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JuntoBox Films Party
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Awesomest Journalism Party. Ever.
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eventtype Unofficial Party
Are you coming to SXSW? Come join us for the Awesomest Journalism Party. Ever. Help us celebrate hijinks in news.
We've got innovators and instigators, booze and a live Austin band: Quiet Company.
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Ryan Michaels Band
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Artists Ryan Michaels Band
event::about Ryan Michaels Band is giving Nashville another reason to be known as Music City. Emerging from the exploding Tennesee rock scene, the bands signature sound and highly energetic performances are drawing comparisons to arena rockers Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen and Kings of Leon. Their brand of melodic, substance driven rock, heartfelt vocals and insight-fully crafted lyrics can be heard on their debut album "Life Is For The Living," which is currently receiving airplay on over 100+ radio stations around the country. In addition to their recent radio success, the group was recently featured on The MLB Network and is looking forward to a number of upcoming song placements in film and television. Ryan Michaels band kicks off their first national tour with performances to their fast-growing fan base at the Double Door in Chicago, The Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles, The House of Blues in Cleveland, San Francisco's Red Devil Lounge, The Rutledge in Nashville and a showcase at the official SXSW Music Festival in Austin.
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Artists Dead Sara
event::about MUSIC HISTORY IS RICH WITH ROCK BANDS FRONTED BY DYNAMIC DUOS. LOOKING TO CARRY ON THIS VITAL YIN AND YANG TRADITION (MINUS THE DRAMA SUCH CHEMISTRY OFTEN FUELS) ARE SINGER EMILY ARMSTRONG AND GUITARIST SIOUXSIE MEDLEY, WHO FRONT LOS ANGELES' DEAD SARA - AN ELECTRIFYING ROCK OUTFIT WHOSE SUPERCHARGED MUSIC IS PROPELLED BY MEDLEY'S MONSTER RIFFS AND ARMSTRONG'S WAILING, PASSIONATE VOCALS. THE TWO MUSICIANS ARE A STUDY IN CONTRAST ONSTAGE: MEDLEY REMAINS ROOTED IN PLACE - A SOLID, STEADY ANCHOR FOR ARMSTRONG'S ALMOST UNHINGED PERFORMANCES. A SKILLED VOCAL STYLIST WHO CAN HANDLE BLUES, SOUL, AND FOLK-ROCK WITH EQUAL APLOMB, ARMSTRONG WILL UNLEASH A GUTTURAL HOWL ONE MINUTE AND TRILL AS PRETTY AS A SONGBIRD THE NEXT. DEAD SARA IS EXACTLY WHAT YOU WANT FROM A YOUNG, HUNGRY ROCK BAND: UNPREDICTABLE AND ENIGMATIC, AND LOOKING TO MAKE AN EXPLOSIVE SONIC AND EMOTIONAL IMPACT. DEAD SARA, WHICH ALSO INCLUDES BASSIST CHRIS NULL AND DRUMMER SEAN FRIDAY, FUNNEL THE FEROCIOUS SPECTACLE OF THEIR LIVE SHOW INTO THEIR SELF-TITLED DEBUT ALBUM, WHICH THEY ARE RELEASING THIS SPRING. PRODUCED BY NOAH SHAIN, THE ALBUM IS A VERSATILE SHOWCASE FOR THE BAND'S TALENT, VEERING EFFORTLESSLY FROM MELODIC, SOARING TUNES ('WE ARE WHAT YOU SAY,' 'WHISPERS & ASHES') TO BRUISED POWER BALLADS ('DEAR LOVE,' 'FACE TO FACE') TO FIERCE, HEAVY STOMPERS ('TIMED BLUES,' 'TEST MY PATIENCE,' 'WEATHERMAN'). 'THAT DIVERSITY IS WHAT'S HONEST AND REAL TO US,' MEDLEY SAYS. 'WE LOVE CLASSIC ROCK, BLUES, FOLK, METAL, PUNK, GOSPEL, ALL OF IT, SO WE DIDN'T WANT TO PUT RESTRICTIONS ON OURSELVES GENRE-WISE. WE JUST KNEW WE WANTED THE MUSIC TO SOUND REALLY RAW AND PRIMAL, EVEN A BIT UNSETTLING.' LYRICALLY, MANY OF DEAD SARA'S SONGS ARE SURVIVAL ANTHEMS INFORMED BY THEIR STRUGGLE TO STAY TRUE TO THEIR VISION OF BEING A POWERFUL, UNCOMPROMISING FEMALE-FRONTED ROCK BAND. ARMSTRONG AND MEDLEY MET AS MUSIC-OBSESSED TEENAGERS GROWING UP IN LOS ANGELES AND HAVE BEEN PLAYING TOGETHER IN ONE CAPACITY OR ANOTHER EVER SINCE. ALONG THE WAY, THEY ENCOUNTERED VARIOUS INDUSTRY PEOPLE, INCLUDING INTERESTED MAJOR-LABEL EXECUTIVES, WHO SUGGESTED THEY DEVELOP A MORE POP-FRIENDLY SOUND. 'IT WAS DIFFICULT TO DEAL WITH PEOPLE'S IDEAS ABOUT WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING,' ARMSTRONG SAYS. 'I ENDED UP SHUTTING MYSELF OFF FROM EVERYONE AND FEELING REALLY CRUSHED. I DIDN'T REALLY COME OUT OF IT UNTIL SOME OF MY CLOSE FRIENDS AND FANS OF THE BAND EXPRESSED CONCERN, SAYING 'WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING? YOU CAN'T GIVE UP.'' THAT EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCE FUELS DEAD SARA'S FIRST SINGLE, 'WE ARE WHAT YOU SAY,' IN WHICH ARMSTRONG (WHO WRITES THE BAND'S LYRICS) SINGS: 'I LOST MYSELF SOMEWHERE I NEVER WANTED TO BE. NOW IT'S TIME TO START ALL OVER. WE WERE HELD TO THE LIGHT BUT WE NEVER WENT BLIND. YOU CAN'T BACK DOWN, KID. WE ARE WHAT YOU SAY. WE ARE NOT WHAT YOU THINK.' IRONICALLY, 'WE ARE WHAT YOU SAY' IS DEAD SARA'S POPPIEST SONG, 'THOUGH IT'S STILL KIND OF GNARLY AND SLEAZY,' MEDLEY NOTES. 'IT'S LIKE, 'HEY, YOU WANT POP? THIS IS OUR POP, SO FUCK OFF.'' ADDS ARMSTRONG: 'THAT SONG DISTILLS A LOT OF WHAT WE'RE ABOUT. IT'S MELODIC AND ACCESSIBLE, BUT STILL INTENSE AND UNRULY. WE'VE PUT UP QUITE A FIGHT TO BE WHO WE ARE, AND I THINK YOU CAN HEAR IT IN THE MUSIC.'
