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Interview: SXSW 2011 with Big Light from San Francisco

There’s nothing better than a band that can come together and feed off each others’ craftsmanship, delivering a smooth and cohesive sound: that’s exactly what Big Light does. Spawning some shredful tunes out of San Francisco, Big Light blends all the goodness of psychedelic, folk and even pop rock into a loud, textured bouquet of […]

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Interview: SXSW 2011 with OFF! from Los Angeles

They’re hard, fast and loud, and one of the coolest bands around: OFF! If you have yet to listen to or experience the riveting musical carnage that arises from these punk all-stars, you best get your ass in check and ride with the big boys for one of their wild sets. Led by original Black […]

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Interview: SXSW 2011 with Eastern Conference Champions from Los Angeles

L.A. folk-indie rockers by way of Philly are making their return to SXSW with a slew of hot shows. The Eastern Conference Champions (ECC) are a huge indie favorite amogst Angelinos. With their hearty tunes boasting heavy bass lines with a lil guitar twang, the trio brings forth some endearing melodies aren’t afraid to mingle […]

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Interview: SXSW 2011 with Beans (also of Anti-Pop Consortium) from Brooklyn

If you’re a true hip-hop head who misses the slick rhyme styles from the ’90s instead of this lame crap-rap, you need to add Beans to your SXSW schedule. The Brooklyn-based rap rebel delivers tight lyrics and flows over hard-hitting beats. Also a member of the dope-ass, Anti-Pop Consortium, Beans isn’t afraid to experiment outside […]

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Interview: SXSW 2011 with Army Navy from Los Angeles

Army Navy are bringing their sweet indie pop to Austin for some serious SXSW fun! Hailing from the City of Angels, you won’t want to miss this hot act. Their charming tunes are full of bouncing guitar chords with a bit of fuzz and noise rock tendencies all sugar coated with the adorable vocals of […]

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Designer Drugs at the Avalon Hollywood – Photos & Interview

Designer Drugs are Michael Vincent Patrick and Theodore Nelson. Well known for their insane remixes of artists as varied as Mariah Carey and Fischerspooner, the New York duo’s debut album just dropped via Ultra Records. Their new album titled, Hardcore/Softcore, is darker than what many fans might expect but doesn’t sacrifice the rich melodic vocals […]

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Concert Etiquette – 13 Lame Things You Should NOT Do at a Show

Photo: Big Swig   A couple months ago I had asked our Twitter and Facebook friends, “what are things that fans do at shows/concerts that really fuckin’ annoy you?” Naturally, for being such a hot topic with show-goers, I received a huge response of funny replies. Some were a bit ridiculous, while others were dead […]

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An Interview With Blake Miller of the Moving Units

L.A.’s Moving Units are back on the scene with their recently released EP, Tension War. Valuing such strong relationships, Moving Units chose to self-release the new EP in conjunction with their management firm, Post Modern Entertainment, which provided them the freedom and flexibility to do their own thing—with no restrictions from any labels. The result […]

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Interview with Monotonix Guitarist, Yonatan Gat (Playing the Echoplex on January 27)

Duck and cover! The wild Tel Aviv thrash trio, Monotonix, are headed to Los Angeles for a show at the Echoplex on Thursday, January 27 in support of their sophomore full-length, Not Yet, via Drag City. These guys are the real deal and will give you an unforgettable show experience. Full of crazy energy, wild […]

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Grimy Goods Best of 2010 Lists Recap!

Photo: Big Swig 2010 has gone out the window and we’re ready to live it up in 2011. We’ve seen and heard some great bands in 2010 (as well as some not-so-great acts). If you missed any of our Best of 2010 lists we’ve been posting since mid December, you can catch up with all […]

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