Ten Buzz Bands from SXSW

How many bands are descending on Austin for SXSW right now?  It’s gotta be well, well north of a thousand.  (See a partial list here.)

So who’s worth seeing?  I’ve done some digging.

1.  Blondefire:  Indie pop band from NYC.  They kind of remind me of MGMT but with female vocals.  Could a Missing Persons reunion be far behind?


2.  Dead Sara:  They’re heading out on tour with Chevelle and have a slot on the Warped Tour this summer.


3.  Kimbra:  What is she like sans Gotye?  We’ll see.


4.  Black Angels:  Noise-psych band playing in their hometown.  If you were into early Black Rebel Motorcyle Club, you will love these guys.


5.  Skindred:  Welsh band that doesn’t sound like anyone but will might appeal to Rage fans.


6.  ANR:  Miami twosome with both indie rock and electronica ideas.


7.  Class Actress:  Is it wrong that I seem to have a thing for frontwoman Elizabeth Harper?


8.  Diarrhea Planet:  Just because of the name.  


9.  The Men:  Solid noise-rock from Brookyn.


10.  Michael Kiwanuka:  Ugandan-born UK session musician who opened for Adele last spring and summer. His debut, Home Again, will be out in Canada this month, weeks (months!) ahead of the American release.




Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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