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Artists The Fervor
event::about Natalie Felker looks the listener straight in the eye, via her piano and supple voice, and talks you into accepting the dagger … because you know full well that it’s two-sided, and that she’ll accept the other blade. As husband Ben’s guitars start up a sharp squall, you hear why it’s worth the cost: One listen to the bright voices coming in all around to surround you in a reassuring embrace and you’re ready to pick up the dare, the challenge. Louisville’s The Fervor has formed around this pair — her voice and keys, his guitar and harmony. Right from the start, Natalie was capable of facing up to piano-based alternative divas such as Fiona Apple — but with the skill and resolve to wrest the inspiration from the affectation. Natalie could be the flirt who always said upfront something more honest than your carefully crafted thoughts. Or she could drop her voice low and quiet, be your confidant and your gospel-chord-pounding witness to raw self-confrontation. Sharpening the focus of the project, the group added drummer Mat Herron and set out on a slew of live shows in 2007 to support of its first full-length, Bleeder. Michael Campbell was found to play bass and they criss-crossed the eastern half of the United States. As they developed their live show, the group began realize their power as a collective entity. Meanwhile Natalie continued to craft strong new songs for a band that was moving forward toward bringing light to mysteries of personality and intimacy — but without any pretense of a definitive answer and far removed from any calming platitudes. In a culmination of this spirit, the group took these new songs to San Francisco and began tracking what would become Arise, Great Warrior. The sessions would confirm the re-birth of band. Under the arm of producer Charles Gonzalez, the band traveled between Mission Bells and Radical Sound studios. Between these two facilities, The Fervor found the classic gear and physical ambiance that would help them realize the album they had been hearing. Tracking took place in a single room, with members focused on performance rather than perfection. West coast style had infiltrated the camp and greeted like a long lost friend. In many ways the band felt like they were bringing home their first album. Indeed, as a collective, they were. After 15 days, they returned home to Louisville, where longtime friend and engineer Kevin Ratterman (My Morning Jacket, California Guitar Trio, Wax Fang) helped finish what they started. Still the focus was on the power of what The Fervor could do together in a room. Sounds were mixed down to analog tape, and editing forgone in favor of a recording that is upfront with its humanity. From these sessions has emerged Arise Great Warrior. A record that is gut-punching in impact, but life-affirming in its lasting spark and hopeful mysteries. www.thefervor.com www.removador.com www.karatebodyrecords.com
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event::about Polyphase is an energetic independent alternative rock quartet formed in 2003...They currently have 4 albums, starting with "Atrophy" (2004), "Incision" (2005), "Scissors Are Better Than Knives" (2006), & their Masterpiece album "Satellites For Stella" (2009)...Currently they are working on their next album, due out in 2012....Polyphase has performed in clubs and festivals all over their country (Panama), Costa Rica, Mexico, Colombia, SXSW Music Festival 2010 in Austin, Texas, and recently invited back to perform SXSW 2011 in Austin, TX.....They have opened for many famous acts in Panama...Polyphase has an American / British influence, therefore they sing mainly in English, although they do have a few songs in Spanish...Despite the language barrier of being in a latin market and singing in English, Polyphase is among the best and most talented rock bands with a following from the Rep. of Panama....Polyphase has also had 4 of their music videos in rotation on MTV Latino (Recently the video for "Bloody Umbrella" was in continuous Rotation on MTV Latino and had reached #7 in the 10+ Pedidos or Top 10 most requested videos and ended up #99 of the 100 Most Requested videos of 2010 on Latin MTV) , as well as all the popular TV and radio stations in their hometown (Panama).
