SXSW organizers have just released a second round of bands to play its 2011 festival, March 16-20, in Austin, Texas. The local bands who have been accepted so far include:
Thee Oh Sees
* Subject to change.
When Texas band Explosions in the Sky offers to play a one-off benefit concert, you can bet your life that, true to the band's name, a spectacle will follow. On a recent Monday evening, Explosions lived up to expectations with a stunning hour-and-fifteen-minute-long performance to aid Jeff Jacobs, the trumpeter of opening band The Drift. Jacobs is currently fighting both cancer and insurmountable medical bills.
To call the show "explosive" is no small statement, given the band's origins. Post-rock is a genre that is inherently easy to write off as unnecessary to experience live. Almost all bands within the genre are instrumental, and most of them rehearse so thoroughly that their live product sounds almost identical to their recorded sound. Yet for all of Explosions in the Sky's similarities between its live performances and recorded music, the live show remains breathtaking. The three guitar/snare drum onslaught certainly mimicked the harmonies and sounds experienced on the band's albums, but the dynamic shifts and hypnotic melodic precision provided a convincing argument that for this band at least, post rock needs to be heard live.
Cal versus Stanford at the War Memorial Stadium may be the Big Game, but it's not the only regional battle going on this Saturday. Across town at Oakland’s Eastside Arts Alliance, another pair of rivals will face down for bragging rights of a different sort. Poppin', lockin', and fierce gesticulating will be in finest display at the Bay vs. LA dance battle. Out of several rounds of showmanship, California’s victorious street dance will emerge. Will it be the madman-trying-to-escape-a-straightjacket insanity of Krumpin, or the gentler, acrobatic mimicry of Turf Dance?
Representing the Bay Area will be a select crew called the Golden Gigs All Stars including the Turf Feinz, featured in E-40’s recent videos, “Over the Stove” and “Nice Guys.” In Krumpin’s corner is The Hooligan Squad, which you can watch, uh, Ccrraaaccckkkk!! below.
E-40’s "B****/Over the Stove"
("Over the Stove" and turf dancing begins at 2:27)
Turf Feinz at World of Dance this month:
Hooligan $quad gets it in!!!!CCRRAAACCCKKKK!!!!!!!
Bay vs. LA Turfin vs. Krumpin Dance Battle
Eastside Arts Alliance, 2277 International Blvd. Oakland
Saturday, November 20, 1pm
Tel Aviv's Monotonix will return to the Bay Area on January 28, playing the Rickshaw Stop with local musician Ty Segall. The rock trio is known for its free-for-all live shows, in which the band usually plays on the floor, crowd-surfs (instruments included), and engages in heavy audience interaction. The band will release a new album, Not Yet, on January 25 by Drag City. Here's the first single, “Give Me More”:
And here's Monotonix performing at this year's Treasure Island Music Fest, when they asked everyone to sit down in the mud.
One of Ear Bud's favorite alt-rock bands, Rival Schools (featuring the dazzlingly talented Walter Schreifels) will release a new album, Pedals, on March 8. Here's the official first video for "Shot After Shot."
LA band Ozomatli will be the first music-related talk at the TEDxSF event today at San Francisco's California Academy of Sciences. According to the release:
"In a session hosted and narrated by scholar and author Josh Kun, Ozomatli will mix story and sound to explore the challenges and promises of musical identities in a global age defined by extremes of scarcity and abundance, from the streets of L.A. to the orphanages of Nepal and Burma to the levees of New Orleans. How can music preserve traditions while inventing new ones, healing wounds while imagining new spaces of hope? From backyard Mexican rancheras to Arabic funk, from flamenco dancehall to cumbias for the dead, this will be a sonic trip to the global edges of contemporary urban identity."
The event begins at 4 p.m., and will be streamed live from 7:30-8 p.m. tonight. An afterparty will be held at the Red Devil Lounge (1695 Polk St., SF).
Stars at the Fillmore in San Francisco, Calif., on November 10, 2010. Photos by John Joh.
Continuing the trend of covering bands using video (like One Night Music), Backseat Beat is a new web site featuring local bands playing live and being interviewed in the backseat of a Volvo (only two members at a time though). Its fifth episode features Still Flyin'. Check it out... unless you get car sick easily.
In case you missed it, here's the clip of Kanye West on the Today Show yesterday, in which Matt Lauer sorta gets him to apologize for calling George Bush a racist. (What's more timeless: George Bush's sad face when he says that West's comment was the low-point of his career, or Lauer's stunned one when West chides him?) Also, West gets peeved at the Today Show for running the clip of him taking Taylor Swift's MTV Award while he's talking, and for someone talking off-screen while he's talking.
Here's the latest video from Lazer Sword (aka Low Limit and Lando Kal) off its just-released debut album, Innovative Leisure. The duo performs at Mighty on December 4.