sxsw 2017


Thursday, March 16 @ Swan Dive: 3:00PM
Thursday, March 16 @ Tellers Upstairs: 1:00AM

“A tireless vibe that does not let down.” – Culture Collide

Although PORT JUVEE embody a sound that is equally indebted to New York City post-punk and California surf garage, the Canadian prairies is where the band calls home. The 5-piece’s latest release, CRIMEWAVE is a collection of 7-songs, produced by the band with help from Justin Gerrish (Vampire Weekend “Contra”).

Between the ramshackle post-punk urgency of “Double Vision,” the lackadaisical punk of “Bleached Out Soda Pop,” “Trapped Under Water’s” pounding garage rhythms and the 80’s-inspired escapism of the title track, PORT JUVEE’s CRIMEWAVE offers the band’s most dizzying assortment yet.

PORT JUVEE has supported DIIV, Titus Andronicus, Twin Peaks, Sticky Fingers, Bleachers and The Orwells, and played a multitude of festivals including CMJ, Sled Island, X-Fest and Rifflandia.


Thursday, March 16 @ Swan Dive: 10:00PM

The Velveteins are a rock n’ roll band from Edmonton, Canada. Their style of heavy guitar pop has translated into energetic live shows across Canada, America, and the UK opening for acts like July Talk, Elephant Stone, Michael Rault, and Milo Greene. Their last release “A Hot Second With The Velveteins” has been described as “rollicking garage, moody surf […and] pop classicism with a rough edge” (EXCLAIM!) Signed to Fierce Panda Canada, the group is set to release new music produced by Colin Stewart (Dan Mangan, Black Mountain).


Thursday March 16 @ Swan Dive: 8:00pm
Saturday March 18 @ Copper’s BBQ: 8:10pm

Rugged, raspy and reserved, JJ Shiplett is a true artist in every sense of the word. Unapologetically himself, the Alberta born singer-songwriter and performer is both bold in range and musical creativity and has a passion and reverence for the art of music and performance that has captured the attention of music fans across the country. Destined for a critically praised career ahead, Shiplett released his self-penned and produced debut album in January 2017.


Thursday March 16 @ Swan Dive Patio: 4:30pm
Saturday March 18 @ Bar 96: 10:00pm

“Like a raging bull, the bearded quintet from Edmonton, Royal Tusk are bucking full of throttle out of the gate, unrelenting in their delivery of gritty rock ‘n’ roll”. – Buzzfeed

Forged from rock ‘n’ roll soul, blue-collar charm and a renegade attitude, it’s no surprise this quintet of bearded prairie men made a lasting impression with audiences on their well-received 2014 EP, Mountain.

Royal Tusk‘s full-length debut, DealBreaker embraces a dynamic evolution in the band’s sound. Produced by the award-winning Eric Ratz (Big Wreck, Monster Truck, Arkells, Billy Talent), DealBreaker captures the true raw energy Royal Tusk wield, and the result is loud and guitar-driven with hints of Americana and soul.