SXSW 2013 Spreadsheet 23:
The second round through the “B”s have yielded some great recs including two return artists from SXSW 2011 and a welcome new OEB Freshman Favorite. Highlights:
Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears (9) - I caught a Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears set at SXSW 2011 after discovering them through that year’s project and absolutely loved it. The horns, the dancing and the soul all took turns capturing the crowd’s hearts and minds.
Rosco Bandana (8) - Heavily steeped in Americana and country, Rosco Bandana stands out for the rambling energy throughout their debut record Time To Begin.
The Black Atlantic (8) – The Dutch band did release the Darkling, I Listen EP earlier this year and it continues the emotional and patient patterns established in their debut LP.
Bearhug (6) – Bearhug’s dreamy power pop songs are really well formed on their debut LP Bill, Dance, Shiner. Look for sharp guitar licks, catchy choruses, and just enough punk energy to add that twist of authenticity.
Blackchords (6) – Australian folk/rock band Blackchords seem like they’re still trying to find their musical space on their debut LP. There is some nice potential throughout their catalog however, from the tender ballad “Sinking Like Stone” and new alt-rock number “Dance Dance Dance”.
The Blank Tapes (6) – The Blank Tapes, aka California songwriter Matt Adams, has to be commended for his extensive lo fi catalog, racking up seven albums in the past four years. Committing to basement pop is a small consistency throughout The Blank Tapes’ records, allowing Adams to move into all sorts of different genres track-by-track.
Blaudzun (6) – Danish singer-songwriter Johannes Sigmund records under the name Blaudzun, a folk rock/indie pop project that delves into the quiet and loud. There is an inherit honesty throughout Blaudzun’s catalog, whether it is an understated track like “Midnight Room” or the driving rock energy of latest single “Elephant”.
The Balconies (5) – There’s a nice level of blues rock in The Balconies’ heavy pop sound, but they are best in those moments when they break away from protruding rock into more experimental territory.