#161 Back from a second SXSW trip

Feeling like a new person I must add. A full 7 days of learning, networking and (most importantly) sampling some of the best new music the world has to offer from all genres. I can’t recommend it enough. Try it once in life if you can!

Oscar Key Sung is a fantastic pick by the guys that look after Good Manners Music. The first chance I’ve had to see him live I was so impressed I caught all three of his shows across the week. There’s future R&B and soul and electro sure…but something about the delivery of Oscar’s differentiates it from the rest.

I’m not saying this kind of music is going to change the world, but when you’re cruising through the streets of Austin, Texas and a racket like this pours out the door you have to go inside and see what the fuss is about. Bro/Sis duo White Mystery were a really fun live set during my week there.

For a bit of a curveball, but a great showcase Noga Erez was good, as was Tunde Olaniron. His track ‘Namesake’ is easily a blog classic with potential.

Sadly didn’t get the see them live due to clashes, but feel like I really missed out on White Reaper with their US rock style that we so sorely miss here in the UK.

If you loved anything that came out of the post-hardcore and alt. scene in the US in the 00s and early 10s, you will love Orlov. Actual love ❤

If someone said ‘come see Rick Maguire from Pile solo’ I’m not sure I’d be running to but tickets, but I would have been wrong. As a solo proposition it’s clear to see where a huge bulk of the writing style and brilliance of the band comes from.

Sticking with that wonderfully US sound, meet Forth Wanderers whose elegance in the genre is spot on. Perfect day-dreamer music for guitar fans.

And leaving you with the best live show of the season – SuperGlu – who smashed it, had some lols and have a great, fun, discography to perform. Massive thumbs up!!

If you’re like me and find hours of life to pour through new music the SXSW bloggers guide is a great rabbit hole to get stuck into -> http://bloggersguide.sxsw.com/?rand=4XYEPS9mBqTJjs7jDUae#skip-intro

Elise x



#160How does it make you feel?

Since the day job is in playlisting I get asked this a lot. And I guess I have to consider it a fair bit too. Most casual and mildly engaged listeners (the average joe as you might call them) like music but aren’t nuts like us guys that go out searching, reading blogs and having a semi-permanent extension to our ears aka headphones. But actually, when you do think about it, music can be a life-saver, an adrenaline rush just when you need it, and the night nurse to put you to sleep. And everything in between. Isn’t that amazing. Vibrations in the air that make hairs in your lug holes (english slang speak for ears) can do more than a drug that’s chemically designed to give you a kick or a boost. Madness. Wonderful, much-appreciated witchcraft 👍

So, fancy some Newcastle rock? Australian that is. Newcastle is a also a place in the NE of the UK, but that’s not the one we want today. Introvert are a find of the TripleJUnearthed guys who have their ear to the ground day in day out to find the next Flume, DZ DEATHRAYS, Courtney Barnett and everything in between. They also happen to be part of the most exciting territory in the world to be apart of in a musical sense – in my opinion. If you like your post-hardcore; anything from Cymbals Eat Guitars to Single Mothers, then park yourself a 3min35 space in your life for this one.

I also stumbled across this beauty during last week. A band like Dune Rats would never be given the airwaves to pick such rad who gives a f*?k music for half hour on any British national station. The fact that they’re cherished and allowed to pick such raw, energetic tunes actually fills me with joy. If you need some time to indulge in being young, wild and free, then do it!

I think I’ve just discovered the best modern rock track (with elements of grunge) ever. Dear Seattle is literally a melodic love letter to the grunge-gods of the 90s and it sounds wonderful.

In face if you like any of your grunge rock be inspired by some of the choices in this article “if you like Violent Soho”…

And finally …need a pause on life? Chill trap was always a bit of a reach to me in terms of a genre title…but then you hear a track like Golden Vessel “Wave” and you get it. Totally.

Elise x