|Reviewing our Showcase
||[Mar. 20th, 2009|12:16 pm]
KCRW at South by Southwest
As I listen to Peter Bjorn and John soundcheck for their MBE performance this morning, I'm thinking about our fantastic showcase last night. The Boat People kicked it all off with a set of poppy songs, including my personal fave, "Born in the 80's", and charmed the entire room. Next up, were Oklahoma's Other Lives whose music can best be described as orchestral folk. It was packed by the point and the entire room was consumed by the music in the best way.
Port O'Brien has been touring pretty much non stop and their live show was super tight and they created a jovial ruckus at the end when they handed out pots and pans for the audience to bang on during the final song.
Aussie bro and sis Angus and Julia Stone sang sweet tunes and prepared the stage for another sibling singing duo, the lovely ladies of School of Seven Bells, along with Benjamin Curtis (Secret Machines). The room was so crowded - and the band was so good - that a bartender jumped on the bar to get a peek.
Malaysian artist Zee Avi got her first substantial airplay on KCRW and when we needed a headliner at the last minute (when Ida Maria didn't make it into the country in time), she happily filled in. Her angelic voice - and a fantastic cover of Interpol's Slow Hands - was the perfect ending to the evening.