Manchester Orchestra is gearing up to embark on a 40 city North American tour with their friends in Balance & Composure and Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band. To help get fans pumped for the tour (not that you needed another reason to get pumped for this lineup), the bands have all released a free Tour Drop EP with some rarer and more popular tracks.
Despite being a Boston band, one of their must hear hits is a song called “Texas,” a romantic medley that’s sure to be popular this year in the heart of Texas at SXSW.
“If you didn’t see me, then you weren’t on the dance floor…”
This may simply be lyrics from Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.’s current single, but it’s also an apt description of what it’s like to see them live. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. is quirky, funny, but above all, they are a blast to dance along with. The indie pop act brought their brand of dance music all the way from to Detroit to Austin, Texas for a night of dance fun at Emo’s.
Apple’s popular iTunes Music Festival is making a special appearance at this year’s SXSW music festival. The iTunes Festival will be taking over ACL Live at the Moody Theater for five nights of free music for SXSW registrants.
Foster the People is set to return to SXSW this year and they’ll be headlining one of the festival’s biggest events: a free to the public outdoor show at Butler Park in Austin, TX.
Antone’s is moving from its current Riverside location back to downtown Austin, but they went out with a bang. The final show at the Riverside Antone’s featured New Politics, Magic Man and Sleeper Agent in a memorable finale. While the last for Antone’s, it was one of the first of many shows together for these touring bands.
In Photos: KGSR Anniversary Party featuring Brett Dennen, Saints of Valory & the Unlikely Candidates at Antone’s in Austin, TX
To help celebrate 23 years of bringing music to the Austin airwaves, local radio station KGSR brought a fun lineup of local and national acts to town for a special show for its most loyal listeners. Brett Dennen, Fort Worth’s the Unlikely Candidate’s and Austin’s very own Saints of Valory joined together at Antone’s to help KGSR celebrate in style.
A co-headlining tour causes a bit of a mixed bag. On the one hand, each band gets decently full sets. Yet on the other hand, no matter who you came to see, you can’t help but wish for more. In the case of the other night’s Relient K and Motion City Soundtrack co-headlining show at Emo’s in Austin, I was happy to hear so many great songs from each band, but call me spoiled; I couldn’t help but wish for even more. With three bands on the bill playing 45 minutes each, it was a great taste of each, but not quite enough to satiate my appetite.
In Photos: Robert Delong, Sirah and Twenty One Pilots at Emo’s in Austin, TX
In Photos: Kevin Devine with Now, Now at Stubbs in Austin, TX