With only a week and some change to go, Consequence of Sound is proud to announce its official South by Southwest showcase for Wednesday, March 14th. Taking place at The Jr. (formerly Emo’s, Jr.), Philadelphia rockers Free Energy and the legendary Thomas Dolby will headline an exciting bill that includes Emily Wells, Ezra Furman, Hey Marseilles, and Miracles of Modern Science. The showcase is open to SXSW badge and wristband holders. For more information on each band and the set times, scroll below.
Don’t forget, hours prior to the showcase, Consequence of Sound is also hosting its inaugural CoSigns day party at Austin’s Beauty Bar, featuring Cloud Nothings, Titus Andronicus, The Men, Screaming Females, Mr. Dream, Mikal Cronin, Bleached, The Henry Clay People, Princeton, and Future Unlimited.
Basically, it’s going to be a long day for us.
Miracles of Modern Science – 8 p.m.
Hey Marseilles – 9 p.m.
Ezra Furman – 10 p.m.
Emily Wells – 11 p.m.
Thomas Dolby – 12 a.m.
Free Energy – 1 a.m.
Miracles of Modern Science – 8 p.m. – This Princeton collective has been crafting their rare form of classical indie rock since 2004, but only recently did they issue their debut LP – last year’s fabulous Dog Year. Self described as “orchestral space pop” there really isn’t any substitute for the band’s elegant aesthetic. Don’t let the ties to the classics ward you off, either; as Austin Trunick wrote last year, “Their lack of pretense and relatively unique approach keeps their music from ever even approaching stuffiness, despite the more stiff-collared associations of their choice in instruments.” Groovy.
Hey Marseilles – 9 p.m. - Hey Marseilles have an impressive history. Their stylized indie folk has been around since 2006, but over the years theyve built up quite a following in the Pacific Northwest, catching eyes and ears from the likes of NPR and the Seattle Weekly. Theyve yet to follow up their 2008 debut To Travels & Trunks, but in November they released an exceptional split single featuring new tracks Elegy and Cafe Lights. Theres a lot to bank on from this still young act, so catch em while you can.
Ezra Furman – 10 p.m. – A Chicago favorite alongside his trusty Harpoons, Ezra Furman decided to spend 2012 alone. With the recent release of his solo debut, The Year of No Returning, Furman’s left to his own vices and the end result is an idiosyncratic spin on the songwriter’s typical style. That’s a good thing, though. His quirky brand of indie rock remains exciting and ever so witty. As our own Adam Kivel writes, “Furman has again proven his status as one of the elite songwriters in the indie world.” Not too shabby, eh?
Emily Wells – 11 p.m. – Born to a music minister in Amarillo, TX, Wells began learning violin at age 4 at a community college, and from there she was hooked on music. After moving to the Midwest, she quickly absorbed artists that ran the gamut from Bob Dylan to Nina Simone to Biggie Smalls, and soon after started recording her own music at home. In 2008, she issued her breakthrough LP, The Symphonies: Dreams Memories & Parties, and now three years later, she returns with its follow-up Mama, due out April 10th via Partisan Records. For Mama, Wells rented a cabin near Topanga Canyon and recorded the raw tracks to tape without any loops and often in one take. Impressed yet? Later this year, she’ll also be releasing her oft-whispered about collaboration album with Dan The Automator.
Thomas Dolby – 12 a.m. - Thomas Dolby is a legend of synthesizer music. While renown for his mega-hit, She Blinded Me With Science, the seasoned aficionados know him as the wizard behind some of the most emotive, innovative electronic art pop of the age, including not just his solo work, but his collaborations with Foreigner, Prefab Sprout, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and Trevor Horn, among others. In the early ’90s, Dolby left the music scene to make it big in Silicon Valley by inventing the polyphonic ringtone, but in 2006 he returned with a critically-acclaimed live show. Now, hes supporting his first studio album in 20 years, A Map of the Floating City, and trekking around the states with his own Time Capsule, which captures video recordings from his fans to be used as a message to the future. Decades later, the man continues to innovate.
Free Energy – 1 a.m. – These Philadelphia rockers scorched plenty of earth in 2010 with their debut LP, Stuck on Nothing. Produced by James Murphy, the band’s throwback anthems to the ’70s ignited the soul of every born again rocker, especially the kids who dreamed about growing up to Thin Lizzy’s Jailbreak or the glory days of The Cars. After an exhaustive two years touring, including opening slots for Weezer and Titus Andronicus, Free Energy returns with Love Sign, their highly anticipated sophomore LP produced by John Agnello. While little details have surfaced, it’s likely we’ll hear new tracks on-stage, especially the band’s radiant new single, “Electric Fever”, which you can stream below.
The Jr. is located on 603 Red River St.