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SXSW 2011 Review: The Goodluck Assembly, Misteur Valaire, Soft Reeds

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

The Goodluck Assembly – Ottawa – Canada “We’ve got some CDs and stuff. We don’t want any money for them. If you guys wanna hang out, have a drink, and talk shit, come and get a CD. They’re free…” — Mike Libbos, The Goodluck Assembly It used to be that bands ignored their audience after [...]

SXSW 2011 Review: CODY, Whomadewho, Thee Attacks

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

I’m a slave to the Scandinavian sound (here I am going on about it: Sweet Scandinavian Sound: Tetris = Therapy is your new favorite band) so an all-Danish showcase at SXSW is like a wet Nordic dream come true. Yesterday I attended the SPOT On Denmark show at the Beauty Bar and saw a slew [...]

SXSW 2011 Review: Pitch Blond, Trombone Shorty, Capsula

Friday, March 18th, 2011

It’s that time of year again, when a sea of black skinny jeans-wearing folks flood downtown Austin, Texas to hear and perform music at South By Southwest. Now in it’s (Wow, really?!) 25th year of bringin’ the funk, the rock, and the beat, SXSW attracts thousands of performers from all over the world to come [...]

Sweet Scandinavian Sound: Tetris = Therapy is your new favorite band

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

There’s a concentrated wealth of indie music being exported from Scandinavia. Have you noticed? The countries of Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Iceland and Finland are heavy with nuanced melodies that have a tendency to sweep the listener into a tidal wave of memories and epiphanies. You can hear this “Scandinavian sound” in the music and showmanship [...]