SXSW Preview: Pan Caliente’s Picks

Una vez mas, we will flock to the most un-Texas part of Texas to cram as much live music as possible in 5 days.  Feet sore, and late night bratwurst in hand, here are the bands we plan to definitely catch showcasing at SXSW this year!

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Juventud Juché (Spain)
Sound: Punk/Experimental
Currently one of my favorites from Spain, and their new album out soon… is f*$king awesome!  Should be great energy live.
Showcasing: Wednesday, March 16 at BD Riley’s & Friday, March 18 at Lucille

Pedrina y Rio (Colombia)
Sound: Indie Pop
Colombia is quickly becoming a true force as the musical vanguard for new, exciting & groundbreaking bands.  These guys should prove worthy.
Showcasing: Thursday, March 17 at Speakeasy & Friday, March 18 at Departure Lounge

Chicano Batman (Los Angeles, EEUU)
Sound: Neo Chicano Soul
Going on the road as support for the Alabama Shakes the past year ain’t too shabby.  These guys always deliver a great show & I can’t wait to hear some of the new tracks live.
Showcasing: Wednesday, March 16 at Stubbs & Saturday, March 19 at Maggie Mae’s

HINDS (Spain)
Sound: Indie-pop
Although not entirely in Spanish, this all-female indie-pop band out of Spain has gotten a lot of blog attention and ours as well.  It’s exciting to have an opportunity to see what all the hype is about.
Showcasing: Thursday, March 17 at Mohawk Outdoor

Algodón Egipcio (Venezuela via Mexico)
Sound: Experimental Electro
A side project of sorts that completely deviates from Ezequiel Bertho’s sound with the band, Jovenes y Sexys.  His new album is fire!  See him live.
Showcasing: Wednesday, March 16 at The Townsend & Thursday, March 17 at Lucille

Miss Garrison (Chile)
Sound: Electro Pop
Well produced, melodic, & moody.  Flirts with electro-rock but stands on its own in a very robust Chilean music scene.
Showcasing: Wednesday, March 16 at Sledgehammer & Saturday, March 19 at Maggie Mae’s

Vanessa Zamora (Mexico)
Sound: Indie Singer-Songwriter
She fits right in somewhere between Natalia Lafourcade, Carla Morrison & Julieta Venegas.  Heartfelt & sincere music.
Showcasing: Friday, March 18 at Departure Lounge

Grenda (Baja California)
Sound: Minimal Electronica
This incredibly nuanced & somber project from a virtually unknown Baja artist is more than worth watching live.  Seen him at NRML in TJ last year and was truly impressed.  Worth mentioning: he’s the offspring of one of Mexico’s Electronica heavyweights.
Showcasing: Thursday, March 17 at The Townsend & Saturday, March 19 at Maggie Mae’s

Big Big Love (Mexico)
Sound: Indie Pop
One of those bands I came across researching for this post.  And I ain’t too mad at that.  I’m an instant fan despite my irreverence for bands out of Mexico that sing in English.
Showcasing: Thursday, March 17 at the Townsend

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