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POV: SXSW Music – Performances, Autograph Sessions & Paramore

05:01 PM Thursday 3/14/13 |   |

Pollstar contributing photographer John Davisson files his latest SXSW report along with photos of Macklemore & Lewis and Tegan And Sara as well as Paramore’s Hayley Williams sporting blue facepaint.

  • Paramore’s Hayley Williams

    At “The Warner Sound captured by Nikon” showcase at the Belmont at SXSW in Austin, Texas.
    March 13, 2013

    (John Davisson)

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One of the SXSW traditions is the performances and autograph sessions at Waterloo Records. Walking into the store brings back so many nice memories of the days when independent record stores were the place to learn about and acquire new music. Sadly, Waterloo Records is one of the last of the breed, replaced by internet options.

Wednesday afternoon I was able to catch performances by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Twenty One Pilots, and Jovanotti. Macklemore had the largest crowd with kids of all ages not just in the Waterloo parking lot but also listening from surrounding sidewalks and rooftops to hear them play “Thriftshop.” Tyler Joseph of Twenty One Pilots showed a penchant for climbing scaffolding and leaping from high places (you could hear the fans’ surprise a couple of times because of how high he leaped). Representing the international music scene was Italy’s Jovanotti with his unique raps.

  • Twenty | One | Pilots

    A high-altitude performance at Waterloo Records at SXSW in Austin, Texas.
    March 13, 2013

    (John Davisson)

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  • Jovanotti

    Waterloo Records at SXSW in Austin, Texas.
    March 13, 2013

    (John Davisson)

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I spent the evening at the Belmont for the middle installment off the 3-day Warner Sound Captured by Nikon series. All three evening showcases are live-streamed via Warner Music Group's original YouTube channel, "The Warner Sound."

  • Kitten

    “The Warner Sound captured by Nikon” showcase at the Belmont at SXSW in Austin, Texas.
    March 13, 2013

    (John Davisson)

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The first 3 acts were new to me. Kitten was a bit scream, with the singer thrashing about the stage a bit. Skaters sounded a bit like UK 90’s rock (I’m thinking Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, etc.). The Rubens are huge in Australia and looking to create a US buzz at SXSW.

  • Skater

    “The Warner Sound captured by Nikon” showcase at the Belmont at SXSW in Austin, Texas.
    March 13, 2013

    (John Davisson)

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  • The Rubens

    “The Warner Sound captured by Nikon” showcase at the Belmont at SXSW in Austin, Texas.
    March 13, 2013

    (John Davisson)

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Twenty One Pilots was next (not the only band I will see more than once at SXSW) and again, Tyler was leaping and climbing the rafters. I like their sound and energy.

Tegan and Sara were next, showcasing their new material which is less folky than earlier songs but plenty catchy. They were introduced by a monster named Gorburger (apparently a friend of Tegan and Sara who interviews bands in a monster costume).

  • Tegan And Sara

    “The Warner Sound captured by Nikon” showcase at the Belmont at SXSW in Austin, Texas.
    March 13, 2013

    (John Davisson)

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The big attraction though was Paramore’s headlining set. Paramore is gearing up to promote a new album and the set at the Belmont is the start of the promotional blitz. They sounded great and singer Hayley Williams has a new hairdo and blue facepaint. So get ready for a new fashion trend.

  • Paramore

    “The Warner Sound captured by Nikon” showcase at the Belmont at SXSW in Austin, Texas.
    March 13, 2013

    (John Davisson)

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Click here for John Davisson’s previous SXSW report.


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