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I think we can all agree that SXSW and rain are not a good combination. Anyone still have damp sneakers after Friday and Saturday in Austin? With that complaint out of the way, I had an absolute blast my second time out, seeing over 35 bands across four days (Sunday brought my daily average down, but I must say that it was nice to have a much less busy day). Let's run down some of my highlights.

Immediately after arriving in Austin, on my way to pick up my credentials at the convention center, who did I see eating a leisurely al fresco lunch? None other than Mike Mills of R.E.M.! Needless to say I immediately called Joey (if you know anything about Joey, you know why).

My first set of SXSW 2015 was Russian band Mumiy Troll on the International stage in the convention center. After their set, I was waiting for a free Mazda ride back to my hotel to drop off my bags, and it turned out that Mumiy Troll were staying at the same hotel, so we shared a ride back.

"AAAAAH!!!" Taymir from The Netherlands were really amazing! Can't wait for their album to be released in the states, and neither can they.

Seeing my pals Jukebox The Ghost on the giant IFC Fairgrounds stage was really cool as I've watched them grow over the years from seeing them play some of Philly's smallest stages when they lived here.

Coin from Nashville might just get my rookie of the year award! I checked those guys out based on really digging their single "Run," but their set was more impressive than I would have imagined. Lots of energy and great tunes! These guys seem poised for a big year.

The Vaccines in the Cedar Street Courtyard was kind of magical! Their hits sounded great on that beautiful night (Thursday) and the new tunes made me even more eager for their third record English Graffiti, coming in May.

Heading back to my hotel, dead tired on my first night after a long day of travel and bands, I was lured in from a couple blocks away by the sounds of those Pied Pipers of Philadelphia, The War On Drugs.

Seeing Eddie Argos of Art Brut sing unamplified over Art Brut backing tracks to me and like five other people, standing in a trailer of his artwork with a painted cow lady shooting a fake pistol at him. I realize that sentence is going to baffle many of you. I just can't really explain the wonderful absurdity of it.

Courtney Barnett! I'm sure that many of you will agree with that one.

After a half hour walk out to Homeslice Pizza, Olivia Jean put on a fantastic set, topped off with an unexpected, but perfectly suited cover of Space's "Female of The Species."

Trying to keep up with all the "du du du du du du du's" when Broncho performed "Class Historian." Spoiler alert: it was impossible.

Wrapping up a challenging Friday (rain + schedule adjusting on the fly) with an amazing show from Will Butler of Arcade Fire on the (fortunately covered) rooftop of Maggie Mae's! "Pony Macaroni was served!" Chris Stowers know what I'm talking about...

Geographer's moving performance on Saturday at The Container Bar, which is a cool place, actually built out of shipping containers.

Seeing Holychild win over a drenched crowd at the IFC Fairgroundsfor their first ever show in the rain. It's a good thing those Apple Watches are waterproof.

Getting to see Honeyblood, who I've been supporting for close to a year now,play to a capacity crowd at The British Embassy and seem so genuinely thankful for the experience.

Being rocked hard by my Philly friends, Creepoid for an unoffical, day after SXSW show.

And finally, after two SXSW's, getting my first authentic Austin breakfast tacos at Torchy's (thanks to my pal Kristen Kurtis from KGSR)!

Many of these moments and more are documented in our FMQB SXSW 2015 Facebook photo album, with contributions by myself, our own Mase Brazelle, Chris Stowers from Hard Boiled, Rob Wilcox from The Syndicate, Chris Payne from KRZQ, Tim Pyles from 91X, Jeff Morad from WEQX, Bruce Rave from KXRN, and more. In fact, I'd love to add even more to the album, so please send me some of your best pics from SXSW and I'll get 'em in there.

After all that recapping I don't have much room or time left to talk about this week's charts, so I'll let you investigate them on your own with the Top 10's below and the complete charts at FMQB.com/SubModern. I will take a quick moment to congratulate Twin Shadow and Courtney Barnett on having the #1 albums of the week, Eclipse and Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit, with an extra hearty pat on the back to Mr. Shadow for having the #1 single as well, "I'm Ready." All things will be back to normal next week and the Buzz Band will return as well. Catch you all then.

~ Josh T Landow
Twitter: @JoshTLandow
You may not know about Melbourne, Australia's Dorsal Fins yet, but hopefully you'll sit up and take notice based on my enthusiastic recommendation today. One of my favorite songs of late 2014 was the insanely catchy synth pop anthem "Monday Tuesday" from this, at the time, mysterious group. It was brought to my attention by another Australian musician - Jeremy Neal of the band Velociraptor. After playing that tune over and over, I was desperate for more. Now I (and we all) finally have their full length debut Mind Renovation, as well as a little more information about the Fins themselves.

