A look at the bands with the potential to springboard from this year’s SXSW Music Festival.
London rockers bring out big, fat three-chord anthems about everyday life. Having already taken the U.K. by storm, they have moved on to Germany where their sales totals have topped their Brit figures. SXSW is part of a 17-city North America tour that includes shows at the Troubadour in West Hollywood on March 19, Gotham’s Bowery Ballroom on April 4 and 5 and the Coachella fest on April 30. Parish at 1 a.m.
KING OF FRANCE
New York guitar-drums duo uses all of the PC indie rock influences — Talking Heads, Kinks, VU, “Revolver” — and proffer catchy off-kilter tunes that never sound retro. Having landed tunes in the indie pics “The Baxter” and “Winter Passing,” act is signed to U.K.-based Echo Records. Red 7 at 9 p.m.
Philly-bred singer-songwriter grew up fast after delivering his debut on Blue Note: He opened shows for Bob Dylan and Merle Haggard, playing for early birds and curiosity seekers, many of whom only wanted to see the legends. He must have taken notes. By the time he was doing his own shows, like last year’s Irving Plaza gig, he was a confident and mature performer whose folk-based music just continues to get more and more soulful. Exodus at 10 p.m.
She’s 18. She plays guitar and sings rock songs in English and Spanish. Reviews of her album “Imperfect/Imperfecta” have led to comparisons to Joan Jett and Debbie Harry. She does a killer version of “Hey Ya.” And she has the looks of a model. Inked to EMI U.S. Latin, she plays Long Beach on April 1. Maggie Mae’s at midnight.
After almost a decade of performing as a band, San Francisco’s Oranger produced a crunchy and melodic gem in “New Comes and Goes” for eenie meenie records last year. Band has been tagged as psychedelic power pop, but when you cover the Chordettes’ saccharine-sweet hit “Mr. Sandman,” as they did for Stubbs the Zombie vidgame, labels can be misleading. Velvet Spade Patio at 10.
BEST OF THE REST:
Beth Orton at Antone’s
Oliver Future at Red 7
Belle & Sebastian at Stubb’s
Laura Viers at Caribbean Lights
Of Montreal at Emo’s
Wolfmother at Eternal
Jules Shear at Hilton 406
Stay tuned for additional picks.