Tuesday SXSW Music Picks & Sleepers

Kay Odyssey

8pm, Red Eyed Fly
Formerly known as Kay Leotard, this local quartet has altered both its lineup and sound in the past year. With psychedelic haze slightly restrained, vocalist/guitarist Kristina Boswell's newer songs find extra melodic and emotive heft reminiscent of Tara Key's work with Antietam. Full-length Chimera drops later this year. – Greg Beets

Sweet Spirit

8:20pm, Cheer Up Charlies
Composed of members of A Giant Dog and Bobby Jealousy, Sweet Spirit might be the favorite local band of Spoon's Britt Daniel. Fronted by the flamboyant Sabrina Ellis, the ATX ninepiece breaks through the indie haze with a sound that's equal parts glam, soul, and anthemic pop. Its debut EP tantalizes. – Jim Caligiuri

Poor Rich Boy

8:30pm, Russian House
Pakistani upper-crust rockers Poor Rich Boy tread in indie-art riddles. They trace the "strangeness of everyday life" through people who cannot, and dare not, relate their own stories. While not distinctly original, the stylings silently scream a new and unique reflection. Given Pakistan's record on progressiveness, their very existence rings of subversion. – Kahron Spearman


10pm, Red Eyed Fly
Taking neo-psychedelic pop to swirly new heights, Catalan band Ocellot brings a garage bottom to the airy guitar and vocal layers. Building around this mushrooming effect, they've also added other cultural hints, like the Japanese flavors shown on "Molsa Molsa," the title track to their expansive 2013 release. – Kahron Spearman

Tuesday SXSW Music Picks & Sleepers


11pm, Iron Bear
This rising Israeli fivepiece arrives with a speculative take on how Nile Rodgers might have approached electronic pop-rock. Characteristically heavy on the low-end, with emphasis on thick basslines, the band aims for body movement. They recently took up studio (and stage) time in Los Angeles, with SXSW as the official coming-out party. – Kahron Spearman

Sour Notes

11pm, Cheer Up Charlies
What began as a bedroom project for singer-songwriter Jared Boulanger has blossomed into a band of serious intent. The Austin quintet's fifth LP, 2014's Do What May, features a wall of sound and synths, yet never strays too far from its pure pop aspirations. A new EP, the ominously titled Darkest Sour, drops soon. – Jim Caligiuri


11pm, Highland
Danish electro experimentalist duo Pernille Smith-Sivertsen and Esben Nørskov Ander­sen bring a displaced, androgynous bounce to a ­perfection-driven live show bordering on OCD. Influenced by Bowie, Cocteau Twins, Jai Paul, and the Clash, they've concocted a formula infusing the mind-warping sonics with lyrics slathered in angst, Dalí-like dreams, and various 50/50 emotions. In debut Beekeeper, they likely released one of the most slept-on albums of 2012. – Kahron Spearman

Comrade Question

11pm, Red Eyed Fly
Though their origins as a reverb-soaked guitar duo remain sonically evident, this Columbus, Ohio, fivepiece fills in all the parts with their debut LP, Pepe Polo. With surf-inspired thwack, cymbal-less Moe Tucker drumming, and droll guy/gal harmonies, Comrade Question plows through a no-filler fusillade of noise-pop bullets that radiate everyday charm. – Greg Beets


11:45pm, Highland
South Korean enigma Hitchhiker captivates in ways Psy does not. That said, no one's even sure Hitchhiker is real, other than the work with Korean boy band Shinee and singles like "11," baby babble atop diet Diplo bass. The music video currently sits at over 2 million views, with roughly 30,000 likes and dislikes. – Kahron Spearman


1am, Highland
Phil Spector's Sixties girl groups meet dance-pop pacesetter Robyn in Tokyo via trio Perfume. Among this year's international headliners, the electro outfit formed as schoolmates at Hiroshima's Actors School, relocating to the capital city in 2003. Their whimsical performances and branded stage names moved them into Japanese mainstream, with fourth album, 2013's Level3, reaching No. 1 on the country's esteemed Oricon Albums Chart. – Neph Basedow

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