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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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Gretsch Guitars Catches up with Billy Duffy at SXSW


Gretsch Guitars caught up with Cult guitarist Billy Duffy down in Austin for the 2012 SXSW music fest. Check it out …

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Robert Rodriguez Hosts SXSW Showcase


Famed indie film director Robert Rodriguez and his technology partner AMD hosted a  SXSW Showcase Tuesday night at the ACL Moody Theater in Austin, Texas.

Rodriguez revealed his plans to launch a production company called Quickdraw Animation, with two feature-film projects already in the works, and announced a filmmaking contest in partnership with AMD.

Logos for his recently announced El Rey Network were also prominently on display. The new Comcast television network will be designed to be an action-packed, general entertainment network in English for Latino and general audiences that includes a mix of reality, scripted and animated series, movies, documentaries, news, music, comedy, and sports programming. The El Rey network will include programming that features Latino producers, celebrities and public figures.

Tuesday night’s event was also a Latin-fused rock affair with Tito and Tarantula and Chingon taking the stage.

Rodgriguez, rocking a brand new Gretsch Electromatic guitar, performed with both bands, and even took the time to introduce each song and explain why and how he used them in his movies. Scenes from some of those films —  DesperadoFrom Dusk Till Dawn and Machete — aired on a large screen behind the bands during their performances.

Tito and Tarantula’s David Garza on his Gretsch …

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