the niceguys had a grand time at this year’s sxsw festival. free’s brother and our buddy greg noire was along for the ride, filming all kinds of great footage for this installment of “nice shorts.” catch performance footage, yves gold teeth on camera for the first time (that i know of) and a lot more shenanigans that you’ve come to expect from the houston fellas.
oh and go listen to/buy/spotify/etc james kelley, just cause it’s been a while.
Since we don’t really go to SXSW in any kind of professional manner, we thought we’d keep our recap of the week’s events in a similar fashion. All of these photos are from our personal Camera rolls, with a few appearances by our gr8 friends Eda and Coop.
We had a really good time this year, and it feels like we’re getting better and more efficient at seeing what we want. Granted, there’s always a few huge shows that didn’t work out in our favor (Justin Timberlake, etc) but we don’t give a feel after the fact. Our friends are all awesome and we had a blast seeing all of their enthusiastic faces, and I’m not going to sit here and name em off because that’s too cornball and personal, but mainly because we don’t want to forget.
Check out the slideshow above. For best results:
1. Full screen
2. Show Info, because I’ve written out descriptions for each photo.
Here are a few awards (via a group discussion):
Most Enjoyable Performance: Toss-up between Kendrick Lamar (YAWK YAWK) or Fall Out Boy Most Impressive Performance: HAIM – These ladies god damn rocked. So much guitar. Best Hair: Tegan and Sara. Tegan was glam and Sara had the best side part we’ve ever seen Cutest Moment: Hayley Williams and Chad Gilbert singing songs together Worst Moment: Sitting through Brook Candy’s set before Fall Out Boy Drunkest Show: Kendrick Lamar Best Musical Bucket List Moment: Watching Kenny Loggins sing “Danger Zone” and “Footloose” Strangest sightings: Aldon Smith (49ers), Waka Flocka in the street with 50 people in his posse, Riff Raff eating the continental breakfast and tweeting Riff Raff type inspiration while we watched Best Idea: Eating free Burritos and Tacos Worst Idea: Eating free Burritos and Tacos Stupidest Rumor: Daft Punk is playing at the State Capital
it’s bout that time, folks. every year, we make a valiant effort to go out to austin for a free days and soak up all that the city has to offer: long legs, a lot of booze, plenty of free shit and all of our friends and family across this great state of ours. since panda doesn’t do diddly-shit around these parts, it’s only right that we leave you with this kind message because we’re too poor to have ghost bloggers.
i’ll do my best to throw up some posts in the morning, but i won’t promise anything. we look forward to taking some time off from the daily grind of work and this site to go enjoy ourselves. anyway, we’ll be very much so active in these parts of the internet:
1. follow weworemasks on twitter.
2. follow grizzly on twitter.
3. follow on twitter.
4. don’t follow panda on twitter.
5. follow grizzly on instagram: @robhatt
6. follow sunbear on instagram: @blvd5status
welp. that was a whole lot of anticipation, for a fairly underwhelming lineup in this blogger’s opinion. but hey, the free booze and the atmosphere is always a huge draw, and i’m sure they’re planning a few surprises. with appearances and performances from schoolboy q, ab-soul, ra ra riot, diiv solange, future, trinidad james, chvrches, and much more. head to fader for the full lineup release.
after the shins performed a set at the google/youtube party at sxsw, parts of their set was recorded for this neat little release. offered is a free serving of “the rifle’s spiral,” but you gotta buy the rest here.
sharon van etten’s not the only sxsw artist whose npr music showcase was filmed in it’s entirety. check out sets from alabama shakes, dan deacon, andrew bird, and a pending fiona apple over on the npr sxsw page here.
wonderful. taken from a sxsw performance last week, here’s a clip of fun performing one of my favorite songs from some nights in an acoustic light. “why am i the one” is below the jump. review for the show last night in houston coming soon!
We’re seasoned vets when it comes to SXSW. For the last 6 years, we’ve been at the festival to some capacity, regardless of how drunk we got or how bad our allergies were. And while last year’s festival left us jaded and hesitant of the crowds, we headed to Austin for a few days to engage in whatever came our way.
who’s putting out cooler videos on the internet, yall? my frands in the niceguys played 6 shows in 5 days this year at sxsw, and amongst the whole ‘winning’ thing, the boys did a hell of a job promoting. they passed out copies of their new single, “overtoast” – which you can buy here. they also had stickers, and this neat impromptu street performance, with jack freeman, lee lonn and nick greer.
james kelley coming soon. and for those of you in houston, the group has a FREE show this friday at the university of houston. more info here.
my man brando from d&ad, in conjunction with t. piper media were on hand to witness nasty nas in all of his illmatic glory. while i completely disregard them and hate them forever for getting to see this, these videos are quite nice. one-two punch of “hate me now” and “one mic” below the cut.
this year’s fader fort rang rumors of everyone under the sun for the headlining guest. so depending on where you line yourself in the music world, you were either excited as hell or severely disappointed when rick ross was the headliner. regardless, watch his whole set above, courtesy of yardie.
shot at a google rooftop show this past thursday at sxsw, bethany consentino’s best coast (now with bassist!) debuted the melodic, non-album track “mean girls” to a lucky smidgen of a crowd. check it out above.