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PHOTOS: Riot Fest 2019- Day 1

Riot Fest 2019 kicked off yesterday on Friday the 13th. We caught sets from Caroline Rose, Mat Kerekes, Hot Snakes, The Get Up Kids, Violent Femmes, Dashboard Confessional, Descendents, and The Flaming Lips. Check out the photos below and stay tuned for galleries for Saturday and Sunday.

PHOTOS: Caroline Rose at Lincoln Hall 11.08.18

Earlier this year, Caroline Rose played a completely sold out Hideout show following the release of her album Loner, and last week she returned to Chicago to take on the Lincoln Hall stage. As usual, Caroline Rose donned an all red outfit and decked out the stage with red props, but this time around, even more red decorations filled the stage. In addition to a red backdrop, an Elmo piñata, red garland, artificial roses and more complemented Rose’s monochrome outfit. The headlining set also meant that Rose and her bandmates could play more songs, so the setlist included a couple of brand new songs in addition to fan favorites from Loner and a cover of Britney Spears’ “Toxic.”

If you missed out on the gig, check out our photo gallery of the show below.

Can’t get enough Caroline Rose? Check out our interview with her below!

Live Recap: Caroline Rose Played All Her Favorite Songs to a Sold Out Hideout

“This next song is my favorite,” Caroline Rose tells the sold out crowd at The Hideout last week before playing her third song...and her fourth, and her seventh song of the night. The crowd laughed once they realized a certain pattern, and Rose kept her audience chuckling between songs by telling funny anecdotes about the tracks from her candid and quirky debut album Loner.

Wednesday night’s show came towards the tail end of Rose’s two month long tour in support of the album release, which included a busy multiple-show-a-day schedule at SXSW. During one of her between-song monologues, Rose mentioned she’d been sick the past few weeks with a never-ending cold due to the grueling touring schedule, but as an audience member, you never would have guessed Rose wasn't feeling 100 percent. Her spirit never wavered, and as she sang through energetic tracks like “Money” and “Bikini,” Rose’s vocals remained strong, even as she danced along to the fast-paced melodies on the rose-laden stage. Rose also remained on her A-game in the stage banter department; recanting the house party experience that inspired the track “More Of The Same” in grueling detail. The lyrics on Loner fearlessly depict personal narratives about Rose and her friends, and during her show, fans got even more details about the stories behind the songs. The stage banter even extended beyond the stories of Loner, with Rose telling the crowd the origin of the Elmo piñata sitting onstage, which the band had acquired on the road at a famous piñata shop, as well as the story about having to replace her thrifted overall straps with Mardi Gras beads.

After playing through most of the songs from her album and feeding the audience entertaining tour stories, Rose won the audience’s affection even more by performing a cover of “Toxic” by Britney Spears and playing “My Heart Will Go On” on a recorder. Rose’s live show truly remained vibrant the entire time, without a single dull moment in sight. If she was able to deliver such an incredible show at the end of an intense tour while being sick, you won't want to miss Caroline Rose when she comes through your city this summer. See her upcoming tour dates here, and check out photos from her show with The Go Rounds below. 

Listen to Loner in full below:

PHOTOS: SXSW 2018

It's been just over a week since SXSW ended, and just like you, we're still missing the sun, the tunes, and the tacos. Luckily, we have some photos from the packed week of shows to hold us over until next year. Check out our photos from SXSW 2018 below, and stay tuned for interviews with some of our favorite South By artists!


Photos by Rachel Zyzda, featuring Shame, Sunflower Bean, White Reaper, Liza Anne, Blue Dream, HINDS, Acid Dad, Soccer Mommy, Post Animal, Anna Burch, High Waisted, Girl Ray, Caroline Rose, Ron Gallo, The Nude Party, OHMME, Rookie, The Evening Attraction, and Lucille Furs

Photos by Erica Tello, featuring Hembree, Jade Bird, and Mt Joy

Photos by Justin Kibbel of Superchunk, Wye Oak, Bully, Shamir, Lucy Dacus

SXSW 2018 Spotlight

It's that time of year again, where thousands of music fans, musicians, and music industry folks flock down to Austin, Texas for a jam packelizd week of endless live music. Going over the countless events and showcases that just keep rolling in, it's hard not to feel overwhelmed about who to see and what to do at the annationnual SXSW music festival. While we can't really help with the problem of wanting to be in 5 places at once, we can help you focus in on some of the key bands to see this week. Check out our list of our top ten must-see acts at SXSW 2018 below, and make sure you give our SXSW Spotify playlist a listen for even more recommendations. 


Shame

London's buzzy post-punk rockers Shame have already been making a name for themselves all over The States, going on a headlining tour surrounding their debut album, Songs of Praise, which came out in January. Everybody and anybody who has seen them live seems to only have positive things to say about their raw and rambunctious energy onstage, and there will be no shortage of opportunities to catch one of their rowdy performances at this year's SXSW.  Make sure you catch them this year before they move on to bigger and bigger venues. See their SXSW schedule here

Photo: Holly Whitaker

Photo: Holly Whitaker

For Fans Of: Idles, Ought, The Vaccines 

Start With: "Lampoon," "Dust on Trial," "Concrete"

Nation of Language  

Fronted by Ian Devaney, this Brooklyn based trio manages to borrow components from past generations of musical geniuses, without delivering boring reiterations. Nation of Language recently toured with The Wombats, instantly winning over the crowd with their addictive synth melodies that sound like they belong on a soundtrack for a John Hughes film. While the band have yet to put out an album, they've gained traction and attention nationally with a handful of single releases. See their SXSW schedule here. 

