Based in Brisbane, Australia, electronic musician Danny Harley, who started out playing Green Day covers, has made a name for himself as the frontman of electro-pop band Pigeon, and as—influenced by the likes of SBTRKT, James Blake and Active Child—a singer, songwriter and producer known as the Kite String Tangle. He’s earned praise on some notable taste-making blogs thanks to appearances at Coachella, CMJ Music Marathon and SXSW, and the Kite String Tangle (above, doing “Given the Chance” for the Triple J) plays the early show at Mercury Lounge tonight.
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March has begun, which means a few things: We change the clocks soon, the NCAA Tournament is fast approaching and The House List is headed back to SXSW next week. We’ll be setting up camp again at IFC’s Crossroads House on Sixth and Brazos, and we’ll be keeping you up to date with everything happening 3/16-18. We’ve got a great lineup of interviews and performances, including Brett Dennen, Portugal. The Man, Lupe Fiasco, Young the Giant, City and Colour, Little Dragon, Emmylou Harris, Fitz and the Tantrums, Liz Phair, Sharon Van Etten, the Rural Alberta Advantage and Wild Flag. And we’ll have links to live streams, interviews and plenty of photos. So make sure you tune in! In the meantime, check out Broken Social Scene, above, playing “Texico Bitches” at last year’s SXSW.
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I went into my first SXSW not really knowing what to expect. I’ve been to plenty of music festivals in the past. But none of them had music poring out of every possible place like Austin did last week. Even churches had live shows! But thanks to the talented, amiable people at IFC (plus the equally magnanimous Show Cobra folks), it’s worth saying we put on a hell of a good show ourselves at the IFC Crossroads House. We had live music with at least three bands a day in the downstairs studio. (Helped by a 5:00 happy hour, the last band of the day always had the liveliest crowd.) And upstairs, there was an interview room and catering—the site of a sweet Bloody Mary bar and way, way, way too many shotgunned beers. But most important, catering had a huge TV for NCAA tournament watching. Craig Finn, the Hold Steady frontman and IFC host for the week, who couldn’t have been any nicer or cooler, proved to be a knowledgeable hoops fan. We hope you were able to stop by, and if you couldn’t that you at least were able to stream the action on IFC.com. Can’t wait for SXSW 2011! —R. Zizmor
Photos courtesy of Chris Reddish
Only one more day left at the IFC Crossroads House, and today will be tough to beat. The interesting Aussie music collective the Middle East led off the day. M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel—She & Him—played with a backing band in the early afternoon. The sun was shining all day. People spilled out of work early, plus there are so many people in from out of town. So the IFC Crossroads House was packed all day. And everyone was pretty excited for Broken Social Scene. As always, they were great live, but they also proved to be hilariously entertaining. We headed back out to see other bands around town, and then we returned for the Whigs. I’d seen them play after Dawes at Lambert’s a couple of days ago. Just like then, the power trio killed it. Definitely check them out the next time you can. And you can check them out—plus all of the other action—tonight on IFC at 10 p.m. —R. Zizmor
Photo courtesy of Chris Reddish