SXSW 2018: TUESDAY MUSIC HIGHLIGHTS
It’s only Wednesday and our feet are pounding! Oh, the sacrifices we make for the love of music. Our coverage of this year’s South By South West continues, from big name acts to the lesser known musicians, we’re covering it all...or at least the most of what we physically can. Anyways, below are some of the sets we captured. Scroll through and discover the action captured on day two of SXSW. A special thanks to our photographer Stuart Hargrove.
The five piece Philly band Mt. Joy is bringing good ol’ rock in roll back or so people say. Let’s be honest though, rock n’ roll hasn’t gone anywhere … literally. What this band does offer is fun rock that appeals to the masses and not the hardcore teeth cutting guitar sounds that true rock fans look for. But in all fairness, who can hate on a band who’s lyrics cry out “Drink your wine/Smoke your weed.”
She’s got beauty, she’s got grace, she’s not afraid to tear your heart out. Yes, rockstarlette, Liza Anne brought some heartfelt emotion to her set. Drenched in style and attitude, she took the stage and owned and stood out as one of the best in the Pandora showcase.
Our photographer’s description of Hey Jellie’s set is spot on: “This trio had a super hard hitting electric noise sound. Almost wanting to sound like nothing at times. Reminded me of Deerhoof but not as cute.” - Stuart Hargrove … Stuart you’re priceless <3
Thee Conductor creates non traditional pop music. More on the experimental side of the spectrum this set was backed up by an impressive brass section that would sound best in an intimate lounge rather than the chaotic set up that live time festivals present. For fans who appreciate a “structured & intentional, yet open & collaborative, art project” this is your jam.
We’ve been keeping a close eye on singer songwriter Nilufer Yanya since 2017 when she caught us off guard with her single “The Florist.” Her new sound/pop senses took over the crowd, enchanting everyone with her sexy vocals. Her delivery was solid and made us want more.
THE OCTOPUS PROJECT
Stuart, you have some essplaining to do….again our photographers commentary is way better than any explanation I could give. “This band is like watching saturday morning cartoons on acid. Such fun and crowd engagement. 10 out of 10, would see again.” - Stuart Hargrove. For fans of electronic pop and non stop partying, The Octopus Project will be your thang.
Big things come in small little packages …. And when you least expect them. Major props to Elle Exxe who freaking slayyyyed her entire performance. lthough the stage was about as big as a table her energy filled the entire venue. From hard hitting electronics to a raging remix of Roll’n by LimpBizkit. Power to Elle Exxe may she continue shredding the stage she walks on.
That’s all for Tuesday’s coverage of SXSW 2018. Keep checking back in this week for more coverage of our musical adventure in Austin and if you missed Day One click here for the recap. Wednesday's best moments are here.
Beca Arredondo is easily unamused with all things not related to her interests. On her good days you can catch her avoiding the California sun and glued to her Mac plotting the next big thing. If you happen to run into her on the street and notice her wearing headphones do NOT disturb her. She is not responsible for any possible damage. Aside from the above she's very sweet and perky and responds well to good music and food.