Family of the Year – St Croix

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Family of the Year – St. Croix


“St. Croix” by LA band Family of the Year could be the “Pumped Up Kicks” of Fall 2011. The track (not unlike most successful pop songs) has that right blend of ingredients “PUK” had/has, several great/memorable hooks, a great chorus, mainstream indie pop accessibility, a much hyped about band on the verge of breaking. We might not hear “St. Croix” on the Wild 94.9 or Kiss 96.5 playlist but expect the song to make a ton of noise for the band. Church. (SKOA)

Family of the Year california (Official) (Facebook)

Rating 8.2


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Hanni El Khatib – Family

Hanni El Khatib - Family

Hanni El Khatib’s brand of blues/soul-driven rock and roll gets an assist from Akron OH guitar player Dan Auerbach on “Family”, the first single from the L.A.-based Khatib’s forthcoming Head in the Dirt. Auerbach’s hand is strong on “Family”; where the guts of 100 years of blues & soul & old-time R&B focused through the most precise and skillful arrangements Keys sort of sound helps propel Khatib into a palatability & accessbility he’s not yet not realized until now.

Hanni El Khatib – Family

Hanni El Khatib (Facebook)

Rating 8.3


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The Cast of Cheers – Family


Watch out for Cast of Cheers. The Irish band, coming off a 150k-downloaded (!) bandcamp album, are readying their proper debut which is due sometime early next year. Our first spin of that debut is the track for “Family”. Angular, dynamic, and rhythmic as hell, “Family” might remind of The Futureheads or Maximo Park. Big track, expect this one to some serious Radio 1 airplay.

The Cast of Cheers – Family

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Rating 8.4


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B3SCI Presents: Love Trumps Hate w/ The Silversun Pickups @ The Bootleg Theater, Sat 1/14

B3SCI is very pleased to be teaming up with the L.A. Safety Coalition, The Bootleg Theater, Amoeba Music, Swing House,, Balcony TV, Everett, We Found New Music, LYKA and Angry Mob Music to co-present Love Trumps Hate at The Bootleg Theater in L.A. this Saturday (1/14). The event features an acoustic full-band set from The Silversun Pickups with support from YACHT, James Supercave, Nick Waterhouse and more. Saturday’s event will feature, too, a silent auction with items up for grabs from Fitz & The Tantrums, Leon Bridges, Young the Giant, Family of the Year, Mac DeMarco, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Angel Olsen, BØRNS, YACHT, Run River North, How to Dress Well, and Counting Crows. All proceeds from Saturday’s show are to benefit the ACLU and Planned Parenthood. Tickets are $20 and can be obtained here. Be there.

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SXSW-time is here (happiness and cheer). Hello SXSW 2013. How are we doing? B3’s annual hour-by-hour preview and prognostication of SX Music is back for 2013. We’ve got all the can’t miss sets and showcases you’ll want to be at covered. From Tuesday to Saturday, Antone’s to The Whiskey Room, Congress Street to that area where Stubb’s is by the Police Station, Team B3 presents our SX 2013 picks. p.s. If you’ve been sleeping and haven’t yet signed up for our A-class Day Party at Maggie Mae’s on Wednesday afternoon you can sort that out here.


Brooklyn band DIIV play the Red 7 patio @ 1:00 A.M. on Tuesday.

Showcases where you’ll want to be:
1) BBC Radio 1 @ Latitude 30: Bastille, Lucy Rose, Willy Moon, Tall Ships, The 1975 & Y Niwl
2) Pitchfork @ Mohawk: Icona Pop, Cloud Nothings, Marnie Stern, John Talabot, Azari & III, Blue Hawaii, Hundred Waters
3) The Syndicate’s Conflict of Interest @ Hype Hotel: Cold War Kids, Ra Ra Riot, Ivan & Alyosha, Little Green Cars

Can’t miss sets:
8:00-8:59 PM:
1) Blondfire @ The Belmont (8:20)
2) Charli XCX @ The Belmont (8:00)
3) Ivan & Alyosha @ Hype Hotel

9:00-9:59 PM:
1) TOKiMONSTA @ Antone’s (9:00)
2) Lucy Rose @ Latitude 30 (9:00)
3) Blue Hawaii @ Mohawk Indoor (9:30)

10:00-10:59 PM:
1) St. Lucia @ Antone’s (10:00)
2) Hundred Waters @ Mohawk Indoor (10:15)
3) Tall Ships @ Latitude 30 (10:10)

11:00-11:59 PM:
1) The 1975 @ Latitude 30 (11:00)
2) Cloud Nothings @ Mohawk Outdoor (11:30)
3) Little Green Cars @ Hype Hotel

12:00-12:59 AM:
1) DIIV @ Red 7 Patio (12:00)
2) Hit-Boy @ 404 Austin (12:20)
3) Icona Pop @ Mohawk Indoor (12:00)

1:00-1:59 AM:
1) John Talabot @ Mohawk Indoor (1:15)
2) Nicolas Jaar @ The North Door (1:00)
3) Bastille @ Latitude 30 (1:00)


The Neighbourhood play Club de Ville @ Midnight on SXSW Wednesday Night

Favorite Showcases:
1) NPR @ Stubb’s: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Cafe Tacvba, Alt-J, Youth Lagoon
2) Windish Agency Showcase @ Red 7: Poolside, NO CEREMONY, The Thermals, CHRVCHES, Dan Croll
3) Vans @ Mohawk: Ghostface Killah, Sky Ferreira, Iggy and the Stooges, The Specials

Favorite Sets:
7:00-7:59 PM:
1) Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds @ Stubb’s (7:45)
2) Family of the Year @ Moody Theater (7:45)
3) Anuhea @ Old School (7:30)
4) Ab-Soul @ 404 Austin (7:30)
5) Japandroids @ Mohawk Outdoor (7:30)

8:00-8:59 PM:
1) Wild Belle @ Haven (8:00)
2) Iggy and the Stooges @ Mohawk Outdoor (8:00)
3) Schoolboy Q @ 404 Austin (8:30)
4) Fallulah @ Old School (8:30)
5) Lucius @ The Parish (8:30)

9:00-9:59 PM:
1) Tom Odell @ Haven (9:00)
2) Kendrick Lamar @ 1100 Warehouse (9:00)
3) Merchandise @ Viceland (9:00)
4) Peace @ Red 7 Patio (9:30)
5) The Orwells @ Hype Hotel (9:30)
Prev. Mentioned: Blue Hawaii @ Elysium (9:00)

10:00-10:59 PM
1) Caveman @ IFC Crossroads House (10:00)
2) Phosphorescent @ Hype Hotel (10:15)
3) Rudimental @ La Zona Rosa (10:20)
4) The Black Angels @ Buffalo Billiards (10:00)
5) AZARI & III @ Bungalo (10:00)
Prev. Mentioned: The 1975 @ Red Eyed Fly (10:30)

11:00-11:59 PM:
1) Yeah Yeah Yeahs @ Stubb’s (11:00)
2) PAPA @ Red Eyed Fly (11:20)
3) Just Blaze @ La Zona Rosa (11:40)
4) Unknown Mortal Orchestra @ Scoot Inn (11:15)
5) SOHN @ Red 7 (11:00)
Prev. Mentioned: Hundred Waters @ The Tap Room at Six (11:00), Icona Pop @ Viceland (11:00)

12:00-12:59 AM:
1) The Neighbourhood @ Club de Ville (12:00)
2) Alt-J @ Stubb’s (12:30)
3) Flume @ Red 7 (12:00)
4) Jake Bugg @ Maggie Mae’s Rooftop (12:00)
5) Sky Ferreira @ Mohawk Outdoor (12:10)
Prev. Mentioned: AZARI & III @ The Tap Room at Six (12:00), John Talabot @ Elysium (12:00)

