SXSW 2012 Spreadsheet 81:
After a couple days off, we’re back and ready for our biggest posting weekend of the year. Be on the lookout for an onslaught of recommendations over the next few days. Tonight, we have a killer set with three bands above a nine. Highlights:
Miike Snow (10): Miike Snow are not only complex and interesting, they’re also just a ton of fun to see.
The Milk Carton Kids (9): Two singer songwriters armed with acoustic guitars, The Milk Carton Kids have that special touch. It’s so damn tender.
Milo Greene (9): Milo Greene (it’s a band, not a person) combines strong vocal harmonies and a folk-rock mentality into really well crafted pop numbers.
Mike Farris (8): Beyond the blues, Farris has a soft spot for gospel, often using spiritual tracks as the baseboard for Americana and rock and roll.
Mike and the Moonpies (6): This is the kind of bar band you that can surprise. Mike and the Moonpies take traditional Austin country and turn it into an honest and heartfelt sound.
MilkDrive (6): Austin’s MilkDrive is pretty inventive considering how defined the bluegrass genre can be, moving from folk-pop songs to inventive instrumental passages seamlessly.
Miniature Tigers (6): At once blissful and danceable, Miniature Tigers has a really hypnotic sound while still being catchy.
Mirel Wagner (6): Wagner has a really great and distinctive tone, which she rides above minimal and dark acoustic guitar picking. Unfortunately all of her tracks sound strikingly similar, but it is a really engaging sound.
Mind the Gap (5): This indie rock/pop band from Los Angeles has a flair for the dramatic with their electronic-tinged sound.