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Gemma Ray Covers Mudhoney at SXSW


While in Austin, Texas, for the annual South by Southwest music festival, British musician Gemma Ray stopped by Frank to perform a set for Transistor 6.

Ray’s take of Mudhoney’s “Touch Me I’m Sick” – which appeared on her 2010 album of covers titled It’s a Shame About Gemma Ray – was shot on Kodak Super 8 Film to add a vintage look to the track.

Watch the clip below and visit Ray’s official website for more information.

Click here for a photo gallery of the session.

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The Airborne Toxic Event Take SXSW by Storm


With an opening gig at Thursday’s Waterloo Records SXSW Day Party, Los Angeles’ the Airborne Toxic Event delivered in spades.

They didn’t have much time in the abbreviated time slot that the South by Southwest music festival typically allows, but the indie rockers fit a lot into their set.

At one point, the energy was so high that singer Mikel Jollett even climbed to the top of the scaffolding to deliver the anthemic “Does This Mean You’re Moving On?” off their self-titled debut. (more…)

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The Drowning Men Check In To Gretsch Post


California indie rockers The Drowning Men played a number of shows at this year’s South by Southwest music festival, and the guys recently sent a few photos of their performance at the FILTER Magazine Culture Collide showcase to the Gretsch Post.

Check out frontman Nato Bardeen on stage at Austin’s Bar 96 with his Gretsch Electromatic in the shots below:

The Drowning Men are working on a new full-length after their 2009 album Beheading of the Songbird was reissued last year by Borstal Beat records.

For more information, check out The Drowning Men’s official website.

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Alejandro Escovedo Rocks Springsteen Crowd


Alejandro Escovedo was joined on stage by Bruce Springsteen during a show at the South by Southwest music festival, and the Texas-based musician helped his buddy out in return by opening for the Boss’ intimate SXSW show at the ACL Moody Theater last Thursday night.

During Springsteen’s appearance at the Escovedo show, the two played Escovedo’s “Always a Friend.”  Fellow Texas singer/songwriter Joe Ely, Escovedo and Springsteen then alternated verses during “Goin’ Down the Road Feeling Bad,” with Springsteen adding metal-esque flourishes.

At the Springsteen concert, Escovedo had an eager crowd of about 3,000 jamming along with his earnest rock and roll.

And as Springsteen wrapped up his epic two-hour plus set, Escovedo, Ely, Tom Morello, Garland Jeffreys and members of Arcade Fire and the Low Anthem all came out to perform “This Land Is Your Land” as the closer.

Watch the Springsteen concert closer below:

For more information, visit Escovedo’s official website.

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Papa Bring The Groove To SXSW


Los Angeles-based soul-punk-rock band Papa was already three shows into a five-show run at the South by Southwest music festival, but that didn’t stop the Darren Weiss- and Danny Presant-helmed group from putting on an electric show at Cheer Up Charlie’s on Friday night.

Drawing upon their 2011 EP A Good Woman Is Hard To Find and other tunes that should make it on a planned 2012 full-length, Papa had a dusty SXSW crowd dancing with their infectious grooves.

Highlights included Weiss’ growling vocals coming to the fore front on “Collector,” which held the audience’s rapt attention as the crew attempted to find another kick pedal when Weiss’ went missing.

Once he got the issue fixed, Weiss told the crowd, “When this shit kicks in, oh my God it’s gonna be good.”

As his cymbals crashed in a snarling crescendo, Weiss came through on that promise.

Papa closed with “Ain’t It So” and “I Am the Lion King,” a catchy number that even includes a break for Weiss to get out in the crowd for an impromptu handstand.

Weiss apologized in advance to the crowd if his voice faltered.  As previously noted, it was the fourth performance for the band on Friday, with one more to go.

But no worries.  Papa seemed fresh as ever despite their heavy work load.

For more information and a list of tour dates, visit Papa’s official Facebook page.

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