With performances from 30 acts over the course of 2 full days at SXSW 2011, Paper Garden’s Lovely Hearts Club was an overwhelming success. Thanks to our sponsors – Moniker Guitars, Thinglink, Vitamin Water, and Uncorked – and thanks to all the bands and everyone else who came out for an incredible 2 days of entertainment!
The Lovely Hearts Club is celebrating its first ever party this year at SXSW for its 6-month anniversary. Showcasing over 30 new bands (and a comedian!) from across the universe, our aim is to bring you the NEW new and put these more than deserving bands in front of the eyes and ears of industry and fans alike. The Lovely Hearts Club will be setting up a two-day camp (FREE w/ RSVP) at the lovely Uncorked Wine Bar (900 East 7th St) on Thursday, March 17th and Friday, March 18th from 2-10pm.
Our partners at ThingLinkand Moniker Guitarshave also provided for you the chance to win a FREE custom Moniker-brand guitar, a FREE swimming pool (for the second year running!), and packages of FREE music goodies. Vitamin Waterwill also be there with giving away FREE beverages to keep you hydrated throughout the party! It’s a SXSW Free-for-all!
RSVP and visit the link below to enter and guarantee your entry as well as find the full schedule!
Brooklyn’s Paper Garden Records is very excited to announce its first ever official SXSW Showcase in Austin, TX to be held at the new and beautiful Swan Dive on Saturday, March 19th from 8pm-2am. Co-presented with our friends at Thinglink, Paper Garden’s showcase curates an audibly familiar tonality crafted with international artists. Featuring bands from Oslo, Copenhagen, Toronto, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles, the showcase brings an international community of bands and fans alike under one roof for a first look at some of this year’s best up-and-coming acts.
Youth Pictures of Florence Henderson (Norway) will kick off the showcase with a dreamy post-rock sound that will ease you into indie-folk rockers, Little Tybee (Atlanta) who will be touring in support of their upcoming album “Humorous To Bees”. Alcoholic Faith Mission (Copenhagen) will be up next with an experimental indie-rock sound that has been highlighted by the likes of MTV and more as a “must-see at SXSW 2011″ and is flying over in support of their new album, “And The Running With Insanity EP”. After Alcoholic Faith Mission will be the electronic-based Golden Ages (Philadelphia) who will pave the way for the new-wave pop band, Freedom Or Death (Toronto). Army/Navy (Los Angeles) will headline the night with their feel-good indie-pop songs that will keep you dancing through the night.
This hand picked showcase will give SXSW patrons a chance to see these blossoming bands as they rise to the top of the canopy. Mark your calendar for Saturday, March 19th at Swan Dive. Register now, as your badge is your ticket to this and all other SXSW Music showcases.
In addition, ThingLink is bringing us an exciting new interactive SXSW experience. The free service acts as an interactive hot-spot for web images, posters, and e-flyers, allowing users to link directly to songs, band sites, purchase links, venues and more! At SXSW 2011, Thinglink will reveal some exciting new features and partnerships that will allow the viewer to win hidden prizes, interact with fans, listen to music and more all within a single embeddable image. Try it yourself at Paper Garden’s Thinglink-enabled SXSW site:
Thinglink aims to change how billions of people interact with photos by transforming them into a surface for advertising, commerce, entertainment, search and social connection.
Thinglink technology lets businesses and consumers connect objects (the people, places and things within photos) to anywhere on the Internet. With photos constituting 20 per cent of web real estate, 500 billion photos online offer rich opportunities for in-image links to engaging user experiences that will revolutionize and transform how we interact with images.
Thinglink was founded in 2008 by Ulla-Maaria Engestrom, a Finnish technology entrepreneur and expert in social objects and long-tail markets. Thinglink is the second startup from the team that launched Jaiku, a micro-blogging site acquired Google. Thinglink has received early-stage funding from Europe-based Inventure and Lifeline Ventures.
As The Lovely Hearts Club’s first act, Freedom Or Death is proving to emerge as quickly as expected. With the likes of Wall Street Journal, AUX.TV, Explore Music and Toronto Star all championing the band, Freedom Or Death will make their second appearance ever in NYC on February 15 at Knitting Factory, playing with the Pitchfork-Forkcasted, Philadelphia-based Golden Ages.
Freedom Or Death released their EP a few months back, but continue to release new material on what seems like a weekly basis. Having already released remixes and covers of everyone from Nas to Pink, Freedom Or Death has an affinity with the studio. That won’t hold them back from touring, though, as they have shows lined up in Montreal and Toronto and will be performing at both CMW and SXSW in March!
When: Tuesday, February 15th, doors at 8pm
Where: Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Avenue)
CMJ has long been known to bring artistic talent and industry from across the globe to the mecca that is New York City. Paper Garden and Ampeater are magnifying that fact this year, serving up an international smorgasbord of moreish musical treats for our CMJ showcase at The Living Room on Tuesday, October 19th.
Every now and then when you turn the key for your mailbox, you find something extraordinary hidden amongst all those bills and coupons. For us, that gem came a few months ago in the form of a hand screened and hand numbered EP from Toronto group Freedom Or Death.
The duo met while working for a major label in Canada, both ultimately leaving their jobs to pursue careers as artists. Freedom Or Death took their first breath with an EP so honest and vital that it’s easy to proclaim the band as pinnacles in the new music industry. Fragments of the familiar contrast an eclectic assemblage of thoughtful lyrics, creating an atmospheric sound that is original and addictive.
In such a short existence, Freedom Or Death are already on the festival circuit, playing Pop Montrealthis week and CMJ in mid October. Lovely Hearts Club has chosen to highlight the opening track to the EP, Lost in Dances, written to compliment the short film by Spike Jonze, ‘How They Get There’, featuring skateboarding legend, Mark Gonzalez.