Last week the music industry elite, bands big and small, fans, brands and one zillion pedi-cabs descended upon Austin, TX, for the annual BBQ and beer-fueled rock & roll circus known as South By Southwest. Of course, not ones to miss out on all the fun, we were there too, teaming up with the dFm, and Nylon Magazine for a two-day showcase at the W Hotel.
We headed down to Austin last Wednesday morning for four days of glorious music, endless tacos, c̶o̶p̶i̶o̶u̶s̶ ̶a̶m̶o̶u̶n̶t̶s̶ just the right amount of alcohol, little to no sleep and hanging out with some of our favorite CONNECT acts: SAFIA, Coral Bones, Gavin Turek, and Sky White Tiger. Thursday and Friday we took over The W and hosted an event with Nylon Magazine and the dFm. CONNECT artist and Australian electronic trio, SAFIA performed Thursday along with Cody Simpson and Zella Day. Friday we had another CONNECT artist--indie-pop band Coral Bones--take the stage along with Tei Shi and Kali Uchis.
Below is a recap of some of the best moments we had with our CONNECT artists.
We started our afternoon at Maggie Mae's with Austin native indie-rock band The Rocketboys. The band are no strangers to living life on the road and have performed several shows this past year. Their music has been featured on hit tv shows such as Glee and Private Practice.
Later that night we headed over to meet with electric disco queen Gavin Turek and indie-electronic babe Young Ejecta at the IHEARTCOMIX showcase. Gavin hypnotized us with her honey-like vocals, flapper dress, and bodacious dance moves. In addition to her solo shows, Gavin also performed with Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One in the disco-funk band Tuxedo.
The sun was out bright and early and we were excited to finally get up close and personal with SAFIA. SAFIA really made a name for themselves in their homeland Australia after supporting Lorde on her Australian tour. The boys were stoked to be on a nine day mini-tour from Los Angeles to SXSW performing for a wider audience.
Rain came early Friday morning but that didn't stop us from running around to shows all over Austin.
We swung by a showcase at Tilly's to catch beach babe Lindsay Perry performing for her album release party. Then we headed over to the W to catch up with Coral Bones, who had just finished their drive to Austin all the way from Provo, Utah. The indie synth-pop trio have been creating a buzz for themselves with their melancholic lyrics, upbeat melodies and quirky synths. The band will release their new EP Platonia this summer.
We closed out Friday night with dancing along with Tuxedo in all their disco-funk glory.
A little rain in the forecast was not enough to stop Magic Giant. The Venice Beach folk revival band from Venice Beach, CA had us dancing and chanting in the drizzle.
The Electric Sons played a fantastic show at The Delve Inn/Spontaneous Speakeasy on Saturday night as SXSW came to a close. The Atlanta, Georgia based electro-pop duo just released "Ancient Sounds," a sparkly new single from their upcoming EP Golden Age.