The newly-minted Brooklynite is already hard at work in America, collaborating with visual artist and fellow Copenhagen emigrant Eske Kath for a residency this week at Charles Bank Gallery, before playing a week of shows on the west coast supporting Francis and the Lights (and, in San Francisco, Scissor Sisters).
Before the plane lifted off for a flight back to NYC from Austin’s South By Southwest Music Festival, the airline attendant joked via loudspeaker: “You all look so hip and cool.” Some passengers laughed, but probably no one disagreed. How could a flight with members of TV on the Radio be anything else? In fact,the packed plane felt like a microcosm of the festival itself, where thousands of bands, industry executives, celebrities and music fans worked and played for five days at parties in clubs, bars and makeshift venues like parking garages.
At SXSW, we’ve learned that The Strokes are back (10,000 went to their set last night), Dave Grohl is the nicest guy in rock (according to the VH1 crew who interviewed him) and people can’t stop talking about Kanye West, who’s allegedly doing a secret show tonight or tomorrow. We’ve also noticed there’s no lack of gorgeous performers and celebs flaunting eclectic, wild styles. We’re bummed we couldn’t get close enough to snap pics of country-garage threesome Those Darlins, who put on a raucous show last night that closed with their ode to sex and parties, “Nightjogger.” But with thousands of artists performing simultaneously, it’s impossible to capture more than a fraction of the action.
Oh Land interviews with VH1 News
(Photo: Matt Muro for VH1)
See more pics after the jump and check back here later for updates.
Fitz And The Tantrums are a seven-piece pop machine that sound like aÂ combination of Motown and Kick-era INXS, minus guitar. Fronted by the charismaticÂ Michael Fitzpatrick, who rightly shares a big chunk of the spotlight with singerÂ Noelle Scaggs, you may have recently caught the band making the rounds ofÂ late-night talk shows (Jimmy Kimmel, Conan) to support its new album, Pickin’ UpÂ the Pieces. We haven’t seen the band live (TheÂ Foo Fighters hijacked their SXSW stage last night), but we hear they put on anÂ amazing show. Here’s the video for “MoneyGrabber,” Fitz’ new single:
After the jump, Fitz himself gives his SXSW picks.