It’s probably super cliché to refer to something as bittersweet, but that’s totally how I feel about SXSW. Austin, TX is quite possibly the coolest city in the US and I know with out a doubt that SXSW is the greatest festival on either side of the Mississippi. And as much exhausting fun as I had the past week, I’m glad to be back in Atlanta and my own bed.
Newness :: Music
So, here’s some new (to me) bands that I caught at SXSW that I think you all should know about.
Mr. Gnome @ Red 7 :: Forcefield PR/Terrorbird Media Day Party
I caught the psych-noise duo at Red 7 on Wednesday. They were incredible. Check out “House of Circles” from the band’s October 2011 release Madness is Miniature.
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The Orwells @ Hype Hotel :: Aquarium Drunkard Party
I think I overheard someone says these guys are in high school. HIGH SCHOOL? The Orwells totally punched me in the face with their punk rock sound. You should definitely watch out for this band. Check out “Who Needs You” below.
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Emily Wells @ Hotel Vegas :: Brooklyn Vegan Party
Soulful voice mixed with lovely weaving loops, Emily Wells creates insanely great music. Her style is impressive to watch and listen to, especially live. Her new album Mama comes out on April 10. Check out “Passenger” below.
mp3 :: Passenger – Emily Wells
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Pond @ Hotel Vegas :: Brooklyn Vegan Party
Pond features members of the psych-rock band Tame Impala, so I obviously had to see them at least once during SXSW. If you like have your face melted off with pure 70s tinged rock ‘n’ roll, then definitely check out Pond. Check out “Fantastic Explosion of Time” below.
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Niki and the Dove @ UO :: Urban Outfitters Day Party
Swedish dance pop? Yes, please! Check out “The Drummer” below and you should consider going to their website daily because it’s awesome.
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