SXSW 2009 Replay: The Phenomenal Handclap Band

The Phenomenal Handclap Band was one of my musical highlights of SXSW. Their music is strongly reminiscent of the Tom Tom Club in my opinion, with percolating guitar over thick funk beats, two women singing in unison and reissued synthesizer sounds.

Additionally, it was one of the first artists I saw during the music festival, […]

SXSW 2009 Shocker: Fela Documentary on Geffen!

BLK JKS at NPR Music's SXSW 2009 Showcase

A growing number of world music, hip hop and metal acts performing at this year’s SXSW gave me a good indication that the bias towards roots rock at previous conventions is eroding. One of the best bands I saw was BLK JKS , at the NPR […]

Shawn Sahm on KGSR's SXSW Broadcast

There are many videos and pictures to catalog the week I’ve been having in Austin as a participant in my 17th SXSW music conference, and in the next few days, they will start to appear here. There is just too much to experience, let alone catalog from this massive event, but I will try to […]