Monday, March 23, 2009

MIKKY EKKO (unsigned, unpublished) -- For fans of Thom Yorke and Rufus Wainwright. This Nashville-based artist will showcase for industry insiders on April 2 at The Basement in Nashville.
SXSW DAY FOUR RECAP/HIGHLIGHTS - We hurt. But we marched forth into another day and night of music, booze and BBQ. Caught a bunch of signed artist this night, as we were partying with radio programmers and the (still) expense-card-holding radio promo peeps. White Lies and Razorlight at Stubb's, Cage The Elephant at Antones, and Pendulum at La Zona Rosa. Pendulum was the big winner this night. Everything after that was a blur.
SXSW DAY THREE RECAP/HIGHLIGHTS - We kicked things off on Day Three at the daytime performance by Dallas-based artist Johnny Lloyd Rollins. We'd seen him in the past, and this time around he was fully-plugged-in - VERY good stuff. Lots of publishers in the house from both the US and UK. After Johnny, we stumbled upon a really great SF-based group - Forrest Day. Think Matisyahu/System Of A Down/Sublime thrown into a bong and smoked. These guys are Alt-radio friendly - and still unsigned and unpublished. An early-evening set by Lex Land was awesome (although the sound in the venue/art gallery was horrific) - labels, managers, publishers, bookers - and Perez Hilton! - were in attendnace. We had a bunch of meetings with film/TV music supervisors after this, but managed to catch the tail end of The Bird And The Bee's set. Good times.
SXSW DAY TWO RECAP/HIGHLIGHTS - Wednesday night was a bit rough on Team TALENTfilter, so we kept the schedule a bit light - the BMI brunch at the Four Seasons certainly helped cure the hangovers! Ed Harcourt sounded great during his daytime set, as did TALENTfilter fave Meiko (we noticed a bevvy of Alternative radio programmers in attendance KROQ, 91X, KEDJ) - not sure why considering she's more of a Triple A / Hot AC artist ...later in the evening, the place to be was The Parish, where many of the Hotel Cafe regulars performed (funny - three of the lady performers, Lenka, Holly Conlan, and Laura Jansen, wore black & white polka-dotted dresses not knowing the others would wear the same!) Sara Bareilles and The Proclaimers were the 'suprise guests'.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

SXSW DAY ONE RECAP/HIGHLIGHTS - Several publishing companies were out to see the daytime Gavin Castleton set...Lots of labels/publishers out to see The Temper Trap (Sony/ATV, MySpace Records, Glassnote, Chrysalis, Epic, Interscope, Bicycle Music among others) as well as radio programmers from KROQ Los Angeles, KUSF San Francisco and 91X San Diego ...Oh Land played an interesting set as well...

More notes as we get deeper into the madness!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

OH LAND (unsigned outside Denmark, unpublished, no management) -- Nanna ├śland Fabricius, who goes by the name Oh Land, is a 23 year-old Copenhagen-based artist creating some pretty original material. Her debut album, Fauna, has been released in Denmark only through indie Fake Diamond Records. Oh Land will showcase in Austin during SXSW at Pangaea on Wednesday, March 18 at 9:00PM. Shows in L.A. and N.Y. to follow. "Heavy Eyes" is a hot track. Check it when you can!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


OH SNAP!
HERE'S THE 3RD ANNUAL TALENTFILTER "SXSW SHOWS TO SEE" LIST!


OK. ..So if you're a regular reader, you remember that we blew it last year and didn't get a list up in time. So it's really the '2nd annual'. Whatevz. But fret not, friends - this year we're being thorough!

Now ...Not including the 14 million 'non-sanctioned' daytime parties offering free beer, handjobs and indie rock, there are over 1800 bands performing at sanctioned showcases in Austin this year. Seriously too much to try and conquer (although those with strong hearts can grab the big ol' list of free shows from our friend Scott Perry at http://www.newmusictipsheet.com).

This year, we took every other 'industry insider list', had conversations with those in the know about shows on their personal 'must-see' lists, and compiled a filtered (heh) concentrated list of all the showcases you NEED to be at. Even if the bands are already signed/published, there will be some people there that you'll want to bump into for networking purposes, etc.

