SXSW 2012 Spreadsheet 116:
An incredibly solid set for this late in the game anchors our morning coverage. Highlights:
Wild Child (8): On the opposite side, Wild Child has a, well, wild side to them. “The Tale of You & Me” builds into a rambunctious sing-a-long, like Edward Sharpe for a woodsier crowd.
William Elliott Whitmore (8): Like a minimal folk version of Bruce Springsteen, there’s a distinctive growl in Whitmore’s voice that carries a strong emotional weight, like he’s about to crack purely from heartbreak at any moment.
Willy Mason (7): His baritone vocals lines carry a weight of sadness, using traditional country and blues music as a backbone for Mason’s free wheeling stories.
White Violet (6): White Violet is the moniker of Nate Nelson, an Athens, GA native with a folk-based indie rock sounds, kind of sounds like a young Bright Eyes (that’s a good thing).
The Wild Feathers (6): Falling somewhere between The Black Keys and The Black Crowes, The Wild Feathers have a jamming, gritty blues rock vibe.
Wild Moccasins (6): Though they bring an experimental twist, Wild Moccasins achieve a pretty big sound with dramatic pop and impassioned guy/girl vocals.
WIM (6): Like Midlake mixed with a little In Rainbows-era Radiohead, Australian band WIM has a flair for the dark and dramatic, but use a hypnotic mid-tempo pace instead of a traditional, driving rock approach.
Winterpills (6): With sweeping strings and dramatic percussion, Winterpills is right up the alley for anyone seeking chamber folk pop at SXSW. Instead of building into dramatic anthems, Winterpills has a soft touch with their elegant and dense acoustic sound.
Widowspeak (5): Widowspeak is a dark rock band, combining slow and grungy alternative rock with a bluesy, alt country slant.
The Wilderness of Manitoba (5): Big harmonies and cutesy indie folk define The Wilderness of Manitoba, like a pop-oriented Fleet Foxes.
Will Sexton (5): Sexton is an Austin singer-songwriter featuring a nice storytelling approach to his accessible and light alt country sound.
Wintersleep (5): I’m not sure if there is such a thing as upbeat shoegaze, but Wintersleep fits that bill with their dreamy, psych pop sound.