1:00-1:59 AM:
1) Ghostface Killah @ Mohawk Outdoor (1:00)
2) Foxes @ Red Eyed Fly (1:00)
3) Wyclef Jean @ 404 Austin (1:00)
4) White Lung @ Holy Mountain (1:20)
5) Alpine @ Empire Control Room (1:00)
Prev. Mentioned: Charli XCX @ Club de Ville (1:00)


Bay Area bossa-pop crew Trails & Ways check into the Hype Hotel @ 9 PM

Favorite Showcases:
1) Pitchfork @ 1100 Warehouse: Disclosure, Ryan Hemsworth, FIDLAR, Sky Ferreira, Savages, Pissed Jeans
2) BET Music Matters @ Brazos Hall: T.I., Schoolboy Q, Joey Bada$$, Chrisette Michele, BJ The Chicago Kid
3) The Hype Machine @ Hype Hotel: Jake Bugg, MS MR, The Specials, Trails & Ways, Kodaline

Favorite Sets:
8:00-8:59 PM:
1) Joey Bada$$ @ Hangar Lounge (8:30)
2) Fidlar @ 1100 Warehouse (8:40)
3) Guards @ The Belmont (8:00)
4) Kodaline @ Hype Hotel (8:00)
5) Cayucas @ Red 7 Patio (8:15)
Prev. Mentioned: PAPA @ The Tap Room at Six (8:00), TOKiMONSTA @ Republic Live (8:40)

9:00-9:59 PM
1) Trails & Ways @ Hype Hotel (9:00)
2) Lianne La Havas @ Empire Automotive (9:15)
3) Charles Bradley @ Moody Theater (9:00)
4) Big K.R.I.T. @ Lustre Pearl (9:00)
5) BJ The Chicago Kid @ Brazos Hall (8:50)
Prev. Mentioned: Caveman @ Bar 96 (9:30), Joey Bada$$ @ Brazos Hall (9:45),

10:00-10:59 PM:
1) Wildcat! Wildcat! @ Tap Room at Six (10:00)
2) Jesse Boykins III @ Elysium (9:50)
3) Dauwd @ Holy Mountain (10:00)
4) MONA @ Cedar Street Courtyard (10:00)
5) Chrisette Michele @ Brazos Hall (10:15)
Prev. Mentioned: Sky Ferreira @ 1100 Warehouse (10:45),

11:00-11:59 PM:
1) Capital Cities @ Empire Automotive (11:15)
2) The Specials @ Hype Hotel (11:00)
3) The Besnard Lakes @ Red 7 (11:30)
4) The Kid Daytona @ The North Door (11:25)
5) Beacon @ Holy Mountain (11:00)
Prev. Mentioned: Alt-J @ The Belmont (11:10), Schoolboy Q @ Brazos Hall (11:30),

12:00-12:59 AM:
1) Killer Mike @ Bar 96 (12:30)
2) Disclosure @ 1100 Warehouse (12:35)
3) Antwon @ Easy Tiger (12:15)
4) Ryan Hemsworth @ 1100 Warehouse (12:00)
5) Snoop Lion @ Viceland (12:00)
Prev. Mentioned: Phosphorescent @ Red 7 Patio (11:55),

1:00-1:59 AM:
1) Death @ TenOak (12:50)
2) Generationals @ Red Eyed Fly (1:00)
3) Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs @ Blackheart (1:00)
4) Local Natives @ Mohawk Outdoor (1:00)
5) Soul of Mischief @ 512 (1:15)
Prev. Mentioned: Flume @ Latitude 30 (1:00), Ghostface Killah @ Scoot Inn (1:10), Jake Bugg @ Hype Hotel (1:00), Joey Bada$$ @ The North Door (1:20), Unknown Mortal Orchestra @ Red 7 Patio


Bondax make a 12:20 A.M. appearance at La Zona Rosa on Friday Night.

Favorite Showcases:
1) Our Heart Aches For Syria @ The Long Center: Deer Tick, White Lung, Omar Souleyman, Black Lips, The Orwells
2) Rolling Stone @ La Zona Rosa: Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Bondax, TOKiMONSTA, Disclosure
3) Rocksmith @ Tha Main: Mystikal, YG, Trae Tha Truth, Yo Gotti

Favorite Sets:
8:00-8:59 PM:
1) Fatima Al Qadiri @ The Madison (8:45)
2) Harry Fraud @ Austin Music Hall (8:40)
3) Diamond Rings @ VEVO Control Room (8:00)
4) Tropics @ Old School (8:00)
5) The Mowgli’s @ Stubb’s (8:00)
Prev. Mentioned: Hundred Waters @ Scoot Inn (8:45), The Neighbourhood @ Brazos Hall (8:45),

9:00-9:59 PM:
1) Danny Brown @ Viceland (9:15)
2) The Orwells @ The Long Center (9:40)
3) Man Without Country @ Maggie Mae’s Rooftop (9:20)
4) Small Black @ Lustre Pearl (9:00)
5) Charlotte Church @ VEVO Control Room (9:00)
Prev. Mentioned: Phosphorescent @ Bar 96 (9:30),

10:00-10:59 PM:
1) Depeche Mode @ Brazos Hall (10:00)
2) Giraffage @ Maggie Mae’s Rooftop (10:00)
3) Gold Fields @ Buffalo Billiards (10:00)
4) Eric Burdon @ The Stage On Sixth Patio (10:00)
5) Turtle Giant @ Hickory Street (10:00)
Prev. Mentioned: Danny Brown @ Austin Music Hall (10:35), DIIV @ Lustre Pearl (10:00), Disclosure @ La Zona Rosa (10:00), Fallulah @ VEVO Control Room (10:00) Fidlar @ Clive Bar (10:00), Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs @ Hype Hotel (10:00), White Lung @ The Long Center (10:20)

11:00-11:59 PM:
1) Rhye @ Buffalo Billiards (11:00)
2) Pusha T @ Austin Music Hall (11:00)
3) Goldroom @ Avenue on Congress Rooftop (11:00)
4) Gap Dream @ Hotel Vegas (11:15)
5) Laura Mvula @ Hype Hotel (11:00)
Prev Mentioned: Blue Hawaii @ Swan Dive (11:00), Foxes @ Empire Automotive (11:10), Merchandise @ Mohawk Outdoor (11:15), Ryan Hemsworth @ 512 Rooftop (11:00), TOKiMONSTA @ La Zona Rosa (11:35)

12:00-12:59 AM:
1) Bondax @ La Zona Rosa (12:20)
2) MO @ Buffalo Billiards (12:00)
3) Omar Souleyman @ The Long Center (12:00)
4) Mystikal @ The Main (11:50)
5) Vacationer @ VEVO Control Room (12:00)
Prev Mentioned: Ghostface Killah @ Viceland (12:15), Kendrick Lamar @ Austin Music Hall (12:40), Little Green Cars @ Antone’s (12:00), MONA @ Townhouse (12:00), Rudimental @ Hype Hotel (12:00), St. Lucia @ Empire Automotive (12:20)

1:00-1:59 AM:
1) XXYYXX @ Maggie Mae’s Rooftop (1:00)
2) Sepalcure
3) Master P @ 404 Austin (1:20)
4) Bass Drum of Death @ Easy Tiger (1:00)
5) Trae Tha Truth @ The Main (1:25)
Prev. Mentioned: DIIV @ Mohawk Indoor (1:00), Disclosure @ Scoot Inn (12:50), Ryan Hemsworth w/ Daedalus @ Emo’s (1:00), Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs @ La Zona Rosa (1:05)


