REVIEW: Our top picks at the SXSW Festival!
This March Austin, Texas played host to another great South by Southwest (SXSW) festival, the largest music conference in the world.
For those who don’t know, SXSW is a week-long event where labels and management come to flaunt the hottest new sounds of the year. It’s as manic and overwhelming as it sounds, but when done right, unleashes the freshest and most amazing new music onto fanatic punters from all corners of the globe.
Apart from the incredible international acts owning the stage, a lot Aussies were there to wave the flag, with appearances by already famed artists Vance Joy, The Kite String Tangle and Rufus.
Check out the list of our favourite artists at this year
DZ Deathrays – ‘Gina Works at Hearts’
Deafening ears with their huge sound throughout the week, the boys had an epic response and a new international following frothing on their upcoming album ‘Black Rat.’
The Brissie two-piece have been holding out on the new album since their debut in 2012, redefining their sound to bring in a more mainstream touch, while still holding onto their house party thrash roots.
The Griswolds – ‘The Courtship of Summer Preasley’
The Griswolds hail from Sydney and have already burst out of the pop circuit, hitting international festivals and getting people moving to their “tequila-inspired party pop.”
After spending a few months in LA working on their debut album, it seems their sound has matured from just parties into what will surely become a resonant album this year.
Peking Duk – ‘High’
Canberra DJ duo Peking Duk have been around for a few years with a couple of releases here and there, but it’s their 2014 track ‘High’ that’s capturing attention all over the world.
Of all the Aussies to play SXSW, their infectious beats and high-energy live shows left some pretty damn fine impressions on the locals. With no confirmation from the boys whether an album may ever happen, we can only hope they can produce more gems like this one.
Phantogram – 'Fall In Love'
New York duo Phantogram have been around since 2007 dropping a bunch of EPs and one album, but it’s their 2014 release, Voices, that has put them on the map.
The fresh singles ‘Fall in Love’ and ‘Nothing But Trouble’ garnered a massive crowd for every one of their sets during SXSW.
With an epic stage presence, singer Sarah Barthel’s legs that go forever and a huge album just been released, no doubt Phantogram will have a huge year ahead of them.
Charli XCX – 'Superlove'
Charlie XCX aka Charlotte Emma Aitchison was a massive crowd favourite this year. Her combo of infectious dance beats, cock rock guitar riffs and sexy stage presence impressed new and old fans alike.
New tastes of her promised 2014 album release proved that she’s heading in the right direction with her music. The studio sessions with Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo proved evident in her new writing style.
Little Dragon – 'Klapp Klapp'
Little Dragon are no strangers to headlines and music blogs around the world thanks to their well-received, self-titled 2007 debut album.
Over the years, the Swedish electro-poppers have had time to blow minds with their stage show using lights and amazing outfits to transform their otherwise moody tracks to huge dance floor bangers.
Band of Skulls - ‘Asleep at the Wheel’
Band of Skulls latest single ‘Asleep at the Wheel’, is a great insight to their upcoming third album. While holding onto their deep Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin roots, they also bring in some wider musical influences from their time on the road.
A stand out live show left audiences across the week wowed by their classic, face melting rock n roll and stoked for their new album, ‘Himalayan.’
Were you at SXSW Festival? What do you think of our list? Let us know in the comments below!
- Tim Seller