[Infographic] SXSW 2012 in Numbers – Buzz Bands, Fans and More

Who doesn’t love an infographic? They’re all the rage and I’m just waiting for the Portlandia episode to emerge that mocks it. With SXSW fast approaching and over 1,400 bands and artists set to play at the festival,  MusicMetric, a company that specializes in tracking all of that new data about music and entertainment, has assembled this fun infographic outlining which of those artists are getting the most online buzz and activity.

King Tuff – Wild Desire 7″

Artist: King Tuff
Album: Wild Desire 7″
Hails From: San Francisco
Release Date: April 3, 2012
Featured Track: “Wild Desire”

I love King Tuff! And while we anxiously await his next full length album, we’ll have to make do with the “Wild Desire” b/w “Hole in My Head” 7″ that drops April 3 as part of the Suicide Squeeze Single series featuring some other fantastic bands like The Coathangers, Dalvia 666 and White Woods. You can pre-order the King Tuff single or a sweet little bundle of all of the above artists right now. SXSW goers and Left coasters, be sure to catch the man called @kingtuffy at the following shows:

Thursday, March 15, 2012
Scoot Inn, Austin TX
SXSW Thrasher / Converse showcase – free!!

Friday, March 16, 2012 
Red 7 Patio (TX), Austin TX
SXSW Sub Pop Showcase!!
set time: 10PM Outside

Friday, March 23, 2012 
Thee Parkside, San Francisco CA

Saturday, March 24, 2012 
The Observatory, Santa Ana CA

Polarsets – “Sunset”

Artist: Polarsets
Album: Morning
Hails From: Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
Featured Track: “Sunset”

This is exactly the kind of band you need 8 hours into your SXSW schedule when you need a serious jolt of energy. Luckily the Newcastle trio will be making the journey to Austin this year, appearing at several showcases and previewing new material off their forthcoming ‘Tropics EP’ due out in May.

16/03/12 – Sea Now Party, venue tbc
16/03/12 – Neon Gold party, Karma Lounge
17/03/12 – Northern Party, Latitude 30
17/03/12 – Filter Party, Bar 96

On Sale Now: Yo La Tengo Play SF MOMA for Buckminster Fuller Retrospective

I had the pleasure of dining with Academy Award nominated documentarian Sam Green a while back when I heard of this amazing SF MOMA art project and collaboration with indie super stars Yo La Tengo he was masterminding called, “The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller.” To put it in context, the SF MOMA is on the verge of launching an exhibit honoring Buckminster Fuller – the eccentric designer, inventor, theorist and futurist forever associated with the creation of the famed geodesic dome. The exhibit will open at the SF MOMA on March 31. Part of the programming schedule will feature a documentary retrospective by Sam Green exploring Fuller’s utopian vision. Green’s imagery and narration will be backed by live music from Yo La Tengo. Two live performances will take place May 1 at 7PM and 9PM. Tickets are on sale now through the San Francisco Film Society. An event not to be missed, so get on it now! They won’t last.

Lilacs & Champagne – “Sensations”

Artist: Lilacs & Champagne
Album: Lilacs & Champagne
Hails From: Portland
Release Date: January 31, 2012
Featured Track: “Sensation”

Featuring one half of Grails, Lilacs and Champagne is the new effort from Alex Hall and Emil Amos. This is 100% headphone music. An instrumental journey in sampled 70s tinged funk, soul, psychedelia. Your go to late night unwind album. Put this on around 11:30 tonight and you’ll see what I mean. Feel the groove.