PW's music editor followed some of Philly's best musicians to Austin for the music festival. Here's how they sounded.
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!”)
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’.
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.
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.
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.
Video proof THE DEATH SET bring the fiyah!
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Amanda Blank, SXSW Interview 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’. In the [...]
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The parking garage across the street from Stubbs, where Metallica played, some three hours before the band took stage. Buy your copy today lest this entire “secret show” gimmick will be for not! The big shit deal (and worst kept secret in the world) yesterday was that Metallica was playing a surprise show to promote a video [...]
“I like to push it to the limits. I’m attending nine parties today. Will I enjoy them? No. I won’t have time. But will I be networking, meeting people that I need to meet and building my brand? Yes.” That’s the sort of thing someone will just say to you at SXSW. If you’re lucky you’ll [...]
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Philly rapper Reef the Lost Cauze is yet another local act heading down to Austin, Texas this week to tear it up at SXSW. We caught up with Reef this afternoon: What are you most looking forward to about SXSW? Hearing good music/terrible music with old friends and making some new friends along the way. What do you [...]
This week, the annual South By Southwest (SXSW) music festival gets underway in Austin, TX, with more than a thousand bands — some well-established, some hoping for comebacks, most of them fledgling and/or unsigned — descending upon the town to impress music industry bigwigs (if such people exist anymore). Several Philly acts are making the [...]
Music festivals may be biting the dust, but it looks like pretty smooth sailing for the annual South by Southwest Festival (SXSW) in Austin, Texas in March, which despite the presence of thousands of bands performing and schmoozing in the hopes of getting attention from record label reps, and fans flocking from all corners of [...]
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