(AKA The It doesn't feel like Friday and we're still hungover from SXSW edition)
NY indie institutions hold it down @ SXSW
Last weekend wrapped up South By Southwest, and the final day of festivities focused around the NY2LON day party, which was the collaboration of +1 Management, Brooklyn Vegan and Le Tigre. The stacked lineup was unfortunately without top draw Amy Winehouse, who had to pull out of several recent performances, but featured sets by Brooklyn Afrobeaters Antibalas, Montreal blog prog-favorites Malajube and an always enthusiastic (and brave last minute replacement) Thunderbirds are Now!, among others. The show took place on two separate stages, in the basement and lush back garden of the 6th street Cuban restaurant Habana Calle, and from what we could tell went off without a hitch. Check out some pictures of the bands who all played, and some further coverage at Hearya.
The Fratellis Fraterize New York
You know that new iPod commercial? The one that ends with the raucous Ba da da! Da daaaa dat dat ba da Daa! De da du du du? Well, that song comes from a real live band from Scotland and they appear to be getting pretty popular around here. After a successful SXSW (they played an acoustic set at the party mentioned above, in fact), the Jangley Post-Libertines rockers came up to NYC and are in the midst of playing a handful of shows to their ever growing fan base. The sold out early set last night at Mercury Lounge was a hit, and you can read all about it at Sound Bites and Music Snobbery. If you feel incomplete when not keeping tabs on the Brit-Rock band du Jour, you can try to find a way into tonight's sold out Merc show, or check em at the much larger Studio B Saturday.
The All Tomorrow's Parties' Don't Look Back series is a certified hit. The concept is a dream come true. Artists playing their classic albums live, front to back, in their entirety. The Pitchfork Festival in Chicago will be bringing Sonic Youth together to play their classic Daydream Nation, and today they are reporting that Slint will blast completely through Spiderland for two nights at Webster Hall This summer. Tickets are on sale now, and we advise you to get on this soon, because these dates should sell out pretty quickly.