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Brooklyn dream-poppers DIIV are among the many, many buzzed-about bands playing about 52 shows apiece in Austin this week for SXSW. And they’re probably not the only ones who aren’t happy about this experience. They are, however, probably the most prominent band to come out publicly this year and say how much they hate it, while it’s still going on. Here’s what frontman Zachary Cole Smith posted on Tumblr:

Hi Austin. Fuck SXSW. There… I said it.

Here, the music comes last. 5 minute set-up, no sound check, 15 minute set. The “music” element is all a front, it’s the first thing to be compromised. Corporate money everywhere but in the hands of the artists, at what is really just a glorified corporate networking party. Drunk corporate goons and other industry vampires and cocaine. Everyone is drunk, being cool. “Official” bureaucracy and all their mindless rules. Branding, branding, branding. It’s bullshit… sorry.


(via DIIV)

A couple of things here. First: This is an absolutely defensible case to make. Bands don’t magically find huge new audiences from playing SXSW, and the madcap grind of playing all those shows has to be tough on them. There’s a very real chance that Smith is just writing what tons of other bands are thinking. Second: DIIV didn’t necessarily have to play SXSW, and Smith, who doesn’t live in a vacuum, presumably had a pretty good idea what he was getting himself into. That doesn’t invalidate his point, but it might complicate it. I hope he starts having a better time down here, anyway. I’m having fun, but I don’t have to haul equipment anywhere. If Smith gets a moment, I suggest he locate the Korean taco truck; it has a way of improving your day.



It’s not a proper Valentine’s Day until The xx sings, wrote Michael Roffman for COS. Wouldn’t you know the UK collective deliver just the sugarless treat with their minimalistic cover of Beyoncé’s “I Miss You” (via Pitchfork). The ultra shiny, new performance was shot at Austin’s The Moody Theatre on Tuesday night amidst their current tour and pits Romy Madley Croft against Oliver Sim in one powerful duet. So, if you’ve got a bag of Hershey’s Kisses at bay, start watching the ruby-glazed clip below — tissues optional.

In related news, The xx recently announced a string of summer dates with Grizzly Bear. Consult their full itinerary once you’re done glueing your heart back together again. Read more The xx – tour updates here: http://bit.ly/15g95Hx



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