Not all of us can go to Austin and party like rock stars (well, one of us did, but only for the geek fest!). But since many of the buzzed-about bands at SXSW hailed from Brooklyn, you can catch a lot of them locally. Here are the top acts in town (or visiting soon) who’ve caught our ear.
Micachu and the Shapes: EAR FARM and gobs of other music bloggers called this quirky British trio “the band to see at SXSW” (and not just to catch a glimpse of their miniature guitar). EF’s Matt Tyson tells us they didn’t quite live up to the hype, but he enjoyed their show enough to catch them at Death by Audio tonight. They also play Pianos tomorrow.
Asobi Seksu: We love this Brooklyn band’s noisy, blissed out pop and so did the folks at SXSW, where they played a solid set of favorites and songs from their new album Hush. They return to NY April 2 for their Bowery Ballroom show.
Langhorne Slim: This bluesy folkser from PA is equal parts musician and showman — he kept his cool even when the SX crowd rushed the stage during the last song of his set. He plays the Bell House April 3 at 8pm (stop by early for the Bell House’s recession proof 2 for 1 drink special from 5-7pm).
Cut Off Your Hands: Already successful in their native New Zealand, these Kiwis proved that you don’t need originality to stand out at SXSW. Though their brand of indie pop rock with its subtle nod to the Cure is not new, their delivery of a tight set with an abundance of enthusiasm was enough to impress. Catch them with BK-fave Ra Ra Riot April 4 at Webster Hall.
Elvis Perkins in Dearland: He’s equal parts Jack White and Jarvis Cocker, but with nerd appeal (what Brooklynite doesn’t love a bespectacled rocker with unruly facial hair?), and his March 25 gig at Bowery Ballroom is sold out. Get your tickets now for the May 20 show at the Bell House.
Mia Riddle: She’s as much fun to watch onstage as Jenny Lewis, but with a bit more edge, and a little country twang. We’ve been fans since the first time we saw her onstage at the Bell House opening party last September. Catch her at Rockwood Music Hall March 29 at 10pm.
Sent by Nicole, Chrysanthe, and our extra-special Austin correspondent Mark. Photos from top courtesy epochshot! (Langhorne Slim) and Straton Heron (Cut Off Your Hands). The rest courtesy artists’ sites.