Music Festival Recap

Recap: SXSW 2019 [Day 5]

By Bryan Lasky, March 27th 2019

Photos + Words by Bryan Lasky

Broken Social Scene

It was an early start with getting to The Scoot Inn bright and early, aka 12:30 PM, with my good friends Illiterate Light. The duo tear it up with all the energy in the world, and even though it was early in the day for some good old rock and roll, they got the crowd ready for the rest of the day. Inside, Adam Melchor, who I saw earlier in the week, played a fun set to ease into the day for those who didn’t want to rock right away. I spoke with him a little after his set and he was just so happy to be down here playing as many shows as possible. Adam is truly talented and someone who just wants to share his music with the world.


Pottery were next outside and kept the high energy of Illiterate Light going. They have a Talking Heads vibe about them and knocked their set out of the park. Sego brought an absolute rage and fury to their set inside, moving about the crowd and just not letting up for their 40-minute set. I knew it was going to be good from friends who have told me I had to catch them, and I’m happy I got to witness their glory in such a small setting.

White Denim

I walked outside and stumbled right to a free pedicab across town to Flood Fest at Cedar Street and thanks to a new friend I made in the pedicab, I got to get some shots of White Denim and Broken Social Scene that truly showed the intensity of the party. Both bands came and if there was a proper roof, would have blown it off. The crowd was all in and went absolutely wild as Broken Social Scene ended the party and demanded an encore which the band happily obliged.

Broken Social Scene

After a brief walk to Google Fiber and crashing a private party, which the organizers let me, and eating a ton of food, it was on to the NPR Showcase at Central Presbyterian Church, which I knew was going to be hands down one of the best showcases of the weekend. Details of who was playing were kept under wraps by Bob Boilen and the Tiny Desk crew. The line wrapped around the block to get in and the Church was packed the entire evening. It ran longer than expected, but everyone could have stayed the entire night and into the morning if we could have kept it going.

Bob Boilen

Bob introduced the evening and thanked us for all coming. We then had one artist after the wowing all of us in attendance starting with Gaelynn Lea, who is just such a force of nature, followed by the talented Cautious Clay, John Paul Wight, and Mountain Man, who’s harmonies gave the church goosebumps. After a slight stretch, we were back with Gina Chavez and then Fragile Rock. If you don’t know Fragile Rock, they are an emo puppet band, and if you’re not interested in them after seeing the description, I don’t know what to tell you. Hands down, no pun intended, were one of the greatest things I have ever seen at a concert. We then went from Amanda Palmer to Wyclef Jean and Leikeli47 to close things down, which was a whirlwind of talent to bounce from one to the next and close the night. This is a must see showcase every year going forward.

Wyclef Jean

I knew I had my fill of music for the day, but it’s SXSW and there’s always more. Beerland had Frankie and the Witch Fingers doing killer punk meets psychedelic rock and roll, The Main had Haiku Hands from Australia, playing their first US show, whipping the crowd into a frenzy, and finally Cults in the same room, who while great, just weren’t doing it for me at that late hour. It was time to go home and recharge. Haiku Hands was the big winner of the late part of my evening. Watching the three women own every second of their stage time, diving into the crowd to jump around with everyone, and just looking like they were having the time of their lives was so awesome to witness.

Illiterate Light:

Adam Melchor:



White Denim:

Broken Social Scene:

Bob Boilen:

Gaelynn Lea

Cautious Clay:

John Paul White:

Mountain Man:

Gina Chavez:

Fragile Rock:

Amanda Palmer:

Wyclef Jean:

Leikeli 47:

Frankie and the Witch Fingers:

Haiku Hands:


Recap: SXSW 2019 [Day 4]

By Bryan Lasky, March 24th 2019

Amanda Palmer

Photos and Words by Bryan Lasky

Well, this was just one of those days where you keep finding little diamonds in the rough and sort of a continuation of seeing Santigold at a tiny space. First I walked about the trade show and saw technology and ideas that would blow your mind, but the highlight was definitely stumbling on to a sloth in a tree. I mean what’s better than a sloth in a tree. From there I wandered a bit, found the Good Omens party and had some food and eventually made my way to check out the British Music Embassy. Yet another diamond in the rough found me with Jimmy Sakurai playing a pop up acoustic set. The Japanese guitarist has a movie premiering about his life this week. If you don’t know who Jimmy is, he pays homage to Jimmy Page and Led Zeppelin and it’s scary how much he moves, looks, and plays like Jimmy Page. Jimmy and his band played a short five-song set including “Stairway to Heaven” and “Going to California” and unfortunately, or fortunately, there were only about 30 people in the venue to witness this amazing talent.
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Recap: SXSW 2019 [Day 3]

