SXSW Recap: It Ruled
SXSW Recap: It Ruled
Posted 03/19/2018

While we're slowly recovering from staying up past our bedtime and overindulging in tacos this past week at SXSW we thought we'd throw down a quick recap.

First and foremost, thank you to all our artists that attended this year's festivities: Anna Burch, Beach Slang, Jeff Rosenstock, Post Animal, Psychic Twin, Quiet Slang, and White Reaper. Y'all crushed it hard.

Big thanks to Cheer Up Charlie's, as well, for hosting our PV x DDW showcase, which was a major success in large part because of all the incredible CUC staff.

Check out some hot brags & recaps below - we'll update as more come through. Head over to our Instagram for a handful of choice photos from our adventures. Pictured above is magical being Jeff Rosenstock in the crowd at our official showcase. Photo courtesy of Bernie McGinn (@bernie).

Anna Burch –

  • "She was excellent, beaming on stage with a good, at times tightly grooving band behind her, as she breezed through songs from her new LP Quit the Curse. If you love indie-pop with a coy edge, do not miss her." - River Front Times

Jeff Rosenstock –

  • "I’ve seen Jeff a bunch of times so I had no doubts that he would bring it, but coming fresh off the release of one of the year’s best albums and having the increased enthusiasm of this being one of the first times ever playing those songs live, Jeff and his band were even more full of energy than usual and that’s really saying something. The crowd reciprocated, getting all riled up and shouting along to every song, and the adrenaline rush made being out past 2 AM and getting hit with a little rain feel like the middle of a sunny day. After doing the entire album, Jeff shouted out Polyvinyl (which he just signed to this year) and said something like “I happen to know that Polyvinyl have… SKA ROOTS” and then went on to revisit his own ska roots to close out his awesome set."

    - Brooklyn Vegan, 18 Best Sets We Saw at SXSW

Post Animal –

  • “Post Animal captured my attention with a fizzy combo of Thin-Lizzy-meets-Grizzly-Bear at the Polyvinyl showcase. Post Animal is precise yet noisy, and their upcoming When I Think of You in a Castle is something to watch out for when it drops next month.” - Nashville Scene
  • "Let's get one thing straight about this psych rock band: be interested in them for the music, not Joe Keery. Newly signed to Polyvinyl, the Chicago-based band is gearing up for the release of their debut album When I Think Of You In A Castle due out on April 20. Highly RIYL Tame Impala.” - MTV, 13 Bands To Know Before They Blow Up at SXSW
  • "...the energy and excitement was intense. The band’s performance ignited the biggest mosh pit I’ve seen at SXSW thus far, and they got the kind of reception you might expect for a headlining act that’s been touring for years." -


Quiet Slang –

  • "James Alex & co ran thru the entire Quiet Slang album (Everything Matters But No One Is Listening, out May 18th) start to finish accompanied by a string quartet (that he confessed they had only met an hour or so before the performance) and a piano.
    The setting was kind of perfect, and the strings sounded sublime in the sanctuary of St. David's Episcopal Church.." - IHeartRadio
  • "In a church, with a string quartet, a piano, and two demure backup singers, Alex seemed truly moved by the sound that the quartet had arranged just a few hours before, as he had just met the quartet a few hours before. His blown-out voice had an affecting power in this setting, as did his songs, a pastiche of Bukowski and Bruce, all given a second chance at rock & roll life, which is more than most songs and singers at SXSW ever get." - River Front Times

White Reaper –

  • “... guitars riff with bawdiness of Joe Walsh yet sound as sleek as Loverboy – it's also difficult to deny that they generate the kind of kinetic good times ideal for the waning hours of SXSW." - Rolling Stone, 30 Best Artists We Saw at the Austin Throwdown
  • "The Louisville, Kentucky garage-punk quintet blends snotty, adenoidal vocals and twin-guitar harmonies à la Thin Lizzy to irresistible effect, and many months on the road have brought them dangerously close to fulfilling the superlative of their latest album, 2017’s “The World’s Best American Band.”" -

    Austin Statesman