Artist Spotlight for The Big One 2010, Presented by Do512 & Shiner
Do512 is thrilled to announce “The Big One” for 2010. Sponsored by Shiner Beers, the party will kick off at noon on Saturday, March 20. Our eastside location ran into a little permit issue, so the location is TBA for the moment, but there is something big in the works that we think you will all be excited about. We will have a great bill of musical talent from all over the world, not to mention a bunch of free drinks from Shiner and Deep Eddy Vodka.
This will be our biggest and best party yet, and RSVP is required, so make sure to visit the event listing on Do512.com to put your name down. We will be announcing additional acts soon, along with a surprise late-night guest, so stay tuned!! Here is a look at some of the artists who will be rocking The Big One:
Holy Fuck is a four-piece experimental electronic band from Toronto. Instead of using laptops, loops and programmed backing tracks, the band uses live instrumentation and a slew of miscellaneous instruments to achieve an electronic sound that is truly one-of-a-kind. Holy Fuck are long time veterans of SXSW, and have also entertained audiences at Coachella, Lollapalooza, CMJ, and Glastonbury. Their debut album was named one of the Montreal Mirror’s top ten albums of 2005, while their second album was nominated for the Polaris Music Prize. The band is best experienced live, where their multi-layered electronic compisitions come to life via pummeling bass and drum.
Mixing hip hop, indie and dance, Dan Black is one of the vanguard artists in the U.K.’s genre-swirling “wonky pop” movement. Previously fronting a band called The Servant before heading solo, Black has reinvented himself with a series of singles aimed squarely at the dancefloor. He came to light in 2008 with his hit single “Yours”, followed by the solo track “HYPNTZ”, a righteous bootleg that fused his electronic noodlings with Notorious B.I.G.’s “Hypnotize” and Rihanna’s “Umbrella” into a party-perfect mashup. Black continues to explore pop, rap and electronic music in his electro-charged songs, and he recently released his solo debut album, and is making his first trip to South by Southwest.
Warpaint is an emerging all-female quartet from Los Angeles who create lovely, minimally psychedelic sounds with a hypnotic trio of vocalists. The band weaves majestic guitars, hypnotic vocals, and driving post-punk rhythms into gorgeous, sprawling songs that skirt the line between the soundscapes of psychedelia/shoegaze, the haunting intimacy of folk, and rock’s primal heaviness. With a buzz already in the LA air, Warpaint is now beginning to stir the masses with praise in the US and abroad. Onstage, Warpaint can shake a room into a dance frenzy, while simultaneously holding it in a trance-like dreamworld. They are recording their first LP with producer Tom Biller who has produced Beck, Karen O, and Liars.
The Hood Internet is ABX (Aaron Brink) and STV SLV (Steve Reidell), a mash-up duo whose inventive and witty mixes combine hip-hop and R&B with indie rock anthems and electronic jams. Since appearing on the music scene in 2007, the duo has built themselves into an internet sensation by releasing a series of popular mashups and mixtapes through thehoodinternet.com. They continually draw comparisons to Girl Talk, a flattering yet not exact comparison. A Hood Internet live set consists of the 300 or so mixes they have created, which are strung together into one continuous dance party. From Kanye West to Andrew Bird, Queens of the Stone Age to MGMT, nothing is off limits. Read an interview by Paste Magazine.
Royal Bangs is a five-piece, laser-fueled, turbo pop musical group from Knoxville, Tennessee. The band released their debut album on the Audio Eagle record label founded by Patrick Carney of the Black Keys, going on to open a series of dates for The Keys while making stops at Bonnaroo and SXSW. Citing Bruce Springsteen, Thin Lizzy and the Blade Runner soundtrack as primary influences, the Royal Bangs sound is an exciting combination of dueling guitars, swirling synthesizers, noisy percussion, pushed-to-the-breaking-point vocals, and undeniably catchy songwriting. They are like The Rapture, with balls. Drowned In Sound gave their sophomore album an 8/10 ranking, calling it “a hodge-podge of angular early Noughties indie influences: scuzzy southern rock a la Black Keys, and 8-bit craziness.”
Genre-hopping London trio The Invisible released their debut album in 2009. Produced by electronic pioneer Matthew Herbert, the self-titled album was nominated for The Mercury Prize and received an ‘Album of the Year’ award from iTunes. Comprised of Dave Okumu, Tom Herbert and Leo Taylor (Hot Chip), the group produce exploratory, expansive pop music that operates on multiple levels, stirring chilly art-rock, lascivious punk-funk, dubby electronica, deep post-house, and ecstatic percussion into a properly soulful, bewitching and twitchy brew of dislocated pop. With references that vary from Talking Heads to Prince to TV On The Radio, The Invisible have won peer-level praise from the likes of Hot Chip and Foals.
Miss Li is one of the most brightly shining stars on the Swedish pop scene, and was nominated in two categories in last year’s Grammy awards. Millions of people have heard her songs on episodes of Grey’s Anatomy and Weeds, and chances are you have seen Miss Li’s utterly addictive “Bourgeois Shangri-La” featured in the latest iPod commercial. Having released a string of popular albums and singles since 2006, Miss Li has become one of Sweden’s top five most successful female artists. Her latest release is Dancing The Whole Way Home, an album that combines of playful piano, strings and horns for a cheerful pop-jazz cabaret.
WhoMadeWho may lack a question mark after their name, but their music will certainly have you asking after them. Why do they dress up in skeleton suits when they play live? Why does a band supposedly known for disco punk start their second album with an outbreak of omnious sounding woodwind? And why do they fill their most breezy pop moments with teutonic synths? The Danish trio are difficult to pin down, but their music sounds as effortless as it is stylistically and sonically adventurous. As a live band WhoMadeWho are an unforgettable, incendiary experience having played alongside genre bending contemporaries Daft Punk, Soulwax, Hot Chip, Justice and LCD Soundsystem. WhoMadeWho individually evangelise about 60’s psychedelia, 70’s stoner rock, 80’s disco and 90’s electronica, all which are present in their dance-rock sound.
Skybox is the vehicle of Chicago musicians Tim Ellis and Christian Fields, Mike Holtz and Dan Ingenthron. Their live performances have become near legendary, often evolving into spectacles that in the past have included costumes, confetti, go go dancers, snack cakes and the occasional chicken suit. The band has toured with likes of Man Man and Ben Folds, with frontman Tim Ellis careening from Bowie glam to Flaming Lips exuberance to Kevin Barnes (Of Montreal) weirdness, without ever bothering to apologize. The band terms itself “post glam electro clash pop and roll.”
Austin’s own DJ Thibault has spun all over these great United States, from underground dance clubs to festivals to swanky lounges and late-night sushi bars. He is not only one of the most seasoned and eclectic DJs in Austin, but also one half of the exciting electronic dance duo known as Auto Body. Thibault (pronounced tee-bow) has been asked to play events featuring everything from local bands like Ghostland Observatory to nationally recognized acts like Jamie Lidell and The Killers.