AdHoc Official SxSW Showcase

AdHoc Official SxSW Showcase

A Place to Bury Strangers, Mal Devisa, Vundabar, Nnamdi Ogbonnaya, Topaz Jones, Sammus, G Flip, Kraus, Lucy Dacus, Goat Girl, Soccer Mommy, Honduras, Mal Blum, ShitKid, Yonatan Gat feat. The Eastern Medicine Singers & Thor Harris, Eastern Medicine Singers, Thor Harris, Jad Fair

Fri · March 16, 2018

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 7:45 pm (event ends at 2:00 am)

This event is 21 and over

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AdHoc Presents
AdHoc Presents
A Place to Bury Strangers - (Set time: 1:15 AM)
A Place to Bury Strangers
A Place To Bury Strangers have often been called "the loudest band in New York". This may very well be the case, but unlike much so-called "loud" rock and roll that's out there, APTBS is not loud simply for the sake of it. The sonically overdriven sound they've accomplished is no clumsy accident, but a carefully cultivated and well-maintained entity all its own, fostered by an unbridled passion that's clearly evident in every live show they play and each recording they make. A Place To Bury Strangers does not so much play songs as allow them to pour out. They are songs about longing, heartbreak and confusion played extremely well and at a passionately loud volume.
Mal Devisa - (Set time: 1:00 AM)
Mal Devisa
Mal Devisa is the Amherst, Massachusetts based solo project of 18 year old vocalist, poet, and artist Deja Carr. Carr began playing music at age 12 when she and a group of friends started all-female band Who'da Funk it? After 5 years of performing, writing and recording, Carr began to learn bass and save scraps of her forgotten songs. Mal Devisa was born soon after, out of slanted basement walls and busted, dusty kick drums.

The sound is a hail-storm of genre-defying magic that spans jazz, noise, folk, hip hop, experimental and many other forms. Her lyrics are venomous and then sweet, her rhythms are lightning and whisper into the haunting DIY spaces she stumbles into. Afropunk writes: "Her ambient tracks invite the listener to get lost in a world that is of her own devising." Mal Devisa's sound is one you should see to truly hear. With incredible live performances, the project becomes more of a feeling, a moment, a time in space that requires you to get real and lost, with no intentions of being found.

In the past two years, Mal Devisa has earned her way into the arms of many beloved spaces such as NPR, Afro-punk, Cypher-league and various Indie music sources. Her constant touring and ability to store socks in her bass-case indicate she will not be stopping any time soon.
Vundabar - (Set time: 12:30 AM)
Vundabar began as a recording project between Brandon Hagen and Drew McDonald during their last year in high school together. Since then it has grown into far more. In April of 2013 they released their first album 'Antics' independently, which was followed up with multiple US tours and their first European tour, a two month string of shows with an emphasis on Festival dates as well as club dates. They have since returned to Europe for a second tour in the fall of 2014 and are anticipating a follow up tour in the spring of 2014. All of this being said, the three current members are only between 19 and 20 years of age. The Boston trio has been described as jangle pop and often compared to the likes of The Pixies and Thee Oh Sees for their quiet/loud dynamic and pop sensibility. They're know for their energetic live sets, and comedic approach to the performance.

"The band has a great and expansive range of musical ability that sets them happily apart from many other up and coming indie groups – Allston Pudding

"Imagine a nonchalant cross between Weezer and the Pixies. A pair that makes girls want to promiscuously dance on the beach" – Les InRocks

"Last year's debut record, Antics, showcased their talent for slipping a subversive edge into catchy post-punk jams" – Dig Boston

"After tonight's performance Vundabar have demonstrated that they have the energy and musical abilities to sell out much larger venues like Camden's Electric Ballroom in the not too distance future. We look forward to welcoming them back to London soon." - Acid Minus Doves
Nnamdi Ogbonnaya - (Set time: 12:15 AM)
Nnamdi Ogbonnaya
Topaz Jones - (Set time: 11:45 PM)
Topaz Jones
Sammus - (Set time: 11:30 PM)
G Flip - (Set time: 11:00 PM)
Kraus - (Set time: 10:45 PM)
Lucy Dacus - (Set time: 10:15 PM)
Lucy Dacus
Musician from Richmond, VA.
Goat Girl - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Goat Girl
From the very beginning Goat Girl were always threatening to turn into a special band. Songs that use subtlety as their main ingredient while remaining disarmingly fierce at every turn. Lyrics that mean everything despite being written down in the most simplistic and non-aggressive way possible… they are an anomaly in the UK music scene as 2016 draws to a draggy close: four people playing guitars, bass and drums who have the ability to make you feel //alive// again.

The best music always comes out of nowhere, and Ellie, Lottie, Naima and Rosie seem as surprised as anybody to find themselves in their current position. “A year ago me and Ellie were playing this cult open mic night in south London run by someone who used to be in Hawkwind,” says Naima. “Then we met Lottie in the street outside a house party, then we met Rosie in the audience at The Windmill in Brixton, and then we became Goat Girl.”

