Tonights agenda includes but is not limited to the following. Grab your schedule and make it happen.
Sydney’s Jagwar Mar brought one of my favorite records of last year. Howlin’, their debut, was clear nod to baggy culture with the groove of The Stone Roses and the house stylings of the Happy Mondays. Mixing words like “baggy”, “groove” and “house” and sure you are sure to gain my attendance.
From Sydney (yet again), Jagwar Ma’s “Uncertainty”
No, they aren’t the punchline of an old joke. No, these Norwegians are total 60’s chic with quirky garage-punk pop songs that will have you sipping your pint a bit faster than you realize. Tune in, pour a glass and get happy; seems like there’s not other way for these lads.
For the joke, look it up or find me and I’ll see how long I can draw it out.
From Oslo, Death By Unga Bunga’s “Stare At The Sun”
And for your new favorite band from Scotland, enter “Casual Sex”. Remember the first time you hear The Strokes “Is This It”? Yeah, it’s kind of like that mixed with the stylings of the Dandy Warhols. I kind of like this a lot!
From Glasgow, Casual Sex & “Nothing On Earth”
In this Kanye dominated world, Grand Analog is a deep breath of fresh air. These Canadians mix styles and bend genres and do it mostly with live instruments. Now I ask you, how can one not love hip-hop performed with live instruments? You might stretch before this one because you’ll be bouncing the whole show. Words you’re sure to hear at this show: “sick”, “dope”, “tight”. Yessir! Can. Not. Wait!
From Canada, Grand Analog with “The Great Rhyme Dropper”
It’s a dark, wet day here in the ATX and a day like this screams for Icelandic synth-pop. Proving once again that they are the best thing from their motherland since the Sugarcubes, FM Belfast drop another timely, inspirational piece that’s bound to get you off your butt, whether at the pub or in your office. I’ve had the privilege of seeing their live set. If ever you get the chance… ooph!
For me, any good SXSW list starts with a band from down under. This year, mine starts with Sydney’s The Preatures. Catchy, groovy, retro. Sound familiar?
This is an amazing little song!
From Sydney, The Preatures “Is This How You Feel?”