Ms. Badu blesses SX with a 11:00 PM set at Empire Control Room on Saturday Night

Favorite Showcases:
1) Boiler Room @ 1100 Warehouse: Skream, Baauer, Chief Keef, Shlohmo, Mount Kimbie, Lunice
2) Perez Hilton @ Austin Music Hall: Lissie, Charli XCX, Wynter Gordon, Capital Cities, Paloma Faith
3) Captured Tracks @ The Parish: Beach Fossils, DIIV, The Soft Moon, Mac DeMarco

Favorite Sets:
9:00-9:59 PM:
1) Mount Kimbie @ 1100 Warehouse (9:30)
2) Ryan Leslie @ Hangar Lounge (9:30)
3) Shlohmo @ 1100 Warehouse (9:00)
4) Zak Waters @ Hickory Street (9:00)
5) Wynter Gordon @ Austin Music Hall (9:15)
Prev. Mentioned: Capital Cities @ The Belmont (9:00), Foxes @ Hype Hotel (9:00), Merchandise @ Red 7 (

10:00-10:59 PM:
1) Lissie @ Austin Music Hall (9:55)
2) Oliver @ Ballroom Annex (10:00)
3) Action Bronson
4) Chief Keef @ 1100 Warehouse (10:30)
5) Cashmere Cat
Prev. Mentioned: Caveman @ Hype Hotel (10:00), Fidlar @ Hotel Vegas (10:15), Gap Dream @ Hotel Vegas Patio (10:15), Gold Fields @ Maggie Mae’s Rooftop (10:00), Ivan & Alyosha @ TenOak (10:00), Sepalcure @ The Madison (10:00), Sky Ferreira @ Stubb’s (10:00)

11:00-11:59 PM:
1) Erykah Badu @ Empire Control Room (11:00)
2) Tashaki Miyaki @ Hickory Street (11:00)
3) HAIM @ Stubb’s (11:00)
4) King Chip @ Suite 101 (11:00)
5) Black Moon @ Haven (11:35)
Prev. Mentioned: Flume @ Maggie Mae’s Rooftop (11:00), Laura Mvula @ VEVO Control Room (11:45), Peace @ Latitude 30 (11:00), Vacationer @ Hype Hotel (11:00)

12:00-12:59 AM:
1) A Place To Bury Strangers @ Brazos Hall (12:00)
2) The Robert Glasper Experiment @ Empire Control Room (12:00)
3) Casey Veggies @ Old School (12:45)
4) A Silent Film @ Antone’s (12:00)
5) SpaceGhostPurrp @ Suite 101 (12:20)
Prev. Mentioned: Antwon @ Red 7 (12:15), DIIV @ The Parish (12:10), Jesse Boykins III @ Stage On Sixth Patio (12:00), Kendrick Lamar @ Viceland (12:30), MO @ Hype Hotel (12:00), XXYYXX @ Mohawk Outdoor (12:00)

1:00-1:59 AM:
1) Skream @ 1100 Warehouse (1:15)
2) The Pharcyde @ Club de Ville (1:15)
3) Delorean @ Mohawk Outdoor (1:00)
4) Beach Fossils @ The Parish (1:00)
5) In the Valley Below @ VEVO Control Room (1:15)
Prev. Mentioned: Big K.R.I.T. @ Old School (1:20), Danny Brown @ Ballroom Annex (1:00), Just Blaze @ Ballroom Annex (1:50), Mystikal @ Suite 101 (1:15), The Orwells @ Latitude 30 (1:00), Trae Tha Truth @ 404 Austin (1:30)

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Lucius – Turn It Around (Live)


The Lucius crew let loose an excellent soulful live version of their “Turn It Around” single. The Brooklyn band found themselves in lights last night as “Turn It Around” got a spin on the open of last night “Grey’s Anatomy” (which somewhat amazingly is still on). Lucius have a U.S. tour upcoming; with a start in Boston on Valentine’s Day (where by then the city’s snowmobile-based economy should be in full motion) and will continue throughout February and into March with multiple shows at SXSW.

2/14: Boston, MA @ Great Scott
2/15 Philadelphia, PA @ Milkboy *
2/16 Vienna, VA @ Jammin Java *
2/17 Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Café *
2/18 Toledo, OH @ The Ottawa Tavern
2/20: Mechanicsburg, PA @ Messiah College
2/21: Kingston, NY @BSP Lounge
2/22: Hamden, CT @ The Outer Space
2/23: Williamstown, MA @ The Log
3/13: Austin, TX @ SXSW
3/14: Austin, TX @ SXSW
3/15: Austin, TX @ SXSW
3/16: Austin, TX @ SXSW
3/18: Little Rock, AR @ Juanita’s Cantina Ballroom #
3/19: Birmingham, AL @ Workplay Theater #
3/20: Nashville, TN @ The High Watt %
4/5: Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory

* co-headlining w/ Hannah Georgas
# supporting The Mowgli’s & Family of the Year
% supporting Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers

Lucius newyork (Soundcloud)

Rating 8.3


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Hey family. It’s that special time of the year again when the glitterati of the music industry descend on ATX to slap each other fives, layer their forearms in VIP wrist bands, and hopefully catch some cool bands. Planning for SXSW can be a daunting ask. The sheer number of bands, shows, parties, etc is ginormous. SXSW planning fatigue is real but b3sci is here to help! We’re setting you up with all our picks for can’t miss sets (our Top 5 for each nighttime hour of the festival) and showcases (our 3 faves for each night). Lego!


Kendrick Lamar takes the 1100 Warehouse stage at 1 AM on Tuesday.

Showcases where you want to be:
1) Pitchfork @ Mohawk (& Patio): Schoolboy Q, Shlohmo, Star Slinger, Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire, Tycho
2) Warner Bros. @ La Zona Rosa: Flux Pavilion, Santigold, Theophilus London, Neon Hitch
3) Stone’s Throw @ Swan Dive: The Stepkids, MED, Strong Arm Steady

Can’t miss sets:
8:00-8:59 PM:
1) Shlohmo @ Mohawk (Pitchfork) (8:30)
2) Neon Hitch @ La Zona Rosa (Warner)
3) Boy Friend @ Swan Dive (Yours Truly)

9:00-9:59 PM:
1) Star Slinger @ Mohawk Patio (Pitchfork)
2) Theophilus London @ La Zona Rosa (Warner) (9:30)
3) Capital Cities @ Buffalo Billiards

10:00-10:59 PM:
1) The Stepkids @ Elysium (Stone’s Throw) (10:30)
2) Santigold @ La Zona Rosa (Warner)
3) Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire (Pitchfork)

11:00-11:59 PM:
1) Electric Wire Hustle @ Swan Dive (Yours Truly)
2) Beach Fossils @ Club 606 (Root Music) (11:30)
3) Tycho @ Mohawk (Pitchfork) (11:30)

12:00-12:59 AM:
1) Schoolboy Q @ Mohawk Patio (Pitchfork)
2) Caveman @ Bat Bar (Campfire Trails)
3) Flux Pavilion @ La Zona Rosa (Warner)

1:00-1:59 AM:
1) Kendrick Lamar @ 1100 Warehouse (XXL Mag)
2) Saint Motel @ Treasure Island
3) Built to Spill @ The Belmont (Space Ducks)


NPR’s Wednesday night showcase features a 9 PM performance from Sharon Van Etten.