Named in reference to the questionable Bill Hicks comedy sketch Goat Boy (“It’s disgusting,” says Lottie, although she’s quick to add: “But I like his social commentary, and the satirical element to what he did,”) the band are fresh out of their respective London colleges and a million miles away from everything else ‘new’ you’ll hear right now.

Goat Girl currently have upwards of 20 completed songs, each one a caustic commentary on the England they’ve grown up in. Next month they finally get around to releasing two of them on Rough Trade: ‘Scum’, quoted at the top of this article, is as full-on and dead-eyed as British rock music gets, while ‘Country Sleaze’ is a brooding two-chord time capsule that sounds like it’s been beamed over from a Seattle divebar in 1989. Both tracks were recorded purposefully quickly in a no-nonsense north London studio a few weeks ago with fast-rising producer Margo Broom.

“There’s teenage angst in them,” says Ellie. “But I think that was inevitable, growing up in London over the last ten years.” All four members of Goat Girl are under 20, but their relative youth isn’t what makes them stand out. Rather, they feel so compelling because of they way they expertly pick through the holes of so-called millennial culture, not to mention the way the media and government are messing with the minds and future plans of an entire generation. They’re truth-tellers, and this is surely the reason why so many people have been leaving Goat Girl gigs open-mouthed recently.

“I just like watching people,” says Lottie, the band’s principal lyricist and lead singer. “I think it’s nice to make lyrics obscure, so people can’t really understand them. People like dark themes, don’t they? Especially today.”

Unassuming in person, Lottie’s brilliant words undoubtedly propel Goat Girl. But as a band they’re very much a democracy, with each member as integral as the last. Just check out guitarist Ellie’s unconventional playing on fan-favourite and future anti-anthem ‘Burn The Stakes’, as well as the way drummer Rosie and bassist Naima gel on the droning, soul-spluttering ‘You’re The Man’, which is also their catchiest track to date.

Goat Girl’s raw brand of classic garage pop subversion has proved irresistible to those in the know so far, which is why despite barely playing any shows in public before this summer, nearly every day in the first quarter of 2016 a fresh face from the music industry would randomly appear at the band’s dark and damp rehearsal space in south London, contract in hand, desperately trying to sign them.

“It was kind of annoying, we just really wanted to write songs at that point!” says Lottie, adding that ultimately, being afforded the time to grow as a band was why Goat Girl decided to go with Rough Trade. “We signed on the same day as the Brexit result,” says Rosie. The irony was lost on nobody.

As a unit, Goat Girl say they’re torn on politics. Lottie’s lyrics explicitly deal with issues most other acts in 2016 seem scared to even skirt around, but the band are also acutely aware of how easy it is to become a cliché, to be labelled and put in a box.

“We’re in a weird position,” says Lottie. “With anything in music that’s succeeding, money is gonna be thrown at it. And because of that you’re running the risk of destroying what it is that makes you special in the first place. But right now, today, it’s just nice to relate to people - to feel like we’re a part of a growing community.”

As rare as they are refreshing, the band’s plan from here is simple: get ‘Country Sleaze’ and ‘Scum’ out into the world ASAP, hit the road, and record a debut album that has, as Naima puts it, “spirit, strength and simplicity” at its heart. Savvy and effortlessly inventive, Goat Girl are London in 2016 - and suddenly London feels real again.
Soccer Mommy - (Set time: 9:30 PM)
Soccer Mommy
Indie rock-pop project of New York & Nashville based singer-songwriter Sophie Allison (guitar / vocals). Other members include: Thomas Borrelli (drums), Kelton Young (lead guitar).
Honduras - (Set time: 9:15 PM)
Honduras has been described as "an incredibly fun live band worth watching watching every second" providing "uncontrollable dancing" and "punky perfection"- Dingus. Four Brooklynites who focus on melody and playing every show like it's their last. Fuzzy/spacey guitars, sing-a-long hooks, and a swinging rhythm section. Influences include The Cure, Los Saicos, Wire, and Jay Reatard amongst ever-evolving others.
Mal Blum - (Set time: 8:45 PM)
Mal Blum
ShitKid - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Yonatan Gat feat. The Eastern Medicine Singers & Thor Harris - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
Eastern Medicine Singers
Thor Harris
Thor Harris
Multi-instrumentalist and visual artist from Austin (TX, USA) who mainly plays drums and percussion. He joined Shearwater in 2001 as a drummer and vibraphonist. He has also played with Lisa Germano.
Jad Fair - (Set time: 7:45 PM)
Jad Fair
Jad Fair is a pioneering musician and a world-famous outsider artist. He is best known as the co-founder and front man for the band Half Japanese. His recording credits include collaborations with Moe Tucker, Daniel Johnston, Kramer (2), Yo La Tengo and Teenage Fanclub. Jad's artwork is featured on a few of these collaborative efforts and on most of the Half Japanese recordings. His paintings and paper cuttings have been exhibited in Glasgow, New York, Melbourne, Toronto, Berlin, Brighton, Austin, and San Francisco.
Brother of David Fair.
Venue Information:
Cheer Up Charlie's
900 Red River St.
Austin, TX, 78701