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event::about "Chaidez has a raw power and believability as a performer. You can't quite take your eyes off her for fear of missing something. I felt an honest chill of discovery... Mark Bautz - SPIN.COM When singer/songwriter Chloe Chaidez decided, at 13 years of age, to leave her previous band, Wild Youth and start again with KITTEN she had already racked up enough experience to match any artist twice her age. By 11 years old she had the honor of sharing the stage with an impressive list of her older peers. Midlake and Conor Oberst to name just a few... Soon after recording her first demo's with respected producer Bill Racine (Mates of State, Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev), Chloe found herself in N.Y. doing the label rounds, completely unsatisfied with the prospect of what corporate pop music was offering. Chloe chose to leave behind any notion of being a "teen act" and returned home in order to hone her craft and pay some dues. At 14 she committed in earnest to writing and performing on her own. After a year of playing on street corners, subway busking and solo acoustic show's in notorious dive bars she was ready. Recruiting Max Kuehn (19) on drums . (Who's father Greg is a member of the revered So Cal punk band "TSOL"), Chris Vogel (22) on bass (engineer Earlimart, Grandaddy, Tokyo Police Club) and Andy Miller (18) on guitar, Chloe began to craft the music she was hearing in her head. Together the group combined sharp New Wave melodies, a love of classic 50's songwriting, and the raw power of post punk/indie to form KITTEN. With electric performances inspired as much by Iggy Pop as Cat Power and The Cure, KITTEN are already establishing a growing fanbase in L.A. as well as the rest of the West Coast, winning fan's one by one with a raw emotion and honesty that seems to be missing from much of today's music. They are finishing work on their debut album which is being mixed by Gavin Mackillop ( PIL, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Church) and were recently hailed as last years "The best new discovery of SXSW" by SPIN.com. Kitten is currently on a national tour with Young the Giant in support of their EP "Sunday School" and is gearing up for a month long tour of the UK with "Funeral Party."
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Eastern Conference Champions
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Artists Eastern Conference Champions
event::about Things have been looking up for Eastern Conference Champions, and they keep on getting better. After parting ways with their major label, ECC embraced their new found independence and got back to work. The trio, consisting of Joshua Ostrander, Greg Lyons and Melissa Dougherty, self-released the “Santa Fe EP” in the Fall of 2009 which was widely received as their best offering to date. They soon realized the joys of being in full control of their music and career. “Every decision comes down to the three of us, just how it should be”, says Ostrander. The band was originally formed in Bucks County, PA when longtime friends and collaborators Ostrander and Lyons parted ways with their old group, “Laguardia”. They immediately started ECC and began writing material that would become The Southampton Collection-EP. After signing with Suretone under the Universal Music Group umbrella, they released their debut record, “Ameritown”. The album was produced by Owen Morris (Oasis, The View) and was a critical success, garnering rave reviews as the band toured the U.S. relentlessly and made an appearance on “Last Call with Carson Daly”. Always ready for the road, ECC criss-crossed the country in their van playing countless shows by themselves and supporting such acts as Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and indie rock legend Black Francis. While earning well-deserved accolades at home in the States, ECC also turned heads abroad when “Ameritown” was released in the United Kingdom on Island/Fallout. ECC built up a loyal UK fan base and caught the attention of publications such as NME by playing anywhere and everywhere across the pond and even made their name known in Europe by supporting American indie rockers Rogue Wave. Back from the road and in the studio in their adopted home of Los Angeles, Ostrander and Lyons were lucky enough to meet Dougherty and asked her to contribute some guitar tracks to their latest batch of recordings. She soon became an integral part of the group and the next phase of ECC was underway. The trio recently made some waves when they were tapped to contribute an exclusive song for the third installment of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. The unsigned act was chosen ahead of more than 400 bands competing for the coveted soundtrack and “A Million Miles An Hour” is already receiving rave reviews. They also released an acoustic EP at the end of 2010 entitles "Akustiks". Eastern Conference Champions is excited about the many possibilities that lay ahead and busy working on their full-length record “SPEAK-AHH” slated for release in 2011.