Showcases where you want to be:
1) NPR @ Stubb’s: Sharon Van Etten, Fiona Apple, Alabama Shakes
2) Last Call w/ Carson Daly @ Red 7 Patio: Cults, Tennis, Lee Fields & The Expressions
3) Innovative Leisure @ 512: Hanni El Khatib, Nick Waterhouse, Allah-Las

Can’t miss sets:
7:00-7:59 PM:
1) Fiona Apple @ Stubb’s (NPR)
2) CFCF @ Barbarella (Dummy XO)

8:00-8:59 PM:
1) Fidlar @ The Main (Vans)
2) Mux Mool @ Club de Ville (Ghostly)
3) Anoraak @ Mohawk Patio (The Agency)

9:00-9:59 PM:
1) Sharon Van Etten @ Stubb’s (NPR)
2) Big K.R.I.T. @ Antone’s (Pandora)
3) Tristen @ Central Presbyterian
4) Ed Sheeran @ La Zona Rosa (Warner) (9:30)
5) Mansions on the Moon @ Velveeta Room

10:00-10:59 PM
1) Miguel @ The Belmont (SOB)
2) Kimbra @ La Zona Rosa (Warner)
3) Tennis @ Red 7 Patio (Carson Daly)
4) The Wedding Present @ Swan Dive (Suicide Squeeze)
5) Mannie Fresh @ Hotel Vegas Patio (10:30)

11:00-11:59 PM:
1) Alabama Shakes @ Stubb’s (NPR)
2) Lee Fields & The Expressions @ Red 7 Patio (Carson Daly)
3) Juvenile @ Hotel Vegas Patio
4) xxxy @ Barcelona (Halo Cyan)
5) Bahamas @ St. David’s Bethell Hall (Brushfire) (11:30)

12:00-12:59 AM:
1) Miike Snow @ Hype Hotel (Hype Machine)
2) Gary Clark Jr. @ La Zona Rosa (Warner) (12:30)
3) 2 Chainz @ The Belmont (SOB)
4) Nick Waterhouse @ 512 (Innovative Leisure)
5) The Pierces @ The Studio (HGTV)

1:00-1:59 AM:
1) Kasabian @ 1100 Warehouse (101x)
2) Purity Ring @ Chevrolet Sound Garage
3) We Were Promised Jetpacks @ Easy Tiger Patio (Scottish)
4) The Drums @ Stage on Sixth (Frenchkiss)
5) Hanni El Khatib @ 512 (Innovative Leisure)


The newly reunited Jesus and Mary Chain play The Belmont at midnight Thursday.

Showcases where you want to be:
1) Secretly Canadian/Jagjaguwar/Dead Oceans @ Mohawk (& Patio): Sharon Van Etten, The War on Drugs, Nite Jewel, Gardens & Villa, Bear in Heaven, Gauntlet Hair
2) Music Matters @ Stage on Sixth (& Patio): Nneka, Miguel, Marsha Ambrosius, Big Sean, Stalley, Kendrick Lamar, Machine Gun Kelly, Smoke DZA, Big K.R.I.T.
3) Pitchfork @ Central Presbyterian: Nicolas Jaar, Grimes, Purity Ring, Charli XCX, Fiona Apple

Can’t miss sets:
8:00-8:59 PM:
1) Body Language @ The Madison (Bond)
2) Shigeto @ Barcelona (Surefire)
3) Stalley @ Stage on Sixth Patio (Music Matters) (8:30)
4) Family of the Year @ Maggie Mae’s Rooftop (Chop Shop)
5) The Chevin @ Latitude 30 (The Agency)
Prev. Mentioned: Electric Wire Hustle @ Driskll Victorian Room (StyleX), Fiona Apple @ Central Presbyterian (Pitchfork)

9:00-9:59 PM
1) Benjamin Francis Leftwich @ Latitude 30 (The Agency)
2) Gardens & Villa @ Mohawk Patio (Secretly Canadian) (9:30)
3) Charli XCX @ Central Presbyterian (Pitchfork) (9:30)
4) White Arrows @ Stubb’s (Spinner) (9:30)
5) Penguin Prison @ Lustre Pearl (Dickies)
Prev. Mentioned: Kendrick Lamar @ Stage on Sixth Patio (Music Matters)

10:00-10:59 PM:
1) Nneka @ Stage on Sixth (Music Matters)
2) Howler @ Bar 96 (Converse)
3) Girls @ Stubb’s (Spinner)
4) Robert Glasper @ Elephant Room
5) Curren$y @ La Zona Rosa (Warner)
Prev. Mentioned: Lee Fields @ ND (Windish), Purity Ring @ Central Presbyterian (Pitchfork) (10:30), Saint Motel @ Stubb’s (Spinner) (10:30)

11:00-11:59 PM:
1) The War on Drugs @ Mohawk Patio (Secretly Canadian) (11:30)
2) Meek Mill, Stalley & Wale @ La Zona Rosa (Warner)
3) Colleen Green @ Hotel Vegas (Hardly Art)
4) Class Actress @ 512 Rooftop (Carpark)
5) Grimes @ Central Presbyterian (Pitchfork) (11:30)
Prev. Mentioned: Big K.R.I.T. @ Stage on Sixth Patio (Music Matters), CFCF @ The Madison (Bond), Miguel @ Stage on Sixth (Music Matters), Mux Mool @ Barcelona (Surefire), Nick Waterhouse @ ND (Windish), Schoolboy Q @ Clive Bar (S.O. Terik), Tennis @ Club de Ville (Paradigm)

12:00-12:59 AM:
1) The Jesus and Mary Chain @ The Belmont
2) Nicolas Jaar @ Central Presbyterian (Pitchfork) (12:30)
3) The Temper Trap @ Stubb’s (Spinner)
4) Dev @ Chevrolet Sound Garage (12:30)
5) Seapony @ Hotel Vegas (Hardly Art)
Prev. Mentioned: Hanni El Khatib @ ND (Windish), Miike Snow @ Lustre Pearl (Dickies), Sharon Van Etten @ Mohawk Patio (Secretly Canadian) (12:30)

1:00-1:59 AM:
1) T.I. @ La Zona Rosa (Warner)
2) The Peach Kings @ Club 606 (The Roxy)
3) Oneohtrix Point Never @ Red 7 (Mexican Summer)
4) Niki & The Dove @ Driskill Victorian Room (StyleX)
5) Nite Jewel @ Mohawk (Secretly Canadian)


Michael Kiwanuka will perform a set at St. David’s Sanctuary at Midnight on Friday night.

Showcases where you want to be:
1) KCRW @ The Parish: The Temper Trap, Crystal Fighters, Clock Opera, Alice Russell & Quantic
2) NME @ Latitude 30: Howler, Big Deal, Kindness, Chad Valley, Tashaki Miyaki
3) Biz 3 @ 1100 Warehouse: Skrillex, El-P, Hanni El Khatib, Nick Waterhouse

Can’t miss sets:
8:00-8:59 PM:
1) Alice Russell & Quantic @ The Parish (KCRW) (8:30)
2) 1,2,3 @ ND (Windish)
3) Tashaki Miyaki @ Latitude 30 (NME)
Prev. Mentioned: Ed Sheeran @ Stubb’s (Time Out), Nick Waterhouse @ 1100 Warehouse (Biz 3) (8:30), Tycho @ Clive Bar (S.O. Terik) (8:30)

9:00-9:59 PM:
1) AraabMUZIK @ Mohawk Patio (AM Only)
2) JMSN @ Club 606 (IAMSOUND)
3) Clock Opera @ The Parish (KCRW)
4) D/R/U/G/S @ The Madison
5) The Mynabirds @ Lamberts (Saddle Creek)
Prev. Mentioned: Hanni El Khatib @ 1100 Warehouse (Biz 3)

10:00-10:59 PM:
1) El-P @ 1100 Warehouse (Biz 3) (10:30)
2) Crystal Fighters @ The Parish (KCRW) (10:30)
3) Kindness @ Latitude 30 (NME)
4) The Big Pink @ Lustre Pearl (Dickies)
5) Karen Elson @ Stage on Sixth (Third Man)
Prev. Mentioned: Caveman @ Hype Hotel (IGIF), Nite Jewel @ Barbarella Patio (Wax Poetics), Star Slinger @ MACC (Pan Americana)

