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TGTF Guide to SXSW 2015: FLOODfest’s inaugural event in Austin

By on Thursday, 12th March 2015 at 11:00 am

This year marks the premiere of FLOODfest at SXSW, sponsored by Flood Magazine and personal media startup Lyve. The FLOODfest bill encompasses four daytime showcases and three action-packed night shows at the Cedar Street Courtyard, beginning on Wednesday the 18th of March and running through Saturday the 21st. Daytime showcases are open to the public with advance RSVP, but admission will be first come, first served based on venue capacity. Each day show will open with a smaller preliminary showcase from 11 AM to 1 PM before the main events begin. Evening shows will require official SXSW badges and wristbands for entry and promise to extend late into the night with big name crowd draws Spoon, Courtney Barnett and Run the Jewels.

The Wednesday daytime showcase in particular is scheduled to include several acts of interest to TGTF fans. The lineup involves folk punk collective Skinny Lister (read our SXSW preview on them here), rock veteran Carl Barât and his new band the Jackals and populist troubadour Frank Turner, who is in Austin not only to perform his music, but also to serve as a Music Convention panelist and to promote his new memoir ‘The Road Beneath My Feet’ (after SXSW he will return to the UK to promote it on a book tour). The Wednesday night showcase will feature Massachusetts quartet Speedy Ortiz as well as Arcade Fire’s Win Butler, performing in his solo side project guise as DJ Windows 98.

Thursday’s highlights include Years & Years and the Ting Tings (read our SXSW preview on them here) during the day, with the Vaccines opening the activities for the nighttime show. The Friday afternoon showcase will wrap up with Best Coast, and the Friday evening show will feature a set by TGTF favourite and SXSW 2014 alumnus Until the Ribbon Breaks. The festivities will wind down on Saturday afternoon with a showcase of Warner Brothers Records artists including current American radio stars Big Data and Priory.

The full lineup for FLOODfest at SXSW is listed below. However, as always, we recommend that you keep an eye on the FLOODfest Web site for updated information, as acts are subject to change.

Wednesday 18th March

11 AM – 1 PM Dutch Impact Showcase: Taymir, Sevdaliza, Jacco Gardner
1 PM – 6 PM INgrooves/XtraMile Showcase: Avid Dancer, Skinny Lister, Geographer, Carl Barât and the Jackals, Frank Turner
8 PM – 2 AM Taymir, Dotan, Basecamp, Speedy Ortiz, DJ Windows 98, Spoon

Thursday 19th March

11 AM – 1 PM Norway Showcase: Marit Larsen, Haust, Hanne Kolstø
1 PM – 6 PM Paradigm/ASCAP Showcase: Hippo Campus, Swimm, Tove Stryke, Years & Years, The Ting Tings
8 PM – 2 AM The Vaccines, Viet Cong, Metz, King Tuff, Courtney Barnett

Friday 20th March

11 AM – 1 PM Sweden Showcase: Amason, Indevotion, Good Harvest
1 PM – 6 PM Capitol Records Group Showcase: Son Real, BJ the Chicago Kid, James Davis, Seinabo Sey, Halsey, Best Coast
8 PM – 2 AM Mick Jenkins, Nosaj Thing, Until the Ribbon Breaks, Run the Jewels

Saturday 21st March

11 AM – 1 PM Volumen Showcase: The Brevet, Ejambre, Apolo
1 PM – 6 PM Warner Brothers Records Showcase: Dylan Gardner, Mystery Skulls, Priory, Greg Holden, Big Data, Twin Shadow


Video of the Moment #1484: Best Coast

By on Sunday, 30th March 2014 at 10:00 am

I’m not a huge fan of Best Coast, but even I can appreciate the great care taken to filming the video for ‘Baby I’m Crying’, from the band’s ‘Fade Away’ EP. Directed by Ryan Reichenfeld, it uses binaural technology, a process utilising microphones placed within a human dummy head for an immersive, 360 degree field of sound so while you’re listening to it, it feels like you’re in the room. Try putting your headphones on for this one.



Video of the Moment #1370: Best Coast

By on Saturday, 2nd November 2013 at 10:00 am

Best Coast‘s latest video is for ‘I Don’t Know How’ and isn’t terribly inspired: there are a lot of close up shots of frontwoman Bethany Cosentino, wearing a yin-yang themed jumper in the middle of a skateboarding park while skaters are doing their thing in the background. As Noisey describes it, “it’s reliably sun drenched”. Guess that’s a positive. The song appears on the duo’s ‘Fade Away’ EP, out now. Watch it below.



Video of the Moment #1044: Best Coast

By on Sunday, 18th November 2012 at 10:00 am

Maybe we should make Sunday a live video day here at TGTF, because it seems like every band is making ‘a promo vid’ out of live clips. Boring. The latest? Best Coast‘s for ‘Do You Love Me Like You Used To’. (Typical title for them, eh?)



Video of the Moment #853: Best Coast

By on Saturday, 23rd June 2012 at 10:00 am

Best Coast in matching denim jackets in the Californian sun? That’s what happens in the promo vid for ‘The Only Place’, which is basically an advertisement for the Golden State. Ideal for a Saturday morning, you can watch it below. (PS I think I own that sea otter postcard. Just saying.)



MP3 of the Day #513: Best Coast

By on Thursday, 29th March 2012 at 10:00 am

Can’t get enough of Best Coast‘s sunniness? (Not really a fan, but to each his own…) Their second album is on its way in May, and here’s the first taster, ‘The Only Place’. You can grab it for free in exchange for your email address from the widget below.


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