SXSW 2018 Music: Prism’s Favorites

March 21, 2018admin

You might have noticed your news feeds getting clogged last week, and this time with something fun. For us, it was SXSW that peeped its wonderful head in and out of the social sphere. We bought right in. Prism took another trip over to Austin to dive deep into international music and culture, feeding our souls along the way. We caught acts from Great Britain to India, and even Brazil. It was nothing short of magical.

In case you haven’t been, Austin’s eclectic weirdness is an opener for a feeling of friendliness few other U.S. cities have. It supports itself and the artists who live there in ways, we wish Miami could adopt. After all, it is “The Live Music Capital of the World.” During the 10-day festival, everyone from international embassies, lifestyle brand, entertainment studios, and even candy bars host events that put performance at the forefront. Here’s some of our highlights from the week:

  • Jordan Rakei‘s swoon-worthy performance at the KCRW showcase at The Elysium. Few things are sexier than a talented Aussie with crisp vocals and funky sounds. More on that later.
  • Jade Bird winning the crowd over at one of her first Austin performances at the same showcase. She also killed it at the badass ‘Lift Up Female Voices’ showcase by UMG at Aloft Hotels alongside other favorites like Natalie Prass, Bishop Briggs, and Tank and The Bangas.



  • Son Little‘s rattling set outside the famous Waterloo Records. This was the same venue where we first died over Kaleo years ago, so the Philadelphia blues musician was a perfect follow up.
  • Marty O’Reilly stunning us with his raspy baritone and nod to Americana at the Sweetwater Rooftop Hangout. Who doesn’t love a good fiddle and an upright bass?
  • Lola Marsh and their wonderful knack of bringing a smile to your face as you dance along to their worldly, upbeat tunes. Banger’s Sausage House & Garden was enchanted to their music.
  • The Teskey Brothers‘ tight blues-rock performance at the Aussie Secret Sounds showcase at Lucille. They were the only act we made the effort to catch twice, and with good reason.
  • Also at Lucille, we swayed to the Doo-wop stylings of Wilsn, an Aussie songstress by way of Nashville.
  • Hearing Bob Boilen tell the story of how he created the Tiny Desk Concert concepts, subsequently crowning Tank and The Bangas as “the best live band in America” at the NPR Radio showcase. We proceeded to be taken to a wild and funky church for the New Orleans band’s set to Boilen’s apt words.
  • Traveling in time back to a Motown era with Durand Jones & The Indications back at Banger’s once again.
  • Joey Dosik‘s intimate and unsurprisingly impeccable performance at Barracuda for the Secretly Showcase. The Vulfpeck collaborator smashed already high expectations to a crowd that hung on every charming word.


Photo Cred: Sandra Dada


  • Forgetting what life was like before catching Dermot Kennedy live. The Irish singer gave a bone-chilling performance at Palm Door on Sixth for The Peppermint Club Showcase.
  • Then came NoMBe and Billie Eilish at the same showcase. Both emerging musicians drew the crowd in and delivered fun, experiences sets.
  • Watching Brazilian looping siren, Labaq, over some delicious Mexican-Indian fusion at the Whip In, a convenience beer store-turned-backyard hang.
  • Being absolutely blown away by the Indian electronic outfit, Punjabtronix, whose set at Palm Door on Sixth was an absolutely blissful dance fest.
  • Getting immersed in the emerging Vancouver music scene and fawning over electro-pop trio, I M U R.
  • Then appreciating Montreal’s sounds provided by the ever-so-funky Le Couleur. Getting down with lead singer, Laurence Giroux-Do dancing was definitely a highlight at the M for Montreal showcase.
  • Sudan Archives living up to the hype at Empire Garage. Fusing African and world sounds with traditional folk and an epic fiddle talent.
  • Stumbling upon The Sea, The Sea at the Brooklyn Country Cantina, where they stunned many a passerby with their old soul sound and infectious charm.
  • Jamming to Eddy Smith and the 507‘s pop-up show at Whisler’s for some outdoor Mezcal sipping to soulful vibes all the way from Great Britain.
  • Annalise Azabian‘s close-knit show at Seven Grand, where we witnessed her cherub vocals in person, paired with the urban-infused backing sound.

So, since we did what the locals do, tune into the acts that blew us away in our newest playlist:

Have a Jam.

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