Lewis Del Mar was set to perform at the Pandora Stage in The Gatsby toward the end of the third day of SXSW Music Festival. After a full day of photos and performances, I was ready to quit. As soon as Lewis Del Mar hit the stage, I was completely revived. The crowd waited with complete awe and anticipation as the first few bass-filled lyrics began to play on the empty stage. Frontman Danny Miller took the stage and immediately commanded attention. His face was beaming as they began to ease into the first song.
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After the lull of an average school and work day, fans of all ages gathered together at the Majestic Theatre on a seemingly quiet Tuesday night for Cold War Kids, an alternative, indie-rock band that is most notable for their hit, “First.” Shivering from both the chilling weather and anxious excitement, I stood in line for the doors to open at 7 p.m. There was a small crowd beside me making small talk and shivering; all of us were different, yet all of us were fans, and together, we were all unaware of the bold and lively dynamic that awaited inside the theater.
If you go on Google and search “gold music band,” you’ll find bands called GOLD, Gold, Band of Gold and several others if you scroll through the first couple pages. That’s why the Milwaukee-based band GGOOLLDD doubled every letter and made it all-caps. It’s their way to distinguish themselves from the get-go, but this band is much more than an attempt to stand out from the crowd so they can get big.
With the music section of SXSW officially underway, musicians have already started bringing their A-game across the gorgeous city of Austin, Texas.
Immediately as the four-piece band stepped onto the stage and dove into their set, you wouldn’t realize that The Griswolds’ indie rock beats originated 9,000 miles away in Sydney, Australia.
Wednesday night, I think I may have stepped into a 1980s high school dance scene in a John Hughes movie. Tennis was the featured band, playing tunes that matched the retro vibes of their clothing and vocalist Alaina Moore’s voluminous curls.
South By Southwest officially begins this weekend down in Austin, Texas. With a stacked lineup of artists, keynote speakers, films and television shows, SXSW is gearing up to be an amazing festival. The Daily Cardinal Arts staff will be flying down to cover the event, and here’s what they are most looking forward to:
The Head and the Heart returned to Madison this week to perform at the Orpheum for two nights. On Tuesday, I watched as both the balcony seating and general admission enjoyed a continuous influx of people all waiting in anticipation to see the indie band take to the stage.
Fans of any sort of music in 2015 were greeted to one of the best years for music genres to date. Hip-hop enthusiasts were spoiled if they couldn’t recognize how fortunate we were to have Kendrick Lamar bestow a historical achievement in his first and second album. Those that wanted party rap were bestowed Atlanta trap music’s banner year, with a rainfall of mixtapes from the peach state. Rock fans in 2015 got tastes of several niche genres entering the spotlight with releases from bedroom pop superstars Girlpool and Alex G. Overall, it was a year for highly localized artists to make their voices known globally, through viral sharing or otherwise.
This weekend has so much to offer Madison in the form of arts and entertainment.
It was a crisp October evening in Madison; the leaves were beautiful and the weather was perfect for a warm sweater. I was feeling content, walking down the street towards the glowing sign of the Majestic Theater, visions of the concert to come being entertained in my imagination, as my friends and I enjoyed the warmth of our alcohol blankets. With a few ‘pardon mes’ and only a couple ‘watch it bubs,’ we made our way into a decent position and began to cheer as the lights dimmed. That’s when the crowd began to glow.
Welcome back weekend, we’ve missed you old friend.
It’s the weekend and that means dancing, singing and entertainment galore.