Turns out that Dorsal Fins are something of an Aussie supergroup made up of 10 members, spanning a slew of different bands like Saskwatch, Eagle and The Worm, New Gods, and Grizzly Jim Lawrie. The band was put together by composer Liam McGorry, originally as just a studio project with a bunch of friends, and features lead vocals by Jarrad Brown and Ella Thompson. With so many people coming together from so many different bands and backgrounds, it's no wonder that Mind Renovation is so stylistically diverse! I've already mentioned the 80's synth sound of "Monday Tuesday," but you'll find them rocking out on album opener "Nothing Left To Hide" and title track "Mind Renovation," more of a 90's industrial sound on "Cut The Wire," straight up 70's funk on "Heart On The Floor," a piano ballad on "Fell," almost free form spoken word on "Jacqueline," and a pretty male/female duet on the album closing "Superstar."

Unfortunately the downside of a band with so many members from other bands is that it makes international touring logistically and financially prohibitive, so we might never get to see Dorsal Fins here on the other side of the world. Don't let that stop you from checking them out them out on Facebook, Soundcloud, and YouTube.

By Josh T. Landow

Dorsal Fins
Mind Renovation

(Gripless / Remote Control)

Updated 3/25/15
# Artist Track Label
1 TWIN SHADOW I'M READY WARNER BROS.
2t BEST COAST CALIFORNIA NITES HARVEST
  COURTNEY BARNETT PEDESTRIAN AT BEST MOM+POP
  PRIDES HIGHER LOVE  VIRGIN
5t THE CRIBS DIFFERENT ANGLE ARTS & CRAFTS
  DOLDRUMS LOOPS SUB POP
  SPEEDY ORTIZ THE GRADUATES CARPARK
8 TURBO FRUITS THE WAY I WANT YOU MELVIN / THIRTY TIGERS
9t COLD WAR KIDS FIRST DOWNTOWN
  FORT LEAN CUT TO THE CHASE OOH LA LA
11t FAITH NO MORE SUPERHERO IPECAC
  HAPPYNESS A WHOLE NEW SHAPE BAR NONE
  JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD BLACK CHERRY PIE INFINITY CAT
  MY MORNING JACKET BIG DECISIONS ATO / CAPITOL
15t A SILENT FILM TOMORROW SILENT SONGS
  THE DIAMOND LIGHT VICIOUS VISIONS SELF-RELEASED
  MONARCHY LIVING WITHOUT YOU HACCAN SOUND
  SUFJAN STEVENS SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER ASTHMATIC KITTY
  WAXAHATCHEE UNDER A ROCK MERGE
  WOLF ALICE MOANING LISA SMILE DIRTY HIT / RCA
21t ...AND YOU WILL KNOW US BY THE TRAIL OF DEAD LIE WITHOUT A LIAR SUPERBALL
  BRIGHT LIGHT SOCIAL HOUR INFINITE CITIES FRENCHKISS
  BUILT TO SPILL LIVING ZOO WARNER BROS.
  THE DISTRICTS 4TH AND ROEBLING FAT POSSUM
  MUSE PSYCHO WARNER BROS.
  PANIC IS PERFECT GO GO GO STRANGE LOOP
  THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS ANSWER IDLEWILD / MEGAFORCE
  VOWS LOSING MYSELF IN YOU CLEOPATRA

Updated 3/25/15
# Artist Album Label
1t COURTNEY BARNETT SOMETIMES I SIT AND THINK AND SOMETIMES I JUST SIT MOM + POP
  TWIN SHADOW ECLIPSE WARNER BROS.
3 OF MONTREAL AUREATE GLOOM POLYVINYL
4t BEST COAST CALIFORNIA NIGHTS HARVEST
  TURBO FRUITS NO CONTROL MELVIN / THIRTY TIGERS
6 PRIDES HIGHER LOVE EP VIRGIN
7t THE CRIBS FOR ALL MY SISTERS ARTS & CRAFTS
  DOLDRUMS THE AIR CONDITIONED NIGHTMARE SUB POP
9t COLD WAR KIDS HOLD MY HOME DOWNTOWN
  NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING BIRDS CHASING YESTERDAY SOUR MASH
  PURITY RING ANOTHER ETERNITY 4AD
12t FATHER JOHN MISTY I LOVE YOU, HONEYBEAR SUB POP
  MUSE DRONES WARNER BROS.
  PANIC IS PERFECT BEHIND YOUR EYELIDS STRANGE LOOP
15t BRIGHT LIGHT SOCIAL HOUR SPACE IS STILL THE PLACE FRENCHKISS
  HAPPYNESS WEIRD LITTLE BIRTHDAY BAR NONE
  JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD WASTED ON THE DREAM INFINITY CAT
  KATE PIERSON GUITARS AND MICROPHONES LAZY MEADOW / KOBALT
  MODEST MOUSE STRANGERS TO OURSELVES EPIC
  SUFJAN STEVENS CARRIE & LOWELL ASTHMATIC KITTY
21t BORNS CANDY INTERSCOPE
  CHASTITY BELT TIME TO GO HOME HARDLY ART
  THE DECEMBERISTS WHAT A TERRIBLE WORLD, WHAT A BEAUTIFUL WORLD CAPITOL
  THE DIAMOND LIGHT VICIOUS VISIONS SELF-RELEASED
  MONARCHY ABNOCTO HACAN SOUND
  THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS GLEAN IDLEWILD/MEGAFORCE
  WOLF ALICE MY LOVE IS COOL DIRTY HIT / RCA

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