Welcome to the latest in a week-long series of spotlights profiling the bands and artists performing at the 2016 Boston & Beyond party at SXSW, a collaborative effort between Berklee College of Music and Vanyaland. Our third annual event — and Berklee’s 11th SXSW party overall — goes down Thursday, March 17 at Austin’s Brush Square Park, located at 409 East 5th St., next to the Convention Center. The party is co-presented by Berklee Alumni, The Red Room @ Cafe 939, and Heavy Rotation Records, and is all ages and open to SXSW badge holders. Get on the list without charge by RSVPing via EventBrite. Additional info and music from each of the performing bands and artists can be found here.
Lady Pills, 2:30 p.m. set time
The first of two SXSW selections by Berklee’s student-run label Heavy Rotation Records, Lady Pills play and sing the songs you want to play and sing when you’re counted out, underestimated, and pretty much tired of all the bullshit. The Boston-based lo-fi guitar-pop trio first caught attention around town with last summer’s more folky Limerence EP, but hit a more urgent stride in November with a demo release whose song titles nicely summarized the sentiments of our broken 20s: “Dream World”, “Make Out” and “I Hate You”.
Playing what they call “sad music that you can dance to,” Lady Pills have shared local stages with everyone from St. Nothing to Horse Jumper Of Love to Black Beach (and soon, Grey Season on April 6). This year at SXSW, they leave no dry eye in the house and prove that guitars have roared back in 2016, sharing a bill with the likes of Ian and Great Grandpa that makes for pretty much the best Allston show you’re probably too old for since that last one the other night. And speaking of Allston, you can snag “Make Out” via the Allston Pudding winter mixtape, or just stream and DL all their certified jams via the Bandcamp links below.
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