11:00-11:59 PM:
1) Thundercat @ Beauty Bar Backyard (Madison House)
2) St. Lucia @ Karma Lounge (Neon Gold)
3) Jack White @ Stage on Sixth (Third Man) (11:30)
4) Talib Kweli @ La Zona Rosa (Blacksmith) (11:30)
5) White Rabbits @ Hype Hotel (IGIF)
Prev Mentioned: Saint Motel @ Empire Automotive, Grimes @ Clive Bar (S.O. Terik)

12:00-12:59 AM:
1) Michael Kiwanuka @ St. David’s Sanctuary (Communion) (12:30)
2) Sepalcure @ The Madison
3) Cults @ ND (Windish)
4) YACHT @ Clive Bar (S.O. Terik) (12:30)
5) Daedelus @ Barbarella (Ninja Tune)
Prev Mentioned: Alabama Shakes @ Easy Tiger Patio (Girls Rock Camp), The Drums @ Stubb’s (Time Out), Howler @ Latitude 30 (NME), The Temper Trap @ The Parish (KCRW), The Pierces @ Stubb’s (Time Out)

1:00-1:59 AM:
1) Skrillex @ 1100 Warehouse (Biz 3)
2) Cloud Nothings @ ND (Windish)
3) PAPA @ Club 606 (IAMSOUND)
4) Girl in a Coma @ Easy Tiger Patio (Girls Rock Camp)
5) Laidback Luke @ Mohawk Patio (AM Only)
Prev. Mentioned: Alice Russell & Quantic @ Barbarella Patio (Wax Poetics), Dev @ Haven (Moodswing 360), xxxy @ Barcelona (Surefire)


UK producer SBTRKT closes out the SBTURKS showcase at the Madison at 1 AM on Saturday night.

Showcases where you want to be:
1) Flowerbooking & FatCat @ Red 7 (& Patio): The Velvet Teen, Odonis Odonis, Ceremony, Breton, The Twilight Sad, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Star Slinger
2) Warp Records & Brainfeeder @ Empire Automotive & Club 606: Starkey, TOKiMONSTA, Daedelus, Hudson Mohawke & Lunice (TNGHT)
3) Huw Stephens @ Latitude 30: Toddla T, Slow Club, Maverick Sabre, Django Django, Clock Opera

Can’t miss sets:
8:00 PM – 8:59 PM:
1) Ceremony @ Red 7 Patio (FatCat)
2) Odonis Odonis @ Red 7 (FatCat) (8:30)
3) Savoir Adore @ Swan Dive (Red Ryder)
Prev Mentioned: Michael Kiwanuka @ Stubb’s

9:00-9:59 PM:
1) A$AP Rocky @ The Madison (SBTURKS)
2) The Velvet Teen @ Red 7 (FatCat) (9:30)
3) Blouse @ Frank (The Great Escape)
4) Charlene Soraia @ Frank (The Great Escape)
5) Madi Diaz @ St. David’s Bethell Hall (Hotel Cafe) (9:30)
Prev. Mentioned: Alice Russel & Quantic @ Stage on Sixth Patio (Nat Geo), Clock Opera @ Latitude 30 (Huw Stephens)

10:00-10:59 PM:
1) Breton @ Red 7 (FatCat)
2) Fanfarlo @ Hype Hotel (Hype Machine)
3) The Belle Brigade @ Clive Bar
4) Blackbird Blackbird @ Malverde (Bond)
5) Starkey @ Empire Automotive (Brainfeeder)

11:00-11:59 PM:
1) Maverick Sabre @ Latitude 30 (Huw Stephens)
2) TOKiMONSTA @ Empire Automotive (Brainfeeder)
3) Best Coast @ Hype Hotel (Hype Machine)
4) White Denim @ Jacked Stage (Doritos)
5) Gemini @ Beauty Bar (UKF) (11:30)
Prev. Mentioned: Nneka @ Stage on Sixth (Nat Geo)

12:00-12:59 AM:
1) The Heavy @ Stage on Sixth (Nat Geo) (12:30)
2) Dom Kennedy @ Scoot Inn (Thrasher) (12:30)
3) Jacques Greene @ Barcelona (XLR8R) (12:30)
4) Jimmy Cliff @ Stage on Sixth (Nat Geo) (12:30)
5) Hatcham Social @ 512 Rooftop
Prev. Mentioned: Anoraak @ Malverde (Bond), Daedelus @ Empire Automotive (Brainfeeder), We Were Promised Jetpacks @ Red 7 (FatCat)

1:00-1:59 AM:
1) SBTRKT @ The Madison (SBTURKS)
2) Slim Thug @ Barbarella Patio (Texas Showdown) (1:30)
3) Braid @ Dirty Dog
4) Hudson Mohawke & Lunice @ Empire Automotive (Brainfeeder)
5) XV @ Hype Hotel (Hype Machine)
Prev. Mentioned: Beach Fossils @ The Parish (Captured Tracks), Star Slinger @ Red 7 (FatCat)

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2011. What wasn’t to love? The rise of weirdo R&B, the fall of chillwave, the end of R.E.M. We started the construction of this list over a month ago. One truly epic and extensive Google spreadsheet later, we arrived at this Top 50. We sorted and sorted and sorted, listened through a TON OF STUFF, “traded jabs” on whether James Blake or Jamie Woon put on the tougher persona, etc. Thanks for reading and we hope y’all enjoy the list!

01. James Blake – The Wilhelm Scream (Buy It) (Read)

02. The Weeknd – The Morning (Buy It) (Read)

03. Lana Del Rey – Video Games (Buy It) (Read)

04. Gotye – Somebody That I Used to Know (Feat. Kimbra) (Buy It) (Read)

05. Britney Spears – ‘Till the World Ends (Buy It) (Read)

06. Maverick Sabre – I Need (Buy It) (Read)

07. Drake – Marvin’s Room (Buy It) (Read)

08. Beyonce – Party (Feat. Kanye West & Andre 3000) (Buy It) (Read)

09. Jamie Woon – Lady Luck (Buy It) (Read)

10. Michael Kiwanuka – I Need You By My Side (Buy It) (Read)

11. Kendrick Lamar – ADHD (Buy It) (Read)

12. The Alabama Shakes (formerly The Shakes) – I Found You (Buy It) (Read)

13. Nneka – My Home (Buy It) (Read)

14. Rihanna – We Found Love (Feat. Calvin Harris) (Buy It) (Read)

15. DJ Khaled – I’m On One (Feat. Drake, Rick Ross & Lil’ Wayne) (Buy It) (Read)

16. Adele – Rumour Has It (Buy It) (Read)

17. Labrinth – Earthquake (Feat. Tinie Tempah) (Buy It) (Read)

18. Jay-Z & Kanye West – Otis (Buy It) (Read)

19. Flo Rida – Good Feeling (Buy It) (Read)

20. Bon Iver – Towers (Buy It) (Read)

21. Azealia Banks – 212 (Buy It) (Read)

22. Big Black Delta – Huggin’ & Kissin’ (Buy It) (Read)

23. Florence + The Machine – What the Water Gave Me (Buy It) (Read)

24. Flight Facilities – Foreign Language (Feat. Jess) (Buy It) (Read)

25. Cults – Abducted (Buy It) (Read)

26. Raphael Saadiq – Good Man (Buy It) (Read)

27. Spector – Never Fade Away (Buy It) (Read)

28. Marina & the Diamonds – Radioactive (Buy It) (Read)

29. Afrojack – Lionheart (Buy It) (Read)

30. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – If I Had a Gun… (Buy It) (Read)

