South By Southwest Five – Dec. 28th

Second helping of the SXSW Five as I got through some more bands over the past few weeks.  And thanks to Bryan for pointing out another site that’s doing a much more comprehensive review of all the bands playing at this year’s festival.  Check it out.  Here’s my five this week:

1) BNegão & Seletores de Frequência – Brazilian funk.  Couldn’t understand the lyrics but it didn’t matter, great grooves.

2) The Bug – Some dub-based electronica.  Slow tempos, think of mid-90s Tricky.

3) The Calm Blue Sea – another local Austin band.  Some long instrumental pieces with soaring guitars and nice rhythm section.

4) Cheers Elephant – Philly indie rock.  Really catchy hooks, reminded me a little of Silver Lake’s Local Natives.

5) The Congregation – R&B and soul throwback from Chicago.  Female lead with a backing group with lots of horns.  Think Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings.

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