Citizen Cope, Everest and Minus the Bear Highlight Relix Calling Party at SXSW
The Relix Calling Party took place at Austin’s Antone’s Friday afternoon during SXSW. The free show kicked off at 12 PM with Austin’s own roots-rockers The Statesboro Revue. Next up was California’s Everest, who showcased songs from its forthcoming April release. The Watson Twins—Chandra and Leigh Watson—sat in on a few songs before taking the stage themselves in support of their new record, Talking to You, Talking to Me (Everest’s Russ Pollard is Chandra’s husband and helped produce their new album; the twins appear on Everest’s new album as well).
Citizen Cope performed a 30-minute, solo acoustic set in between radio gigs to a full house. The room did a sonic 180 as Minus the Bear stormed the stage with a set that included older material and newer material from their forthcoming album Omni, which is due out on Dangerbird in May. The songs went from near-psychedelic to dance-driven.
Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights closed out the showcase with a set straight out of 1970. With twin guitars and an aching, old-soul voice, the Dallas-based band was right at home at the famed Antone’s.