Shortly before appearing at SXSW 2013, Duologue released their first full-length album, Song & Dance, on February 25 in the UK. According to their bio, the band’s sound is “a mixture of the best in pulsing electronica and guitar-based music.” The Guardian states that Duologue’s delicate songs were “dispatched with effortless ease” at the band’s SXSW 2013 showcase. There’s still no official word on when Duologue will release Song & Dance in the U.S.
Artwork for Rat Farm, the Meat Puppets' 14th Studio Album
Formed in 1980, the Meat Puppets are releasing their 14th studio album, Rat Farm, this Tuesday, April 16. The Meat Puppets, who first performed at SXSW in 1993, opened Dave Grohl’s Sound City Players showcase at SXSW 2013 with a strong performance. To celebrate the release of Rat Farm, the band will be in Austin for a free in-store performance this Tuesday at 5pm at Waterloo Records. In the meantime, you can check out several great new tracks from the album here on SXSWfm!
A native of Syria, Omar Souleyman began his singing career in the mid-1990s at the age of 30. Through collaborations with local musicians using Arabic-modified synthesizers, Omar helped pioneer a new wave of dabke, the region's folkloric dance and party music. Omar's music has steadily gained popularity over the years. He's released five studio albums since 2006 and held his first performances outside of the Arab world with tours of the UK and Europe in 2009. During SXSW 2013, Omar headlined a Red Cross benefit, "Our Heart Aches For Syria," at the Long Center.
Caveman have evolved considerably in just three years. Formed in 2010, listed on Stereogum's 40 Best New Bands of 2011 and signed to Fat Possum Records last year, the Brooklyn-based quartet has just released its second full-length album. The self-titled release “isn’t short on efforts to move the band’s sound into uncharted territories,” according to Pitchfork. Caveman is just wrapping a spring tour, but they will be performing at the Sasquatch! Festival on May 25.
2013 SXSW Showcasing Artist Pyyramids (Los Angeles, CA)
After releasing their debut EP, Human Beings, in 2011 and performing live for the first time in 2012, Pyyramids are dropping their debut full-length album, Brightest Darkest Day, on April 9. The duo of Tim Nordwind of OK Go and Drea Smith of He Say/She Say split time recording the album between Nordwind's basement and Dan Konopka of OK Go's studio. The album was mixed by Konopka and Dave Fridmann, who has also worked with The Flaming Lips and MGMT. Pyyramids performed The Beatles' "I'm So Tired" and "Dear Prudence" at the GRAMMY Museum's tribute to the Beatles in addition to two other showcases at SXSW 2013.