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Artists Bill Baird
event::about Hello. My name is Bill Baird and all my stuff resides in Austin, TX but I travel around a lot. Austin feels more like home than most places, what with all the nice, creative people residing there and the nice places to swim and the strong coffee, but it's still smack dab in the middle of Texas, which is a strange place to live for somebody who questions what they're told. In Texas, it starts from birth, with all the Texan myths drilled into you non-stop. When you're told that Davy Crockett rose from the dead on the third day from that closet in the Alamo, you cannot question this fact. I had to remove myself from all that baloney, so I don't feel particularly Texan. But yes, my stuff still resides in Austin, which feels like a little oasis in a very large sea of folks who still consider Texas a wild frontier. Errrr, hate to break it to you folks, but Texas ceased being a frontier, oh, let me see, about 150 years ago. Now it's just crammed full of folks who imagine a three-patty hamburger somehow equates to a sense of grandeur. Or at least something innately Texan. Not to sound too bitter. Can't help it. I do love Texas for its best qualities: the big open spaces, the cheap beer... oh wait, that's it. Anyways. I make art of all kinds. I mostly make music but have also produced albums for others, painted, made videos, taken photographs, written long bits of prose and poetry, and stood around doing nothing. That last bit, there's a true art to that. Especially standing around doing nothing and looking incredibly busy. Learned that temping in an accountant's office. I am a lover of the outdoors and have taken month-long camping trips in Alaska, Wyoming and shorter trips in Mexico, New Mexico, Canada, Oregon, Washington, Montana, whew. Yikes. Many places. I'm an Eagle Scout (whoopty!) which means something to some people but mostly to me it's just a way of realizing how much a man is capable of forgetting. I think I used to know dozens of knots and the heimlich manuever and how to bake a cake using a Dutch oven. Now I tie everything using the shoelace knot, I watch people choke, and I eat Oreos straight out of the package. Oh yeah, graduated from NOLS too. Got ghiardia on that course, which I would not recommend. I'm a lover of hot springs and cold springs too. I've even swam in that gross irrigation canal that stretches across California's spine. It smelled funny but I just held my nose and jumped in. I've had all sorts of strange jobs for all varieties of pay. Worked for a moving company in Alaska, drove the kiddie train in Zilker Park, got fired from Texas Monthly for setting the copy machine on fire, valet parked cars at Dave and Buster's for exactly one day, got fired from Domino's Pizza for eating an order (but not before delivering a pizza to Michael Bolton), got fired from Austin's Pizza for attempting to start a recycling program, got fired from a temp job in an accountant's office for calling Creed's music "dogshit," did two stints as a telemarketer (quitting both times in an existential fit), and, most recently, been working at The Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, working with kids. It's pretty inspiring work. I love folk music and drone music. Psych music too. Weird music. Normal music. Incidental music. I once took a friend to LaMonte Young's "Dream House," which he described thusly... "this must be like Guantanemo feels like." And I loved it! Oh well
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event::about From 2004 to 2009, Todd Goldstein wrote music under the name ARMS, playing most of the instruments himself and recording them in his bedroom in the moments between playing guitar in his main band at the time, Brooklyn’s long-running, modestly beloved Harlem Shakes. As ARMS, Todd quietly released the album Kids Aflame in 2008 / 2009 (Melodic UK / Gigantic US). In the summer of 2009, Harlem Shakes disbanded. Upon the breakup of his longtime band, Todd recruited Tlacael Esparza to play drums and Matty Fasano to play bass and sing the songs he’d been writing all along. Soon, the trio began writing songs together, and ARMS was born anew. ARMS is no longer Todd’s solo pseudonym – it’s the name of the music that comes out when Todd, Matty, and Tlacael play together. Sad, beautiful, echo-y music that sounds like everything they’ve loved, blown apart and then put back together piece by piece. ARMS’ new EP – called, appropriately, “EP” – is the first five songs of what will become the band’s true debut full-length, a song cycle about love under supernatural circumstances tentatively titled Summer Skills. ARMS recently released a free EP (w/remixes) and added a new member, Dave Harrington, on keyboards. "Summer Skills" (tent. title) will be out in early 2011!
