Alright, alright, alright. SXSW is once again upon us, and that means a week of non-stop music, Lone Star, breakfast tacos and homeless wi-fi hotspots. The list of artists we want to catch at next week’s festival seems endless, but to continue our list from Wednesday we’ve included a few more artists you should check out in this post. Read about them after the jump.
And don’t forget, All Things Go is presenting two shows at SXSW this week. RSVP and details via the links below.
RSVP: ATG x Indie Shuffle Official Showcase
The band that gave us an “Indian Summer” in 2013 emerged last month with a positively scrumptious rendition of “It Is What It Is,” just when we all thought we couldn’t possibly hear one more great Blood Orange cover ever again. Who are these mysterious Montrealers? Why haven’t they already released a zillion albums of bright and music-box pitched twee dance pop for the purpose of soundtracking my life? Questions (and synths) abound. Catch How Sad at The Wild Honey Pie and Pretty Much Amazing’s Beehive party on Friday, March 14th.
The California-born rapper garnered attention in 2013 by appearing on the Earl Sweatshirt-helmed “Hive” and holding his own against the OFWGKTA wunderkind’s weighty bars. His latest single “Nate” is a complicated love letter to a toxic father figure set to a shimmering boom-bap beat; it’s likely the best hip-hop song of 2014 so far. If you like cerebral rap that can also rattle your trunk, Staples’ set will be live. Catch Vince Staples at the Respect The West showcase on Wednesday, March 12th.
Naming one of your songs “Bros” is one way to get our attention. Backing it up with amazing music is another. Considered one of the leaders of last year’s Brit-pop revival, Wolf Alice will be making their first stateside splash at this year’s SXSW. We’re beyond excited to see these Chess Club darlings live for the first time — namely as part of our official showcase with Indie Shuffle — and you should be too.
Otis Redding. Bobby Bland. Wilson Pickett. Your office IT guy. Hm? Something off about that last one? It will make perfect sense if you’re lucky enough to commune with these modern masters of gritty, brassy Memphis soul. SP and the BB’s have developed a borderline-religious following over the last year – fitting, as their live shows aren’t so much concerts as they are extended cuts from the Baptist church scene in The Blues Brothers movie, except this time the preacher looks like he’s probably been to more than one hackathon. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to catch these guys at SXSW.
Synth-pop bands are a dime a dozen these days, but every now and then there’s one that grabs you with that first listen. Prides exploded into our hearts last year, sounding like a devastating combination of Walk The Moon, Magic Man and Little Daylight. Next week we’ll be sure to catch these Glaswegian all-stars, starting with their set at Filter’s Showdown at Cedar Street show on Thursday, March 13th.