This week I, along with the entire music biz, hundreds of bands, managers, bloggers, djs, tech startups, radio programmers, press, A&R executives looking for new talent, producers, booking agents, film/TV music supervisors, etc, all make our annual pilgrimage to the city of Austin, Texas for the crown jewel of music conventions: South By Southwest (SXSW). It’s a bit overwhelming with dozens of daily options, day parties hosted by the likes of Pitchfork, Spin, Filter, Fader, Dickies, MTV, Hype Machine, Vice, Vans, Dr. Martens, et al, and nightly artist showcases and after parties that take you into the wee hours of the morning, but I’ve gone through the sea of schedules and invites to come up with my TOP 10 MUST SEE SXSW ARTISTS this week.
Frank once fronted the UK hardcore band MILLON DEAD before embarking on a folk-rock solo career in 2005. He drops his 5th studio album Tape Deck Heart this spring, which features the 2013 future smash hit ‘Recovery’ (Thursday, March 14 @ Liberty 3PM)
Scottish buzz trio just made their American live debut at San Francisco’s Independent over the weekend and play a slew of shows this week at SXSW. The band recently inked to Glassnote Records here in the states, making CHVRCHES labelmates with Mumford And Sons, Two Door Cinema Club and Phoenix. (March 15 at the Spin day party @ Stubbs with Kendrick Lamar, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and more)
Making the 8,000 mile trek from their homeland of Australia to Austin, I’m very excited to catch this fantastic new indie-pop 6-piece that remind me so much of The Cardigans and Lykke Li! (Friday, March 15 at Red 7 @ 2:30pm)
Owners of the #1 album in England this week, hotly-touted new South London outfit Bastille -along with several other fellow new UK acts- travel across the Atlantic to play numerous SXSW showcases this week. (Thursday, March 14 at the Filter Cedar Street day party @1pm) BASTILLE are also my top priority to book for a future SF show at my weekly club night popscene!
Manchester, England has kinda been home to some pretty good bands over the years (i.e The Smiths, New Order, Oasis) and this fresh new Manchester artist are currently all the rage in the British music rags AND getting lots of requests on our Sunday night Soundcheck radio show, too (Friday, March 15 at the Fader Fort @ 1:30PM)
Los Angeles Indie-folk-rockers are a musical amalgamation of Fleet Foxes meets Bruce Springsteen. Listen to this incredible song ‘Time To Run’ and then catch them at SXSW with all the other cool kids with beards on Saturday, March 16 at La Zona Rosa (2:30pm)
UK garage-dance duo are brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence and the architects of one of 2013’s BEST floorfillers with the emotive and explosive ‘WHITE NOISE.’ Disclosure have toured with the likes of fellow UK electronic faves SBTRKT and Hot Chip and play this week at the official Pitchfork SXSW showcase on March 14 (8pm-2AM with Fidlar, Sky Ferreira, Ryan Hemsworth and more)
I’m been blown away by basically everything electronic chillwave/downtempo producer Goldroom has either released OR remixed over the last year or so and he’ll be making multiple appearances in Austin this week, including on Friday, March 15 on the rooftop of the Avenue of Congress at 11pm
This precocious and emerging electronic-pop artist from the UK attended the very prestigious Liverpool institute For The Performing Arts, founded by Sir Paul McCartney, when Dan was only 18 years old. Now he’s an old man at 22 and recently released this excellent new single ‘From Nowhere’ (Saturday, Mach 16 @ Latitude 30 at 2PM)
San Jose’s synthpoppers were very impressive last month at their sold-out DNA Lounge show in SF with a dynamic and energetic set filled with several brand new selections from the boys forthcoming Sophomore album ‘Hush.’ The Limo’s play 4 times this week at SXSW, including Friday, March 15 at the Beautiful Buzz party at 6:50PM and also Saturday, March 16 at the Dirty Dog Bar at 8pm