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Ill artist alert! Ill artist alert! *said in the voice of 2 Chainz*

Let me start off saying that I was really bummed to find out that the group Pacific Air is no more. These brothers were a killer band and they put on an awesome live show the one time I was fortunate to see them. My best friend and I made sure to check them out during our crazy SXSW rounds two years ago. At their show at The Mohawk, I was standing next to a music blogger and we started talking about our love of Pacific Air.

I was like, “Yeah, I was a fan of these guys when they put out their EP and were still called KOKO!”

and he’s all, “Holy $#!+ ME TOO! That’s crazy, no one else knows that stuff.”

and his girlfriend was like, “Hey guys, I’m here too you know…”

And I’m all, “Get on your boyfriend’s level and maybe you can keep up.”

Oh snap! That’s cold.

Fine, I’m actually a nice girl. That last part with the girlfriend didn’t happen but I could sense her ‘tude and hear her sighs as her boyfriend and I geeked out on good music. Here’s hoping that blogger and his girlfriend know that the now defunct Pacific Air’s lead singer, Ryan Lawhon, has a solo project and he has put out these two perfect tracks for our listening pleasure.

BOTH SO GOOD. I can’t wait to hear more,

Xo

-Jenna

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As per usual, March has been MAD REAL. It’s the best month of the year because I barely work my real job, I go to #alloftheshows, and most importantly I get to spend more than a week in my personal heaven, Austin during South By Southwest. Just like last March, I briefly fell off the blogging map and off the proverbial wagon of my normal life but I’m back in Wait And Scene action just in time for this month of new music. Before I move on and get back to the reality that is April, I’d like to reflect on the 10 random things I learned in my second year at SXSW:

1) The best looking guy at the party will likely turn out to be the performer on stage. Conversely, if a guy is dressed like a mini-van driving dad who’s only missing a cell phone holster, he could also be the lead singer of one of the biggest buzz bands at South By. Dadcore!

2) 
Smoking cigarettes is still the most disgusting and least attractive thing a person can do. I would wake up every morning raspy and stuffed up thanks to you fools. In the words of Reggie Watts, “I love cigarette smokers. They look like time travelers from the past where they didn’t know any better about health.”

3)
 I could live on a steady diet of tacos for all meals as evidenced by me consuming tacos at least once a day in Texas. Shout outs to Tochy’s Tacos and ChiLantro for killing me softly with their noms.

4)
Confidence and good conversation skills are key when sneaking into shows using a person’s badge who is not of your same gender. I would NEVER do such a thing but I assume this is the case. *wink*

5)
Some of the best connections you make are in those long-ass lines or when using the communal day party sunscreen. Sun protection and conversation, what better way to bring people together in the hot sun? … Oh free, cold booze? You’re right, that IS better.

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Speaking of which, when drinks are free you suddenly become a fan of things you’d never drink otherwise. “Why yes I’ll take two of your strong vodka and blue Curaçao beverage that looks like vintage airplane toilet water and reminds me of my 18th birthday.” Yum.

7)
Vice was right, people do A LOT of drugs at SXSW. As someone who isn’t/never has been in that scene, I think I’ve always been a little clueless about who’s using… but when someone sneezes and then says “Dammit!!”, I totes know what that means.

8)
Bucket hats are menswear must-haves in 2014. Dust off those 90s era Tommy H joints!

9)
Odd Future concerts are the most terrifying. When possible, always observe from ABOVE the mob. Also if you see good looking group of boys at said concerts, talk to them early or you may look back to see them all bleeding from the face (True Story).

10)
It’s easy to fall in love with new places and the people that call these places home. Even though my real life in Oregon is  amazing, I really didn’t want to leave ATX when my vacation ended. I can’t wait to see you next year at SXSW, beautiful people of Austin!

Now in typical WAS style, this playlist has nothing to do with the subject matter and everything to do with the fact that these are 10 great tracks I’ve recently discovered. Levels to this ish …

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This is Jenna at Wait And Scene giving you all the up-to-date info on SXSW…wait a minute! That certainly didn’t happen as planned. Blog smog. Day whiskey and new friends happened and I had the best GD time of my life. Oh and the music, ALL OF THE SHOWS!! You wouldn’t believe all the shows that I was lucky to see in a week’s time…another thing that you probably won’t believe is the info I’m about to share with you in this series. Here is entry one about my favorite shows during the music bender that was Southby. These entries are in no particular order and my top live music picks are about as random as my music taste. Get into it!

