Which are the best venues to visit this SXSW?
SXSW 2015 is set to take over Austin, Texas for yet another spectacular event, spanning numerous venues with countless showcases and hundreds of artists. We may be a few weeks away yet, but here's a little taster of some of the best places to be this year.
First up, the Parish is hosting some seminal shows all week, so this should definitely be at the top of your schedule. Wednesday, March 18th sees alt rock Londoners Wolf Alice on the bill, impressing with material from their EP releases; though we are yet to see an album release from these four. Equally, LA newcomers BØRNS are not to be missed, nor are San Diego indie favourites Delta Spirit. Thursday sees The Vaccines promote their upcoming album 'English Graffiti', alongside Palma Violets with 'Danger In The Club', while New York's Lolawolf brings their brand of sensational disco pop to the scene. Friday will be headlined by the Jarman brothers' band The Cribs, and Saturday will see appropriate surf-rock from Florida four-piece Surfer Blood.
Borns will perform at the Parish on Wednesday, March 18th 2015
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Fine drizzle swirled through the air as a select group of 700 competition winners funnelled their way through the entrance to the Bushmills Live festival.
But with free whiskey, free food and an enticing line-up ahead, the lucky few who had been granted admission to the exclusive festival showed no sign of letting the weather dampen their spirits.
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It's been four years since the release of James Vincent McMorrow's well-received and relatively successful debut album 'Early In The Morning'. Those expecting more of the same may be a little disappointed; James has "no interest in repeating himself". However, those who are willing to pursue the new, accept a shift in emphasis and embrace a change can look forward to some more well-versed, beautifully sung and intimately expressed tracks.
'The Folk' lilt of his previous album is barely present. The guitar accompaniment has been largely dropped in favour of a keyboard. McMorrow's heart has more of an electro leaning with an R&B bend and here he is able to aptly realise his objective and convey more tellingly where his musical allegiances lie.
His first album was by no means deceptive; all the components that made it an accomplished debut are present here. McMorrow's premier instrument, his voice, has been harnessed and honed to compliment his ever more progressive compositions. His lightness of touch, ethereal arrangements and disillusioned and isolated characterisation are all in evidence. The ten-track set tugs on your heart strings through emotive passages and stirring imagery.
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