Kelsey Bradshaw

Bleachers delivers high-energy show at SXSW

Hundreds trekked through the mud and waited in the rain at Stubb’s Bar-B-Q to see Bleachers, a popular band.

Bleachers is headed by Jack Antonoff, the lead singer who started the band in 2014 after keeping the project a secret. The band played three shows at South by Southwest and ended with a performance at Stubb’s. The Ting Tings and Clean Bandit played before Bleachers. The Ting Tings performed their popular song “That’s Not My Name,” and Clean Bandit played “Rather Be.”

The band performed in the rain to a crowd of dedicated concertgoers.

Snoop Dogg gives SXSW Music keynote to ‘his peoples’

The South by Southwest Music keynote speaker position is a coveted role once held by Johnny Cash, Dave Grohl and Lady Gaga.

Rapper Snoop Dogg made his mark on the festival March 19 at the Austin Convention Center as the 2015 music keynote speaker. Ted Chung, Snoop Dogg’s manager, moderated the 45-minute session. The conversation was set to start at 11 a.m. The line to get into the auditorium wrapped around a hallway of the convention center at 9:30 a.m.

Lindsay Lambert, Houston native and Snoop Dogg fanatic, arrived at the convention center at 8:40 a.m. She was first in line.

Plain White T’s anything but plain

There was only one thing to do at the Plain White T’s set March 19 at the South by Southwest Music festival—rock out.

The band, made famous in 2007 by its hit “Hey There Delilah,” performed its sixth show at SXSW in Red Eyed Fly, a bar adjacent to Sixth Street. The venue was an intimate setting, complete with twinkle lights and an outdoor patio. The band was within arm’s length of the crowd of over 50 people.

Some people in the crowd wore plain white T-shirts to listen to the five-piece band. The band played “1234” and “Rhythm of Love” during the 40 minute set.

A candid conversation with AyOH

AyOH, a Chicago-based band, visited Austin for the first time at South by Southwest. The four-person band was one member short for their conversation with The University Star. Avi Dell, vocals and guitar; John Arrotti, drums and vocals and Austin Russell, guitar, discussed their first time at SXSW and the name of the band.
 
KB: Why did y’all want to come play at SXSW?
AD: This is the place to be. This is where music happens. This has always been on my personal roadmap. It’s kind of overwhelming.
 
KB: What other artists are you guys excited to see here?
AD: Future Islands is playing tonight.
JA: Lonely Island would be cool, though.
 

Q&A with The Suffers at SXSW

The Suffers are a Houston-based band that made its way west for the South by Southwest Music Festival.

The 11-person band specializes in funk, soul and R&B music. The Suffers performed at SXSW last year. The band’s first show was in July 2011. Adam Casteneda, bass; Nick Zamora, drums and Pat Kelly, keyboard, represented the band in a conversation with The University Star.

Going to church with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

I spent Thursday night sitting in a pew in a church in downtown Austin with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.

South by Southwest is such a huge festival that they held a concert in the Central Presbyterian Church.  Walking in, I thought we would be placed in some sort of banquet hall, but I was wrong. I watched bands play while sitting next to a bible in a pew.

It was a little strange because the audience was just sitting and listening. At all of the concerts I went to this week, a lot of dancing, yelling and head banging was going on. But for this, it was very calm and quiet.

A bright pink and purple light lit up the stage, making Edward Sharpe look completely pink.

We need to talk about the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

I was in line for one of the most well-known rappers in the world, but I got to experience a little something extra.

The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble played a short set Friday before the South by Southwest Music Festival keynote session with Snoop Dogg. I wasn’t able to grab a coffee before making the trek to Austin, so I was barely awake when I sat down in the fifth row of a large ballroom at the Austin Convention Center. But coffee became a moot point once the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble hit the stage. They absolutely, 100 percent, lived up to their name. They were hip and hypnotic. I couldn’t stop dancing.

Wiz Khalifa talks music, sports, drugs at SXSW

Apparently I’m a huge rap fan because I saw not one but two rappers in the same day at South by Southwest Music Festival.

Rapper Wiz Khalifa joined Trevor Andrew, Olympian, Paul Rosenberg, artist manager and moderator Domingo Neris Wednesday to discuss ‘Music in Sports.’ After a 15-minute interview by Neris, he opened up questions from the audience.

Audience questions are usually thrown in at the very end and the journalist in me felt like Neris was being a little lazy and just let the crowd do all the work. Nonetheless, the discussion was pretty good.

The music and sports industry tend to intertwine with one another.

Big Sean speaks at SXSW Music Festival

“What’s up? Y’all motherfuckers good?”

Big Sean definitely had the Texan lingo of “y’all” down for his Wednesday interview at South by Southwest. Elliott Wilson, founder and CEO of Rap Radar, sat down with the popular rapper to talk about his musical inspiration and Ariana Grande during the CRNW @ SXSW Interview session.

For those who are not up to speed, Big Sean and Ariana Grande are dating. Everyone on the Internet makes really bad jokes about their relationship being weird because Grande looks really young for her age. But, after a lot of investigative sitting in the audience, I found out that Big Sean, whose real name is Sean Michael Anderson, is kind of small himself. Now that you have a visual, we can talk about his rap vision.

SXSW Music: day one blog

Thank goodness I know who Spoon is or else I probably would have never been introduced to Milo Greene or Odesza.

We lined up at Hype Hotel in downtown Austin Tuesday night specifically to see Spoon who went on at 1 a.m. The waiting began at 11 p.m. and we didn’t get back to the car until 2:40 a.m.

Look, I love concerts. They’re wonderful. Singing and dancing and feeling carefree for a couple of hours is never terrible. But waiting for the band you want to see to come on is easily the worst thing to happen to a person.

I’ve worn my Chacos throughout the week to stay comfy and alive, but standing for four plus hours can do a lot of damage to your feet and your soul. Get it? Sole. Like your foot.

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