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Tuesday, 18th Mar 2014
Last week, we visited SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas. What originally began as a $10 music showcase has grown to be one of the best-known festivals in the USA, drawing over 25,000 official registrants for a two week conference focusing on interactive technology, music and film. Every year, hundreds of artists travel from all over the globe to play to crowds at what's known by many as the ‘Live Music Capital of the World’. SXSW is just as well known for its official schedule as it is for off-calendar gigs, with musicians lining the city’s historic 6th Street and taking over barbeques, carparks and patios.
British acts have been flocking to SXSW for years and 2014 was no exception. From relative newcomers such as Thumpers, Temples and Wolf Alice to super-acts like Damon Albarn and Coldplay; SXSW offers the opportunity to see big names in small settings and a platform for some of the UK’s best new music. The BBC's Huw Stephens hosted his annual showcase at the intimate Latitude 30, presenting British artist Bipolar Sunshine to a packed-out crowd. Other stand-out performances came from Baltimore trio Future Islands and the hotly tipped Chlöe Howl.
British artists also featured in the SXSW Film schedule - former Orange Juice frontman Edwyn Collins premiered The Possibilities Are Endless, the story of his recovery after a stroke left him without memory and able to utter just two phrases: 'the possibilities are endless' and his wife's name, 'Grace Maxwell'. The poignant film, directed by James Hall and Edward Lovelace, received an incredible response from both critics and attendees at the festival.
Whilst SXSW continues to grow - pop behemoth Lady Gaga held a keynote speech - its charm still lies in the presentation of break-through acts from across the globe, many of whom may be headlining festivals this time next year.
Friday, 31st Jan 2014
Speaking to Bradley Wiggins shortly after his history-making wins at the 2012 Tour de France and the London Olympics, we asked the cycling champion whether there had been a soundtrack behind his incredible summer of successes. A preview of The Moons second album Fables of History had been brought along to the Tour by Team Sky photographer Scott Mitchell, who had recently worked with the band. Bradley recalls travelling back to the team hotel and listening the album, saying: "songs like English Summer and Jennifer became a bit of a soundtrack for the third week of the Tour for us, as well as the Olympics".
We caught up with Andy Crofts, vocalist and guitarist with The Moons to talk music, influences and what's up next for the band.
How did The Moons get together as a group?
The Moons originally started as a solo project. I'd worked on many demos, so I decided to go into a studio and record a collection of the best songs I had at the time. I soon got lots of good feedback and decided to get a band together from there. The spirit of The Moons as a band is very free: we have musicians and friends who have been involved over different periods of time and we like that way of doing things. I write all of the songs, so I keep a lunar thread through it all.
Monday, 25th Nov 2013
The newly reopened Tate Britain has teamed up with Warp Records for a free evening of performances and installations, inspired by former Turner Prize winner Jeremy Deller. Focusing on the artist's 'History of the World' piece, which shows a diagram of Acid House's relationship with brass bands, the evening will feature live performances by Jeremy Deller's Acid Brass collective and Warp Records' patten.
Jeremy Deller, The History of the World, 1998. © Jeremy Deller
Installations on the night will include work by Warp artists Hudson Mohawke, Oneohtrix and Rustie. The Warp x Tate evening will take place on Friday 6th December, and forms part of a series of bi-monthly 'Late at Tate' events, featuring music, film, fashion and live performances.