In part two 2016’s SXSW Preview Extravaganza, dive with me into the underground to mine the gems hidden from your regular scheduled auditory programming. The selected acts have garnered considerable attention over the past year, and totally deserve to be on your radar (if they aren’t already).
After releasing two beautiful EP’s, solo artist Jackson Phillips aka Day Wave returns to Austin this spring to play several showcases. The heartfelt and diffident indie pop gems charmed ATX fans a few months back at Lambert’s ACL aftershow. To catch the Oakland native, make sure you RSVP to After the Gold Rush, Stubhub, and Spotify House. His first releases, Headcase and Hard to Read will see an incarnation on vinyl as a double EP on March 4th. Here’s “We Try but We Don’t Fit In”.
After a massive European tour last month, the Seattle based garage outlaws return stateside for five SXSW appearances (at Sahara Lounge, Whole Foods Rooftop, Hotel Vegas, Wienermania, and Barracuda). Their most recent release,Who Sold My Generation, sees the band taking cues from co-producer Robert Levon Been of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, combining peyote induced guitar howls with the morose stinging truths of modern life. This is a natural evolution in psych-rock’s history: dark, politically aware, yet still ready to take the trip at any cost. If you can’t make it to SXSW, they will be touring the US for the remainder of March and early April. Check out the official video for “No Cops”.
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Hand picked for a January tour spot down under opening for fellow Australian Courtney Barnett, Perth haze-pop trio Methyl Ethel will return to the US this March for SXSW as well as a few other US tour dates. The group has been nominated in their homeland for the Australian Music Prize, and signed a deal earlier today with esteemed independent label 4AD. You can catch the group at After The Gold Rush at Sidewinder, or at one of 3 official showcases. Here’s the newly released video for their single “Idee Fixe” off of their debut Oh Inhumane Spectacle.
Honorable Mentions: The Moonlandingz, Har Mar Superstar, Yak, White Reaper