Photo by Rachel Zyzda

Photo by Rachel Zyzda

For Fans Of: The Psychedelic Furs, Night Riots, John Maus

Start With: "I've Thought About Chicago," "On Division St," "What Does the Normal Man Feel?"

Post Animal

If you're an avid ANCHR reader, this definitely isn't the first you've heard about Post Animal....and it definitely won't the last time you'll hear their name if you're going to SXSW this year. The Chicago based outfit had an insane year in 2017, touring across the entire country, and 2018 is set to be even bigger for them, rightfully so. Their shows never lack in energy and over the years they've expanded their live arrangements while keeping a tight sound. Following their rigorous touring schedule surrounding SXSW, Post Animal will release their official debut album via Polyvinyl Records on April 20th. Their summer touring schedule includes cities across the country and appearances at major festivals like Shaky Knees and Bonnaroo, so don't miss out on the abundance of chances to see Post Animal at SXSW before they blow up even more. Check out their full schedule here

Photo Credit: Pooneh Ghana

Photo Credit: Pooneh Ghana

For Fans Of: Twin Peaks, King Gizzard, POND

Start With: "When I Get Home," "Special Moment," "Ralphie"

Ron Gallo

Nashville's Ron Gallo might be another familiar name to ANCHR readers, as we've frequently covered him here. Gallo has already had a great year, playing festivals like Governor's Ball and Lollapalooza in support of his debut solo album Heavy Meta, but he's managed to keep cranking out new music despite a grueling tour schedule. His live show not only highlights the chemistry between him and his band, but he always encourages kindness among his audiences, working to keep his shows a safe space, while also making his audience laugh with his quirky between-song anecdotes. If you're looking to hear some great music and have a laugh, make sure you go see Ron Gallo this year. Check out his schedule here

 Photo by C.J. Harvey

 Photo by C.J. Harvey

For Fans Of: White Reaper, Diane Coffee, Naked Giants

Start With: "Put The Kids To Bed," "Really Nice Guys," "All the Punks are Domesticated"

Caroline Rose  

NYC's Caroline Rose just put out her debut album Loner at the end of February, and with insanely catchy choruses, clever lyrical quips, and thoughtful themes, it's been nothing but well received. I have yet to see one of Caroline Rose's show, but based on the light-hearted tone of her album, her live show will undoubtedly be a blast. Lucky for us, there's no shortage of opportunities to see her down in Austin this week. See her plentiful schedule here. 

Photo Credit: Matt Hogan

Photo Credit: Matt Hogan

For Fans Of: Liz Cooper & The Stampede, Angel Olsen, Courtney Barnett

Start With: "Bikini," "More of the Same," "Money"

BAUM

Currently based in LA, the NYC native Sabrina Teitelbaum has been garnering all sorts of praise over her material released as BAUM. Although her releases are limited to only three official singles, BAUM threads powerful and empowering themes through catchy pop melodies. Her debut EP will be released on 3/16 during SXSW, so make sure you catch one of her shows to hear the new tracks live. See BAUM's schedule here. 

Photo By Shervin Lainez. 

Photo By Shervin Lainez. 

For Fans Of: Grace Mitchell, Ryn Weaver, VÉRITE

Start With: "This Body," "Hot Water"

The Nude Party

If any of the bands on this list fall into the don't-judge-a-band-by-their-name category, it's this band. The Nude Party spices up their rock'n'roll tunes with a hint of twang and psychedelia. During their shows, the band members feed off one another's energy so well, and their audiences quickly reciprocate the infectious energy. See where you can catch on of their rowdy shows here

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For Fans Of: Black Lips, Meatbodies, Frankie & The Witch Fingers

Start With: "Time To Go," "Life's a Joke," "Poor Boy Walking Blues"

Acid Dad

NYC rockers Acid Dad just put out their debut self-titled album on Friday, and they'll be celebrating all week in Austin, in the midst of an on-going national tour. The four piece have a distinct sound that blends psych and punk rock perfectly, and it translates incredibly well in a live setting. Check them out at SXSW at one of their plethora of live shows; information here

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For Fans Of: Honduras, No Parents, NE-HI

Start With: "Don't Get Taken," "Come Outside," "Fool's Gold"

HINDS

Another name that should be familiar if you're a regular ANCHR reader, HINDS crafts irresistibly lively and light-hearted lo-fi rock tunes with melodies that'll get lodged in your head for days. Their live show is really where it's at...the quartet from Madrid exude so much chemistry and project endless positivity and energy whenever they take the stage, making their show one you cannot miss if you're going to SXSW. Luckily, HINDS have a new album on the way, so they will be hitting the Austin pavement hard this week. See their packed schedule here. 

Photo By Aaron Serrano

Photo By Aaron Serrano

For Fans Of: Twin Peaks, The Big Moon, Cherry Glazerr 

Start With: "Bamboo," "Garden," and "New For You"

Liza Anne

Liza Anne's incredibly candid and raw songwriting style makes her music effortlessly relatable. The Nashville singer-songwriter's third album, Fine But Dying, showcases her vulnerability in the most beautiful way, and the eleven tracks remain cohesive while also exploring different sonic pallets. Her live shows take that authenticity and amplifies it in a stunningly captivating way, so don't miss your chance to see her in Austin. 

Photo By Tom McGeehan

Photo By Tom McGeehan

For Fans Of: Japanese Breakfast, Tennis, Alvvays 

Start With: "Small Talks," "Socks," "Paranoia" 


There you have it! Again, don't forget to check out our Spotify list for even more recommendations. Also remember that these artists are all playing official showcases, but there's tons of unofficial showcases by both official and unofficial artists throughout the week. Keep your eyes on our social media for more unofficial suggestions, and make sure you check out Treehouse Records' showcase on 3/16 as well as all of the events put on by Howdy Gals here.