10 Rising Artists to Catch at SXSW 2014
Deap Vally [photo: Debi Del Grande]
The South by Southwest music festival has long been considered a proving ground for fledgling musicians; bands that generate a lot of buzz at the annual Austin festival often go on to accomplish great things (Vampire Weekend, anyone?) But with so many artists performing at venues throughout the city, it's difficult to know where to begin. Here are our picks for 10 top rising artists to catch at SXSW next week.
Erika M. Anderson, otherwise known as EMA, brings just the right amount of dangerousness and confident swagger to her electro-garage-rock tunes. Channeling Kim Gordon and St. Vincent, EMA has serious sex appeal and the brains to back it up.
New York chillwave duo MS MR have been generating "next big thing" buzz with their danceable tunes that combine powerful female vocals akin to Florence and the Machine with the electronic-rock intimacy of Bat for Lashes. They've already booked slots at Coachella and Bonnaroo later this year, so don't miss the opportunity to catch them in a more intimate setting at SXSW.
Don't let his lumberjack appearance fool you. Australian artist Chet Faker, born Nick Murphy, has taken cues from American R&B singers and melds smooth, neo-soul stylings with electronic elements to create sultry tunes that are the perfect backdrop for baby making.