Listen to A Tribe Called Red, EDM group from Ottawa, Ontario, on SXSWfm!
Written by Dempsey Jones
Canadian EDM group A Tribe Called Red has hit the ground running this past year. After playing three showcases at SXSW 2013, it is clear that A Tribe Called Red has reached a market beyond the indigenous community. Featuring lead female vocals, pow wow drums, and a beat that turns the tables on how electronic music can be defined, their new album, Nation II Nation, is representative of the emotions, passion, and desired rights of aboriginal communities all over the world. A Tribe Called Red is currently working their way through Europe, and this summer you can catch them on individual tour dates across the USA and Canada. They will also spend their summer touring alongside many reputable DJs and EDM performers at the Mad Decent Block Party that will be making its way across America.
Fitz and the Tantrums went into the studio to record their second full-length, More Than Just a Dream, with the goal of moving away from the retro sound that embodied 2010’s Pickin’ Up the Pieces. Released this Tuesday, May 7, More Than Just a Dream was produced by Tony Hoffer, whose body of work includes mixing duties for Beck and Silversun Pickups. The new record features “thick walls of synthesizers and club-ready beats” that were a result of the band focusing “on making it a fun record,” according to The Columbus Dispatch. The band will be on tour throughout the US this summer, including a stop in Austin on July 13!
SXSWfm Featured Artist of the Week: The Flaming Lips (from Oklahoma City, OK) (Photo by George Salisbury)
Written by Andy Flynn
We go way back with the Lips. They've showcased many times, debuted albums, shown films and spoken at panels and interviews. They played The Soft Bulletin here first. They conducted The Parking Lot Experiment and turned showcases into parades down Sixth Street. This March, The Flaming Lips were among the inaugural recipients of the Grulke Prize, SXSW's recognition of creativity and the best new music played on our stages. They debuted their new album, The Terror, before tens of thousands of fans at the SXSW Auditorium Shores Stage. They chose to play new songs and display new stagecraft. Their spirit inspires SXSW and their ever-expanding audience. Listen to the The Flaming Lips today on SXSWfm.
2013 Showcasing Artist Mikal Cronin (San Francisco, CA)
According to Merge Records, Mikal Cronin’s new album “is all about new beginnings” and dealing with new challenges. MCII, Cronin’s second full-length and his first on Merge, was released this Tuesday, May 7. MCII mixes garage rock “with a perfectionist ear with quality control” according to NPR. With the exception of a handful of guest appearances, including Ty Segall, Cronin plays every instrument on the new record. Stay tuned to hear songs from Mikal Cronin’s MCII here on SXSWfm!
A lot of people were talking about Savages after SXSW 2013. The Los Angeles Times said that Savages were a must-hear artist at SXSW, noting that “everything about Savages...felt current.” The Chicago Tribune and The Atlantic also featured Savages as a “must-hear” band from this year’s festival. The timing of these great reviews could not be better: Savages are releasing their debut album, Silence Yourself, this Tuesday, May 7. You can stream tracks from the new album right here on SXSWfm!