Saturday, March 19, 2011

MJTV: Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears with The Relatives - Let Your Light Shine - Live @ #sxsw

My #1 moment at #sxsw so far this year is Austin's Black Joe Lewis live with Reverend Gean West and The Relatives performing "Let Your Light Shine" at the Daystage Stage, Austin Convention Center, 3.18.2011

MJTV: Emmylou Harris - Darling Kate - Live @ #sxsw

The national treasure performing at the Radio Day Stage, Austin Convention Center, SXSW on 3.17.2011

MJTV: Davilla 666 - Live @ #sxsw - Club De Ville

Puerto Rican garage punks, Davilla 666 tear it up at Club De Ville, Austin, TX on 3.17.2011

MJTV: The Jim Jones Revue - Elemental (Live @ #sxsw)

Truly doesn't get hotter than this performance at Emo's Jr in Austin TX last night...

Friday, March 18, 2011

MJTV: Fitz & The Tantrums - MoneyGrabber (Live @ #sxsw)

Fitz & The Tantrums perform MoneyGrabber live at the Day Stage in Austin Convention Center, Austin TX on 3.18.2011

Thursday, March 17, 2011

MJTV: Bad Veins - Live @ #sxsw

Cincy's Bad Veins performing live @ SXSW in Austin Convention Center 3.17.2011. Sometimes the best band is right around the corner from you, playing in a glorified hallway...

#SXSW 2011 - Day 1

Hit the ground running this time, with two bands under our belts before we could even check into our rooms. (Thanks Radisson!)

In order we saw...

The Clutters (C): Memphis band, average energy, average originals, average grade, paled in comparison to the next band.

The Woggles (A): The legendary Georgia band always brings the goods. You can see the videos. Classic garage rock delivered with high energy and charisma. They set the bar high for the rest of the week!

Yuck (B): This London band exists somewhere between Dinosaur Jr and shoegaze. I'm calling it buzzgaze. Strong set with a weak last song that docked them half a letter grade.

James Blake (B-): I *get* James Blake. Seriously. This is music that's built for remixing. When it works, it can be cathartic and revelatory. Unfortunately, it didn't work for me as much as it did for rest of the crowd. On this night, IMHO, hype won out over performance.

Smith Westerns (A-): On the other hand, about a third of the buzz-chasing scenesters bailed out after the Blake set. Too bad. This Chicago four-piece delivered melodic indie rock to mostly lukewarm response.

Raphael Saadiq (B): Professional. Good energy. A bit stock. Saadiq's trying to rough up his music a little. Not sure it fits him as well and this performance wasn't quite as sharp as last year's Austin Music Hall set.

Duran Duran (B+): Although they might not be as pretty as they were in the 80's, Simon LeBon's still a very charismatic presence. When they ripped through "Hungry Like The Wolf", it was 1982 again.

All in all, a strong first day. Other than that, I'm tired already of hearing service and hotel workers use SXSW as an excuse for shitty service. Really? Like this doesn't happen every year?

Oh, and I'd give an A+ to the sweet potato bread pudding I had from a street vendor on Red River... :)

MJTV: The Woggles - It's Not About What I Want (It's What You Got) - Live @ #sxsw

The legenday Woggles perform It's Not About What I Want (It's What You Got) at the Elysium on 3.16.2011 at SXSW.

MJTV: The Woggles - Rock & Roll Backlash #sxsw

The legendary Woggles tear it up at Elysium during a SXSW day party...

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

MJTV: Jack White - Dead Leaves & The Dirty Ground #SXSW

NPR Music posted this video of Jack White's parking lot performance @ SXSW today. The eleven minute video also features new Third Man Records artist Seaside Steve...

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Kanye Playing #SXSW

Kayne @ #SXSW? That's what Idolator says. Details are firming up, but it looks like he'll be on at Midnight Saturday the 19th at the VEVO Power Station.

Cheap Thrills: Liam Finn - The Struggle

Free download of a new track from Finn's upcoming FOMO here.

Cheap Thrills: TV On The Radio - Caffeinated Consciousness

Get the second track from Nine Types of Light for the price of an email address here...

Thursday, March 10, 2011

MOG's SXSW Party @ The Mohawk

Of all the SXSW parties I've seen so far, this one looks like the top dog. Outkast's Big Boi, a red hot TV On The Radio, Musical Justice fav Okkervil River and buzz bands Yuck, Smith Westerns & Tune-Yards... I'll be able to check off several of the bands that I wanted to see this year in one afternoon. Check it out...

MJTV: R.E.M. - Alligator Aviator Autopilot Antimatter

New video from Collapse Into Now...

Pete Yorn - Precious Stone (Live)

Last of our video from the recent Voodoo Lounge show in Kansas City...

Pete Yorn - Life On A Chain (Live)

Another video from the Yorn show at Voodoo Lounge in Kansas City...

Pete Yorn - Burrito (Live)

Trying our hand at posting our own videos on YouTube. This was shot a couple weeks ago on our handy new Flip when Yorn was at the Voodoo Lounge here in KC...

Counting Down to SXSW

Less than a week to go. We'll be firing things up here, so expect a significant upswing in content leading into our SXSW coverage!