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Artists Quiet Company
event::about 2010 was a break out year for Austin, TX’s QUIET COMPANY. They began the year by playing SXSW 2010 & self-producing/recording their 6 track EP, Songs for Staying In, which was released to incredible critical acclaim in May, 2010. The 1st single, “How Do You Do It” was quickly added to KGSR’s rotation, and with in weeks, was also a staff pick selection by KROX’s Trevin Smith and added into full rotation on their station as well. “How Do You Do It” was featured for over 4 months on both stations. The enormous amount of radio play drastically increased Quiet Company’s profile around Texas and earned them opening spots on tours with the Toadies, Bob Schneider & Rooney and allowed them to play in front of sold out crowds at the House of Blues in Dallas and Houston. The demand in Austin for Quiet Company exploded in 2010. They received offers to headline the historic Threadgills World Headquarters, Antones, & Emo’s and continued to play monthly in Austin with an ever increasing draw. The highlight of the year came when they were asked to record a session for ACL presents Satellite Stages at the world famous KLRU studios 6A in August. http://www.klru.org/satellitesets/artist/quiet-company/ Quiet Company’s music made a splash on TV as well. Their songs were featured on multiple episodes of MTV’s The Real World New Orleans, Keeping Up With the Kardashians & they were asked to play themselves on an episode of ABC’s My Generation and had 2 songs featured in the series. Quiet Company ended 2010 with a tour in September that took them through the Midwest including Chicago, Nashville, Cincinnati, Shreveport. In November of 2010 they began recording & self-producing their 3rd album which is on schedule to be released in Spring 2011. 2009 Highlights: Shifting their focus from spreading their time thin over the national touring circuit to developing their fan base locally and regionally, Quiet Company made huge strides and built considerable buzz in 2009. They released their sophmore record, "Everyone You Love Will Be Happy Soon," to critical praise in March 09 and shared the stage with bands such as The Toadies, What Made Milwaukee Famous, Los Lonely Boys, This Will Destroy You, Dear & The Headlights, Adam Lazzara of Taking Back Sunday, The Rocketboys, and Alpha Rev. "Everyone" received regular radio play on Austin radio stations KROX, KUT, COOP, & KLBJ while the videos for the first two singles, "On Modern Men" and "Its Better To Spend Money..." find themselves in regular rotation on local music channel METV as well as numerous internet radio/film podcasts from all over America, Canada, and Europe. Quiet Company's catalog was licensed out to a few non exclusive licensing companies and thus far has been used by Sweet Leaf Tea's Sweet Leaf TV, as well as two episodes of E! Network's Keeping Up With The Kardashians, and an upcoming episode of MTV's Real World. Since their inception in 2005, Quiet Company has traveled all over the country, logging over 400 shows just since 2007, and though the lineup has changed, the goal never has: To write epic pop music that is intelligent, honest, and thought provoking.
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event::about One night Mat Klachefsky got locked out of a friend’s house that he was supposed to be staying at until 4:00 in the morning. He sat on the front steps and watched a group of drunk teenagers knock over ever giant orange road construction pylon on the road in front of the house. Once the kids got to the last pylon, they gathered around it arm in arm and peed on it, so Mat wrote a song about a toothbrush commercial. Boats has a penchant for failure when it come to proper bios, so they went on Facebook and solicited suggestions on how to describe their music. Results were mixed. Bryan said to include “hairless cats, the 1972 Winter Olympics, fake moustaches, fast cars and faster women.” Which we did but weren’t sure why. Russ said that “the only reason Cannonballs, Cannonballs didn’t make my top ten was because I forgot to write one.” Also not helpful, Russ. Nettie, predictably, suggested we add “yeah, Boats!” This was the end of experiment. Boats has trouble focusing on one topic. Boats makes music songs in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Sometimes their songs are about fictional performing duos who have holes in their bodies and/or have a belief that they will one day give birth to a flock of birds. Sometimes they are about winning the Superbowl. Often they are about a string of unrelated incidents. But there is always yelling, and there is always guitars, and there is always broken toy keyboards, and there is always horns, and there is always oooooo’s, and there is always fanfare, and there is always Mat Klachefsky yelping his guts into puddles in his powerful yet emasculating shriek of a singing voice. At the end we are all sweaty. “Cannonballs, Cannonballs” will be released digitally in the U.S. on March 1st, 2011 by Kill Rock Stars.
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Artists Morning Teleportation
event::about Morning Teleportation formed in 2005 when Bowling Green, KY natives and lifelong friends Travis Goodwin (keyboards), Tres Coker (drums), and Paul Wilkerson (bass) met up with Chicago transplant Tiger Merritt (vocals/guitar), who had just moved to their hometown for college. From the beginning the band has built up a roller coaster of tumultuous rock 'n roll, featuring analog synths, heartfelt vocals, and sudden changes woven through psychedelia, electronica, and deep-space pickin' n' grinnin'. They've spent most of the past year on the road playing for enthusiastic crowds at Bonnaroo and Sasquatch and supporting the likes of The Flaming Lips, Cage The Elephant, and Modest Mouse. To witness Morning Teleportation's live show is to experience a cacophony of improvisational mayhem draped with melodic twists and turns. Merritt's vocals dart sharply about the frantic, pulsing backbeat held down by the rhythm section, while his spacey fingerstyle guitar prowess embodies a style best described as "finger-trippin." And while their sound may be somewhat more modern than several of their cited heroes (including James Gang and CSNY), you should make no mistake: these are still some boys who want nothing more than to have a good time in the classic rock idiom. With the combined energy of a basement party, a back-room jam session, and a futuristic hootenanny, Morning Teleportation's raucous, off-kilter explosion of enthusiasm is guaranteed to raise a smile. The band's first album, entitled Expanding Anyway, is out March 8 on Glacial Pace Recordings.
