Well what a busy and exciting month. Although SXSW didn’t quite live up to my expectation. It was still a great experience giving me a chance to catch lots of new bands.
This month’s bands
New bands are in italics
Bands I liked
Sunlight Service Group, Mystified, Saint Agnes, Abjects, Autobahn, Baby Shakes, Big Thief, Big Ups, Blaenavon, Boy Toy, CallMeKat, Capsula, Chocolat, Diet Cig, Dilly Dally, Ezra Furman, Fear of Men, FEWS, Gold Class, GYMNSHORTS, Haelos, Hinds, Lusts, The Parrots, Petite Noir, Jambinai, Mercury Rev, Modern Sons, Mothers, Moustache Prawn, Nancy Pants, PINS, Rubblebucket, Slingshot Dakota, Spooklyland, Spook School, Stealing Sheep, Sunflower Bean, Tacocat, TEEN, Waxahatchee, The Weather Station, White Lung, Yak, Yonatan Gat, Clint Mansell, Bo Bingen, Poppy Ackroyd, Swim Deep, Wolf Alice
Bands that were okay
Muertos, Broken Soundtracks, The Sly Persuaders, Avec Sans, Basia Bulat, The Blind Suns, Bombino, Castillo, Caveman, Ciaran Lowery, Clean Cut Kid, The Crookes, Demob Happy, The Do Aways, Dude York, Eleanor Friedberger, Enemies, Faith Healer, Fizzy Blood, Get Inuit, The Gooch Palms, Guerrilla Toss, Gwenno, Harts, Heaters, The Heavy, Hooton Tennis Club, Houndstooth, Jack Garrett, Jane Weaver, Judah and the Lion, Juiceboxxx, Kat Dehlia, Keeps, Khruangbin, Laura Carbone, Lazyeyes, Lushes, PMS and the Mood Swings, Julia Jacklin, Luke Sweeney, Magic Is Real, Mainland, MONEY, Mr Lewis and the Funeral, New Berlin, Night Moves, Obn IIIs, Oh Pep!, The Outfit, TX, PARTYBABY, PHASES, Phebe Starr, Poliça, Power Trip, Protomartyr, Pure Bathing Culture, Queen Suitcase, Ritual Howls, Rozi Plain, Runaway Saints, The San Juan Project, Sara , September Girls, Seratones, Sister Fuzz, Sorority Noise, Sons of an Illustrious Father, Sweet Talk, Sweet Spirit, Sugarmen, Tele Novella, Tiger Town, Thelma and the Sleaze, Trash, Trevor Sensor, Twin Limb, VACATION, Violet Skies, Warprty, Welshly Arms, White Denim, The Whistles and the Bells, Wild Belle, Hidden Charms, Ivan Ilić, Haiku Salut, Gavin Greenaway, Angus MacRae, Is Bliss, Indigo Child, Love LUV, Melt Dunes, Bloody Knees.
Bands I won’t be going out of my way to see again
[Alexandros], Amber Arcades, Black Fast, Chad Valley, DEXSTRINGs, Fior, Golden Boys, _Methyl Ethyl
It goes without saying, but SXSW as a whole is difficult to beat.
Best new band
I saw lots of great new bands at SXSW. It’s hard to chose just one band. But Yak and Yonatan Gat both stood out amongst some strong opposition.
Albums of the month
It was a pretty quiet month for albums. I was away for so much of the month and saving up for the rest. In fact, I think I only bought two albums, Gold Class and the Joy Formidable.