Linqua Franqa (Athens, GA) – effortless hip hop flow that is so good it doesn’t need to be complicated. SXSW Schedule Bio: linguist by day. lunatic lady rapper by night. SXSW 2018 Unofficial Guide SXSW 2018 Twitter List SXSW 2018 Unofficial Guides, Party Lists, and Helpful Sites SXSW 2018 Playlists
Caroline Rose (New York, NY) – infectious up beat folk-esque rock grooves mixed with deep lyrics creating songs that need to be heard. Bio from the album Loner: An obsession with money, an unfaithful lover, a friend’s accidental pregnancy, misogyny, loneliness, death… This is just some of the lighthearted subject matter that make up LONER––the darkly…
*repeat repeat (Nashville, TN) – melodic, yet guitar heavy indie rock that at times is sometimes reminiscent of Vampire Weekend.
Bio: Mixing the sunny swoon of sixties pop with a dark swirl of Warholian garage rock, *repeat repeat create their own geography, dreaming up songs rooted in the spirit of both coasts. Based in Nashville, TN — where frontman Jared Corder, then-drummer Andy Herrin, and keys/singer Kristyn Corder kicked off the band’s career with 2014’s Bad Latitude — the band looks beyond the borders of their landlocked hometown and, instead, mix California surf culture and New York street smarts into the same tracklist. They’re a blend of bloom, doom, and boom. They’re Dick Dale’s snot-nosed grandkids. (more on site)
It is a testament to the strength of their fan base that Typhoon nearly sold-out The Mohawk on a frigid, windy Tuesday evening at the beginning of the month (we’ve been thawing out since). The Portland-based act is touring in support of their first record in four years, Offerings. The concept album has been well-received and thankfully so for the group which spent the better part of the gap between records developing and recording the record.
Front man, Kyle Morton quipped, “Welcome to Portland!” in reference to the unusually cold weather shortly after taking the stage. As one might expect of an orchestral-pop, post-rock band, the group toured with a standard set list, altering it slightly on occasion. The Austin stop led with “Common Sentiments” to a rapt audience who let loose when “Rorschach” made an appearance soon after.
Midway through the performance, Morton stopped the show to allow a couple a moment to get engaged to be married to cheers from fans. The moment of good cheer and humor served Typhoon well. Their new record explores weighty themes as the music mirrors the levity of the songs. Beautiful music made by an experienced, tightly-knit unit of crack musicians. Dual drum kits and a violin add enough unique instrumentation to set the group apart from similar acts. The show had the air of a symphony performance in its elegance.
Other set highlights include, “The Lake”, “Wake” and encore, “Young Fathers.” Typhoon is that rare act that just as impressive live as they are in the studio.
Typhoon sold-out recent stops in San Francisco and Seattle. The group return to Portland for a European tour send-off and a quick stop in Vancouver before heading across The Pond.
Monster pop rockers Sleigh Bells threw down an amazingly energetic set after having to cancel a couple of dates due to Alexis’ flu.
The super talented Hana and JJ of the Overcoats answered some deep questions before the last performance of their tour.
Written and Photos by Bang Ho Walk the Moon has one of the most dedicated fan bases that come out and dance every time. A few fans up front on the barricade had seen multiple shows in multiple cities. The band continued their tradition of walking out on stage to the Lion King Circle of…