31. Active Child – Playing House (Feat. How to Dress Well) (Buy It) (Read)

32. M83 – Midnight City (Buy It) (Read)

33. Radiohead – Lotus Flower (Buy It) (Read)

34. Madlib & Freddie Gibbs – Thuggin’ (Buy It) (Read)

35. The Rapture – How Deep Is Your Love (Buy It) (Read)

36. NO CEREMONY/// – Hurtlove (Buy It) (Read)

37. Ifan Dafydd – No Good (Buy It) (Read)

38. Bombay Bicycle Club – Shuffle (Buy It) (Read)

39. TOKiMONSTA – Little Pleasures (Feat. Gavin Turek) (Buy It) (Read)

40. Colleen Green – Cujo (Buy It) (Read)

41. Foxes – Youth (Buy It) (Read)

42. Jacques Greene – Another Girl (Buy It) (Read)

43. Grouplove – Gold Coast (Buy It) (Read)

44. Family of the Year – St. Croix (Buy It) (Read)

45. Lucy Rose – Middle of the Bed (Buy It) (Read)

46. LIPS – Everything to Me (Buy It) (Read)

47. Trophy Wife – Wolf (Buy It) (Read)

48. Dev – In the Dark (Buy It) (Read)

49. John West – Lovely (Feat. Pusha T) (Buy It) (Read)

50. Anchorsong – Ghost Touch (Buy It) (Read)

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Alex Burey – Waiting On Tomorrow


In February B3 featured the submarine-depth Pink Floyd-esque expansive-vibe “Family Stone” EP lead-single “Come Over” from London-based songwriter and accomplished pianist Alex Burey which is off his second self-produced four-track EP to release this year after “Inside World”. We like Burey’s September-release vintage-vibe new jam “Waiting on Tomorrow” which revels in a unique-sounding Burt Bacharach folky-crooner vocal style, 60-70’s horn-filled soul-funk instrumental accents from vintage revivalist band The Dap-Kings and Burey’s contrastingly strange slightly-lamentful lyrics which meld quirk-ily with the track’s cheery instrumental sentiment (in a good way). Reviewed by Erin Shay.

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Interview with Kacy Hill

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Interview by Erin Feathers and Geovanni Donaires

L.A. based Kacy Hill stylishly announced her musical debut with the recent release of her sharp and lovely Electro track “Experience” which is a subtle, refreshingly lyrical repose that alluringly showcases Hill’s talent as a producer, vocalist and poet. Apropos to the title, “Experience” teeters on the edge of innocence and risqué. Hill’s interestingly provocative lyrics and whispery vocals are so flirtatiously opaque they exude that star quality of a finely-tuned balance between artistic virtue and that ever-so-inviting steamy seduction of the imagination. Immersed in wonderful understatement, the production includes some vivacious electronic instrumental accents such as a quietly percolating bass line, simple melodic cowbell and well-timed ending background vocal loop; all of which serve to complement Hill’s soft and raspy vocals, vastly poetic lyrics and passionate yet wily, overtly-feminine delivery.

“Experience” also features a brilliantly spartan accompanying music video which captures and showcases Hill’s natural beauty and inherent star quality with a repetitive array of close up images as she delicately sings the lyrics. The video is strikingly minimalist as well; it only reveal Hills very pretty face, with is gorgeous smathering of freckles, perfectly-imperfect teeth and luminescent blue eyes which are jauntily obscured by a transparent plastic 70’s visor that she dawns throughout much of the video. Hill, who embodies the timeless look of a vintage postcard pinup from yesteryear, is an absolute eye charmer and therefore mesmerizing in each and every frame of the video which, in all its quiet simplicity cleverly introduces the world’s senses to the very capable, talented and trend-setting Kacy Hill.

B3SCI: I think it’s awesome that as a caption on your Youtube channel you have “I make music you don’t know about.” So tell us, the Kacy Hill “Experience,” what is it and where do you see yourself going as you begin your journey in the music scene?

Kacy: I think for me, the whole Kacy Hill “Experience” has been really heavy in observing and figuring where I fit, both as an artist and a person with a whole bunch of feelings. As I’ve begun to discover myself a bit more, I’ve ended up laying a (really cool) foundation of music to work off of and hope to continue with that and put out honest music I would be excited to hear myself..

B3SCI: The lyrics for “Experience” are wonderfully vast and poetic. Can you briefly describe how they came about, what they mean to you, and if they are designed to send a specific message to the world? Tell us about the most important line (or statement) from the song, both for you personally and regarding others.

Kacy: I wrote “Experience” at a strange time in my life where I was working at an ice cream store, starting to regret my decision to opt out of university, and feeling super lost. Sitting down to write it was like a journal entry and I started writing about things I wanted to do and what was holding me back. Everything I crave caters to a feeling rather than a physical thing, so “Experience” revolves around being uncomfortable in the best way possible.

“Freedom a state of mind/sold to wandering eyes/substances controlled to protect the mind” comments a bit on society’s inability to function without mind-altering substances. I think there’s something really lovely in being able to be a human and be nervous and weird and be okay with it. Everyone wants to be sold a lifestyle but no one wants to honestly feel what it is to be consciously alive.

B3SCI: Are there any cool remixes in the works that we can be on the look out for? Do you have plans to collaborate with any artists, musicians or producers in the near future?

Kacy: We’ll see! I think there are going to be some really amazing sounds coming along soon.

B3SCI: Living in LA with so many bands and singers, do you find yourself comparing, getting inspired or wanting to collaborate with anyone?

Kacy: I like making music a whole lot so I always enjoy collaborations. It’s all inspiring! I don’t think one group or individual inspires me completely, but constantly working with new people and learning from them is very humbling and gets me super hyped to make cool stuff.

B3SCI: What do you think are some similarities as far as putting yourself out there as a model and now as a musician? What experiences did you take from modeling and how did you incorporate them to your music world? Expand upon how it has helped to form your artistic tone and aesthetic as either a model or singer-songwriter.

Kacy: I think with both modelling and music, there is little room to hide. I put a lot of myself into my writing and it ends up feeling like I’m reading my journal entry out loud. I think it’s a really interesting point of view being both the observer and being observed. Modeling is great and definitely helped me be conscious of the aesthetic that I present, but I never felt any connection to it, so I think having creative freedom and catharsis in music was a chance to breathe.

B3SCI: Did you have a musical upbringing? Was your family involved in shaping your career as a singer-songwriter? Do you play any instruments?

Kacy: I went to a funny little performing arts school growing up and played oboe and saxophone and sang in choir there for some years, so my musical background is all based in that chunk of classical knowledge.

B3SCI: You began your artistic career in your home town of Phoenix as an assistant to a wedding photographer who later helped to uncover your beauty by taking photos of you. Do you still have an interest in or enjoy being behind or in front of the camera? Any noteworthy perspective worth sharing?

Kacy: As I mentioned before, I enjoy being observed and being the observer. I think the juxtaposition of vulnerability between being a photographer and being photographed is really lovely and both positions forced me to focus on detail that I normally would not have.

B3SCI: Can you reflect on a life experience that has transformed you as an artist or give some advice to young people who (like yourself) want to explore different faces as an artist?

Kacy: The past year has been a lot of letting go of poisonous relationships with other people and thoughts I let brood in myself. Good feelings come from letting yourself feel good and with that in mind, I think as an artist and as a person it’s best to stay honest and do things that make you feel good.

B3SCI: Your nose is fabulously pierced in your cool new video for “Experience”. Did you already have the piercing or did you decide to take the plunge for the video?

Kacy: I’ve had this little guy in my nose for a while now! It was a product of boredom.

B3SCI: We’re hooking you up with a ride in the B3SCI time machine? Imagine if you could go anywhere in the past or present. What time period would you choose and what makes you want visit that particular reality?

