Okay, this is part two of “the musicians I recognized when I read the line up”. Again listed roughly in order of how excited I am to see them. Stay tuned in the near future for a whole post of “new to me bands”.
At the bottom you should also check out other showcases you may want to see that I’m not posting songs of for various reasons.
Haim - Don’t Save Me (another song here)
Trio of sisters from LA with a very consistent pop thing reminiscent of early 80’s lady rock.
Humans - De Ciel (another song here)
Gruff and chanty evolved male techno rock, stylish and strong.
Charli XCX - You’re The One (another song here)
An indie pop diva with real heart and a genuine creative aesthetic; she collaborates broadly, releases her own weird mix tapes, and has a pretty wide range of electro/goth/girly pop song styles.
Thee Oh Sees - Lupine Dominus (another song here)
With their sharp, yelpy, almost improv-sounding jam punk thing, I assumed they’d be fantastic live, but I recently received confirmation that they are even better than that. Listen to this, imagine the show is super awesome, and feel excited!
MS MR - Hurricane
I love this stormy, dark cloud of female vocal rolling across some powerful rock landscape. Faint hints of Concrete Blonde and a little gospel.
NO CEREMONY/// - HOLDONME (another song here)
Dark and ethereal, twisted, plodding electro with dramatic inhuman vocals.
Kisses - People Can Do The Most Amazing Things (Dominique Leone Edit)
Gloriously lo-fi instrumental pop.
Alt-J - Tessellate (another song here)
Severe and arty, still manages to be accessible, kind of like a less floaty, more ornate Radiohead maybe. They are kind of a big deal right now.
ON AN ON - Ghosts
I hope everyone gets at least this far, because oh boy this is such a good song. Elements of Death Cab with that new LA pop vibe and a breezy strong male voice.
Dan Croll - Home (another song here)
He’s got this one amazing indie pop song, then this acoustic thing, and I think that’s it so it’ll be interesting to see how his SX thing goes off.
Solid Gold - Who You Gonna Run To
Dreamy and intense, drifting and golden electro pop with a male singer.
Goldroom - Fifteen (ft Chela)
Sweet, slow, and pretty disco/house influenced pop.
Jaill - The Stroller (another song here)
Some confrontational, swaggery, and unique modern rock, which, considering they also did the Television / Stones / Who song, is pretty impressive.
Poolside - Only Everything (another song here)
Mellow but soulful dance band, the one that covered Neil Young’s Harvest Moon.
Flight Facilities - Foreign Language (ft. Jess)
House disco pop! So peppy!
Body Language - Huffy Ten Speed
A bit too careful to be a indie electro punk band, exactly, but definitely musically interesting.
Skream - Reflections (another song here)
Robotic and angular techno.
Wavves - So Bored
Massively overblown loud and distorted reinvented surf pop hyperactive kid from the LA area.
Torres - Mother Earth, Father God
Angsty and dramatic indie lady in the general vein of Tori Amos or whatever, and so nicely written.
Yelawolf - Pop The Trunk
This is a guilty pleasure, and I stand by it. I find hip-hop shows generally questionable at SX, but maybe let’s try it.
The Virgins - Flashbacks, Memories and Dreams
If you’re all “wtf this disco Tom Petty thing!?” well, that’s just The Virgins.
Deep Time - Clouds
Austin band formerly known as Yellow Fever who draws heavily from thoughtful mellow post-punk like The Raincoats.
Guards - Long Time
One of those retro pop outfits like Cults or Fergus and Geronimo, these guys seem to have some nice substance.
The Hood Internet - Wasted Love (Gucci Mane vs. Lindstrom & Christabelle)
They picked up where Girl Talk left off and make for a reliable SXSW dance party assuming you’ve still got the energy.
Diamond Rings - Something Else
Very sing-along-able gay showboating indie casio beats and guitar, great live show.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Jello and Juggernauts (another song here)
Sassy guitars, crispy beats, and crunchy 60’s reel-to-reel production. I think these guys NPR’ed / blew up.
St. Lucia - Closer Than This
Sounds like it was cooked in a lab to stir the adolescent friendship emotions, but there’s still something at least halfway worthwhile here.
Shakey Graves - Roll The Bones (another song here)
Austin’s own vagabond trash folk / twang / bluegrass drifter.
Fol Chen - The Holograms (Hard Mix Remix)
I actually don’t know anything about this band, including whether they sound like this or not.
Small Black - Despicable Dogs
One of the early and heavily celebrated chillwave bands of a few years back, about to release a new album.
Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings - Pick It Up, Lay It In The Cut
I think she’s the Vice Lordess of modern funk and certainly doesn’t need my promotional support, but if I can see her in a venue with less than 5000 people in it, that would be rad.
ALSO APPEARING AT SXSW 2013, with links if I’ve posted them before:
Airborne Toxic Event, Austra, Baths, Beach Fossils, Black Angels, Bonde Do Role, Braids, Caitlin Rose, Camera Obscura, Caveman, Cold War Kids, Computer Magic, Dawes, Death Set, Deer Tick, Delicate Steve, Delorean, Devendra Banhart, Dirty Ghosts, Dosh, Drop The Lime, Experimental Aircraft, Flaming Lips, Fort Lean, Generationals, Heartless Bastards, Hurray For The Riff Raff, Iron and Wine, Japanther, Lianne La Havas, The Little Ones, Local Natives, Machinedrum, Major Lazer, Marnie Stern, Natural Child, Octant, Pharcyde, Phosphorescent, Pink Nasty, A Place To Bury Strangers, Ra Ra Riot, Rhye, Shout Out Out Out Out, Surfer Blood, Tegan And Sarah, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Toro Y Moi, Vampire Weekend, Wild Belle, Yeah Yeah Yeahs