South by Southwest
Valerie June's second album, the sleek, soulful and outspoken The Order of Time, solidifies what her fans have known for a long time — this Memphis-based singer and songwriter is a formidable voice in roots rock, blues and folk. June unfurled an impressive, fiery set at the 2017 SXSW Radio Day Stage, powered by VuHaus on March 17.
Valerie June at the SXSW Radio Day Stage, powered by VuHaus. (photo by Sarah Burns/WFUV)
Aside from being debonair dressers, the Los Angeles quartet Chicano Batman bring a stylish sound—and astute socioeconomic observations—to their excellent third album, Freedom is Free. The band's perceptive observations about the state of American life runs through their English and Spanish lyrics, reflecting this turbulent time in history. But when singer and guitarist Bardo Martinez, bassist Eduardo Arenas, guitarist Carlos Arevalo and drummer Gabriel Villa took the stage at the 2017 SXSW Radio Day Stage, powered by VuHaus, we not only listened to closely to their words—we danced a lot too.
Chicano Batman at the SXSW Radio Day Stage, powered by VuHaus. (photo by Sarah Burns/WFUV)
Hippo Campus at the SXSW Radio Day Stage, powered by VuHaus. (photo by Sarah Burns/WFUV)
Australian Cam (Cameron) Avery's voice is a smooth croon, which he couples with a modern, dry wit. After a stints with Pond, Tame Impala and the Last Shadow Puppets, Avery moved his life and work to New York. We'll see what kind of dreams he ends up with here. In the meantime, check out his Hotel San Jose performance for FUV Live at SXSW.
Cameron Avery at Hotel San Jose/SXSW (photo by Gus Philippas/WFUV)
Whether writing and recording with the New Pornographers or concentrating on his own solo work, A.C. Newman's songs have always effortlessly bridged the personal and the political — punctuated with perfect pop hooks. With a fresh release from the New Pornographers on the way (Whiteout Conditions, due out April 7), FUV caught up with Newman, Kathryn Calder and Joe Seiders from the band at Hotel San Jose in Austin, Texas during SXSW.
The New Pornographers at Hotel San Jose/SXSW (photo by Gus Philippas/WFUV)
One of the many British guitar bands making a big mark at this year's SXSW is Reading's Sundara Karma, a rock quartet that aims for arena-worthy anthems on their arresting 2017 debut album, Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect. As a live act, they're equally impressive and FUV was happy to catch up to Sundara Karma at SXSW 2017 for an intimate duo performance at Hotel San Jose in Austin, Texas.
Sundara Karma at Hotel San Jose/SXSW (photo by Gus Philippas/WFUV)
The countrified lilt of classic Laurel Canyon folk rock can be discerned in the lush, slow-burning songs of the Los Angeles trio The Wild Reeds, but there's far more brewing in their tender-but-tough music, as you can hear in this FUV Live performance from Austin's Hotel San Jose during SXSW 2017.
The Wild Reeds at Hotel San Jose/SXSW (photo by Brian Gallagher/WFUV)