Badges or not, Antiquiet looks to open your eyes and ears to a fresh crop of rock taking to the limitless stages during SXSW 2013. So get out your schedule and a red marker because you’re going to want to catch as many of these bands as you can manage. You can sleep when it’s over.
HOLY SHIT GO TO THIS. If you haven’t seen Jordan Cook aka Reignwolf live onstage yet, now is your chance to say you did before they go all intergalactic on your lazy ass. This Seattle-based one-man band (and sometimes trio) is known for its pounding drums, pulsing low-end, outrageous shredding, intense vocals, and over the top stage antics (Jordan is known to play till he bleeds). Check out this great Neighbors & Dead of Night performance. I can safely say THIS is the gig you want to kick off your SXSW adventures. Did I mention it is totally FREE? No Badge Needed! RSVP here and get to Rusty’s early on Wednesday, March 13th to do some serious rocking out. First come, first to get fucking destroyed by Reignwolf. The band does have four other shows you can catch at SXSW, but none of them also have Alain Johannes and Eagles of Death Metal, so you might want to mosey over to Rusty’s.
Black Drawing Chalks
Brazil has an untold number of amazing heavy rock bands just waiting to be discovered. Black Drawing Chalks is one of these bands. Like a slow, sleepy Kyuss or Arctic Monkeys, Cut Myself In Two stutters and pounds along and opens to a sing-a-long chorus marked with guitar stabs. The Stalker has a solidly Sabbath stomp, and I’ve Got Your Flavor is closer to Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Remember that Reignwolf show? Yeah, Black Drawing Chalks will also be at that show. So here’s to showing up at the free event at Rusty’s on Wednesday, March 13th and getting schooled by these Brazilian stoner rockers.
Pissed Jeans are a raucous breed of noisy hardcore punk band from Allentown, PA. It sucks there so they moved to Philly. They are signed to Sub Pop, and so far they have released three albums for the band. This band has a menacing groove, simultaneously catchy and craven. This is the kind of music that kicks your ass and then buys you a Pabst. They have a new album called Honeys, which is out now, and is heavier than ever. You should check out the video for Bathroom Laughter, it’s hilarious and gory. Pissed Jeans will play the Pitchfork Showcase on March 14th.
Originally named after the 80s kids show Reading Rainbow (until Carrie Brownstein said the name sucked), the four piece Bleeding Rainbow is a breath of sunny, fresh air in a montage of 90s revivalists. Their latest album is Yeah, Right on Kanine Records, and it is a breezy and fuzzy nod to melodic monsters like Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, and Sonic Youth. With male & female vocals, they wander with ease in the psychedelic lands between pretty and punk. They completely evade being a simple throwback, and have made a sound all of their own. Oh yeah and Dave Grohl really likes their song Drift Away. Catch this fun band during their seemingly endless SXSW schedule, more details here.
This funky, James Brown-homage to rock & soul is a 4-piece outfit that has been steadily gaining steam on the success of their 2011 album “The Bomb Shelter Sessions.” Their Black Keys-ish minimalist blues rock is combined with an impossible-not-to-dance energy that makes for a hell of a live show. Check out the video for Blues Hand Me Down. You can catch these guys at three different events at SXSW 2013: HYPE Sony at Hangar’s on 3/14, the Doritos Vending Machine on 3/15 (Oh yes! Literally a gigantic Doritos Vending Machine. Powered by tweets. Yes.), and at Live Nation Labs on March 16th.
This Portland, Oregon trio is not new on the scene. Many were keen on their debut album More Parts Per Million. With five albums under their belt since then, their latest and sixth is Desperate Ground, which was recorded in Hoboken, NJ, during Superstorm Sandy. (Woah.) Somehow managing to be both poppy and visceral, The Thermals evoke Paul Westerberg playing through a broken amp lent to him by The Breeders. Good stuff, check out I Don’t Believe You and catch them at one of their many appearances at SXSW.
Not your average sister band, this duo is part Best Coast, part Buzzcocks, part sunshine, part mayhem, and all sorts of fun. Sisters Jennifer and Jessica Clavin formed the bouncy punk-pop Bleached after the demise of their previous band, Mika Miko. They have been picking up buzz since their first single “Francis” was released in 2011 and their much anticipated debut album “Ride Your Heart” drops this April, and you can hear the first single Next Stop here. They have a bunch of SXSW shows as well.
King Tuff is from Vermont and he makes anthemic stoner punk at its very best. The songs somehow congeal into a Beach Boys-meets-Ramones sing-a-long chorus every time (see: Keep On Moving and Bad Thing). On top of being uniquely himself, King Tuff actually knocked Jack White’s Blunderbuss from its top charting position on Billboard. There are two free songs available for download at Sub Pop, and be sure to catch King Tuff at SXSW!
Sounding sort of like a drunken dream you once had, The Orwells are incredibly young to be so good. A 5-piece from Chicago, they write songs about girls and drinking and getting suspended from high school, and other teenage angst. However, they are catchy as fuck with a ton of raw, noisy passion. This is a very promising young group to keep your eyes on. Their debut Remember When came out in 2012, check out Mallrats (La La La) and Halloween All Year. They are just plain rad. Try and catch them at SXSW if you can; they have a bunch of performances including the BrooklynVegan party.
For those of you who want to like Kaki King, but she just doesn’t rock hard enough, there’s Marnie Stern. And she absolutely annihilates. One of my favorite lyricists, she sings about nerdy stuff like space, personal transformation, and other philosophical mindbenders. The Kill Rock Stars shredder has just released a new album named The Chronicles of Marnia (YES, that is the best album title ever), and you can listen to a full album stream at NPR. The lead song, Year of The Glad is a great introduction to the poppy, frenetic and fantastic NY native who has been steadily gaining ground since her 2008 release, This Is It And I Am It And You Are It And So Is That And He Is It And She Is It And It Is It And That Is That (YES, that is seriously the album name). Marnie Stern will be playing the Kill Rock Stars showcase at SXSW.
The Harpoonist and The Axe Murderer
With a sexy blues groove and a completely weird name, The Harpoonist and The Axe Murderer are off to a solid start. This duo serves up riffs that would make The Black Keys and The White Stripes proud. Sure, they have a familiar sound but there is enough originality to keep you listening. The word swagger comes to mind. Honestly, the word swagger doesn’t really ever come to mind for any reason, so that’s enough right there to recommend this rootsy Canadian band. Listen to Roll With The Punches and catch them at SXSW on March 13th at the Canada Blast Showcase.