This female group, half of whom are former members of Sleater-Kinney (you might recognize Carrie Brownstein from "Portlandia") played the NPR day showcase at The Parish. They killed it! Only souvenir I got myself at SXSW was a Wild Flag tee-shirt.
None of us had heard of them when we saw them play just after Wild Flag at the NPR showcase. I was impressed. While they were playing, our friends kept turning around and asking "What was their name again?" Not exactly a catchy band name but they have a great sound. I would definitely play them on my radio show.
The Naked and Famous
They played a free daytime showcase at Emo's, on a really warm day. I was ready to leave the venue to get some fresh air and food but my cousin talked me into staying to see this band from New Zealand. I'm glad I did! They were fun and upbeat. They sounded a lot like MGMT at times, but that's okay. Sometimes pop music doesn't have to be reinventing anything as long as it sounds good and makes you want to move a little.
I wrote about him before. He's great. I described him to my cousin as a "a straight, Norwegian version of Rufus Wainwright." Great singer and guitar player, and totally adorable. He played the Central Presbyterian church with a full band and played all new songs. Everything sounded GREAT. I'm looking forward to his new album coming out!