Kacy: Ancient Greece vibes. I think their technology was far advanced than ours because they had the intellectual capacity to understand what they were creating.

B3SCI: When can fans get a chance to see Kacy hill perform live?

Kacy: tbd…

B3SCI: When can we expect your next single?

Kacy: Eeeee hopefully soon…

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Interview with Catfish and the Bottlemen


Interview by Cher Dunn

B3’s Cheryl Dunn recently sat down with Van McCann from Catfish and the Bottlemen before the band’s show at Milkboy in Philadelphia. The band has been touring non-stop for the past year and have no plans on slowing down, with the recent release of their brilliant debut album The Balcony. You cannot blame the band for not being able to keep the venue names straight. “Is the venue called Milkboy? That is weird…I like it!” McCann says. The show would be their second time in Philly this year after a great show at Underground Arts. McCann can’t keep the venue names straight, but his enthusiasm for the shows themselves cannot be underestimated. I spoke with McCann about their past year, meeting one of their heroes, maintaining their energy, his plans for the future, and sending nudes to NME.

The band had come from NYC and Van speaks fast and energetically about their gigs: “It was amazing! We did one gig in a place called “Baby’s Alright” and that was really cool. My first gig back takes me a while to get into so I didn’t enjoy it. Well, I enjoyed it but I felt like I could have done better. But the second night, Mercury Lounge, I felt like we really nailed it. I think everyone was really into it. In between songs it was pin drop quiet everyone was listening to what I had to say. I was just telling how I wrote the songs. People were genuinely interested and it was just a really cool vibe of people. Just people really passionately into the songs whilst we were playing them, then in-between the songs like ‘everyone quiet!'” he whispers, “Really cool. It was nice!” He continued, “It was kind of overwhelming for us. It sold out yesterday, the gig, we came over and we were thinking ‘We’d be lucky if there was 10 or 20 people there!’ cause in England you hear yourself on the radio so you kind of know how much you’re getting played and you know who’s writing about you and who isn’t writing about you, so you can kind of predict your trajectory. But, over here, ’cause we’d not heard anything since we left, we didn’t realize it was getting played on the radio. Didn’t realize people wanted to interview us. So when we came over and the gig sold out we were like “Whoa! That’s crazy!’ it’s good! It’s very good!” he emphasizes with a smile.

I had to bring up a special fan they met at their New York show. “As if I forgot about that! Ewan McGregor took us out for breakfast! It was surreal.” Ewan McGregor has been the face of the band since they released a montage of the actor for their lyric video for ‘Kathleen’. His face even illuminates from the bands drum kit at each show. Ewan McGregor saw the video and tweeted, “Don’t quite know what’s going on here but I’m flattered by @TheBottlemen Looking forward to your gig in NY!!” with a link to the video. The actor did not just go to the show, McCann beamed as he told me about their day with McGregor. “We walked into this cafe and I was like, ‘We’re meeting someone here,'” he recalls wryly. “And they were like, ‘You got a name?’, ‘Yeah…Ewan McGregor’ they pointed over to the corner and he kind of looks over the back of his chair at me, and I was like ‘Oh my God!’” I couldn’t help but smile at the sight of him beaming over the experience. He continued, “You know how in films where you don’t walk, you just get dragged together magnetically? I kind of just hovered over to him and it was like walking into a TV set and onto a film. It was unreal,” he emphasizes. “He was just smiling and looking at me and I was just melting…like ‘Oh my God, he’s gorgeous.” I could not be happier for another human being to meet their hero. Van McCann was illuminated with joy.

McGregor didn’t go to the show alone, McCann explains. “His daughter came to the show that night. She came with her friends and she is so nice. Somebody told me that he’s a really good dad. Someone told me that they knew his kids somehow and I was like ‘Oh, they might be a bit show business cause he’s a superstar and that, but she was so nice. So nice.” We discussed how there is nothing better than meeting people you look up to and having them be everything you wanted and more. “He was more than that! It just made me think- it was his aura. We were talking about it yesterday and we were saying I think [the reason he is] so good at what he does he’s got an aura. When we were sat with him it felt like ‘Oh, he’s not even acting in those films! He’s just naturally cool as fuck!'” He concludes, “It’s just one of those things that was just amazing. He took us to this shop, this clothes shop, and we got loads of smart gear and it was quality! Amazing morning. It was like ‘See you in a bit!'” I told Van how great it was that he just wished that into the world by putting him into their videos, on their drum, and just made that happen. Would he do that again with someone else? “No, I’m sticking with Ewan forever,” he says sternly before continuing. “He was so interested in what we had to say and he was so interesting with what he had to say. He was just a good, good guy. He was exactly what we thought he’d be and more.”

I couldn’t help but notice that McCann also seem to radiate the positivity he saw in McGregor. “Really? Stop it! Thank you very much. Thank you. I’m tired today as well [but] I imagine you caught me on a good day. We’d be laughing. We’d have bellyache!” he laughs, “But thank you!” McCann was a test-tube baby and vocal about this in his songs and interviews when explaining how he thought of their band name. I asked him to tell me the story. “Mum and Dad ran off to Australia together. Me mum found out when she was younger that she couldn’t have kids the proper way because she got ran over when she was younger. They ran off together to try to start a new life and they tried for an IVF baby, a test-tube baby, and despite doctors saying it was never going to happen they tried twice. They put all their money into it, they were working two jobs and on their final attempt, just when it was getting to much for them, they were like ‘Ok, we’re giving up after this go’ and then they had a go and the next minute I popped out like I scored a touchdown!” he exclaims.

His family then traveled around Australia for two years, which is where McCann recalls his first memory of music. “My first memory of music was seeing this busker play. He used to play a washing line with wine bottles on it like a drum kit and he was called ‘Catfish the Bottleman’ and I thought that was an apt thing to name a band,” he states. Although Van McCann does admit he regrets the name. “I wish I hadn’t named it that now, because when you are trying to tell drunk people, especially drunk American people what you’re band is called they’re like, ‘Catfish and the what?'”

After the release of their debut album, virtually everywhere but the US, I pressured Van McCann to tell me when we would be able to get our copy. According to him, I’m not working hard enough. “Everyone’s leaked it! It’ll be leaked. Go get it!” he says. I suggest I must be terrible at pirating music, but he tells me the New York fans must not be. “When we played in New York yesterday everyone [called out] ‘Oh my God, play ‘Hour Glass!’ and I was like ‘You shouldn’t know that song, it’s not out over here!’ so I think people have got it,” he says smiling. But for those of us who like the rush of buying the vinyl from our local record store, we’ll have to wait until January. “I think it’s going to be January. I think it will be January between the tenth and the twentieth, I reckon,” he informs me. We discuss the difference of release dates between countries and he says it is probably so they can cover more ground in the US before the album drops. McCann wonders how many people will be at the Philly show that night, but then admits, “If I came over here and there was one person coming to see us I would be like ‘Mate I’m in America. I’m 22. I wrote a song in my bedroom that was good enough to fly me across the world.’ I’d be happy playing to one person if they cared about it. You know what I mean?” The band played to a packed house of thrilled fans that night.

This year has been non-stop for the band. He tells me how sometimes they don’t even know where they are, might not get to eat at all before a show, and how hectic and tiring tour can be. But even with no sleep the band comes alive on stage. “When we go on stage, no matter how tired you are you get this burst.” He continues, “Our whole thing about being in a band is, we want to make people go away from our gigs thinking not necessarily about music, but going ‘That was one of the best nights I’ve had in my life.’ Turning to their mate, putting their arm around their mates and going ‘Mate, that was a class night. We had a good night.'” Even if the night continues for fans and they talk about the show later, McCann wants to give something to his fans live that resonates. Something that makes them “feel something inside them where it’s like ‘Mate that was powerful, I enjoyed that,'” he explains.

