Last year’s CD Baby showcase at SXSW in Austin, TX was so successful that we decided to highlight even more great independent bands this year. The Second Annual CD Baby Showcase at SXSW will be held on March 13th in the Gibson Room at Maggie Mae’s, 323 E. 6th St.
The SXSW spotlight will be on six CD Baby artists who are breaking through and taking their careers to the next level. Three of the acts are from CD Baby’s hometown of Portland, Oregon and three are from the Lone Star state. If you’re in Austin for SXSW, we hope you’ll check out these artists’ live performances. If you’re not going to Austin this year, check out our Spotify playlist of CD Baby artists who’ll be playing at SXSW: CD Baby SXSW 2014.
The Second Annual CD Baby Showcase at SXSW
The following bands will be playing on 03/13/14 at Maggie Mae’s (in the Gibson Room) on 323 E. 6th St.
Divers — 8pm
A Northwest favorite, Portland’s Divers already have honed their big punk and rock’n’roll sound with sweaty, loud shows all across the region. Their first two-song EP quickly sold out its print run and now they’re gearing up to release their debut full-length, Hello Hello. Think of Joe Strummer collaborating with Paul Westerberg for the soundtrack to David Lynch’s dark dreams.
Aan — 9pm
Aan’s new album Amor Ad Nauseum took the Portland band three years to complete, and sees strong elements of soul mixed with songwriting that takes strange, enticing turns. The first single premiered on Stereogum, and the initial video made its debut on Noisey. Imagine a cross between the loudest Animal Collective songs and the quietest Big Black songs.
Wild Ones — 10pm
Recovering from the medical calamities that plagued them in 2012, Portland DIY collective Wild Ones labored hard to record their debut, Keep It Safe in their rehearsal space. With members whose backgrounds range from punk to classical, their unique sound draws on pop music, R&B, and German techno, filtered through a uniquely Northwestern prism.
Air Reviews — 11pm
Dallas five-piece Air Review formed five years ago. Their pop sound is filled with dreamy melodies and delicious melodies that mix vintage and indie pop. Their 2013 sophomore release, Low Wishes, refined the sound of their earlier release and two of their songs were featured in Apple’s 30th anniversary video for the Macintosh computer.
Lincoln Durham — 12am
With a host of amped-up string instruments, Itasca, Texas native Lincoln Durham preaches the wild side of roots music in his one-man band shows. A Texas State Youth Fiddle Championship winner, the music on his debut, Exodus of the Deemed Unrighteous is the bastard child of Charlie Poole and Son House filtered through the troubled sensibilities of Tom Waits.
Seryn — 1am
Out of Denton, Texas, Seryn has crafted a unique sound using guitars, banjo, harmonium, percussion, and violin. But it’s the six voices of the members that grab the attention, working together while the songs mutate from straightforward acoustic folk through pop into rich towers of sound. Their debut, This is Where We Are, captures the hopes, ideals, and nightmares of the American Southwest. In past years, they have consistently been on “best of SXSW” lists from Paste, NPR and many others. Not to be missed.
Are you headed to Austin this year for SXSW? Who are you excited to see live? Are you performing while you’re there? If so, where and when? Let us know in the comments section below.