SXSW Showcase: City of Austin
Tuesday, March 12, 8pm, Parish
Even the city of Austin showcases at SXSW, handpicking its own potential breakouts. Wild Child leads the pack, an energetic, lush folk sextet led by the interplay of Alexander Beggins and fiddle/vocal powerhouse Kelsey Wilson. 2010 debut Pillow Talk earned them a 2012 ACL Music Festival slot, with sophomore effort The Runaround (helmed by Ben Kweller) following soon. Shakey Graves, aka Alejandro Rose-Garcia, lays a dusty ruckus of one-man folk and blues from his self-released Roll the Bones, matched by Jess Williamson's aching vocals from her softly poetic Medicine Wheel/Death Songs EP. The expansive indie orchestration of Mother Falcon continues to thrill on the upcoming follow-up to 2011 debut LP Alhambra, new single "Pennies" showering jazzier tones. The Band of Heathens recently pared down their roster but not their eclectic sound or explosive performances, the quintet rolling broad Americana behind songwriters Ed Jurdi and Gordy Quist. Quiet Company, last year's Austin Music Awards champions (10 AMAs, including Band and Album of the Year for We Are All Where We Belong) close out the night with spiraling, anthemic pop, frontman Taylor Muse slicing the quintet's surging sound with earnest, affirming declarations.