SXSW 2012 Spreadsheet 57:
This evening’s set features a lone strong recommendation amongst a large group of middlers. Highlights:
Dead Confederate (9): They take noise rock and meld it so seamlessly with pop songs that could fit right next to their 90s rock forefathers.
The dB’s (6): This reunited veteran rock outfit from Durham, NC has birthed a jangly sound that sounds as current today as it did in the mid-80s.
Dead Sara (6): Los Angeles’ Dead Sara is basically a mainstream rock band, but Emily Armstrong’s dynamic vocals are pretty terrific, creating some nicely dramatic moments throughout their songs.
Dignan (6): This moody indie rock band from McAllen, TX features a full sound and some interesting instrumentation.
Deadman (5): Austin’s Deadman has been a local fixture for the past fifteen years, playing jammy and upbeat country rock across town.
Devin (5): Devin draws a great deal of influence from Elvis Costello’s early punk-inspired material and delivers with a ton of energy.