SXSW 2018

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Photo: Trent Johnson
Photo: Trent Johnson

Ghost Twin Talks Scary Tech and Moody Synth Pop at SXSW

Ghost Twin, made up of Karen and Jaimz Asmundson, originally got rejected when placing a bid to play at this year’s iteration of SXSW. That is, until they were booked for a show, and then another, and another. And now that they’re here in Austin, the synth pop duo from Winnipeg, Canada has taken in multiple […]

Photo: María Fernanda Molins
Photo: María Fernanda Molins

Mint Field Brings Dream-Like Feel to Music at SXSW

The voices in Mint Field songs sound like echoes you hear in dream sequences that are often found in films, just barely audible over the ethereal music backing them. This sensation is liberating, allowing your brain to explore the shifts in pace and delicate vocals, often for six to seven minutes at a time. The […]

Photo: Trent Johnson
Photo: Trent Johnson

Action Bronson Lights Up SXSW

I shouldn’t have been surprised to see Action Bronson climb the stairs to Bangers’ stage with something other than a microphone in his hand. This is a guy who previously had a television show where he discussed the ridiculous claims of Ancient Aliens with his friends over copious amounts of food and weed, while it played on a […]

Photo: Monica Alford
Photo: Monica Alford

The Breeders’ Kim Deal Gets Technical at SXSW

The highlight for me on day two of our SXSW adventures was getting to sit in the same room as the iconic Kim Deal as she fielded questions from audio engineer and frequent collaborator Steve Albini. Deal, the former bassist for the Pixies (her backing vocals on “Where Is My Mind?” are among the most memorable in the […]

Photo: Trent Johnson
Photo: Trent Johnson

Okkervil River Comes Home for SXSW

During the entirety of Okkervil River‘s set up at SXSW‘s NPR showcase on Wednesday, March 14, I couldn’t help but think, “Is this band FROM Austin?” To be fair, I’ve never heard of them before, which may be blasphemous to some, but oh well, get over yourself. Back to my thoughts: each looked like a […]

Photo: Trent Johnson
Photo: Trent Johnson

Low an Odd Choice for SXSW

Let’s set the scenario: You’ve been in Austin for a few days, and so far you’ve been staying up all night and getting up relatively early to take care of teleworking, writing or whatever. The point is, you’ve been out late for two straight nights, and on your third, a wall is approaching. The wall […]

Photo: Trent Johnson
Photo: Trent Johnson

Superorganism Gives Something For Your Mind at SXSW

Under shining lights of blue, pink and yellow, Superorganism took center stage at Stubb’s Bar-B-Q for the NPR Music Showcase at SXSW on Wednesday, March 14. Later in the night, established veterans of the music industry grizzled with beards and years of experience would follow them, but this group carried a refreshing newness normally reserved for […]

Photo: Trent Johnson
Photo: Trent Johnson

Bat Fangs Sink Teeth into SXSW

The world works in interesting ways. For our April issue, we were planning to interview Bat Fangs – a duo made up of Laura King and Ex Hex‘s Betsy Wright – for a profile in advance of their April 26 show at the Luce Foundation Center for American Art. And since we all happened to be at SXSW this week, we were able to […]

Photo: Trent Johnson
Photo: Trent Johnson

Queer Guitar Pros Partner Shred at SXSW

People say that I talk like Ellen Page // I guess that makes sense since we come from the same place // But it’s more than just a regional thing // Cause if it’s 50 percent maritime, it’s 50 percent lesbian The opening lyrics to Ontario-based Partner’s “The ‘Ellen’ Page” pretty much sum up this […]

Photo: Trent Johnson
Photo: Trent Johnson

DC’s Rico Nasty Finds Fans in Austin

I don’t know if the guy standing next to me at Rico Nasty‘s set during the SoundCloud showcase at SXSW on Tuesday night was from DC, but I would say that he probably was not. Despite this likelihood (which admittedly is just a hunch), the guy knew nearly every word to every song, sometimes offering as […]

Photo: Trent Johnson
Photo: Trent Johnson

Starcrawler Has Ants in Pants at SXSW

Like exorcising a demon from a helpless child, Starcrawler‘s Henri Cash, Austin Smith and Tim Franco began their SXSW set at The Main II on Tuesday, March 13 making raucous sounds. I can’t say music, because it wasn’t a song. Rather, it was a ritual, a calling to summon the missing frontwoman who would lead […]

Photo: Trent Johnson
Photo: Trent Johnson

Bad Moves, Good Vibes at SXSW

Bad Moves makes the 90s kid in me perk right up, transporting me back to the days of (early, and therefore good) blink-182 and other pop punk guilty pleasures. The DC-based foursome took the stage at Sidewinder on Tuesday night, kicking off the Don Giovanni Records showcase at SXSW. The first thing I noticed as we […]

Photo: Trent Johnson
Photo: Trent Johnson

Tacos and Tech So Far at SXSW

Folks, we have arrived! And although we didn’t actually get to Texas (aka my homeland) until the wee-hours of Monday night/Tuesday morning, On Tap staff (i.e., myself and Monica) decided to kick start the trip with a stop into a legitimate taco joint: Tyson’s Tacos. First off, let me just say that DC has a gaping […]

Photo: Trent Johnson
Photo: Trent Johnson

Check out On Tap’s SXSW 2018 Coverage

Yep, your eyes are not deceiving you! On Tap Magazine is down south in Austin, Texas to cover one of the most celebrated music festivals in North America. From March 12 to 17, our website will feature reviews, photos and more under the new SXSW tab on our website. Plus, we will be keeping our readership […]

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Tuesday and Wednesday

On Tap’s first two days at SXSW 2018 were packed with shows, from DC musicians like Bad Moves and Rico Nasty to national acts including StarcrawlerOkkervil RiverPartner and Superorganism. Plus, an interview with DC/North Carolina-based band Bat Fangs, fantastic people watching (Austin is definitely nailing it in the weird department), a brief adventure through the tech expo and much more. Photos: Trent Johnson

Thursday

On Tap’s third day at SXSW 2018 was packed with a visit to the DC Comics booth and gaming expo. We also ventured out to catch some national acts including rapper-entertainer Action BronsonWavvesThe Frights and Cuco at the StubHub showcase. Plus, we snapped some photos to capture the scene down in Austin. Photos: Trent Johnson

Friday

Over the course of four days and night at SXSW 2018, we caught a ton of acts. On our last night in town, we enjoyed the sounds of Topaz JonesThe Wedding PresentMothership and more. And as always, we got a look at some of the people traversing the festival grounds. Photos: Trent Johnson