kroll’s Comedy Central show Kroll Show just got renewed for a third season, and that everyone is into its Philadelphia/Pittsburgh bit. Just imagine if Kroll and co. was actually funny and wrote amusing, unique lines with dynamic delivery. He’d really be onto something.
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