Have a look, and feel free to cut and paste and share with friends!

ONE MORE THING: If you're an artist (or represent an artist) that we've ALREADY FEATURED IN THE PAST (no newbies for this please) are we missed you on our list, E-mail us at TALENTfilter@gmail.com and we'll stick you on here.


Wednesday, March 18





1:45 p.m. Pete & the Pirates Red House Pizzeria 1917 Manor Rd.
4:30 p.m. Asteroids Galaxy Tour Maggie Mae's (323 E 6th St) (21+)
5:30 p.m. Meiko Austin Convention Center (500 E Cesar Chavez St) (All Ages)
6:00 p.m. Mother Mother Canadian Blast BBQ Brush Square East tent
8:00 p.m. The Boat People Buffalo Billiards (201 E 6th St) (21+)
8:00 p.m. Ulrich Schnauss Elysium (705 Red River St) (21+)
8:00 p.m. Edie Sedgwick Wave (408 E 6th St) (21+)
9:00 p.m. Oh Land Pangaea (409 Colorado St) (21+)
10:00 p.m. The Temper Trap Dirty Dog Bar (505 E 6th St.)
11:00 p.m. Roll The Tanks The Music Gym Patio (815 E 6th St) (21+)
11:30 p.m. Haley Bonar Victorian Room @ Driskill (604 Brazos St) (21+)
11:45 p.m. Glasvegas Vice (302 E 6th St) (21+)
12:00 a.m. Eli Paperboy Reed / True Loves Continental Club (1315 S Congress Ave) (21+)
12:00 a.m. Aqualung Latitude 30 (512 San Jacinto St) (21+)
12:00 a.m. Gavin Castleton Prague (422 B Congress Ave) (21+)
12:00 a.m. Annuals Radio Room Patio (508 E 6th St) (All Ages)
12:00 a.m. Blind Pilot Submerged (333 E 2nd St) (21+)
12:30 a.m. Echo and The Bunnymen Emo's Main Room (603 Red River St) (All Ages)
1:00 a.m. Ida Maria Buffalo Billiards (201 E 6th St) (21+)
1:15 a.m. Casiotone for the Painfully Alone Beauty Bar Backyard (617 E 7th St) (21+)




Thursday, March 19





2:40 p.m. Loquat Habana Calle 6 (706 E. 6th St.)
4:00 p.m. The Jakes PureVolume House (323 E. 2nd St.)
5:15 p.m. Meiko Cedar Door (201 Brazos St.)
8:00 p.m. Castledoor The Independent (501 N IH 35) (21+)
8:00 p.m. Holly Conlan The Parish (214B E 6th St) (21+)
8:00 p.m. Cory Chisel St David's Church (304 E 7th St) (All Ages)
8:20 p.m. Gabriella Cilmi La Zona Rosa (612 W 4th St) (All Ages)
8:30 p.m. Anya Marina The Parish (214B E 6th St) (21+)
9:00 p.m. The Kin 18th Flr, Hilton Garden Inn (500 N IH 35) (18+)
9:00 p.m. Wild Beasts Latitude 30 (512 San Jacinto St) (21+)
9:00 p.m. Tina Dico live.create. lounge (503 Neches St) (21+)
9:30 p.m. Thao Nguyen The Parish (214B E 6th St) (21+)
10:00 p.m. N.A.S.A. Emo's Annex (600 Red River St) (All Ages)
10:00 p.m. Birds Of Tokyo Friends (208 E 6th St) (21+)
10:00 p.m. The Henry Clay People The Independent (501 N IH 35) (21+)
10:00 p.m. Jim Bianco The Parish (214B E 6th St) (21+)
11:00 p.m. Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip Aces Lounge (222 E 6th St) (21+)
11:00 p.m. Emily Wells Buffalo Billiards (201 E 6th St) (21+)
11:00 p.m. Ed Harcourt Elysium (705 Red River St) (21+)
11:00 p.m. The Asteroids Galaxy Tour Emo's Annex (600 Red River St) (All Ages)
11:00 p.m. Edward Sharpe / Magnetic Zeros The Parish Downstairs (214 E 6th St) (21+)
11:00 p.m. Meiko The Parish (214B E 6th St) (21+)
11:10 p.m. Whole Wheat Bread Austin Music Hall (208 Nueces St) (All Ages)
11:10 p.m. Iglu & Hartly La Zona Rosa (612 W 4th St) (All Ages)
11:30 p.m. Greg Laswell The Parish (214B E 6th St) (21+)
12:00 a.m. Blind Pilot Club de Ville (900 Red River St) (21+)
12:00 a.m. Little Boots Emo's Annex (600 Red River St) (All Ages)
12:45 a.m. Ida Maria Maggie Mae's (323 E 6th St) (21+)
1:00 a.m. Camp Lo Karma Lounge (119 W 8th St) (21+)
1:00 a.m. Hockey Maggie Mae's Rooftop (323 E 6th St) (21+)




