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OEB SXSW Night One - To The Back Of The Line

Team OEB started out the night at Central Pres. for a rock-R&B set from newcomer RAJ, a few tracks that were a little underwhelming and displayed a band still finding its legs.  This sent us to Haven for Young & Sick, a hint of the crowds that were to come.  Young & Sick we’re terrific, highlighted by precise falsetto vocals and a naturally enigmatic frontman. This was a good one, but the nightclub atmosphere turned the OEB duo to a new location, moving to Empire Garage for Vintage Trouble.
This is where the line situation started.  Seeing the block at the Garage, we slipped into the Control Room for the end of Walker Lukens, an unexpected treat.  Looking for the next step, we checked out the Chicago showcase to a Badges line.  Bipolar Sunshine and Jungle?  Line.  Haven had since built up a crowd as well.  The combo of fewer official venues and a decent crowd made us make a decision for an early night and 15 hours of activity planned for Wednesday.  We’ll be at Red Eyed Fly in the early afternoon, swing by and say hi! OEB SXSW Night One - To The Back Of The Line

Team OEB started out the night at Central Pres. for a rock-R&B set from newcomer RAJ, a few tracks that were a little underwhelming and displayed a band still finding its legs.  This sent us to Haven for Young & Sick, a hint of the crowds that were to come.  Young & Sick we’re terrific, highlighted by precise falsetto vocals and a naturally enigmatic frontman. This was a good one, but the nightclub atmosphere turned the OEB duo to a new location, moving to Empire Garage for Vintage Trouble.
This is where the line situation started.  Seeing the block at the Garage, we slipped into the Control Room for the end of Walker Lukens, an unexpected treat.  Looking for the next step, we checked out the Chicago showcase to a Badges line.  Bipolar Sunshine and Jungle?  Line.  Haven had since built up a crowd as well.  The combo of fewer official venues and a decent crowd made us make a decision for an early night and 15 hours of activity planned for Wednesday.  We’ll be at Red Eyed Fly in the early afternoon, swing by and say hi!

OEB SXSW Night One - To The Back Of The Line

Team OEB started out the night at Central Pres. for a rock-R&B set from newcomer RAJ, a few tracks that were a little underwhelming and displayed a band still finding its legs. This sent us to Haven for Young & Sick, a hint of the crowds that were to come. Young & Sick we’re terrific, highlighted by precise falsetto vocals and a naturally enigmatic frontman. This was a good one, but the nightclub atmosphere turned the OEB duo to a new location, moving to Empire Garage for Vintage Trouble.

This is where the line situation started. Seeing the block at the Garage, we slipped into the Control Room for the end of Walker Lukens, an unexpected treat. Looking for the next step, we checked out the Chicago showcase to a Badges line. Bipolar Sunshine and Jungle? Line. Haven had since built up a crowd as well. The combo of fewer official venues and a decent crowd made us make a decision for an early night and 15 hours of activity planned for Wednesday. We’ll be at Red Eyed Fly in the early afternoon, swing by and say hi!

RAJ – “Let Me Love You”


Pairs Well With…James Blake, Twin Shadow, Frank Ocean


RAJ’s music lies under a cloak of mystery, musically pairing experimental bass tones and emotional guitar/piano chords for an already heartbreaking tone on latest single “Let Me Love You”. RAJ’s painstaking vocal shares his story with a natural honesty, a necessary counterbalance to the coldness of his music. “Let me love you ‘til it hurts.” RAJ is a newcomer with his first single “Ghost” debuting just towards the end of last year, a song that concentrates fully on the build. In fact, it isn’t until about three minutes in until RAJ opens the sonic gates with patient success. At only 20, it’s easy to see a bright (well, maybe that’s not the right word given RAJ’s emotional density) future for this emotive powerhouse.

