SXSW Day 4

Marina & the Diamonds was feeling her oats in today's 42-degree weather.

The biggest day 4 buzz was the weather, with the high temperature in the low 40’s and lots of wind.  Normal high for this date is 73.  The Constellations are great guys, and our chat will be posted online in a few days.  They played another awesome set.  If I have to pick one stand-out newer band  at SXSW this year, it would be them.  Their “Southern Gothic” album drops in early June, and I feel they have a chance to be the biggest new band of the year.  They’re loaded with really strong tracks and plan to tour constantly.  I can listen to Australia’s Middle East’s vocals/harmonies for days.  Marina & the Diamonds is tearing up the UK charts with her electro/dance/pop.  She’s got some great songs, loads of charisma, and a voice that reminds me of Lene Lovich.  Her CD drops in late May.  After writing about Dan Black yesterday, I saw more of him today.  He had some good songs, had people dancing, and has lots of charisma as well.  Scissor Sisters were a hoot as always, and an album is coming soon.  Kate Miller-Heidke possesses an amazing voice, great looks, and funny between songs banter.  She’s got a song with a line close to “You won’t friend me on facebook?  Are you fucking kidding me?”  It’s on her myspace.

There were lots of artists I caught, who didn’t blow me away.  In fairness to them, I didn’t include them in these recaps.  One can only cover so much in four days, so here are a some other artists getting a buzz this week, that I didn’t get to catch in no particular order.  Broken Bells, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Dum Dum Girls, Harlem, Rogue Wave, She & Him, Malachai, Memory Tapes, Neon Indian, Neon Trees, Spoon, Temper Trap. As one friend said, that’s not too long a list.  We could use a week of this but I don’t think our bodies would allow it.  That Sunday morning flight back to LA is typically very quiet, and I’ll experience it way too soon for my sleeping habits.

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