Friday, March 20





1:00 p.m. Johnny Lloyd Rollins Bayou Lounge (500 E. 6th St. A)
1:00 p.m. Little Boots Emo's Jr. (603 Red River)
3:15 p.m. Late Of The Pier Cedar St. Courtyard (208 W. 4th St.)
3:30 p.m. The Tender Box Rusty Spurs (403 E. 7th St.)
2:00 p.m. Meiko Troubadour Saloon (503 E. 6th St.)
2:00 p.m. Madi Diaz Six Lounge (117 W. 4th St.)
7:45 p.m. Pete & The Pirates Cedar Street Courtyard (208 W 4th St) (21+)
8:00 p.m. Classixx Beauty Bar (617 E 7th St) (21+)
9:00 p.m. Lex Land live.create. lounge (503 Neches St) (21+)
9:00 p.m. Loquat Wave Rooftop (408 E 6th St) (21+)
10:00 p.m. Madi Diaz Victorian Room @ Driskill (604 Brazos St.)
10:00 p.m. Amazing Baby Emo's Main Room (603 Red River St) (All Ages)
10:00 p.m. You Me At Six Latitude 30 (512 San Jacinto St) (21+)
10:00 p.m. Metallica (shh) Stubb's (801 Red River St) (All Ages)
10:00 p.m. Solange / Hadley Street Dreams Austin Convention Center (500 E Cesar Chavez St) (All Ages)
11:00 p.m. Tricky Austin Music Hall (208 Nueces St) (All Ages)
11:00 p.m. Wheat Maggie Mae's (323 E 6th St) (21+)
11:30 p.m. Glasvegas La Zona Rosa (612 W 4th St) (All Ages)
12:00 a.m. DEVO Austin Music Hall (208 Nueces St) (All Ages)
12:00 a.m. Lady Sovereign Club de Ville (900 Red River St) (21+)
12:30 a.m. Asher Roth Club de Ville (900 Red River St) (21+)
12:45 a.m. Primal Scream La Zona Rosa (612 W 4th St) (All Ages)
1:00 a.m. Late Of The Pier Aces Lounge (222 E 6th St) (21+)
1:00 a.m. Dredg Buffalo Billiards (201 E 6th St) (21+)




