Manhattan based rockers Skaters are set to make some noise at their upcoming SXSW showcases.
SXSW festival brings some incredible artists to Texas this year and Skaters are no exception. They'll be hitting stages in Austin from March 12th where they'll be kicking off their SXSW stretch with a show at Holy Mountain as part of the Splendour In The Grass and Falls Festival showcase. Their most anticipated show of the week will be the Eventbrite and Governors Ball Lawn Party, also taking place on the 12th, over at the Empire Control Room and Garage. The Governors Ball selection came after they were announced to be playing the festival at Randall's Park on June 6th; an event that sees Outkast, Jack White, Vampire Weekend and The Strokes headlining.
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Chicago's biggest music festival Lollapalooza to feature stunning headline acts, great activities and shelters for all weathers.
Since it's revival in 2003, Lollapalooza has been bringing you the very best of rock, metal, punk, hip hop and dance from all the major music legends to the up-and-coming rookies of the business. Taking place at Chicago's Grant Park from August 2nd - 4th 2013, the festival this year features a bedazzling headline roster of Las Vegas indie rockers The Killers, West Sussex goths The Cure, Grammy winning folk four-piece Mumford & Sons and long-running industrial rock group Nine Inch Nails. There will also be a huge range of activities to occupy yourself with over the weekend from the Samsung Galaxy Experience where you can check out the latest gadgets, to art stations where you can become a comic strip or be transformed into a work of pop art.
Deap Vally's debut EP 'Get Deap!' is one that cements the duo's hunger and determination for widespread success. It feels like the LA duo - vocalist and guitarist Lindsey Troy and drummer Julie Edwards - have put absolutely every inch of their souls into this first release. They're ready to prove to one and all they've got what it takes to be the next girl rock duo to rampage their way to acclaim. Listening to the sheer rock 'n' roll nature that fights its way through the four tracks, you would never have thought the duo met in a crochet class of all places. However, this angsty sound can be mistaken for sounding a bit try-hard at times.
Troy's ballsy vocals sometimes get a bit tied up in her aggressive, twangy voice and it's hard to make out their meaning, but they add to the scuzz of the music. If she controlled her voice a little more - like in 'Lies' where she appears to bring down her pipes half way through - she might have a few more people relating to her lyrics. The same also goes for the beginning section of 'End of The Word' where she commands, "Listen up, there's no time like the present, I said there's no time like the present, to open up our hearts and let love shine in". The 'arghs' heard in 'Gonna Make My Own Money' are also hideously infectious. Troy's words in this track also show this bravado independence of girl power that chugs through 'Get Deap!' - "Daddy, don't you understand, I'm gonna make my own money, gonna buy my own land," Whilst the anger fits the bill of the rugged garage rock, it's a great shame it feels lyrically distant at times.
Despite the vocal rift, the guitar and Edwards' drums keep Deap Vally in the game. Brimming with weighty riffs making their mark with fragmented hooks, the duo have been compared to The White Stripes and Black Sabbath. They give the tracks a gritty presence and with the subtle feedback heard in 'Ain't Fair', they also gain a live atmosphere. With the smashing, rampant drums in tow, Deap Vally give themselves a rock-solid foundation for their music. They have everything they need, but they could tone everything down a fraction to stop it getting overpoweringly out of control. A few more lyrics with some heart wouldn't go a miss either.
Continue reading: Deap Vally - Get Deap! EP Review