By Bryan Lasky, March 23rd 2019

Santigold (and Olivia Wilde)

Photos + Words by Bryan Lasky

So on the third day of SXSW I decided to take it extremely easy. I walked around, found free food at the Land O’ Lakes pop up, the Amplify Philly House, and Uber Eats. I saw a few friends and relaxed and it was a nice way to make nonsense lost hour with the time change non-sense.

Tameca Jones

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Recap: SXSW 2019 [Day 2]

By Bryan Lasky, March 22nd 2019

Photos and Words by Bryan Lasky

A slightly slow start as panels and movies aren’t being looked into on my trip due to my badge, but also there is so much going on outside. There were plenty of activation spots to look into. Viceland’s roller rink saw a ton of people having a blast and looking like there were right out of the ’70s. Free food and drinks were plentiful all over the city. The Daily Show’s Presidential Twitter Library was just as hilarious, but also as frightening as you would think. As I was there, the President tweeted twice, and as it happened an alarm went off and everyone in the library rushed over and laughed uncontrollably. Again, it was hilarious, but also ridiculous that this is our current state of affairs.
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Recap: SXSW 2018 [Day 1]

By Bryan Lasky, March 22nd 2019

Bishop Briggs

Photos + Words by Bryan Lasky

Well, I got down to Austin a little early to hang with friends and get my badge. It was the right move as I had a literal zero minute wait time to get my credentials and then I saw some of the art exhibits and saw the city gearing up for the oncoming storm. East 6th was already shut down and people were definitely already in full festival mode. The mood was ecstatic.

As for the art installations, I saw Weaving by Cocolab, APPARATUM and hash2ash by panGenerator (Krzysztof Cybulski, Krzysztof Golinski, Jakub Kozniewski), and EVERY THING EVERY TIME by Naho Matsuda. Each exhibit was very engaging and I love that the arts are represented very well here at SXSW.

A Giant Dog

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Recap: iii Points Festival 2019 [Day 3]

By Dana Pacifico, February 21st 2019

Photos by Dana Pacifico

Following Day 1 of and Day 2 of iii Points Festival in Miami, we returned for the 3rd and final day of the fest, featuring a strong bill of A$AP Rocky, Erykah Badu, Blood Orange, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Khruangbin, David August and Aja Monet.

Our photographer Dana Pacifico was there to capture photos from all the performances, all of which you can find posted in the photo gallery below.
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Recap: iii Points Festival 2019 [Day 2]

By Dana Pacifico, February 21st 2019

Photos by Dana Pacifico

Following Day 1 of iii Points Festival in Miami, we returned for Day 2 that featured more heavily on soul, dance and hip-hop. Our photographer Dana Pacifico was there to capture photos from all of Day 2, which featured performances from SZA, James Blake, James Murphy (DJ Set), Yaeji and Masego.

Find all of her shots from Day 2 posted in the photo gallery below.
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Recap: iii Points Festival 2019 [Day 1]

By Dana Pacifico, February 21st 2019

Photos by Dana Pacifico

This year saw iii Points Festival’s sixth year in Miami, featuring a great collection of artists spanning across many genres. The first day of the festival took place on Friday, February 15th, featuring sets from Tyler, The Creator, Pussy Riot, a Toro y Moi DJ set, Beach House, Jacques Greene, The Internet, Channel Tres, Tama Gucci and more.

Our photographer Dana Pacifico was there to capture photos from all of Day 1’s festivities. Find all of her shots posted in the gallery below.
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The National has kept plenty busy since the release of Sleep Well Beast last year (via 4AD). On top of normal shows, they have put together two of their very own festivals this year. The first was Homecoming, a return back home to Cincinnati, Ohio, with a lineup rounded out by a few of their favorite bands. With New York as their new home in many ways, they also brought a two days festival to Forest Hills Queens on the weekend of September 29 & 30, featuring two unique headlining sets from them as well as opening performances from bands that they asked to join them for the fun.
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Monday Morning Matinee

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