Post-SXSW 2014 Spreadsheet 131
So here’s the deal – we didn’t quite finish in time. Here at OEB, we aren’t quitters, so the spreadsheet goes on for some post-SXSW recommendations to carry us into our next exciting phase coming very, very soon! Highlights:
Bob Schneider (9) - While there probably isn’t a Bob Schneider metal album in our future (oh, but how there should be), the songs throughout his entire catalog, including 2013’s Burden Proof, seem to draw a consistent punch, even when the pace slows down introspectively.
The Black Cadillacs (7) - Their latest is 2012’s Run, a mix of barn-storming rock and quieter alt country material, a well-rounded representation of this tellingly tight outfit. While this all sounds like a group of rootsy traditionalists, The Black Cadillacs’ songwriting takes as much from modern and indie rock as the porch-picking of the past.
Born Cages (7) - This is power pop with eight capital Ps - riffs, licks and melodies that should all be delivered with a fist in the air. While this is noticeably over the top at times, Born Cages is infectious.
The Black Angels (6) – The Black Angels’ latest is Indigo Meadow, a thicker take on blues-rock than previous efforts. The Austin band has hit just about every SXSW the past five years and it’s nice to see a continued evolution while holding on to those big-riff traditions The Black Angels are known for.
Bob Moses (6) – The production duo of Bob Moses roots their sound in trance beats and melodies, but they are able to transition that into dark pop, new wave songs, towing the line between dance and pop/rock music. Their originals already have a sound that you would expect out of a remix, skipping the middleman into a solid mix of tracks on 2013’s Far From the Tree EP.
Bonzie (6) – Bonzie shows some strong potential throughout her dark folk debut Rift into the Secret of Things, a haunting record led by the under-twenty singer-songwriter’s introspective and complex vocals. Be sure to stick around to the end of these tracks – Bonzie has a knack for loading dynamics into those last few seconds.
BettySoo (5) – BettySoo is a SXSW mainstay for the past four years, a sweetly voiced singer-songwriter with a quiet, straightforward nature. Look for a bit of blues entrenched in BettySoo’s catalog, the place where she shines the brightest.
Bill Kirchen (5) – Rock and blues singer-songwriter Bill Kirchen is primarily highlighted by his guitar talent, steeped heavily in rockabilly traditions. The veteran local’s 2013 Seeds and Stems holds up in it’s laid back charm, aided by a tenderly delivered Dylan cover.
Blackie and the Rodeo Kings (5) – Blackie and the Rodeo Kings have been at it a while, throwing back to traditional Americana from the mid-90s to this year’s offering South. Their sound is laid back and acoustic in nature, an authentic tone that pulls from folk and pop songwriting forms.