Friday, March 4, 2011

SXSW 2011 Preview: Toro Y Moi

So, Toro y Moi certainly isn't a band that no one has ever heard of playing SXSW to get bloggers like me to pay attention. Toro's first album garnered "the band" plenty of buzz and had his playing the festival circuit for the last couple of years in support of it. It was all of this touring that influenced the latest Toro y Moi LP. While the band was known for its warbling, woozy vintage synthesizers on their first LP the new LP is all live instrumentation accentuated with the sounds of more traditional instruments. The result is something that sometimes sounds like a new Stereolab LP and sometimes sounds like 70's funk all in all I'm a big fan and I can't wait to hear these new songs performed live.

Toro y Moi - Still Sound video via YouTube

Like all of the artists I've featured so far, you will have many chances to catch Toro y Moi at SXSW both at official and unofficial events.

Wednesday March 16th Toro play Red 7 for the Forcefield Pr and Terrorbird Media party, which is free and unoffical.

On Thursday March 17th you can catch 'em at Waterloo Records for a free, in-store set. Followed by an official SXSW showcase later in the night at the 512 Rooftop.

On Friday, March 18th you'll have more chances official and unofficial to catch Toro. Firstly, they'll be playing the, always excellent, Windish Agency party at Emo's. Followed by, the also free, Pitchfork presents #Offline party at East Side Drive-In. Later on Friday night, it's another official SXSW showcase, this time at Klub Krucial at 10:30pm.

Saturday, March 19th, Toro y Moi's first show is an official SXSW day-show at the Austin Convention Center. As of this moment, that is all Toro has goin' on Saturday, which is nice considering they play THREE sets on Friday. However, I doubt that Saturday at 1:30p will be the last set they play at SXSW 2011. Only time will tell.

Toro y Moi - Low Shoulder video via YouTube

AustinBloggyLimits is not responsible for mis-information regarding show times, listings, missing events etc. I'm just trying to tell you WHO not WHEN or WHERE. Follow me on Twitter to keep track of me during the fest.