Saturday, March 21





2:00 p.m. Edward Sharpe / Magnetic Zeroes PureVolume House (323 E. 2nd St.)
3:30 p.m. Meiko Gibson Showroom (3601 S. Congress)
3:30 p.m. The Courteneers Latitude 30 (512 San Jacinto)
4:00 p.m. Sonia Leigh Touche (417 E. 6th St.)
4:00 p.m. The Swear Dizzy Rooster (306 E. 6th St.)
5:00 p.m. Echo and The Bunnymen Bat Bar, Convention Center (500 E Cesar Chavez St) (All Ages)
5:30 p.m. Lady Sovereign Peckerhead's (402 E. 6th St.)
7:30 p.m. Lex Land The Ale House (310 E 6th St (Alley Entrance)) (21+)
7:40 p.m. White Lies Stubb's (801 Red River St) (All Ages)
8:00 p.m. The Asteroids Galaxy Tour Maggie Mae's (323 E 6th St) (21+)
9:00 p.m. Samantha Crain The Ale House (310 E 6th St (Alley Entrance)) (21+)
9:00 p.m. The Break And Repair Method Maggie Mae's Gibson Room (512 Trinity St) (21+)
9:00 p.m. Iglu & Hartly Vice (302 E 6th St) (21+)
10:00 p.m. Asher Roth Vice (302 E 6th St) (21+)
10:30 p.m. Elizabeth & The Catapult The Ale House (310 E 6th St (Alley Entrance)) (21+)
10:55 p.m. B.o.B Austin Music Hall (208 Nueces St) (All Ages)
11:00 p.m. Longview Cedar Street Courtyard (208 W 4th St) (21+)
11:00 p.m. The Knux Vice (302 E 6th St) (21+)
11:20 p.m. The Crystal Method La Zona Rosa (612 W 4th St) (All Ages)
11:30 p.m. Buddy The Ale House (310 E 6th St (Alley Entrance)) (21+)
12:00 a.m. Solange / Hadley Street Dreams Buffalo Billiards (201 E 6th St) (21+)
12:00 a.m. Dredg Emo's Jr (603 Red River St) (All Ages)
12:00 a.m. Echo and The Bunnymen Rusty Spurs (405 E 7th St) (21+)
12:05 a.m. Brian Wright / Waco Tragedies The Ale House (310 E 6th St (Alley Entrance)) (21+)
12:30 a.m. Pedestrian The Ale House (310 E 6th St (Alley Entrance)) (21+)
12:45 a.m. Pendulum La Zona Rosa (612 W 4th St) (All Ages)
1:00 a.m. The Used Cedar Door (201 Brazos St) (18+)
1:00 a.m. Fair to Midland Maggie Mae's Rooftop (323 E 6th St) (21+)
1:00 a.m. Whole Wheat Bread The Parish Downstairs (214 E 6th St) (21+)
1:00 a.m. The Crimea The Rio (301 San Jacinto Blvd) (21+)

Saturday, March 7, 2009


LABEL BUZZ SURROUNDS TALENTFILTER ARTIST -- Our secret spies tell us that 22 year-old singer/songwriter/pianist Chloe Leighton, first tipped here three months ago, was flown to NY this past week by one major label to to showcase for the big shots... This soulful, jazzified artist will perform again in April at the Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles, but don't be surprised if you hear about one of the other three majors setting up private showcases of their own. This one could get insteresting!
UPCOMING L.A. AREA SHOWS OF NOTE:

Mar 8 -- Tina Dico, Quincy Coleman - The Roxy
Mar 12 -- Castledoor - The Echo
Mar 13 -- Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes - Echoplex
Mar 14 -- Katie Costello - Hotel Cafe
Mar 15 -- Meiko, Emily Wells - Saint Rocke
Mar 16 -- Skid Row - House Of Blues
Mar 17 -- Skid Row - Key Club
Mar 31 -- Fitz & The Tantrums - Hotel Cafe

Apr 11 -- Blind Pilot - Spaceland
Apr 13 -- The Henry Clay People - Spaceland
Apr 14 -- Michelle Featherstone - Hotel Cafe
Apr 16 -- Chloe Leighton - Hotel Cafe

RY JARRED (unsigned, unpublished) -- Ry is a Venice, CA-based singer-songwriter - he definitely sits at the same table in the cafeteria with Bon Iver, M. Ward and Citizen Cope. Good vibe - synch-friendly as all get-out, and we think KCRW will be ALL OVER THIS GUY in the coming months. Ry performs at Air Conditioned in Venice on Sunday night (March 8). Expect some weasels in the house. Check out the video for his song "New Glow":

Friday, March 6, 2009

TALENTFILTER ARTIST MOVES FROM INDIE TO MAJOR LABEL! -- Los Angeles band The Airborne Toxic Event, first written about here back in January 2008, have been scooped up from Shout! Factory/Majordomo to Island/IDJMG. Singer Mikel Jollett tells L.A. blog Buzz Bands, "It's a great deal, we're pumped up." And what of the folks at Majordomo? "Majordomo has a really good stake in this thing — they were very much a partner," Jollett said. "It's a good situation for everyone involved."

Congrats to the band (and the folks at Shout! Factory, Majordomo, and HITS Magazine / The MGMT Company!)