Operation Every Band

SXSW 2013 Spreadsheet 55:

2013’s first set is an interesting and diverse mix of artists worth a listen and one who I’m putting my money on breaking out in 2013 - Wake Owl.  Highlights:

Wake Owl (9) - Wake Owl pulls from Laurel Canyon Americana and European folk influences equally, creating a new sound that is still overwhelmingly familiar.
Butch Walker (8) - The choruses shine with fist-pumping/swaying action, but Walker is smart to keep a sense of looseness around the recordings to let his band The Black Widows lay back into cool grooves.  
Wall. (6) – At moments I quite like Wall.’s debut single “Magazine”, but it dragged just a little too much for my tastes.  Fans of Lana Del Rey are going to love these hushed tones and dark pop tunes.
J Roddy Walston and the Business (6) - J Roddy Walston and the Business deliver some serious blues licks on their whiskey-soaked self-titled debut.  I love this band’s 70s-inspired rock and roll attitude on record and would spend a SXSW set with them if only to shake out my dancing boots for a half-hour.
Washington Irving (6) - Washington Irving (a band, not a historical figure) lays down some interesting European folk and modern pop as their backing music, but the highlight of their 2010 debut EP are the distinctive Scottish vocals that carry a sense of authenticity to a weathered tradition.
Wavves (6) – The punk version of sister band The Best Coast, Wavves succeeds in distorted garage punk that is actually disguising tight little pop songs.  Early reports of their upcoming fourth record promise a diverse effort with influences ranging from acoustic melodies and even hip hop – Wavves recently recorded a track for Big Boi’s latest record.
The Wealthy West (5) - Brandon Kinder, also known as the lead singer of OEB highlight act The Rocketboys, has set upon a solo effort in 2011 with the release of The Wealthy West’s debut EP.  The Wealthy West plays laid back folk music with a pop-centric focus that fits nicely in the burgeoning acoustic scene at this year’s SXSW.

SXSW 2013 Spreadsheet 55:


2013’s first set is an interesting and diverse mix of artists worth a listen and one who I’m putting my money on breaking out in 2013 - Wake Owl.  Highlights:


Wake Owl (9) - Wake Owl pulls from Laurel Canyon Americana and European folk influences equally, creating a new sound that is still overwhelmingly familiar.

Butch Walker (8) - The choruses shine with fist-pumping/swaying action, but Walker is smart to keep a sense of looseness around the recordings to let his band The Black Widows lay back into cool grooves. 

Wall. (6) – At moments I quite like Wall.’s debut single “Magazine”, but it dragged just a little too much for my tastes.  Fans of Lana Del Rey are going to love these hushed tones and dark pop tunes.

J Roddy Walston and the Business (6) - J Roddy Walston and the Business deliver some serious blues licks on their whiskey-soaked self-titled debut.  I love this band’s 70s-inspired rock and roll attitude on record and would spend a SXSW set with them if only to shake out my dancing boots for a half-hour.

Washington Irving (6) - Washington Irving (a band, not a historical figure) lays down some interesting European folk and modern pop as their backing music, but the highlight of their 2010 debut EP are the distinctive Scottish vocals that carry a sense of authenticity to a weathered tradition.

Wavves (6) – The punk version of sister band The Best Coast, Wavves succeeds in distorted garage punk that is actually disguising tight little pop songs.  Early reports of their upcoming fourth record promise a diverse effort with influences ranging from acoustic melodies and even hip hop – Wavves recently recorded a track for Big Boi’s latest record.

The Wealthy West (5) - Brandon Kinder, also known as the lead singer of OEB highlight act The Rocketboys, has set upon a solo effort in 2011 with the release of The Wealthy West’s debut EP.  The Wealthy West plays laid back folk music with a pop-centric focus that fits nicely in the burgeoning acoustic scene at this year’s SXSW.

