The moment Sally Seltmann started to sing at the Presbyterian Church during SXSW, my ears instantly perked up. Maybe it was the sound of her angelic voice in a dimly lit church or her jaunty, delicate melodies that got me. After hearing her perform songs from her soon-to-be-released album, Heart That’s Beating (due out on April 9), I couldn’t wait to meet her. I sat down with the Aussie—who used to perform under the name New Buffalo and who wrote Feist’s mega-hit “1, 2, 3, 4″—over some French toast at The Old Pecan Street Café. And she was just as lovely and ethereal in person as she sounded in church. Keep reading »
This sweet release Tuesday puts the jam in jam-packed. There’s new hotness from She & Him, Bright Eyes, Monica, Justin Bieber, Bonobo, Goldfrapp, Archie Bronson Outfit, and Andrew W.K. Can I get a “Woo-hoo!!”? Let’s get get into the groove, after the jump … Keep reading »
Are you familiar with the term “reverse cowgirl”? If you are not, let me explain. It’s not a woman riding on a horse backwards. It’s a sexual position in which the woman is on top and facing away from the man. You get it? Now, T-Pain has seen fit to give the position a salute in the form of a song, “Reverse Cowgirl.” The video, which is sort of like a slow jam homage to doin’ it that way, features a woman flailing around on the floor with a saddle on her back. It also features T-Pain singing in that horrible Auto-Tune way. The lyrics are, well, they are what they are, aren’t they? “I like how you do it,” he caterwauls, “just put it in reverse cowgirl.” Sounds like he’s asking her to put the car in second gear. Needless to say, I won’t be doing the reverse cowgirl on the dance floor anytime soon. Keep reading »
This morning I’m trying to recover from a musicover. I took in more live shows than my body could handle yesterday, was little bit overwhelmed by too much wonderfulness. Lots of coffee, a Tylenol , and maybe some dude watching should do the trick.
I knew yesterday was going to be the best day so far when we sat next to the band Metric at brunch. Because that’s just how it is at SXSW. You may be waiting in line for a port-o-potty with your favorite band or sipping coffee at the table next to them. Okay, that was just the build up to the good news … I got passes to the exclusive Spin Magazine party. Hell yeah!
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You’re looking at Hard Ton, grand dame of Italian Disco, doing his best Grace Jones impression. Dude is letting it all hang out for the cover of his first EP, “Selfish.” Whatchu think, is his impression better than Amber Rose’s? [WOW Report] Keep reading »
As I sit here in the lobby updating you about the crunk goings-on at SXSW, there is an impromptu concert going on in the lobby of my hotel. Yeah … the lobby. Because that’s how they roll here in Austin. I haven’t even finished my morning coffee yet and I’m listening to a dope cover of Blu Cantrell’s “Hit ‘Em Up Style” Also, I should mention that I’ve seen at least 14 guys that have made me drool in the last 10 minutes. They are everywhere! This is a freaking man Mecca! But I’m here for the music, right? Keep reading »
In case you’ve been living in an abandoned cave for the last 10 years and you haven’t heard of the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, TX, then let me paint a picture for you. Downtown Austin gets crunk while thousands of hot indie rock and film dudes and dudettes from all over the world swarm the streets of Austin like a pack of sexy killer bees. There is film, music, drinking, networking (aka hooking up) and general debauchery. There are shows every hour on the hour at every possible venue—even the local Pita Pit and Laundromat have live shows—from 4 p.m. until 2 a.m. for five days straight. Are you getting the picture yet? Well, I’m on a plane right now … headed there. Squeal! After the jump, what I’m most excited about for SXSW 2010. Keep reading »
This week, I learned there’s an artist called Popa Chubby. Ha! While we’re not gonna take him for a spin, there is plenty of stuff that’ll keep you up for the work day! After the jump, Seabear hugs it out, The Whigs give us a party, Neon Trees grow, and Gin Wigmore is on the rocks. Keep reading »
Looking for something to get you through the Ides of March? Put on the sunny sounds of She & Him‘s appropriately titled second album, Volume Two. The record officially drops next Tuesday, but you can stream the entire album over on NPR. Besides the first single, “In the Sun,” with its ’50s sock hop-style video, we’re feeling “Over It Over Again” and “Lingering Still.” [NPR] Keep reading »