There’s never a shortage of live music in Austin, but SXSW Music ups the ante tenfold. It’s sensory overload with a side of FOMO thrown into the mix — who to see and who to pass over with only so many hours in the day? With all this ear candy taking over most of downtown Austin, it begs the question: where to start? I’ve mapped out the shows I’m most excited about in the hopes that you too will glean some of your own concert-going inspiration.
Anamanaguchi DJ set
The self-proclaimed “boy band” out of New York has amassed an impressive cult following thanks to its addictive electronic meets J-pop beats. If you’re unfamiliar with their sound, press “play” on Pop It, a more recent favorite of mine that is bubblegum-dance perfection.
Playing Tuesday, March 15 and Thursday, March 17.
Tennis @ The Parish, Austin, 01.15.14
Don’t let the odd-seeming choice in band name deter you from listening.
This husband-wife duo (Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore) put forth a full sound, marked by Moore’s beautifully rich vocals, an underlying nostalgic harmony, and a healthy amount of tambourine and “maracas.” While Tennis has officially been on the music circuit since the debut of their 2011 album, “Cape Dory,” it’s safe to say that they’ve really hit their stride with the addition of their 2012 album, “Young & Old,” and their just-released set of singles entitled, “Small Sound.”
On Wednesday evening, they played at The Parish to a sold-out crowd. With a disco ball reflecting its fragments of light from above, excited fans bopping and swaying to the feel-good verses, and a very petite Moore belting catchy lines like, “Coconut Grove is a very small cove,” in her sweetly soulful voice, it was hard not to walk away from the show with a smile on our face.
Here are a couple of our favorites. Take ’em for a spin this weekend:
Cape Dory by Tennis