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Miles Francis releases "You're A Star", plays Union Pool on 3/16

Avant-pop artist Miles Francis has released his debut single "You're A Star", along with a fresh music video for the track. To mark the release, Francis will perform at Union Pool on Thursday, March 16th with The Jack Moves and Kendra Morris. Francis not only wrote and produced the song himself, but performed all of the instruments on it as well, while recording in his basement studio. The track touches on balancing the search for popularity with happiness, which Francis experienced himself while touring with acts such as Will Butler of Arcade Fire. His video, directed by filmmaker Charles Billot, shows Francis in a white-clad suit as dancers in colorful costumes symbolize hunger for validation. The video features cameos by Katherine and Lizzie Lieberson of TEEN, both of whom will perform with Francis at Union Pool as members of his live band. Watch the video for "You're A Star" below. - Will Sisskind

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Bay Area SXSW Showcase to Watch: Riot Act Media + Father/Daughter Records Present: PURR MOODS

The yearly tech, film and music conference, South By Southwest begins its music conference tomorrow! We’ll be sharing some Bay Area labels and artists to watch while you’re running around in Austin this week! We totally think you should make it to the Riot Act Media + Father/Daughter Records Official Showcase as the Bay Area based record label, Father/Daughter Records has been signing some really great bands and becoming influential in the national independent music community.

Riot Act Media + Father/Daughter Records Present:
PURR MOODS
An Official SXSW Showcase

Tuesday, March 14th -- 7pm-2am
The Sidewinder (715 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701)
Free entry with badge / $12 tickets at the door
ALL AGES

The showcase will feature two San Francisco based bands among a line up of national acts:

PLUSH and Never Young

 

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Ginla take their dreamy electronic pop to SXSW

Based out of both Toronto and Brooklyn, Ginla plays low key electronic music ranging from the poppy to the experimental, although it must be noted that the poppier material is the most recent one, showing a classic evolution emerging artists go through when they mature artistically. 2014's debut single 'Almost Plastic' features two (or three? Bandcamp and Soundcloud seem to disagree on that matter) intriguing tracks where electronic ambient pop meets Radiohead-style experimentation. Recent single 'Apophenia' (strreaming) tames the angularity for an approach that follows a more linear and dreamy approach. The band will travel to Austin this week to play SXSW.

We added this song to The Deli's playlist of Best songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out!

 

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Dion Lunadon (of A Place To Bury Strangers) shares single from debut LP

In the spaces between world-wide tours as bassist for A Place To Bury Strangers, Dion Lunadon spends time writing and recording his own solo material.  The results of those efforts will culminate in an 11 track self-titled debut album he recorded over a three-month period in Brooklyn.  The album and preview track “Fire” (streaming below) features contributions from sometimes APTBS drummer Robi Gonzalez and guitarist Blaze Bateh from Bambara on select tracks.  With live unprocessed drumming, Farfisa organ, distorted guitar bursts and Dion’s descending bassline, a noisy hybrid of punk, 60’s garage and psychedelia come together on “Fire.”  The title line chorus shares a spiritual connection with Arthur Brown’s 1968 hit of the same name.  The mood here is much heavier though, with lyrics that go “So stressed out from the negative vibes, it sounds like the truth but you know it’s a lie.”  Melodic guitar lines appear in places, adding a more traditional rock structure. The self-titled debut album will be released on June 9th via Agitated Records and will be available via his Bandcamp page. - Dave Cromwell

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Kayo Dot's Toby Driver goes to SXSW, but not to party

The thought of Austin during SXSW (read: sonic chaos with loud music coming from every direction) is inherently discordant with the music played by Kayo Dot's Toby Driver in his new solo project. If his original band was not exactly one to shatter eardrums (not a bad thing), the songwriter's new tracks available for streaming take things a couple of notches in a quieter and sparser direction, with an added mystical aura. Check out single Craven’s Dawn, streaming below, and don't miss the opportunity to take a break from SXSW's madness when Toby plays the Hideout on March 16th.

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