SXSW 2014 Spreadsheet 89

There’s a thread of emotional, electronic pop in the latest OEB set.  Highlights:

RAJ (9) – RAJ’s music lies under a cloak of mystery, musically pairing experimental bass tones and emotional guitar/piano chords for an already heartbreaking tone on latest single “Let Me Love You”.  RAJ’s painstaking vocal shares his story with a natural honesty, a necessary counterbalance to the coldness of his music.
RAC (8) - This year we’ve got perhaps RAC’s strongest effort-to-date, Kele/MNDR-assisted “Let Go”.  This type of low-key pop music is perfect for an indie-minded crowd that SXSW tends to draw and I imagine RAC will be all-in on originals given the catapulting success recently.
Pure Bathing Culture (7) - Since our last check-in on Pure Bathing Culture, the dreamy Portland pop band released their debut LP, the down-tempo, hazy Moon Tides.  The songs on Moon Tides seem to knowingly string together at a consistent pace and aura.
Quiet Kids (7) - “The War” washes out through a circular chorus, ebbing percussion through shoegaze waves.  The strongest of the bunch is “Run Along”, a song that replaces those waves with a more precise tone.
Quaker City Night Hawks (6) – Ain’t nothing wrong with some blues-soaked Southern rock and Fort Worth’s Quaker City Night Hawks just plain deliver.  Watch out for when the band slows it down into psych rock territory like on the Zeppelin-like “Prize To Find”.
R. Ring (Kelley Deal & Mike Montgomery) (5) - Led by Sonic Youth’s Kelley Deal, R. Ring, a collaboration with Mike Montgomery continues in the band’s alt rock traditions.  With more pop and less noise, R. Ring has a weathered feel that is equally dark and inviting.
RAMS’ Pocket Radio (5) – RAMS’ Pocket Radio is a progressive piano-pop artist in the tradition of Ben Folds, but with a bit of an indie rock slant.  Beton, RAMS’ 2013 debut LP, is nicely cohesive while dipping into tons of different pop/rock corners to positive-leaning, mixed results.

SXSW 2014 Spreadsheet 89


There’s a thread of emotional, electronic pop in the latest OEB set. Highlights:


RAJ (9) – RAJ’s music lies under a cloak of mystery, musically pairing experimental bass tones and emotional guitar/piano chords for an already heartbreaking tone on latest single “Let Me Love You”. RAJ’s painstaking vocal shares his story with a natural honesty, a necessary counterbalance to the coldness of his music.

RAC (8) - This year we’ve got perhaps RAC’s strongest effort-to-date, Kele/MNDR-assisted “Let Go”. This type of low-key pop music is perfect for an indie-minded crowd that SXSW tends to draw and I imagine RAC will be all-in on originals given the catapulting success recently.

Pure Bathing Culture (7) - Since our last check-in on Pure Bathing Culture, the dreamy Portland pop band released their debut LP, the down-tempo, hazy Moon Tides. The songs on Moon Tides seem to knowingly string together at a consistent pace and aura.

Quiet Kids (7) - “The War” washes out through a circular chorus, ebbing percussion through shoegaze waves. The strongest of the bunch is “Run Along”, a song that replaces those waves with a more precise tone.

Quaker City Night Hawks (6) – Ain’t nothing wrong with some blues-soaked Southern rock and Fort Worth’s Quaker City Night Hawks just plain deliver. Watch out for when the band slows it down into psych rock territory like on the Zeppelin-like “Prize To Find”.

R. Ring (Kelley Deal & Mike Montgomery) (5) - Led by Sonic Youth’s Kelley Deal, R. Ring, a collaboration with Mike Montgomery continues in the band’s alt rock traditions. With more pop and less noise, R. Ring has a weathered feel that is equally dark and inviting.

RAMS’ Pocket Radio (5) – RAMS’ Pocket Radio is a progressive piano-pop artist in the tradition of Ben Folds, but with a bit of an indie rock slant. Beton, RAMS’ 2013 debut LP, is nicely cohesive while dipping into tons of different pop/rock corners to positive-leaning, mixed results.