Monday, March 23, 2009
RIOT ACT MEDIA AT SXSW: AN UNMITIGATED SUCCESS!
Holy whoa, what a time! Loch Lomond, The Life and Times, Peter Broderick and Women all threw down hard in Austin, as did the Lovitt Records family--Quieting Syrup, Des Ark and Ben Davis were all systems go, and we here at Riot Act were running around like crazy people. So were all of our press friends. Paste Magazine recommended Loch Lomond as part of their hour-by-hour guide to the fest, saying "Portland's Loch Lomond builds its tunes into glorious chamber folk that should resonate with fans of Iron & Wine or Bon Iver. Singer Ritchie Young started the band as a solo project in 2003, but since then the group has ranged from one to 10 members. Loch Lomond's song "Field Report" has been on repeat in the Paste office."
Pitch Weekly did a whole SxSW feature on The Life and Times, which you can read HERE. The Austin American Statesman named Peter Broderick a critic's pick for Thursday, noting "Lots of acclaim for the last album by this acoustic-roots artist", and NY Metromix reported on Women's Friday show, calling the band "dark, edgy, post-punk and, my personal favorite, angular.”
BrooklynVegan, WIRED and Prefix were all stoked about the amazing Lovitt Records showcase at Radio Room. Prefix, particularly, was excited about Des Ark, saying "he North Carolina-based artist has been performing since 2001 and recorded her first album with J. Mascis, and her imperative, guitar-driven show is likely to draw fans who favor PJ Harvey, Scout Niblett and Cat Power."
AND, guess what? My husband and I were totally in an elevator with Mark Mothersbaugh, who, for the record, had his Devo "Whip It" hat on in the photo on his badge. Amazing.