Monday, March 14, 2011

Already Buzzing: Bands To Catch At SXSW Music

The South By Southwest Film and Interactive festivals are well underway, as evidenced by the pop-up Apple Store at Sixth and Congress and the number of dudes in hoodies carrying backpacks at the Etsy party Saturday night. But before the Music portion of the fest "officially" begins, here are some of the bands riding the buzz into Austin.

Foster the People
With a three-track EP released in mid-January, this Los Angeles band has been gaining a lot of steam on the back of their super-catchy "Pumped Up Kicks."
Foster The People - Pumped Up Kicks by MusicForBears

The Head and The Heart
This folk-fueled indie band from Seattle signed to Sub Pop in November, and leaves Austin to start their European tour with The Low Anthem.
Cats and Dogs by theheadandtheheart

The Naked and Famous
Sounding something like New Zealand's answer to The Limosines (with maybe a hint of the MGMT of Oracular Spectacular), they're just readying to drop their first album Passive Me, Aggressive You.
The Naked And Famous - Young Blood (Dave Sitek Remix) by The Naked And Famous

Smith Westerns
If you need evidence that this Chicago four piece are buzzing as indie darlings, they're playing the NPR showcase, the Pitchfork party, and the SPIN party -- the triumvirate of hipster approval.
Smith Westerns - Weekend by Vicente P

Sharon Van Etten
A breakout voice at SXSW 2010, Brooklyn's Van Etten returns with beautiful breathiness to play the Onion AV Club party and the Brooklyn Vegan showcase.
One Day by sharonvanetten

Twin Shadow
The synthy charm of Forget made it one of Pitchfork's best albums of 2010 (at #26), and it doesn't hurt that singer George Lewis Jr.'s voice has drawn comparisons to Morrissey from Rolling Stone.
Twin Shadow - Slow by wereofftherails

Word is that this Nashville band is big in Britain, and while they have yet to release an album, they're all set to play Rolling Stone's day party at LZR. On "Lines in the Sand" singer Nick Brown sounds like some cross between Jeff Buckley and Rod Stewart.
Mona, 'Lines In The Sand' by nmemagazine

More picks:
The Joy Formidable
Young the Giant
Royal Bangs
Wye Oak
The Vaccines

Here's a track to listen to while you're making your list, from another SXSW act to watch, The Chain Gang of 1974.
The Chain Gang of 1974 - Hold On by rayray4290

1 comment:

Michael said...

I'm really hoping to catch the Joy Formidable - Jack Rabid of the Big Takeover has been talking them up for at least a year. Otherwise I confess it's all old fart stuff for me: The Soundtrack of Our Lives, the Jim Jones Revue, Steve Wynn, Richard Barone, Edwin Collins.