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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You know that feeling when a special band comes along. The kind of band who do things a little bit differently and travel to places seldom travelled by other musicians. The Dodos are one such band; their silly name does an injustice to the incredibly clever things they do with music, and on 'Individ', their sixth LP, it's business as usual.
The album kicks off with 'Precipitation', a slow building introduction that acts as an overture to 'Individ''s main musical themes. You get atmospheric waves of e-bow guitar, jumpy, staccato rhythms and a lackadaisical, laid back vocal approach. About halfway through, the noisy, clattering tension breaks into a post-Sonic Youth melodic instrumental section. It feels simple and airy, but there's plenty going on here. It is a fascinating racket for just two blokes to be making.
'Individ' sounds like nobody else out there. You get the almost skiffle drums underlaying the melancholy indie pop of 'The Tide' and you get the high paced alternative country flavours of 'Competition', which comes off a little like Kurt Vile. Where The Dodos really come into their own, however, is when they are playing around with brain twisting rhythms and counter rhythms interlocking and dancing around each other. This is shown to best effect on 'Goodbyes and Endings' which fidgets around while also somehow coming across as an indie anthem. Its huge guitar hooks trade places with the vocals to create an interesting set of textures. The album's final track also showcases their rhythmic complexity, in a sinister seven minute salvo. It feels simplistic, but there are so many layers of sound, subtly built on top of each other. It bears repeated listens.
Continue reading: The Dodos - Individ Album Review