SXSW 2014 Spreadsheet 124
Countdown to SXSW Music: 7 days. Highlights:
Chromeo (9) - For the veteran electro-funk duo (She’s In Control is a decade old now), the time is ripe for their disco and R&B-infused electronic funk. The lead singles from the album, due this May, are sparkling slices of pop and are set to draw even more fans to their established sound.
Wheeler Brothers (7) - In short, Wheeler Brothers fit right in with the folk rock champions of the Americana revival the last few years. While these songs draw from deep roots and traditions, the clean and precise production on the record makes them stand out as great pop tunes as well.
Wild Cub (7) - The marquee single for Wild Cub this year and last is “Thunder Clatter”, an excellently dense effort that works on pretty much all levels. The jangled guitar lines, muffled organic and electronic percussion and open-arm vocal melodies – all pitched right down the middle.
Whiskey Folk Ramblers (6) – Luckily, Whiskey Folk Ramblers take care of their key descriptors right there in the their band name. It’s authentic and soulful, best shown on 2013’s Western-influenced The Lonesome Underground.
Wick-it The Instigator (6) – Wick-it, a producer and remix artist, has a nice way of enhancing tracks melodically rather than just finding a place to throw in a dance beat. His diverse Soundcloud is worth a lengthy visit the hear Wick-it’s inventive flips from Timberlake and Jay-Z to a wild filter of Johnny Cash in a relatively tasteful recreation.
The Wild Feathers (6) – The Wild Feathers are a continuously solid folk rock band, making their 3rd consecutive trip to SXSW towing along their pop-Americana roots. The band’s self-titled debut is slickly produced, mixing in Southern rock tendencies with twists of accessible pop-rock.
Wildflowers (6) – Wildflowers’ best attribute are those full harmonies, overlaid over a mix of bluegrass-rooted country and pop-rock themes. It’s a wide range, but Wildflowers come across as forthright in either genre, singing and playing with purpose, energy and precision.
The Wet Secrets (5) – The Wet Secrets’ have shared a lone track, the bright, indie rock anthem “Sunshine”. The Canadian band lives under a light layer of haze, smartly understating the sharp beams of pop hooks. Update: The Wet Secrets released a full-length on their Bandcamp page – check out the rollicking Free Candy.
Whiskey Myers (5) – Whiskey Myers falls in a place between pop country and Southern rock, a polished mix highlighted by ripping guitar solos and red-dirt grit. Their latest is Early Morning Shakes, a solid collection of accessible country to counterbalance the sugary nature of modern country radio.