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event::about Imagine combining Jean Michel Basquiat, Richard Pryor, Amiri Baraka, HR of Bad Brains, Rakim, Seth Rogen and Marcus Garvey; then you would have a gateway to Labtekwon. Labtekwon has performed at the Lyricist Lounge in New York and Project Blowed in Los Angeles; both recognized as the ground zero of true school Hip Hop artists on both coasts. Labtekwon is also a champion of Zulu Nation Freestyle Competition and a Zulu Nation Chapter Leader for Baltimore and Washington, DC: Labtekwon is a true Hip Hop yogi. He is considered the greatest Emcee to ever hail from Baltimore, Maryland. Labtekwon has shared the stage with Afrika Bambaata, Rakim, Kool Keith, MF DOOM, Psycho Les, A Tribe Called Quest, Brand Nubian, KRS-One, Black Thought, Aceyalone, Digital Underground and countless other Hip Hop artists that represent the pinnacle of lyricism and excellence. He has left his mark on over 35 releases including 18 full length albums on his own Ankh Ba Records. The Music of Labtekwon defies all convention and every album he has released challenges listeners to go further outside of the box. From fusion of Skatepunk, Afrobeat, Jazz, Funk and the pioneering efforts with the 410 Pharaohs on the first Baltimore Club Music/ Hip Hop hybrid album: 410 Funk, Labtekwon has the most diverse catalog of music in the field of Emceeing. His most recent release: "NEXT: Baltimore Basquiat and the Future Shock" is a classic example of Labtekwon's innovative groundbreaking style of Hip Hop music, a tribute to the artist Jean Michel Basquiat and the evolution of art in the 21st century. Considered the "Thelonius Monk of Hip Hop" by Chuck D of Public Enemy. Labtekwon=Future Shock.
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Artists Blacklisted Individuals
event::about Snyp and Da'Shade Moonbeam are on a quest to bring balance back to Hip Hop music. They believe that their is room for every genre with in Hip Hop music on a commercial scale. With their rhyming forces combined, they are Blacklisted Individuals. Born and bred in Austin, Texas, the duo creates what they refer to as "Working Class Muzik;" music reflecting the popular and unpopular truth about life and the struggles of the common class. They paint the triumphs and tragedies of our everyday lives through poetic, and socially conscious lyrics and infuse artistry in every performance. Blacklisted Individuals have opened for artists such as Snoop Dogg, The Game, Mike Jones, MC Ren of NWA, Mystik Journeymen, Gang Starr, the Ying Yang Twins and Talib Kweli to name a few. They placed in the finals for several hip hop competitions hosted by The Source Magazine, Famecast.com, Ourstage.com. They were also the first crew to be streamed live on PayPerViewHipHop.com As individuals, Snyp is a single parent who believes that just as in real life, in hip hop there is a time to have fun and a time to fight for what's right. Da’Shade is a self-proclaimed ‘street nerd’, stage combat choreographer, activist, social worker, two-time National Poetry Slam finalist, and an internationally ranked Slam Poet. His social commentary subjects include, but are not limited to: the on-going exploitation of women, men, and children through human-trafficking, slave labor, and sexual exploitation around the globe. Blacklisted released their first LP in 2001 and were featured on NOOK's debut album Get Ready. With 4 underground albums under their belt, they are currently shopping their newest single, Dance Sucka! and have commissioned a multi-talented band to back their live performances. Their neck-wrenching beats and creative content were inspired by artists like UGK, Goodie Mob, Outkast, and The Geto Boys. Blacklisted Individuals were recently recognized as a Needle In The Haystack pick by MTV Music and Ourstage.com.
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(RAS) Riders Against the Storm
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Artists (RAS) Riders Against the Storm
event::about Selected as 2008 Lennon award-winners, RAS has only begun to leave their musical mark on the world. This husband-wife team is going to make an impact on the entire universe with their uplifting lyrics, harmonies, and empowering spirit. After several years of performing as local (Providence, RI) solo artists on the theatrical and performance stage, Tiger Lily and Jbro came together in the summer of 2003 to create music together. The duo has been working hard over the last six years to manifest music and poetry that reflects a spirit of resistance to the prevalent and dominant ‘storm’ of music and art that exist today. Cited as the “next big thing in hip hop” by OURSTAGE blogger Bethaney Leavey, praise and attention has been rolling in steadily over the past six months. In August, RAS was featured in the ‘50 states in 50 weeks’ blog. In October 2009, RAS was described on the OURSTAGE.COM blog as a team with “a whole lotta heart, and some mighty voices to back it up.” Even further, OURSTAGE.COM has featured RAS’ music on their home page and hip hop radio channel. Riding Against the Storm means to break free or fight against whatever mainstream media and culture offers the masses today. Through music and performance the duo hopes to not only inform, but also to uplift and create spaces where atrocities against people of the African diaspora can begin to heal. A healing that can manifest itself through remembering the past, exposing lies, expressing emotion, and resisting self-hatred. Currently residing in Austin, Tx, our work has been featured in okayplayer.com, the Austin Chronicle and the Austin American Statesman since their arrival in December.
