SXSW 23 Preview – Catching Bands N-P

PreviewSXSW 23Catching Bands N-P

Now, onto artists N-P. Female Japanese musicians stand out, as does an English stoner rock band from England called Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs.

Haru Nemuri
Yokohama, Japan
Schedule for Haru Nemuri

Tokyo-based Haru Nemuri (real name Haruna Kimishima) could be loosely described as J-pop, although she brings in other elements to her music. She’s filmed her videos everywhere from Moscow to Los Angeles. Good to see her back in the States after her tours kept getting postponed due to COVID.

Haru Nemuri – photo from Haru Nemuri’s Facebook


Tokyo, Japan
Schedule for NEMOPHILA

Another female act from Japan! A metal quintet from Tokyo, NEMOPHILA, they’re named after the flower. Don’t let that fool you though, these women shred. And scream.

NEMOPHILA – photo from NEMOPHILA’s Facebook


New Order
Manchester, England
Schedule for New Order

The always-loved New Order is one of the biggest acts of this year’s music festival and they really don’t need an introduction. I do want to point out the electronic band now has an awesome shirt, whose profits go to the British Red Cross to help the Ukraine.

New Order – photo from New Order’s Facebook


Kyoto, Japan
Schedule for NTsKi

Yet one more female Japanese artist! A bit of Jpop, a bit of experimentation, NTsKi’s 2021 album, Orca, was released on Orange Milk Records. It’s a very intriguing label.

NTsKi – photo from NTsKi’s Facebook


Worthing, England
Schedule for NOISY

English drum and bass trio is a definite yes. From the same city as Royal Blood’s Mike Kerr, I’m thinking that is a great place.

NOISY – photo from NOISY’s Facebook


Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs
Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Schedule for Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs

Call them Pigsx7 if you want to make it easier. The psychedelic rock should do their song, “Big Rig’. Is that too much to ask? Seattleites: Pigsx7 will be at Madame Lou’s on March 25th.

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – photo from Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs’ Facebook


Amsterdam, Netherlands
Schedule for Pol

Siblings Ruben Pol and Matthijs Pol come from the Netherlands and make new wave music. I’m checking out their song “Modern Strange Love,” and it is spot-on.

Pol – photo from Pol’s Facebook

SXSW Preview – Catching Bands I-M

PreviewSXSW 23 Catching Bands I-M

Nearly halfway through just some of the bands you’d want to see at SXSW this year. There seems to be a large number of Irish band’s on my radar. Plus, there’s a unique Ukrainian artist visiting Texas.

Manchester, England
Schedule for IST IST

IST IST, a rock band from Manchester, England, heads to SXSW to share music from their new album, Protagonists. The quartet founded their own record label, Kind Violence Records. Always impressive, and even more so as they did this during the pandemic.

IST IST – photo by Tom White – Black Rock Creative


Jaguar Jonze
Brisbane, Australia
Schedule for Jaguar Jonze

Jaguar Jonze (Deena Lynch) released her debut album, BUNNY MODE, last year. The Australian rocker/singer-songwriter is never afraid to share her art and opinions.

Jaguar Jonze – photo by She is Aphrodite


Berlin, Germany
Schedule for Jealous

Last year, Jealous, a Berlin, Germany trio asked the musical question “Why Can’t I Touch It?” That track, by the way, is a Buzzcocks cover. They have their own music, but I think they fit very well with Buzzcocks.

Jealous – photo by Kek Discreto


Khmelnytskyi, Ukraine
Schedule for KRUTb

Ukraininan KRUTb (Maryna Kurt ) will make her American debut at SXSW. A player of the bandura, a Ukrainian instrument, KRUTb is also a singer. In a recent post, KRUTb sang, Instead of the sounds of city sirens, sing me beautiful songs/We will all wake up one day from spring and good news.

KRUTb – photo from KRUTb’s Facebook


Manchester, England
Schedule for Larkins

Another Manchester, England band. JCOY, the band’s first album, found them working with Thomas Bangalter of Daft Punk, and producers such as Alex H.N. Gilbert (Freya Ridings) and Dan Nigro (Olivia Rodriquez).



Lorelei K
Dallas, Texas
Schedule for Lorelei K

Ah yes, here’s none other than Texas’ Lorelei K. Her Bandcamp describes her as avant-pop, a genre that sounds mighty good to me. The prolific, Dallas-based singer-songwriter performed at last year’s Dallas Pride.

Lorelei K


Dublin, Ireland
Schedule for milk.

Indie quartet from Dublin, Ireland’s milk. has a few scheduled in America this March, including a stop at SXSW. Actually, the band revealed in Bodega Nottingham that these will be their first dates in America ever.

milk. – photo by Nicholas O’Donnell

Drogheda, Ireland
Schedule for modernlove

It’s another group from Ireland! What’s going on in Ireland? modernlove describes themselves as pop/rock, that fits, and means they have a wider appeal. BTW, this is one of the bands that has a show in Seattle (March 24th @ Madame Lou’s).

modernlove – photo from modernlove’s Facebook


mui zyu
London, England
Schedule for mui zyu

Hongkonger/British mui zyu (Eva Liu) has a brand new album out called Rotten Bun for an Eggless Century. By new, I mean it just was released last week. That has to be one of my favorite album names for this year. Loads of genres joining in her work.

mui zyu photo fro mui zyu’s Facebook

Photos: Samia @ Crocodile Café

Samia @ Crocodile Café – 2/23/2023
Photos by Kirk Stauffer

Indie rocker Samia brought her Honey Tour to the Crocodile Café and thrilled the audience at the sold-out show.  She and her five member band performed material from her latest album Honey (released last month) plus numerous other favorites.  Samia’s lively signature dance moves only added to the excitement.  Many in the enthusiastic crowd arrived early for a VIP pre-show Q&A and were treated to Samia’s witty answers and comments.  Pop duo Tommy Lefroy opened and later joined Samia onstage for a song during her set.

