SXSW 2012: Built to Spill play “Traces”


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If you’re a music fan, chances are you have heard of Built to Spill. In a constantly evolving sea of flash-in-the-pan upstarts, Built to Spill have managed to maintain a hold on the indie rock scene since their inception in Boise, Idaho in 1992, putting out seven full-length albums over the years. Their longevity is due to their ability to put out albums that resonate with listeners of all makes, models and ages. From their debut album “Ultimate Alternative Wavers” to their latest release, “There Is No Enemy,” in 2009, the band has blended charmingly obtuse lyrics, foot-tapping tunes, and the occasional wonky guitar hook to appeal to jam-band fans everywhere while staying true to their almost-twee indie roots.

At SXSW, Built to Spill headlined a showcase of Idaho bands that packed the IFC Crossroads House with fans eager to catch the indie rock legends in action. Watch here as the band performs their song “Traces”:

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Spirit Guide

Check Out the Spirit Awards Nominees for Best Male and Female Leads

Catch the 2016 Spirit Awards live Feb. 27th at 5P ET/2P PT on IFC.

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From Jason Segel’s somber character study of author David Foster Wallace, to Brie Larson’s devastating portrayal of a mother in captivity, the 2016 Spirit Awards nominees for Best Male and Female Leads represent the finest in the year of film acting. Take a look at the Best Male and Female Leads in action, presented by Jaguar.

Best Male Lead 

Christopher Abbott, James White
Abraham Attah, Beasts of No Nation
Ben Mendelsohn, Mississippi Grind
Jason Segel, The End of the Tour
Koudous Seihon, Mediterranea

Watch more Male Lead nominee videos here.

Best Female Lead 

Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Rooney Mara, Carol
Bel Powley, The Diary of A Teenage Girl
Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Tangerine

Watch more Female Lead nominee videos here.

SXSW 2012: Heartless Bastards Perform “Skin and Bone”


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A few weeks ago we got to premier premiere the video for “Parted Ways” by Austin-based band Heartless Bastards. The raucous video featured figures with comically large heads and bare painted breasts subbing in as googly eyes. Obviously we loved it and were thrilled to find out that the group would be swinging by the IFC studios at SXSW 2012 for an acoustic performance. Fronted by powerhouse singer Erika Wennerstrom, Heartless Bastards delivered a dazzling tune about returning to your hometown after years of change. Their performance paired Wennerstrom’s alt-country inflected vocals with solitary bass lines, and a charmingly haunting ebb and flow dynamic. In short, Heartless Bastards proved that they don’t need electricity to rock.

Here they are performing “Skin and Bone” off their powerful new album “Arrow”:

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SXSW 2012: The Drums interview and performance


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While The Drums’ hail from Brooklyn now, their Florida roots are evident in their beachy tunes. Their debut EP, aptly titled “Summertime!” earned the band a bunch of well-deserved buzz back in 2009. Their self-titled debut 80s inflected full-length delivered on their promise of the perfect and breezy soundtrack to a summer day. Now with their dreamy but darker sophomore album “Portamento,” The Drums are proving that they were no one-album wonder. Their new songs show a band in the process of growing into their sound. While their songs are still recognizably winsome and treading the same sonic landscape as their earlier work, the band seems to be less intent on inspired retro stylings and more on developing their own careening keyboard-and-guitar driven sound to great effect. Their new album offers more than just a cinematic backdrop and instead offers listeners a peek into the wonderfully eclectic, and slightly dark world of The Drums.

The group stopped by IFC’s studio at SXSW 2012 and performed an acoustic version of their song “Days”:

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After their performance, Jonathan Pierce and Jacob Graham, a.k.a. The Drums talked to IFC’s music host Chris Keating (of Yeasayer) about their long friendship, their stage presence, and who they consider the best musician in the world.

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