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event::about Quickly becoming regarded as one of Texas’ brightest new acts, Crew54 is determined to make their way into the game. Combining raw reality lyrics with soul driven banging beats, G-christ and M.O.S. deliver a high energy product that bumps in your system and will blow you away live in person. After serving in the Army, G-Christ ended up in Killeen, TX. Using his southern breeding, mixed with world traveling experience, he crafted a lyrical style that is versatile, with the ability to sound natural on almost any type of beat. From east coast grimy to southern bounce, G-Christ is ready to destroy any beat and song concept. MOS is constantly crafting his writing style to connect with the listener on all bases. Having worked with bevy of crews, artist, and producers, the unofficial official MOS catalogue is profuse. It was a natural connection when they met, and that moment a legacy for born. Crew54 has opened for some powerful names in the hip-hop industry in their short time rocking stages, such as Rakim, Raekwon, Talib Kweli, Guru, Bun-B, Dizzee Rascal, Abstract Rude, Yarah Bravo, Black Sheep, Killah Priest, Z-Ro, Prince Paul, Bavu Blakes, Three Six Mafia, Pugsley Atomz, and many more. Starting early in 2008, Crew54 started a weekly video blog called The 54 Reality Show depicting their daily grind while showcasing the local hip-hop scene. Whether covering live shows, shooting music vids, or connecting with artist across the spectrum of Central Texas' affluent live music scene, the 54 Reality Show has been picked up by major hip-hop sites like www.Artofrhyme.com, www.hiphopgame.com, and www.rappers-guide.com.
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8 schedule::attendeesLocation The Marq
Artists Kosha Dillz
event::about Kosha Dillz is an Israeli American Emcee who has exploded on the scene these past few years, elevating culture into mainstream with raw east coast appeal guerilla tactic stage performance.. A master of Freestyle/improv tactics, his original career as battle MC/Divsion I Wrestler helped him become a D.I.Y. ambassador, releasing independent projects that have earned him stripes all around the world, from shows with the late Guru of Gangstarr and Roger Daltrey of The Who, to press in Billboard, MTV, Spin and The Los Angeles Times. If those names do not sound familiar, Dillz has also rocked with Portugal The Man, Cage The Elephant, The Used, Wu Tang Clan, the list goes on. And yeah ,he still rocks bar mitzvahs open mics and weddings if you were wondering. Known for a heavy touring schedule (400 self-booked shows in three years) and a stage show that includes Hebrew ,Spanish, tap dancers, crowd members, and the occasional flute players, he is for sure the friend you will want to have by your side. His new "Gina and The Garage Sale" Ep, produced entirely by German beatsmith Shuko, is dedicated to the passing of his friend Gina Sach Cody, an upcoming NYC photographer whose life fell short to addiction this past year. Not even 2 years ago, Kosha Dillz dominated the Hot 97 Summer Jam battle @ Giants Stadium to win in front of over 8,000 people, which lead to a 40 city 5 country tour with Matisyahu, recording songs with Rza, 2 MTV videos, and touring Europe with Snoop Dogg soon after. Kosha Dillz even became the first Jewish rapping celebrity in NBA 2k11 next to Drake. His current tour, the "Give Me Five " Tour, is a 35 city trek spanning across the entire USA in support of the Tipitinas Foundation of New Orleans, which is dedicated to preserving the city's musical culture after Hurricane Katrina by providing musical instruments/lesson for less fortunate youth in more than 60 schools. For the two months on the road including SXSW with everyone from indie superstars Tennis to Shinobi Ninja and Del The Funky Homosapien, Kosha Dillz will be donating nickels for every ticket sale, piece of merchandise sold, and "high five" he receives during his voyage, along with every #givemefive hashtag through social media outlets. The goal is to create awareness of the selfless organization and raise $5,000. see you at the show! www.koshadillzworld.com for more info on how you can help Kosha, contact the Dillz at @koshadillz www.listn.to/koshadillz 7327426469
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1 schedule::attendeesLocation The Marq
Artists Truth Universal
event::about Born in the Diego Martin, Trinidad, Truth Universal became a New Orleans residentat age four. In the Crescent City, he grew up on hip hop, brass bands, calypso, bass music, reggae, soul, jazz, and gospel. “Some of my first memories include going to the mall and my Mama buying me my first tape, which was the Fat Boys’ first album,” Truth says. “I also remember the Merly Merl’s (this cat named Merlin from a neighborhood close by mine) mixtapes, going by my friend Ralph’s house across the street and listening to his 12 inches, and digging in the dumpster at Read Supermarket for boxes to break on. Back then I wanted to DJ more than anything else. My family never could afford to buy me any 1200s.” Through the years, he carefully studied the unspoken rules and examples set forth by the early practitioners of hip hop. “I began dabbling in rhyming,” Truth recalls. “In 1991, per the suggestion of a friend, I started writing and really started taking it seriously.” Truth Universal’s ideals of hip hop preservation, contination and nonconformity, coupled with his social dialogue, make presence. “The reason my music sounds like it does is a conscious effort to keep it in the vein of what influenced me to hip hop and a natural black music progression,” he explains. “I would just call it traditional. I’m very mindful of the structure, feel, the DJ presence and a degree of provocative content.” TU dropped his first 12” single – “Natural Disaster”/”Put It On Your Mind”/”Dashiki Dialogue” and EP – “Plantation Graffiti: The Naked Truth Dressed to Kill” in 2000 and 2001 respectively and he entered a contest called the Mic Check 2000. Even though he didn’t win, this performance served to establish his presence on the New Orleans scene and win the respect of his peers. With his political messages, traditional Hip Hop sensibilities, and progressive lyrical content, Truth Universal has remained a consistent talent and a true voice from the South for over a decade. Truth released his full-length debut, “Self-Determination,” in 2008 to critical acclaim, including coverage in Source Magazine, OkayPlayer.com, and countless others. Truth is a leader of the New Orleans Hip Hop scene, an outspoken voice for social change and consciousness, and an invaluable member of the New Orleans cultural economy and the greater international Hip Hop community.
