Boy Friend - Labyrinth": SXSW 2013 Showcasing Artist Boy Friend is an Austin TX based three-piece with a passion for dark pop melodies and thick atmospheric backdrops. Christa Palazzolo & Sarah Brown (formerly of Sleep Over) have self-released EP’s as well as records with Hell, Yes! (Berlin), and recently added Tiffanie Lanmon (of Mirror Travel) on bass/drums.
"How do you write about a musician who has spent more than 30 years defying musical conventions? You could trot out all the cliched rock-critic terms: seminal, hyperbole, incendiary, eponymous, masterful, achingly poignant, priceless, alt-country, old-school, outlaw. Some of those might even fit if you shoehorned them into context.
2012 was a big year for The Sideshow Tragedy: in addition to continuing their tireless, never-ending tour of The United States, the band also completed their first European tour and released a new record, Persona. Recorded and produced by Austin TX funk outfit T Bird and the Breaks, the LP is the Austin, TX duo’s rawest, bluesiest, dirtiest offering to date.
Conveyor is a Brooklyn-based music project spawned by the fated juncture of a wandering tarot of musicians in Gainesville, FL. Was it kismet or perhaps a primordial summon which led these gentlemen purveyors of sound to individually tune in and migrate North to the bustling seductress known as New York City? Their retort is Sun Ray, a debut EP birthed and released in the warm embrace of Spring 2011.
Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics roots are embedded in the rich sound and history of Georgia soul, beginning with the early 50’s and 60’s R&B that became so well known around the world. Having performed countless gigs since 2005, and with a slew of 45rpm singles already under their belts, the band has already contributed heavily to the steadily increasing awareness of genuine rhythm and blues music that exists today. They pack clubs and festivals with their original brand of soul, all of which is written and recorded in Atlanta.
“…a sound that simultaneously stimulates and satisfies…” – My Old Kentucky Blog Boy+Kite released their debut album Go Fly the summer of 2011, although the band started in 2009 when the two main members Beth & Darvin met in a hot tub. Since the release of Go Fly they have been flying high, opening up for acts such as Ume, The Quiet Company and The Toadies. The band also hit the Top 10 Charts on KUT 90.5 in Austin, TX and stayed in the top 10 for 12 weeks!
From Wellfleet Massachusetts, a town of crashing waves, gnarled pine trees, and the only town clock in the world that still rings ship’s time, step the Parkington Sisters. Like their hometown surroundings, they have “a collective magic — part chemistry, part alchemy, and entirely mysterious.” The four sisters emerge from a lineage of musicians, each a songwriter and dynamic multi-instrumentalist; Rose plays piano, guitar and accordion, Ariel and Sarah play violin and viola, and Nora plays violin and percussion.
Moon Taxi is one of those rare bands that unites musical ingenuity with thoughtful lyrics and still somehow manages to wildly entertain and thrill a crowd. Their new record, Cabaret, is a layered, multi-dimensional endeavor that displays the band’s maturing sense of their own musical identity. A follow-up to their live album, Live Ride, Cabaret illustrates the challenges of defining yourself in a world that seems to be suffering from its own identity loss.
The self proclaimed ‘Realest Outta Alabama’, KD has established himself as one of the rising stars of rap’s new underground. Born and raised on the Westside of Birmingham, Alabama’s largest city, KD’s deep Southern roots have helped to cultivate and continue the Southern rap sound pioneered by artists such as 8Ball & MJG, UGK, Scarface, Master P, Three Six Mafia, Goodie MoB, & Dirty. KD describes his sound as “hardcore, yet conscious street lyrics over hard and soulful beats; never let that pimpin and that gangsta die”.
Allow us to introduce the US debut of 24-year old Dutch multi-instrumentalist Jacco Gardner - prepare to have your minds blown. After releasing a criminally limited 7-inch in Europe earlier in 2012, Gardner returns with a brand-new, double dose of hits for Trouble In Mind. "Where Will You Go"s opening guitar strums fade into view before lurching into a dreamy baroque-pop groover, with lush melodies cascading over a driving drum beat, conjuring images of Syd jamming with Revolver-era Beatles.