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SXSW 2013 – Day 2

SXSW 2013 – Day 2

I am writing you half blind and pretty well drunk from the welcome ashes of the Lightsey Sage House. Maximilian is sharing the wonders of his lost tracks over olive pizza and one last glittering Lone Star while BJ is off making her Latin (by way of Mass) magic somewhere...

By eds.
SXSW 2013 Spotlight: White Lung

SXSW 2013 Spotlight: White Lung

I am sorry. I wasn’t informed that White Lung had critically acclaimed record which Charles loved. Why wasn’t I told Sorry was so good. I didn’t know about these guys until very recently. There seems to be a breakdown in communication. I thought we had an agreement that I was...

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SXSW 2013 – Day 1

SXSW 2013 – Day 1

So the first official day of maximum rock and roll revelry has come and gone drunk stumbling through the weathered streets of Austin, TX and I’d like to tell you that the staff of Pinpoint that made this batshit annual trek (being, respectively, your humble editors Charles and Ben, honorary...

By eds.
SXSW 2013 Spotlight: Small Black

SXSW 2013 Spotlight: Small Black

Reformed chillwave conspirators Small Black have had a nominal ripple in the larger musical pool with their 2010 record New Chain. Since then. the band has moved away from the lo-fi atmosphere and embraced an 80’s cinematic atmosphere for a new record to be released in May. that…that is an...

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SXSW 2013 Spotlight: The Black Angels

SXSW 2013 Spotlight: The Black Angels

SXSWI think I have to give it to the Black Angels for being one of the first. This group of Texas based fuzz addicts pushed for a greater appreciation of garage psych without any sort of feeling of throwback or self awareness. There were no costumes in 2006’s Passover, there...

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Son of Rogues Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys

Son of Rogues Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys

Son of Rogues, the second installment of pirate ballads and sea shanties thrown together by Johnny Depp and Gore Verbinski, has a very robust and eccentric mix of artists contributing to the project. It’s fairly obvious that a wide scope of relevant artists were sought out to make this project...

By Daniel G
SXSW 2013 Spotlight: Indians

SXSW 2013 Spotlight: Indians

I think Indians should play at dawn when you have missed every opportunity at sleeping and the chill of morning mixes with the glimmer of warmth from the rising sun. Indians is the work of Søren Løkke Juul who supposedly spent a considerable amount of time playing backup for Danish...

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Foals – Holy Fire

Foals – Holy Fire

Oxford five-piece Foals might just be one of the most frustrating acts around in contemporary rock music. Way back around 2007 when Yannis Philippakis and co. were being presented to NME readers everywhere as a band that would happily play jaunty math-rock to a sweaty house party, it was hard...

By Lemon
SXSW 2013 Spotlight: The Protomen

SXSW 2013 Spotlight: The Protomen

Alright, so I have seen The Protomen a handful of times. I am going to say probably around 5 or 6 times. Before I came to work at Pinpoint I traveled around to various video game conventions and always ended up seeing this Tennessee based 9 piece who did rock...

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SXSW 2013 (not so) Short List: O-Z

SXSW 2013 (not so) Short List: O-Z

Holy fucking hell in a bacon wrapped handbasket, I did it. I DID! I listened to close to 3,000 bands and did all I could to say something reasonably sensible (or incendiary) about them and now, today, this day of days I’M FUCKING DONE! Of course, I’ve barely scratched the...

By Charles
SXSW 2013 Spotlight: The Littlest Viking

SXSW 2013 Spotlight: The Littlest Viking

Oh. Ouch. Yes. Really. Sweet. Fuck Yeah. From the bright and blistering lands of California comes The Littlest Viking, a 2 piece math/prog/punk stacked deck of cards which has been built to deliver brain scrambling enjoyment. Take this and drizzle irreverent humor ontop of their song titles and one has...

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SXSW 2013 Spotlight: Palma Violets

SXSW 2013 Spotlight: Palma Violets

I am super leery of buzz bands. Doubly so of any buzz band blessed by the NME and sent to our post-colonial shores to take back the youth rebellion we built on the scars of ten thousand shameful trades. I’ve just been burned too many times. Burned BAD! Remember Bloc...

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