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.
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.
SXSW Friday in Pictures: Surprise Fall Out Boy show, Chvrches brings the SPIN party crowd & Vampire Weekend shares some new tunes
Friday was my day in line. Ugh. With bigger weekend crowds and requirements to pick up wristbands and passes for some of the weekend’s more exclusive events, I spent far more time burning in the Austin sun in a non-moving line than I cared for. Fortunately, some great performances from bands such as Fall Out Boy, Vampire, Weekend, Chvrches and more made up for all the line waiting.
Caffeinated, I was officially ready for day 2 at SXSW Music. Wednesday would take me to see rising UK star Dan Croll, the young and energetic Kitten, the rockers in the Neighbourhood, the indie rock of Papa, the charming duo Boy, a tribute to an Austin legend by the Wild Seeds and friends, Family of the Year with Lord Huron, then an evening with Atlantic Records at the Belmont featuring Tegan and Sara, Paramore, and Twenty One Pilots.