SXSW 2013: Jim James And Youngblood Hawke Shine At ‘Live In Austin’ Showcase

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Next up were Guards, a new band from Brooklyn that combines elements of dream pop and indie rock. It’s very easy to be enveloped by their atmospheric sound, and it’s no surprise that they’re earning big buzz from the likes of NPR (Ken Tucker writes that they are “already well on their way to giving the anthem form more interest and gravitas than musicians with far more experience”). Their standout track was “Coming True,” where swirly guitars and hypnotic keyboards (the latter courtesy of the extremely foxy Kaylie Church, who is well on her way to becoming a fashion icon) pair with the some truly universal subject matter about what goes through your mind during the early stages of relationships: “Now it’s all coming true / What’s a boy supposed to do / With a girl, a girl like you?”

2013 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival - Day 5

Headlining the evening was the incomparable Jim James, who hit the stage sometime around 1:30 a.m. His new album, Regions Of Light And Sound Of God, is a significantly more mellow affair than any of his previous work with My Morning Jacket. It’s one of those albums that has the magical, mystical ability to transport you to a very specific headspace, and James believes in his finished product so much that he played the entire album front-to-back last night before an adoring crowd that ate up every second of it. Of course, it didn’t hurt that he added some of his blazing, patented, Flying V guitar solos to tracks like “State Of The Art” (see video below) and “Of The Mother Again,” which whipped everyone in attendance into a frenzy.

With this new project, his already impressive legacy instantly just jumped up another notch or two. Oh, and did we mention he did a sax solo, too? (!!!)

Jim James Sax Solo

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