SXSW 2011, I'm reminded of bands like Frightened Rabbit, Fanfarlo, Midlake and Local Natives who blew me away at SXSW 2010. I do realize that Fanfarlo's record was released in 2009but it was new to me in 2010 so it made the list. And as a little side note, our very own Michael J. Epstein, from Michael J. Epstein Memorial Libary shot the Frightened Rabbit SXSW live video you'll see below.
I'm always a bit surprised to find I gravitate toward a very distinct sound, great pop melody, full sound, an underlying strength behind the song. It's no different this year.
So without further adieu, these are the ones that made the list in all their obsess filled glory.
Local Natives, Gorilla Manor
Naked Hearts, Mass Hysteria (Mass Hysteria free mp3)
Midlake, The Courage of Others
Ra Ra Riot, The Orchard (Live on KEXP)
Sara Radle, Four
Sufjan Stevens, All Delighted People EP (Live at the Music Hall in Williamsburg NY)
Yeasayer, Odd Blood
Frightened Rabbit, The Winter of Mixed Drinks (Live at SXSW 2010)
Each Monday a different Green Light Go staff member will let you in on what songs have infected their ears for the week, while giving you the opportunity to share in the experience yourself.
This week: Janelle Rogers, Green Light Go Owner and Publicist Extraordinaire
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