Once again we’re partnering with the Four Seasons Hotel Austin to give you a taste of some of the best musical acts SXSW Fest 2014 has to offer! From 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday March 12 through Saturday March 15 we’ll have live performances open to the public on the hour every hour. The musical acts will include the likes of Rodney Crowell, Shinyribs, Lucius, Wye Oak, Tinariwen, and more! No badge or wristband required. Admission is $10 each day, which will include a breakfast taco, granola, and unlimited coffee. All proceeds will benefit the Seton Shivers Cancer Center.
Here’s what’s on the schedule for Thursday morning:
7AM – Kins
Their bio is simple and to the point: “Kins are a U.K based guitar-pop quartet who specialise in the sound of doubt, detachment and muted aggression.” The description might be ambiguous, but it’s one that resonates in their sound. The guitar is wistful, the underlying tone: sadness; it’s moody, but not melodramatic. Band members include, Thomas Savage, Alex Knight, and Rob Walters and like many of the bands joining Austin for SXSW this year they hail from the U.K. Check out their performance with us Live at the Four Seasons, our official SXSW showcase RIGHT HERE!
8AM – Phox
Six highschool friends out of Baraboo, WI is how the band, Phox began. But as it goes, life got in the way– college, careers, and significant others drove them each in different directions. Until it didn’t. As if by divine intervention, they all ended up back home, and eventually, cohabitating in Madison and making music. Bedroom-recorded tunes and documentary-like footage of the band surfaced garnering them quite a fan base. Their music is whimsical, bohemian, and youthful, with quirky touches like whistling and kazoo. Monica Martin’s voice is airy and dream-like, making you wonder if your feet have left the ground. It’s a perfect fit for the fresh, offbeat background instrumentation. Check out their performance with us Live at the Four Seasons for SXSW RIGHT HERE!
9AM – Bright Light Social Hour
You might think 9 a.m. would be too ungodly of an hour to dance, and you might think again when you see Austin band, Bright Light Social Hour‘s 9 a.m. performance with us Live at the Four Seasons for SXSW. Part straight up rock n’ roll, part psychedelic-rock, retro-soul, and electro-dance music, the southern rock foursome will at the very least get your feet a’tappin’ and your head a’bobbin’. Let this video of bandmates, Curtis Roush (guitar, vocals), Jack O’Brien (bass, guitar, vocals), and Joseph Mirasole (percussion) rock your world because it rocked ours!
10AM – Wye Oak
Merge Records has said, “Their music can be classified as 21st-century folk music, imbued with dense shoegaze guitars, nearly melodic rhythms, and impeccable splashes of electronic color.” It’s a pretty spot on description of Baltimore band, Wye Oak. After receiving vast critical acclaim for their last album, Civilian (2011), the dynamic duo is coming out with a fresh new sound in their upcoming record, Shriek, set to debut April 29. It contains no guitar, and instead features keyboard covering upper register (guitar-like) parts and bass guitar. The feel has been described as a strange mashup of Mercy-era St. Vincent mixed with a frightening alternative of Annie Lennox’s band, Eurthymics. Check out their performance with us Live at the Four Seasons for SXSW RIGHT HERE!