Show Preview: SXSW 2017 – Tues., Day 2 w/ The Dig, SYKES, Temples, Spoon & More

Before we even knew it, it’s Tuesday! Have a look at some of the acts I hope you can catch if you’re at SXSW. This installment weighs even heavier with British bands to enjoy.

Tuesday – March 14th

BAYA – Norway
Swan Dive Patio, 9:00 – 9:40 PM

BAYA – photo by Julie Lauritzen

Electronic music, actually Twisted Electronic in BAYA’s Facebook profile, travels from Oslo, Norway to Austin, Texas. And, actually, I’m reading an interview with BAYA (AKA Andrew Murray), where he discusses moving from the Ivory Coast to Norway. Why am I bringing this up? The African mask fascinates him. It seems to inform what he does.

More Details: SXSW BAYA Page

“A Call To Say Hello”


The Dig – Brooklyn, NY
Swan Dive, 10:00 – 10:40 PM

The Dig

Rock band the Dig is releasing its newest full-length since 2012’s album, Midnight Flowers. This year’s Bloodshot Tokyo has received good reviews, including this from Glide Magazine: “Most tracks on Bloodshot Tokyo. . . are in the vein of an overall grooving feeling, incorporating elements of disco, funk, and electronica.”

More Details: SXSW Dig Page

“Bleeding Heart (You Are the One)”


Girlpool – Los Angeles, CA
Mazda Studio @ Empire Garage, 11:00 – 11:40 PM

Girlpool – Photo by Paige Hanserd

Indie duo Girlpool (Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad) just signed to Anti- Records, same label as Dr. Dog, Japandroids, among others. They’ll have a number of gigs at this year’s festival; do seek them out.

More Details: SXSW Girlpool Page



Hurray for the Riff Raff – New Orleans, Louisiana
Mazda Studio @ Empire Garage, 9:00 – 9:40

Hurray for the Riff Raff

So, rock artist Hurray for the Riff Raff’s song “Hungry Ghost” is based on an actual legend. Which is cool, as is Paul Butler on production duties on The Navigator, including “Hungry Ghost.”

More Details: SXSW Hurray for the Riff Raff Page

“Hungry Ghost”


Let’s Eat Grandma – UK
Latitude 30, 10:00 – 10:40 PM

Let’s Eat Grandma – Photo by Francesca Allen

Two British teenagers, Jenny Hollingworth and Rosa Walton, making whatever kind of music they want. This is a big trip for them, and I think I started hearing about them well near the beginning of 2016. Even in the States.

More Details: SXSW Let’s Eat Grandma Page

“Deep Six Textbook”


Måntra – UK
Scratchouse, 11:15 – 11:55 PM

Måntra Photo by Felix Russel-Saw

Rock fans – and alt-rock fans – will be more than happy with Måntra!

More Details: SXSW Måntra Page

“I Want”


Reid Speed – Los Angeles, CA
Barcelona, 12:40 AM – 1:20 AM

Reid Speed

DJ Reid Speed will share her drum & bass expertise. You will enjoy.

More Details: SXSW Reid Speed Page



Spoon – Austin, TX
The Main, 1:00 AM – 1:50 AM


People don’t need to see Spoon just because they’re a Texan band. Rock group Spoon will be one everyone tries to see. The good news is that Spoon will be doing a residency! That means, loads of Spoon shows.

More Details: SXSW Spoon Page

“I Ain’t the One”


Scratchouse Backyard, 12:00 AM – 12:40 AM

SYKES – Photo by Laura Harvey Photography

An alt-electro-pop description for Britain’s SYKES? Okay. SXSW will be a happy place to return for the band: it’s where they found their label.

More Details: SXSW Sykes Page

“Younger Mind”


Temples – UK
The Gatsby, 8:30 PM


Temples are just one great psychedelic rock group. Top of any list I can make for the festival.

More Details: SXSW Temples Page



Thievery Corporation – Washington, D.C.
Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater, 11:30 PM – 12:45 AM

Thievery Corporation – Photo by Damien Baumal

Electronic music in the form of dub!! And of all kinds of sounds from all over the world!! This can be hypnotic. They’ve got a perfect slot in Austin City Limits. Great job.

More Details: SXSW Thievery Corporation Page

“Lebanese Blonde”


Wu-Tang Clan
Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater – 12:45 AM – 1:50 AM

Wu-Tang Clan

Rap/Hip Hop group Wu-Tang Clan has such a devoted fan following, whether it’s the full Wu-Tang Clan or its solo projects. This is another show where if you want to go, line up early. Really early.

More Details: SXSW Wu-Tang Clan Page

“I Can’t Go to Sleep”