SXSW Wrapup: The Philly Videos From Austin

PW's music editor followed some of Philly's best musicians to Austin for the music festival. Here's how they sounded.

By Brian McManus
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AUSTIN, Texas -- South by Southwest is over for another year. But it will live on in our hearts and, of course, on Vimeo. Here's a roundup of Philly performances in Austin, as caught by PW music editor Brian McManus.

MR. LIF is still pissed off as ever about the current state of American life. (”People say to me all the time now, ‘Lif, why’d you make your new album so raw? Obama’s president. Why? Because shit is still fucked up! People are still losing their homes, their jobs, their health insurance!”)


Mr. Lif from Make Major Moves on Vimeo.

 

Up til now you’ve known Philly’s AMANDA BLANK as the skinny white girl dropping filthy, filthy verses on Spank Rock’s jams. But Blank’s got a new solo record coming out this summer, and a tour planned with Santigold in the works. Big thangs poppin’.


Amanda Blank, SXSW Interview from Make Major Moves on Vimeo.

 

There are a few things you notice about Bucks County rapper and soon to be mega-star ASHER ROTH when you meet him. 1) He’s tiny. Like Hobbit small. And when he shakes your hand, says “Hi, I’m Asher,” you feel you could break every tiny bone in his little tiny hand with just a modest amount of pressure. 2) He doesn’t dress like a rapper. This is part of his charm, of course. He’s Everyman. Everyman with an uncanny ability to rhyme.


Asher Roth, "I Love College" from Make Major Moves on Vimeo.

 

L.A.’s CRASH KINGS has a Philly drummer. They completely killed a cover of Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs.” No easy feat, considering the band has no guitars.


Crash Kings, "War Pigs" from Make Major Moves on Vimeo.

 

 

FREEWAY is planning a release on Minneapolis hip-hop label Rhymesayers with producer Jake One. The Stimulus Package will be out this August, and to get fans of the label hype Free stopped by the outdoor stage at Habana Bar Backyard for a rousing 30 minute set that included as-yet unheard tracks from Stimulus, classic cuts and songs his new-ish album, Free At Last.


Freeway from Make Major Moves on Vimeo.

 

 

Video proof THE DEATH SET bring the fiyah!


The Death Set from Make Major Moves on Vimeo.

 

For PW's full coverage of SXSW -- and the Philly music scene -- check out Make Major Moves.

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1. Joni said... on Mar 23, 2009 at 07:10PM

“What about DRINK UP BUTTERCUP? Anything from sxsw with that band ? They deserve to be seen - they are amazing performers!!! Love your videos of them
Joni from Philly”

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2. Brian McManus said... on Mar 23, 2009 at 07:25PM

“Joni,

We did a pre-SXSW thing with Drink Up. It's here:
http://music.pwblogs.com/2009/03/17/sxsw-ing-with-drink-up-buttercup/

Also, they did an interview while in Austin that's on YouTube posted by SonicBids:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qduZoAnHmJw

Thanks!

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