SXSW Music Festival Officially Begins!

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From November to March every year, SXSW dominates my thoughts — which bands we want on KCRW’s showcases, who we’ll feature on our live broadcasts of Morning Becomes Eclectic, and much more. Then I get here and it all goes by in a flash! Last night, I caught a local band – Shadow Shadow Shade — in a small room at IFC studios where they taped the performance for broadcast. The tiny room made it that much more exciting and the band was solid. A 7-piece that would delight fans of Arcade Fire and Edward Sharpe — anthemic rock and driving percussion thanks to two drummers.

LA Band Shadow Shadow Shade
LA Band Shadow Shadow Shade (The original image is no longer available, please contact KCRW if you need access to the original image.)

I’m really excited to catch a few bands today — Broken Bells, Washed Out — before KCRW’s official showcase later tonight at the Galaxy Room featuring Ozomatli, Miike Snow, Fanfarlo, Fitz & the Tantrums, Choir of Young Believers and Soko.

More soon!