McCann explains how he admires America for their view of success. “It’s good over here in America because everyone is so into success. Like in England, the British culture is very much like…people do like to kick you when you’re down. If you are doing well for yourself they kind of like to go negative. Especially in this press. You never really see the english press talking about how good a band is. They only talk about how bad a band is. Whereas over here, they want heroes and triumph, and they’re like ‘you’ve got to support this band!'” He gives an example of their show in New York the night before. “Everyone [had] big smiles on their face. Everyone wanted it to be good and if we did the job yesterday, which we felt we did, then everyone went away from that gig like we wanted them to. Whereas in England they come with a cub on, a miserable face, so you have to spend your night trying to make them smile. So America is so…easy. That’s the only word I can think of. It’s like walking into a room and instead of someone looking you up and down, they hug you. I like it over here. It’s nice. Too hot though,” he adds.

We discussed the band hopefully playing SXSW next year, our love for the band Little Comets, and British Radio DJ Huw Stephens, who presents the British Music Embassy shows at Latitude 30. However, it took some convincing that actual fans go to the festival and it’s not just an industry festival “Full of Lawyers and Accountants clapping really slow” as McCann fears. I told him of my favorite set at SXSW with Little Comets, where not only did the room fill to the brim during their set, but the street became packed with people who stopped to watch their set after hearing the band as they walked by. McCann shares my enthusiasm and explains their relationship with the band. “Yes mate!” he says excitedly. “They are a good band. They are amazing. The thing with them is, they taught us so much because they have massive record companies chasing them. The labels wanted them to change who they were and be something they didn’t want to be, which is what they do to most bands really. You wouldn’t believe the amount of bands in England that are going around now lying about their age and being dressed by their management. But Little Comets are like ‘Nah, we’re doing it ourselves’ and they’ve built their whole reputation themselves.” He remembers first meeting them after being a fan. “Growing up listening to them, then meeting them and being mentored by them in a way…they taught us quite a lot. You do get a lot of stuff like that in the industry, like if people tell me to do something that’s slightly…” he gives an example, “like a deluxe album. We refused to do a deluxe album, because to me, in England you just do a deluxe album if you want to steal a couple more pound of a couple kids. You put like maybe, ‘oh here’s a demo version of a song, we’ll charge you five quid more for a nicer case’ you know what I mean?” He continues passionately, “I’m not doing that. I’d rather have them steal it than spend more money on just one song.” Their time with Little Comets made them stronger as a band, “They taught us to stay true to ourselves and do whatever we want to do.”

Van McCann tells me more about his experiences with press in England. “You know NME? They hate us in England. Which is fine! I don’t mind that. I think they need… I like it when magazines and bands don’t get on. It’s like, people used to hate Muhammad Ali but you’d still go pay to see him. I was raised on Muhammad Ali, so the way he used to think is the way I kind of think. I want to be the best. I’m not afraid of saying that we want to be the biggest thing on the planet. You get one chance in life and I’d rather go out full on giving it my all trying to be the biggest thing and the best thing we could possibly be than just be like, ‘oh yeah, we’re happy to stay a mediocre level and just stay in our bedrooms writing songs’ because that’s not the truth,” he says. Then, referencing their time in New York, he continued, “We watched Jay-Z and Beyonce in that Central Park gig the other day and they finished the gig and I had just seen two helicopters fly off straight after the gig. I was like, ‘I bet he’s just tucked [Blue Ivy] into bed, kissed her on the forehead and said ‘I’ll be back in an hour’, put a film on and he’s flown to the gig, gone off, went onstage, rapped, straight off back to his daughter’ and I was like, I want a helicopter. I think if you’re in a band and you don’t get to a stage where you can kiss your son goodnight and be back before he’s asleep…” he thinks then admits, “because my ultimate goal in life is to have a family. I love my family. My family is huge so the reason why I want to get the band as big as it can is because I want to be able to get a helicopter to my [future] son and bring him to the gigs.” He opens up about what it’s like to have of a significant other while on the road nonstop. “I haven’t seen my girlfriend in three months or something like that. I keep telling her I’m doing this so we can build a life together. That’s why I’m going to try to get it to be as big as it can be,” he continues honestly.

Van McCann digresses to his not-so-loving relationship with NME. “They [NME] hate us in England because they don’t like bands that come out and go ‘We want to be the biggest thing’. The album went top 10 without anyone’s help, we weren’t getting any media attention or anything like that. The album went top 10, so they had to review it, so them emailed us asking for a copy of the album to review it and I was like ‘nah, fuck that!’ they’ve hated us for so long…so I just sent them a picture of me naked and just said ‘review this!’,” he then states sadly, “They didn’t print it. I told them to print it but they wouldn’t.” Totally unfortunate. He continued, “Little Comets told us that anybody else would have probably gone, ‘oh! NME are interested now! Finally!’ and bent over for them, but we were like ‘no! if you don’t want to be on board don’t be onboard!’ let’s have it! To hell with them,” he continues smiling, “It’s all a good crack to me.”

McCann tells me about the album writing process and how the band not only tries to focus on building a wall of sound, but also makes the listener feel something. He explains, “I want to write music that doesn’t just sound good it feels good. I want to physically feel it.” He recalls a night they scrapped all their songs and thought, “Right, I want to write music like when a chorus comes in I want it to pin you to the back wall, like you feel like it’s literally hitting you in the face. I remember making everything feel big, feel huge… It’s just kind of what came out [from that].” He goes on to reference the UK press again, not being into guitar bands. “They hate us ’cause we’re old fashioned, we don’t use lap tops, synths and that kind of thing. We just play guitar music, just three guitars and drums and me singing. They don’t like that because they’re like, ‘Oh my God I heard that a million times,’ it’s hilarious. If you read the stuff in England, they’ve been saying for the last five years, all the English press were talking about ‘we need guitar bands back where are all the guitar bands hiding?’ then we come back and they say we’re out of date!” he smiles, before continuing, “They go, if this came out five years ago this would have been an amazing album. You know, if The Beatles brought Revolver out next month, you would still think, ‘This is an incredible album!’ Music can’t be dated if it’s good.”

Fans of Catfish and the Bottlemen can be assured the band has no intention of slowing down and every intention of making more great music. After finishing up their US tour this month with a slew of West Coast shows, they have about a day off back home before continuing their tour in the UK all the way through April. Even though the boys expect to be non-stop on the road for the next year, doesn’t mean we can expect a new album though. If it’s up to McCann they will release another next year. McCann tells me of his goal to write and release five new albums in the next few years. He explains, “I didn’t want to be a band that disappeared for years. I feel if anybody’s invested in our band or cares about our band as much as they do in England-like I was saying about physically going to shops and buying the album- then I want to be able to give them a band to listen to every single year. Imagine if we can give people five or six albums, which is rare for a band nowadays,” he says before continuing,

“That means they can grow up with us. If they are 17 years old and they grow up for the next ten years, by the time they are 27, we could have five or six albums out. I want to be one of those bands. I don’t want to be a band that disappears after a few months. So we are going to try our best not to.”

Catfish and the Bottlemen are currently touring the US and have made it to the West Coast. Tickets are also on sale for most of their UK dates. For tickets and more tour information, click here!

*ALSO – B3SCI’s Bruce Rave hung out backstage with the energetic Catfish and the Bottlemen leader Van McCann before the band’s LA debut at The Echo. The chat covered the band’s music, their ambitious goals, their super strong live shows, and of course the origins of this very unique band name. “The Balcony” is their first album and it’s US release will be January 6. Here’s a listen to their chat.

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