SXSW Recap: Final Countdown

By the final day of SXSW, I was worn out thanks to a cold I had developed over the previous few days.  It turns out that when you work from home, your immune system can't handle the craziness of so many people packed into tiny venues.  So we slept in and got our start with another set by The Local … [Read more...]

SXSW Recap: Day 3 Fires Things Up

Friday at SXSW started out with my favorite band, Frightened Rabbit, at Waterloo Records' day party. Having just seen them at the Showbox did not diminish the experience. Lead singer Scott Hutchison's stage banter was as cheeky as always.  After informing the audience that they'd be signing records … [Read more...]

SXSW 2013 Recap: Day 2, Just The Beginning

Day two at SXSW started at noon, with a set at Haddington's by Cobalt & The Hired Guns.  After hearing so many stories about this band, it was fun to finally see them live. Following Cobalt's set was Seattle-based The Local Strangers' set.  I'm continually impressed by their ability to draw … [Read more...]

SXSW Recap: March 13th, 2013

My first trip to SXSW started with a cab ride to the airport in a white Lincoln towncar.  Our driver was a former employee at Arista Records, and we had a sweet little puppy companion, so we were off to a good start. Moments later it was made even better by the realization that Telekinesis was on … [Read more...]

Bumbershoot Galleries at a Glance

Natalie and Morgen were on a mission to seek out and destroy (aka photograph) as many shows as their cameras could handle. We're pretty sure they succeeded with over thirty bands edited and ready for your viewing pleasure. Rather than posting gallery after gallery, we're giving you the opportunity … [Read more...]

El Vez at Bumbershoot

There's always a crazy costume or two to be found at Bumbershoot. This year it wasn't just the fans or participants in Elvistravaganza, El Vez got into the act as well (though weirdly they do sound an awful lot alike). Natalie dropped in on their set and this one you don't want to miss. … [Read more...]

Bryan John Appleby at Bumbershoot

Bryan John Appleby (BJA) has been on IRW's radar for a very very long time. You've heard Julia gush about his live performances, Morgen has shot so many of his shows that she's lost count and now we've sucked Natalie into the mix. He has a way of mesmerizing you without a hint of egotism and you … [Read more...]

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart at Bumbershoot

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are super sweet and their music is light and fun. Just what you'd expect if someone describes a band as "pop". A little bit rock, a little eighties synth and a lead male vocalist using a slightly higher-than-typical pitch. You can almost see the black and white album … [Read more...]

Ty Segall at Bumbershoot

It's a known fact that Ty Segall is a dynamo on stage. He may look unassuming as he comes on stage but that's when the low-key ambiance gets kicked into high gear. Natalie caught him in the act with this great gallery. … [Read more...]

Krist Novoselic with The Vaselines at Bumbershoot

In case you missed it, Krist Novoselic (of Nirvana fame) joined The Vaselines onstage as Bumbershoot was winding to a close Monday night.  As they played "Jesus Doesn't Want Me for a Sunbeam," Krist helped out on accordion... of course. The Vaselines have been around for ages but they came into the … [Read more...]