SXSW Artist to Watch: Solids

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SXSW may have grown up, but the underground is still alive, with hundreds of unknown bands set to hit Austin stages this week. Meet Montreal two-piece, Solids.

Who They Are: Xavier Germain Poitras (vocals, guitars) & Louis Guillemette (drums, vocals) are from Montreal. While we’ve been raving about bands from Toronto for a while now, Montreal has quietly been churning out some great stuff too like The Besnard Lakes, No Joy and Tim Hecker to name a few.

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SXSW Pick: Coachwhips

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SXSW isn’t just for the noobs anymore. Over the past several years, established acts have begun flocking to Austin and even we have to admit, sometimes it’s hard to keep up. So whether you know every lyric or are just hearing them for the first time, we want to highlight Coachwhips.

Why You Should Know Them: Maybe you’re more familiar with John Dwyer from Thee Oh Sees, but before that he was rocking out in Coachwhips. With Thee Oh Sees taking a break, Dwyer is putting some energy into his old school project, who blitzed through five albums in their short career.

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SXSW Artist to Watch: WATCHOUT!

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SXSW may have grown up, but the underground is still alive, with hundreds of unknown bands set to hit Austin stages this week. Meet one of Chile’s most exciting psychedelic exports, WATCHOUT!

Who They Are: Martin, Gonzalo and Nicolás and Francisco are from Santiago, Chile, which is home to a veritable goldmine of psychedelic rock bands. The band formed in 2007 and currently have two albums to their name.

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Where It’s At: BRIC House

BRIC House opened in October 2013, after completing a $35m+ project to renovate the old Strand Theatre at 647 Fulton Street. I’ve been looking forward to visiting since we interviewed Jack Walsh of Celebrate Brooklyn back in November about the new space.

Access could scarcely be easier as it is merely a few minutes walk from 12 different subways lines (the nearest is Nevins St on the 2,3,4,5) and it’s certainly hard to miss the building itself, with snow white exterior shining like a beacon compared to the fading BAM Harvey Theater next door.

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NYC Popfest 2014

NYC Popfest has been bringing sunny-sounding guitar bands to New York since 2007 and usually has a trick or two up its sleeve. Last year featured the Monochrome Set’s first US shows in 30 years as well as the great New Zealand band, The Bats.

So far, the lineup this year offers a few intriguing options, including Swedish band The Garlands and California band Heathers (stream both bands below). On the nostalgia front, Flatmates and Haywains are both UK bands from the 80s.

You can currently buy 4-day passes for $60 and the initial line up is below the jump.

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Adam Buxton Is In NYC Tonight and Tomorrow

British comedian/actor Adam Buxton is playing a couple of small sets before heading to SXSW next week.

Tonight he will be at UCB East (details) whilst tomorrow he will be part of a free show at Botanica Bar (details). Longterm New Yorkers may know that the Botanica Bar is where the Knitting Factory first opened before moving on to Tribeca and now Williamsburg.

Buxton first became known in the mid-90s with The Adam and Joe Show in the UK, which was ahead of its time with its ramshackle DIY work ethic and blend of sketches, music parody and toy re-enactments (some clips below). He also directed a video for Radiohead’s Jigsaw Falling Into Place, which is also below the jump.

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La Sera Record Release Show at Baby’s All Right, Debut New Track

Vivian Girls may have just played their last shows but Katy Goodman’s La Sera announced details for their third album, Hour of the Dawn, which is set for release by Hardly Art  on the 13th of May.

To coincide with the release, the band has just announced a show at Baby’s All Right on the 10th of May and tickets are available now, follow La Sera here for all NYC show announcements.

The first single has just been released, called Losing to the Dark, which you can listen to below as well as an album teaser and tracklisting. Sees the Light was my favourite record of 2012, so my expectations are high and this is a great start!

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