SXSW 2012 Spreadsheet 114:

A very strong set featuring some of the more inventive rock and pop I’ve heard in the last few days.  Highlights:

We Are Serenades (9):  Summery without being too sugary, the music is light, but still demands a strong listen with so many nuanced elements that beam with creativity and grace.
Walk the Moon (8): There’s a youthful energy in Walk the Moon’s bright indie pop sound, like a twist of garage punk in their heads that drives the music forward.
We Are Augustines (8): Dense layers of instrumentation and clever orchestration highlight their sound, while the lyrics carry heavy weight themselves with songs about disease and death surrounding frontman Bill McCarthy’s tragic family history.
Votaire Twins (7): By embracing electronic instrumentation while keeping a rock-pop sound, Voltaire Twins keep their feet in two rooms, which can appeal to a pretty wide audience.
Vintage Trouble (6): Vintage Trouble are a Los Angeles-based soul rock outfit that sounds like a blues record from 70s, holding true to their roots but still providing a rock energy that surely translates into an exciting live show.  Props to the vocals of Ty Taylor, a passionate singer with a gritty and expressive tone.
Voxhaul Broadcast (6): LA’s Voxhaul Broadcast expectedly dabbles in electronic pop and shimming indie rock (that city has really established its own sound recently) with great energy and driving rhythms.
VibeSquaD (5): Trance, glitch hop and electronic jams all come together with VibeSquaD’s new sound, similar to the hypnotic dance music that has infiltrated the jam scene like EOTO or Bassnectar.
Viva Viva (5): This Boston-based outfit takes their 70s rock influences seriously, sounding like they actually come from that era with blues-based licks and a clean garage pop tone.


Wavves (5): Wavves rides the lines between punk, surf rock and upbeat pop with a accessible yet fuzzy sound loaded with youthful exuberance.


Wayne Kramer (5): The MC5 founder/guitarist is touring this year as a political activist instead of supporting a new album, continuing to push his grungy art rock filled with powerful messaging.

SXSW 2012 Spreadsheet 114:


A very strong set featuring some of the more inventive rock and pop I’ve heard in the last few days.  Highlights:


We Are Serenades (9):  Summery without being too sugary, the music is light, but still demands a strong listen with so many nuanced elements that beam with creativity and grace.

Walk the Moon (8): There’s a youthful energy in Walk the Moon’s bright indie pop sound, like a twist of garage punk in their heads that drives the music forward.

We Are Augustines (8): Dense layers of instrumentation and clever orchestration highlight their sound, while the lyrics carry heavy weight themselves with songs about disease and death surrounding frontman Bill McCarthy’s tragic family history.

Votaire Twins (7): By embracing electronic instrumentation while keeping a rock-pop sound, Voltaire Twins keep their feet in two rooms, which can appeal to a pretty wide audience.

Vintage Trouble (6): Vintage Trouble are a Los Angeles-based soul rock outfit that sounds like a blues record from 70s, holding true to their roots but still providing a rock energy that surely translates into an exciting live show.  Props to the vocals of Ty Taylor, a passionate singer with a gritty and expressive tone.

Voxhaul Broadcast (6): LA’s Voxhaul Broadcast expectedly dabbles in electronic pop and shimming indie rock (that city has really established its own sound recently) with great energy and driving rhythms.

VibeSquaD (5): Trance, glitch hop and electronic jams all come together with VibeSquaD’s new sound, similar to the hypnotic dance music that has infiltrated the jam scene like EOTO or Bassnectar.

Viva Viva (5): This Boston-based outfit takes their 70s rock influences seriously, sounding like they actually come from that era with blues-based licks and a clean garage pop tone.
Wavves (5): Wavves rides the lines between punk, surf rock and upbeat pop with a accessible yet fuzzy sound loaded with youthful exuberance.
Wayne Kramer (5): The MC5 founder/guitarist is touring this year as a political activist instead of supporting a new album, continuing to push his grungy art rock filled with powerful messaging.