Samia – Photos by Kirk Stauffer

Tommy Lefroy – Photos by Kirk Stauffer

SXSW 23 Preview – Catching Bands F-H

PreviewSXSW 23 Catching Bands F-H

On to another set of a few suggested acts appearing at SXSW 23. This list features bands from the UK, Australia, Germany and Italy, and as always, if there’s no video, it means there were some pesky copyright rules on YouTube.

Folly Group
London, England
Schedule for Folly Group

Rock quartet who, I see, was praised by none other than Joe Talbot of Idles. Their debut EP, Human and Kind, features the excellent track “I Raise You (The Price of Your Head).”

Folly Group – photo by Alex Waespi


The Foreign Resort
Copenhagen, Denmark
Schedule for the Foreign Resort

The Foreign Resort’s Bandcamp describes them as dark new-wave, a genre I can always get behind. Decibel called the trio’s 2019 album, Outnumbered, “a gem of black leather noisy shimmery, and grim portent.”

The Foreign Resort


Adelaide, Australia
Schedule for Germein

This trio of Australian sisters toured with Little Mix in the UK, which, I think is awesome. They’ll also tour with the Corrs this fall. Also impressive.



Berlin, Germany
Schedule for GEWALT

Ah yes, some industrial music! From Germany! Cause for celebration indeed. Appropriately, GEWALT means strength in German.

Gewalt – photo by Frank Egel


London, England
Schedule for Girli

London pop artist Girli seems really in to bright colors. And bright music. Born as Amelia Toomey, she’s joined all this sparkle with feminist ethos.

Girli – from Girli’s Facebook


Milan, Italy
Schedule for Giungla

Milan-based GIUNGLA (aka Ema Drei ) has shared stages with Franz Ferdinand, Battles and Grimes. She’s an intriguing act for sure who should have a great live show. Also, GIUNGLA means jungle in Italian.

Giungla – photo Olimpia Rende


Annie Hamilton
Sydney, Australia
Schedule for Annie Hamilton

Annie Hamilton is another of the great female artists from Australia heading to SXSW this year. The singer-songwriter happened to have done a smashing cover last year of Supergrass’ “Alright.”

Annie Hamilton – photo from Hamilton’s Facebook


Manchester, England
Schedule for THE HARA

Brits THE HARA is a confident rock “genre fluid” trio from Manchester. Look at them! Lots to look at here. And their show should be loud and LIVELY.

THE HARA – photo from the HARA’s Facebook


London, England
Schedule for Heartworms

In an interview with The Quietus, Heartworms (Jojo Orme) described her music as dystopian. But it’s also very pretty. I guess dystopian can be pretty and deep, too.

Heartworms – photo by Tom White

SXSW 23 Preview – Catching Bands A-E

PreviewSXSW 23 Catching Bands A-E

Part one of our preview of SXSW 2023 begins with some details on a few of the great artists heading to Texas. We’ll be doing this alphabetically, with A-E beginning the features. If there is no video, that’s because one was not available, like copyright wouldn’t allow to share them.

Schedule for Adwaith

Punk trio whose lyrics are in Welsh. Winners of the Welsh Music Prize (twice) for both albums they’ve released.

Adwaith – photo by Siân Adler


London, UK
Schedule for ALASKA

Electronic duo, they opened up a Crowdfunder to help them get to SXSW, and here they come!

ALASKALASKA – photo by Tami Aftab


Schedule for Augustine

Augustine (real name Timothy More) is a multitalented producer who will make his American debut at the festival.

Augustine – photo by David Sahlberg

Avalanche Party
Yorkshire/the Moors/Middlesbrough, UK
Schedule for Avalance Party

Punk rock band. Their SoundCloud describes them as feral.

Avalanche Party


Beverly Kills
Gotenburg, Sweden
Schedule for Beverly Kills

Another punk rock band. This one comes from Sweden and just released their debut album, Kaleido, in September 2022. They’ve also toured with Wolf Alice.

Beverly Kills – photo by Jakob Ekvall

Brìghde Chaimbeaul
Isle of Sky, Scotland
Schedule for Brìghde Chaimbeaul

Chaimbeul is a bagpipe player! How cool is that? She’s also got equally intriguing sisters, who are harpists.

Brìghde Chaimbeu – photo by Steve Bliss


Tokyo, Japan
Schedule for Chameleon Lime WHooipie

Dance Pop band fronted by the striking Chi-.

Chi- of CHAMELEON LIME WHOOPIEPIE – photo by Masato Yokohama


Liverpool, England
Schedule for Crawlers

British quintet who has opened for My Chemical Romance. Cool!



Yayoi Daimon
Osaka, Japan
Schedule for Yayoi Daimon

Even at the young age of 31, Daimon is a veteran of the Japanese music scene. She used to be part of a girl group called rhythmic, but branched out on her own to be a feminist song-writer, singer, DJ and is also an accomplished dancer.

Yayoi Daimon – photo from Yayoi Daimon’s Twitter


Dream Wife
London, England
Schedule for Dream Wife

More rock from England. Am I stuck on this theme?



Eydís Evensen
Reykjavik, Iceland
Schedule for Eydís Evensen

Nordic pianist. Evensen also used to be a choir singer.

Eydís Evensen – photo by Sunna Björk