MP3s of some SXSW artists, part four


The fourth (count ’em) installment of my SXSW artists feature. If you’re new to the game, I list some of the acts I’m excited about, with mp3s and a brief note about each. And on to the action! P-T time. Stay tuned for the grand finale later this week.

  • Mieka Pauley – “9:45” [MP3] This Cambridge, MA artist doesn’t need much of an introduction from me. Most of you know her. And if you don’t, get to know her. The strength of her voice is stunning.
  • Landon Pigg – “Falling In Love At A Coffee Shop” [MP3] Another well-known singer/songwriter, gaining considerable popularity on the interweb. Gentle and heartwarming acoustic song.
  • Pink Nasty – “Mold The Gold” [MP3] Pink Nasty = Sara Beck, an Austin, TX performer by way of Kansas. This song treads several different territories, all creating a powerful effect.
  • Pompeii – “Rabbit Ears” [MP3] I’d like to thank a friend for pointing this Austin, TX band out to me several years ago when they got their start. While Pompeii can get a little close to “emo” territory at times with their sharp vocals, the complex arragements more than make up for it. Once again, I’m a sucker for strings.
  • Kristoffer Ragnstam – “Swing That Tambourine” [MP3] From Sweden. Need I say more? Well-crafted pop to the extreme.
  • Ra Ra Riot – “Can You Tell” [MP3] This Syracuse crew has been discussed here more than enough times for me to embellish our love for them. Especially this sublime song. (NB: The song is mislabeled on SXSW site. It is not “Dying is Fine.” Thanks to Marcus for making us aware.)
  • Sam Roberts Band – “Detroit ’67” [MP3] Classic Beatles-esque melodies meet modern jangly guitars for this popular indie outfit from Montreal.
  • Say Hi – “Northwestern Girls” [MP3] Making waves all over the place, Seattle’s Eric Elbogen is the driving force behind Say Hi, formerly Say Hi To Your Mom.
  • Bryan Scary & The Shredding Tears – “Imitation of the Sky” [MP3] From this Brooklyn outfit’s bio: “The group has earned glowing comparisons to legendary icons—The Beatles, The Kinks, The Move/ELO, Queen, XTC, Yes, and Frank Zappa, amongst others—as well as contemporary stars—including The Flaming Lips, Ben Folds, and Of Montreal—all within its first year of existence.”
  • Angus & Julia Stone – “Mango Tree” [MP3] I just discussed this wonderful folk-pop Australian duo here. And now you get the song I was waiting to post. Mazel tov!
  • Third Eye Blind – “Non Dairy Creamer” [MP3] What?? Third Eye Blind on Knox Road?? Oh come on, what’s a trip down memory lane – you know you used to sing along to “Semi-Charmed Kind of Life” back in the day. This is some of the worst lyricism ever though.
  • Two Hours Traffic – “Nighthawks” [MP3] Hooray for pop goodness!


MP3s of some SXSW artists (A-E)

MP3s of some SXSW artists, part two (H-J)

MP3s of some SXSW artists, part three (K-O)

4 comments to MP3s of some SXSW artists, part four

  • Ha ha… I am a HUGE old-school 3EB fan and I could not agree more that this new song is embarrassing for artist and fan alike… Did they have a 3rd grade class write the lyrics using mad gab? I am a little ashamed but I can’t entirely disown “my boys” quite yet…

  • Steve

    Great list. I met Mieka Pauley a few times in Boston; she’s so great.
    Wish I could be at SXSW for sure.

  • Marcus

    The Ra Ra Riot track is mislabeled.

  • Lee

    Marcus, you’re right, I can’t believe it’s been up like that mislabeled! Thanks for looking out, will make the change now.