SXSW Tuesday Picks & Sleepers

Psychic TV
Psychic TV


10pm, B.D. Riley's Tokyo's Puffyshoes is a constant contradiction: lo-fi J-pop. Guitarist Usagi Hops and drummer Neko Meows bash out bubblegum pop almost exclusively about teenage heartbreak, but with a layer of four-track distortion normally reserved for acts like Times New Viking. "Lazy Seventeen" kicks. – Austin Powell

Esben & the Witch

10pm, Spill Will Esben & the Witch scratch your XX this year? The British trio's certainly dark, epic, and witchy, and with XX producer Rodaidh McDonald on board, similarities are apparent from the opening strains of debut Violet Cries (Matador). Rachel Davies goes from channeling Siouxsie to performing an exorcism. (Also: Wed., 8pm, Windish Agency House @ ND; Fri., 12mid, Latitude 30.) – Audra Schroeder


11pm, the Bar Bar Seattle-based Chris Mansfield drives a brutally direct heartbreak into the broken, dilapidated slats of a warm but bitter pop. Last year's eponymous debut, featuring the self-lacerating "Girls With Accents," found its perfect production complement in Sara Quin (Tegan & Sara). (Also: Thu., 8:15pm, St. David's Historic Sanctuary.) – Doug Freeman

John Wesley Coleman

12mid, B.D. Riley's There's a strong Memphis vibe to the Golden Boys' local R&B, a near decadelong strain of garage-punk classics leading up to last year's Casual Victim Pile mix on Matador. Ringleader John Wesley Coleman solidifies the connection with his latest for Goner Records, Bad Lady Goes To Jail, a gloriously shambled collection of pop ditties about basketball and odd encounters, with a bonus cover of Nikki Sudden's "New York." – Austin Powell

Psychic TV

12:30am, Elysium Psychic TV's had a revolving door of contributors over three decades, but Brit-fit Genesis P-Orridge remains the constant. The former Throbbing Gristle singer draws from industrial to punk to dance, and after a brief hiatus, the group reformed in '03 as PTV3. Marie Losier's documentary on the genre-bending singer, The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye, screens during SXSW Film. – Audra Schroeder

Trampled by Turtles

1am, the Bat Bar Each member of this quintet did time in bands within the same Minnesota landscape that spawned the moody Low, but the expert banjo pickery and sweetly evocative fiddle bowing suggest the group found its calling. After four self-released albums, Trampled by Turtles' first legit release, Palomino (Thirty Tigers), hit No. 1 on the U.S. bluegrass charts in 2010. (Also: Thu., 1am, Swan Dive.)

Melanie Haupt

The Types

1am, B.D. Riley's Beaming down from Moscow like some close encounter of the third kind, the Types deliver Farfisa-fueled big beat that swings like the Reverend Horton Heat at martini time. With early 1960s garage-skuzz and a knack for the theatrical, the band's rockabilly revival pleases with devilishly themed tunes like "Space Invaders," "Zombie Twist," and, of course, "Vodka." – Austin Powell

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