The Hague Rock City
At November's Crossing Border music fest in the Hague, the number of Dutch bands fully embracing rock & roll almost matched the imported talent. Crossing into Texas territory this SXSW, six bands from the city of peace and justice give maximum R 'n' R: Woot (Wed., 9pm, Scoot Inn), John Dear Mowing Club (Thu., 11pm, the Hideout), So What (Thu., 1am, B.D. Riley's), NiCad (Fri., 8pm, Friends), ReBelle (Fri., 10pm, Friends), and the Deaf (Sat., 9pm, Buffalo Billiards). – Audra Schroeder
Three Dutch Treats
The Black Atlantic (Thu., Soho Lounge, 8pm)
Ethereal chamber pop. Think Fleet Foxes with wooden shoes and fewer beards.
La Melodia (Thu., Club 115, 12:10am)
Gritty girl hip-hop with a fuzzy 1970s AM radio vibe.
John Dear Mowing Club (Thu., Hideout, 11pm)
File under: Brilliant outsider folk from a maybe neuro-atypical weirdo. – Melanie Haupt
Terry Poison (Fri., 9pm, Spill)
Daft Punk meets the Spice Girls in this electro-rock Israeli sixpiece fronted by four foxy fashionistas.
Miho Wada (Wed., 10:40pm, Headhunters)
Declaring Postcards to Your Bed "Japanese punk jazz," this New Zealand-based, Japanese-born multi-instrumentalist charms even when shouting, "Piss Off (Such a Loser!)."
Anita Tijoux (Thu., 12mid, Flamingo Cantina)
On 1977, French-Chilean MC Anita Tijoux raps circles around most rhymesayers.
Go Chic (Sat., 9pm, Spill)
Taiwanese disco punk outfit fronted by three ladies with a soft spot for neon.
Anuhea (Fri., 11pm, Submerged)
Barefoot Hawaiian hippie Anuhea is the female equivalent of Mishka. – Thomas Fawcett