SXSW 2016 3/11/2016-3/20/2016, Austin, Photos – Write-up

SXSW has ended. The most wonderful time of year has passed.  Thousands of artists and tens of thousands of SXSW attendees have returned home.  Some have fallen in love with Austin and plan to move here as soon as possible and a few have extended their vacation for a little longer …

Andy Clockwise – SXSW 2016 Top 20

Andy Clockwise has a dark husky voice backed with guitar riffs, each song seems to showcase a different sound, from orchestral strings to new wave synths to disco drum beats. From Wikipedia: Andy Clockwise (Born Andy Kelly) is an Australian-born musician, performer, writer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. Andy currently resides in Los Angeles. …

Declan Mckenna – SXSW 2016 Top 20

Declan McKenna does indie rock right, polished sounds with emotive vocals and lyrics! From Wikipedia: Declan McKenna (born 24 December 1998) is a British singer, songwriter, and musician best known for winning the Glastonbury Festival’s Emerging Talent Competition in 2015. His first single, the self-released “Brazil”, reached number one on …

Magic Giant – SXSW 2016 Top 20

Magic Giant knocks out huge indie folk bangers! From bio: NPR proclaimed, “This L.A. indie-folk band has a festival anthem on its hands,” and since then MAGIC GIANT has moved bodies and souls in over thirty cities across North America this year. They have sold out legendary venues ranging from the Troubadour …

Diet Cig – SXSW 2016 Top 20

Dig Cig’s pop rock sits right on the edge of angst and elation. From bio: Diet Cig is a pop rock band from New Paltz, NY, fronted by Alex Luciano with Noah Bowman of Earl Boykins (Forged Artifacts) on drums. The five charming songs on the debut Over Easy EP, written by …

BANNERS – SXSW 2016 Top 20

BANNERS sings beautiful pop ballads with alluring and haunting vocals! From Wikipedia: Michael Joseph Nelson, known under the stage name Banners (styled as BANNERS), is an English musician from Liverpool. He released his debut EP Banners in January 2016 through Island Records, following three singles released in 2015: “Ghosts”, “Shine a Light” …

Cosmo Sheldrake, SXSW 2016 Top 20 Interview

photo by Oleg Pulemjotov We interviewed one of our SXSW 2016 Top 20 artists, Cosmo Sheldrake.  Be sure to catch him as many times as possible during SXSW. How many instruments do you play?  I’m not entirely sure, I collect them, and like to treat them as families. Once you have the …

Open Mike Eagle – SXSW 2016 Top 20

Open Mike Eagle drops insanely substantial bars over his signature art rap beats, alternating between fast spoken word flow and singing! Bio: Michael Eagle grew up in Chicago listening to alt-rock on q101 and taping underground rap shows on WHPK. He also occasionally snuck and ordered music videos on the …

Overcoats – SXSW 2016 Top 20

Overcoats are a folk/electro duo with a fresh sound, spectacular vocals and stunning harmonies. About: Overcoats is New York-based female duo Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell. Their sound captivates, combining electronic backdrops with soaring, harmonic intimacy — a sort of Chet Faker meets Simon & Garfunkel. Overcoats’ songs draw strength from vulnerability, finding uplifting …