As the dust clears from SXSW 2011 it’s good to get down some of the finer points and more importantly some of the finer bands just brought into my line of sight. As it tends to create some fine unexpected moments, this year’s SXSW was no slouch. From Jack White and his yellow recording studio on wheels parking lot performance to Connor Oberst and J. Mascis revitalization. Here are four bands that require some extra attention if you don’t already know about them.
Guadalupe Plata –This trio from Spain has the flavor of Mofro and the Black Keys. These three may be young, but they channel a soul much deeper similar to the Barr brothers as they create gritty swamp blues. These guys create something larger then themselves and its raw musical power is awesome!
Ages and Ages – Folksy, Rock with a similar feel to the fluffy hand claps of Edward Sharpe – worth a listen here
The Joy Formidable – and their singer Ritzy Bryan is pure rock and roll. She reminds me of an English version of Erika Wennerstrom from the Heartless Bastards mixed with Karen O from the Yeah, Yeah Yeahs.
Yellow Ostrich –Just listen to Alex Schaaf singing on “Whale” and see if like me, it reminds you of childhood. He has something simple and fun going on in his vocals, a singsong quality that just feels good.
*Video from The Big Ugly Yellow Couch*
Spring is right around the corner – it’s time for new – feel free to share your new music finds