By Ashley Farnie
Assistant Music Director
Kicking off my fourth day of SXSW, Hotel Vegas and Hotel Free TV put on an amazing showcase featuring local Austin artists.
Van Mary, a female-led grunge rock band, sang politically charged lyrics. Van Mary’s captivating onstage presence has the potential for real and radical influence. The only released song they played, “Connie Converse,” is available for streaming on all platforms.
Sasha and the Valentines, another band with a female lead, performed a dreamy and angelic set that transports you to another dimension of peace and tranquility. Lead singer, Sasha, stole the attention of viewers with her voice and her keyboard.
Hazy Sour Cherry and Say Sue Me are an amazing introduction to the world of international music. Performing from Japan and South Korea, these bands will remain on my radar here in Texas.
Grrrl Gang, an Indonesian band who performs in English, performed an energetic set amongst an art studio set. Grrrl Gang’s creative and unique indie rock sound places them on my list of new favorite bands. Led by a powerful vocalist, Angeeta Sentana, the band rein in plenty of new fans during their SXSW showcase.
My favorite song Grrrl Gang performed, and which I highly recommend, is “Honey, Baby.”
With only one song on Spotify, Mae Powell’s debut album will be released later this year with Park the Van Records. Mae played a few songs from her upcoming album to her eager viewers awaiting the full release. Mae’s only released song currently is “Everything’s Fine (When I Go Outside),” so be sure to stream it before Mae’s debut album jumpstarts her career.
Park the Van records also showcased indie boy band, Boyo, whose living room set lit by the light of a mirrorball gave a truly live concert feel.
Ending my fourth day of SXSW, Sounds Australia presented Hauskey, an indie solo project by Andy, reminiscent of Rex Orange County. Hauskey played his favorite song of mine, “Somewhere,” which is available to stream on all platforms.
Featured image by SXSW Online