The Warner Sound Captured by Nikon Party (first product name drop!) at The Belmont was DOPE and perfect precursor to the craziness we were going to experience for the entire week after this show. It was a packed and diverse line-up of awesome. I could talk about each artist in essay format, because quite apparently that’s what I do, but I’ll try to make it snappy…

Spoiler: my favorite did not perform last in this showcase but they do come at the end of this post.

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 THE PERFORMERS

Sirah

She is not my steeze…that is all.

Charli XCX

She is surprisingly not ideal live (I’m being nice) and I really do enjoy her album…I even blogged about her project once.

Blondfire

They’re talented and I totally get why people like them but…a *yawn* from me and another small *yawn* because this was the second time I saw them at SXSW without really planning on it.

Rockie Fresh

He lives up to his fresh name and I recall him being good live but nothing memorable happened, so yeah…

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

I love these guys and I’d seen them a LOT of times prior to this show…from the small town club show days to sold out arenas, it’s always great to see them and they kill it live every single time. Go see them whenever and wherever you can, you won’t be sorry!

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Action Bronson

Dude sounds like Ghostfa…oh, he hates when people say that? Okay…um he has a couple hundred pounds on me so I’ll drop the comparisons. Bronson was really cool to see live and he is a performer and a half. Highlights of his set: he hopped over the guardrail and rapped through the tightly packed crowd and up the steps to the roof top, mid rap he yelled at people to get off their phones then seamlessly continued rapping, and the crowning jewel (and one of my favorite SXSW moments) was when he lifted a very excited paraplegic fan onto his shoulders and wore him like the finest of fur stole for an ENTIRE song. REALLY.

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Icona Pop

For me, Icona Pop were the real winners of this showcase. They’re a synth-pop duo from Sweden; they’re adorable, they’re energetic, the base beats were loud, their voices were perfect live, and everyone was dancing and had an amazing time while they were on stage. I was a fan long before seeing them live at SXSW and even before their biggest hit ‘I Love it’ was on an epi of HBO’s GIRLS but this performance just solidified the love. If you have a chance to see them live DO THAT, okay?

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I took all the second rate pictures (with my phone, NOT WITH A NIKON) that I added to this blog post but this shot is actually good, if I do say so myself. It was taken through a fence while listening to Icona Pop being interviewed the day after The Belmont show. Stalker-styles!

Just try to listen to their song and not feel overwhelming joy. Impossible!

Side note: If you met a couple of really cool girls at Southby who said they were in a band called “Icona Bop” I may know the two girls that you met…their band just hasn’t officially formed yet 😉

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A.Dd+ – Suitcases

11-20-2012

In the past four years, the Dallas, TX rap scene has brought us an interesting mix of artists.  On one hand, we have “talent” like the GS Boyz known for being the creators of every white girl’s favorite dance moves the Booty Dew and the Stanky Legg. I certainly can’t think of any other moves that allow me to lean wit it and drop wit it quite like the BD and SL but let’s be real, these guys were never going to change the rap game. Around that same time, some true Texas talent emerged on the scene. Paris Pershun and Slim Gravy are an up-and-coming rap duo better known as A.Dd+. They have been dropping mixtapes since 2009 but they received mainstream media props in 2011 when they released their debut LP, When Pigs Fly, which is produced entirely by Dallas producer, Picnictyme. A few days ago, they finally dropped a track off their upcoming release, DiveHiFlyLo: The Mixtape, which is also produced  by their go-to, Picnictyme. Suitcases has that old-school rap sound with a simplistic beat and repetitive, sythy keyboard sounds. It’s another A.Dd+ banger!

Word on the web is that these guys killed at SXSW last year so I’m hoping they’re back at it again this year. Wait And Scene is going to “pack it up” can give you that new news straight from downtown Austin!

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