SXSW 2014 Spreadsheet 3
After planning a soft launch schedule for OEB last week, SXSW threw another curveball with a huge group of second round artists loaded with OEB favorites and even more unknowns. The excitement continues with the third grouping of recommendations today with a fine mix of veteran and emerging acts. Highlights:
The Devil Makes Three (9) - Authenticity. Musicianship. Storytelling. These qualities and more come together in The Devil Makes Three, a veteran acoustic trio from Santa Cruz, California.
Current Swell (8) - The album touring cycle is set to reset for folk rock band Current Swell around SXSW-time next year, as the genre-hopping quartet just posted an update from the studio with ‘next spring’ set as the target.
Deidre and the Dark (8) – Brooklyn indie pop band Deidre and the Dark followed up their 2011 EP Curious Parcel this year with the release of “Skeleton”, a pacing calling card that pulls a creeping darkness into hummable melodies and meandering undercurrents.
Amy Cook (7) - Cook’s vocals range from sweetly honest to tough and gritty depending on the mood of the song, a talent that rounds out her set as a spectrum of sound instead of just doing one thing well.
Cinco Doce (6) – Austin’s Cinco Doce finds a sweet spot between traditional Mariachi grounding and modern hip-hop and electronic tones. While not breaking new ground necessarily, Cinco Doce do what they do really well and should be a standout on any Latin rap showcase.
David J (5) – This could be an interesting one. David J returns to his roots as a founding member of Bauhaus this month with the release of a twelve-minute, neo-classical reinterpretation of the group’s seminal hit “Bela Legosi Is Dead”, quite a curveball for the gothic folk artist that’s been releasing solo records for the past thirty years.
Eliza Doolittle (5) – British pop darling Eliza Doolittle is one of the more recognizable names on the SXSW initial announcement this year, providing a chance to guiltily dance to super hooks and sing-a-long choruses that make up this year’s sophomore effort In Your Hands.