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14 schedule::attendeesLocation The Marq
Artists Homeboy Sandman
event::about Homeboy Sandman is New York City's premier talent based hip hop emcee. Mainstream. Underground. Period. His latest release "The Good Sun," reached #1 on CMJ's national music chart. He's been in the big mags and on the big channels. Prioritizing quality content, live shows, and fan building ahead of hype, he is the blueprint for the self-sustaining, landscape shifting, indie artist in the new millennium.
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The Devil Whale
12 schedule::attendeesLocation The Marq
Artists The Devil Whale
event::about "Anyone who has heard the music of Brinton Jones will agree that his songs are literature of the heart. Like a book bound by melody, harmony, and honesty, they unfold before you. Paragraphs become verses and chapters become choruses, leaving room for interpretation & relation. Brinton is an author as much as he is a songwriter. After you’ve heard his music and shut the book, you feel close to something that, before, felt so far away. You long to hear it again." The Devil Whale have shared the stage with lots and lots of bands. Some of their favorites have been: The Cold War Kids, Damien Jurado, the Autumn Defense, Richard Swift, Langhorne Slim, Jeremy Enigk, Joshua James, Leslie & the Badgers, J. Tillman, the Notorious BOA, Cameron McGill & What Army, Talkdemonic, Matt Hopper & the Roman Candles. They are currently touring in support of their new full-length record,Teeth, to be released on Northplatte Records on May 10, 2011.
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33 schedule::attendeesLocation The Marq
event::about - Galactic-Forest Rock" is the term used by Golden Bear to describe their sound. The band ties together themes of triumph, hope and excitement, along with rocking anthemic riffs and bombastic beats to create a melodious roar. This roar, combined with Golden Bear's reputation for over-the-top and unpredictable performances has won the group the affection of many music lovers in its Texas hometown. - Galactic Forest Rock contains elements of this earth (rock and roll), and many elements that we would call "spacey", etc. (synths, wild sounds). We love big bombastic beats and melodies. - We all have day jobs. Our singer is a Science teacher. - We have been showcase performers at the South by Southwest Music Festival for a few years. - We performed with such notable acts as Spoon and the Roots at the Summer Breeze Festival in Chicago. - All 3 previous albums (c-side records) have charted in the CMJ (College Music Journal) top 200. The second LP charted in the top 100. - We have toured the Midwest, East Coast, and the South. - The press have said: "Guitar-swinging, trumpet-blasting orgy of anthemic pop... A blur of frenzied dancing and fist-pumping excitement." - SPIN.COM "Golden Bear take their grizzly moniker seriously." - ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY ONLINE "Completely original and instantly memorable." - THE ONION "Songs this strong generate a motion and power of their own, powered by a seemingly endless wellspring of hooks and asides." (****)" - AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN "Golden Bear doesn't fit into any mold." - THE AUSTIN CHRONICLE "Endless potential... Simply genius." - TINY MIX TAPES
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41 schedule::attendeesLocation The Marq
Artists The Lemurs
event::about Coming up at a time when the dance-rock wave was reaching its crest, the Lemurs initially drew comparisons to Bloc Party, The Faint, Franz Ferdinand, and the Killers. But for every synth melody or dance beat employed, the Lemurs find a counterbalance of raw, driving guitar and frenetic rhythm that imbues their music with a crackling atmospheric sheen and anxious intensity. The result is a fast paced, layered sound that owes as much to the pop lushness of My Morning Jacket as to the broader explorations of Television. With the recent addition of What Made Milwaukee Famous singer Michael Kingcaid, The Lemurs are back in the studio recording a full-length set for 2011 release. "This five piece from Texas’ BBQ-loving capitol city is ready to burst out onto the national stage…This shit has alternative “radio hit” written all over it" -TheTripwire.com “Unlike other music in the genre, there are plenty of listens in this album as it contains a depth that I thought impossible” -The Onion “The Lemurs expertly alternate between guitar driven synth-rock and memorable power pop ditties….An enterprising Austin band as equally fitting on a bill with The Smiths as with Bloc Party” -The Austinist
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9 schedule::attendeesLocation The Marq
Artists Royal Forest
event::about Austin's Loxsly is now ROYAL FOREST. With deep roots in effects-laden synth pop, new tracks like "Civilwarland" and "Courtesy in Decline" branch into harder-hitting guitar rock. That isn't to say the band has lost elements it's become known for: syncopated snares, layers of warmth, wistful vox, heady harmonies, it's all there, times ten.
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