SXSW is a big ole musical mess. Name the genre and at any given moment, it's happening down there. Rock, Hip Hop, Country, Folk, Blues, EDM; hoofing around Austin, it all bleeds together into one overwhelming assault on the eardrums. Doesn't matter if it's SXSW "winners" like Courtney Barnett
and Run The Jewels
headlining massive venues downtown, or hard working road warriors like Water Liars
casually perched in the corner of a bar patio East of East Austin. For over a week the town runs on this musical hum that sweeps up anything and everything that makes up popular and not-as-popular music.
Having sat 2014 out, Baeble returned to Austin for the festival this year, camping out at Empire Control Room and Garage last Friday for a packed party powered by 11 artists that personify the diversity that descends upon Austin every March. Over the next several months we'll release full concert videos from all the artists that took over our stages. Stay tuned to the site for release details. Until then, have a look at some glamor shots from all the action that unfolded at the Baeblemusic Day Party last week in Austin.
City of The Sun
NYC's City of The Sun sound tracked festivities with a hypnotic bout of exotic, acoustic drama.
Having recently signed to Glassnote Records, Australian electro-pop trio kicked off festivities in the Control Room with supreme style and beauty. Their cover of Future Island's "Seasons" was divine.
Despite fighting the dreaded SX-illness (generally caused by late nights, tons of shows, and errr..personal vices), former Das Racist mainman Heems managed to fight his way through a strong set of rap songs from his critically acclaimed solo debut, Eat Pray Thug.
Los Angeles group Priory continued a busy SX schedule by popping off an energetic bout of indie-pop confetti, including their Friday appropriate anthem, "Weekend".
A few days before the major label release of their debut album, LOVETAP!, Smallpools lit a fuse on the Baeble party with a triumph of a performance.
No controversy when Ex Cops played a cool and intimate performance in the Control Room.
With rain starting to trickle down on the crowd, Minneapolis hip hop crew Doomtree took over the Garage Stage with a thunderous performance of songs from their most recent album, All Hands.
Night Terrors of 1927
Night Terrors of 1927 brought the kind of 80s inspired anthems that would not be out of place in a John Hughes film to the Control Room.
X-Ambassadors were the most intense band we encountered in Austin. Naturally we were thrilled to host hard hitting, stadium-ready anthems like "Jungle" on the Garage Stage.
Probably the most fun you could have in Austin, The Mowgli's turned into an absolute dance craze and sing-along when they closed out the Control Room with a rapturous performance.
Newly independent of a major label, Australian heartthrob Cody Simpson proved his new tunes are no joke, serving up a 45 minute set of laid-back, acoustic beach jams. For those quick to pull the Aussie-Beiber card, look no further than his new single "New Problems" for a real, down-to-earth,song-oriented musician who will surprise a lot of people with his new creative output.