Monthly Archives: March 2010

HYPE FILTER: SXSW EDITION

by kevin diamond This week on the Hype Filter, we have a quick survey of bands I’ve seen and look forward to catching while I’m at SXSW this weekend. If you know me at all, you can probably guess that these bands live in the dirty side of the pond. Lots of lo-fi goodness. Best part [...]

MORE FROM SXSW: FROM BACK ROADS TO THE MOON

by lisa ‘sparkplug’ jaycox Surrounded by trucker hats and extremely bushy beards (the kind where you’re not sure where his mouth is), I wasn’t sure what I had gotten myself into on Thursday night of SXSW. When the girl behind me yelled out “Gingers Rule!,” I was satisfied I’d found a subculture I don’t normally [...]

SXSW: DAY TWO

by kevin diamond Next year, I’m training for at least two weeks before I get to SXSW. It’s been an exhausting week and it’s only been two days. Lots of standing around, lots of drinking in the hot sun, lots of walking back and forth between venues. It’s been a blast, but it’s also been [...]

SXSW DAY ONE

by kevin diamond It was easy to pick a highlight from the first day of the South By South West festival here in Austin; I’d be surprised if it didn’t end up being the highlight of my entire week. It was getting a raspberry blown on my belly by Pink Eyes of Fucked Up. They [...]

DEAD BANDS: THESE ARMS ARE SNAKES

by chuck bell Since the inception of Quiet Color’s Dead Bands column, we have seen a few groups come back to life, including Sunny Day Real Estate and Jawbox. However, it was only a matter of time before an active band died on our watch. These Arms Are Snakes are the first of the recently [...]

ST. PATTY’S DAY SAMPLER

by st. perry Kelly green has far and away been my favorite color for most of my life, and cups are in my top 100 inventions of all time. So it goes without saying that I enjoy St. Patrick’s Day. Here’s a St. Patty’s sampler inspired by the color green and all its associated objects… [...]

FOUND ON THE GROUND: HARLEM’S FREE DRUGS ;-)

by kevin diamond (pic by Pooneh Ghana) Good fortune smiled on me the other day. While working at a show — specifically, after I had finished sweeping and mopping the stage, after I had finished picking up piles of dirty beer bottles – I was rewarded with a gift: some drunken patron had left a newly [...]

THE VERY BEST @ THE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

post and pics by A-a & Kate Maxwell Friday evening was the kick off show for The Fader Presents One Step Beyond series at the American Museum of Natural History. Featuring live performances by The Very Best, Theophilus London, and Ninjasonik, a sold-out crowd danced under the planetarium sphere in the Rose Center for Earth [...]

THE MORNING BENDERS: BIG ECHO

by mary leary Can these somewhat over-lauded mop-tops rise to the expectations attending this confidently titled sophomore full-length? Big Echo responds with the warm sound of a phonograph needle on worn vinyl and a progression echoing one of the Fab Four’s most swoon-inducing (“This Boy,” itself a Doo-wop structure) — “Excuses” is irresistibly embroidered pop. [...]

FREDRIK: MILO

by elliot potter A soothing vid for the rainy weekend. Malmo, Sweden’s Fredrik has an array of ambient melodies, but this video for “Milo” is a precious compliment to the sound. You can grab more of Fredrik’s releases from Kora Records.