Saturday SXSW Showcases
Burgermania V7:15pm, Hotel Vegas
Breakneck garage rock and sloppy punk anthems unload 50-plus acts off the SX playlist of heroic Fullerton, Calif., imprint Burger Records for Burgermania V, sprawling across three stages at Hotel Vegas. Sarah Bethe Nelson arrives from San Francisco accompanied by warm and simplistic chord-strummed melodies in her debut Fast-Moving Clouds as she boasts a husky, delicate timbre lingering close to Lorde. The oddball of the bunch is Pizza Time, a Tejano outfit from Denver that concocts catchy lo-fi pop with bubbly electronics and distorted guitars. Languid choruses, meandering rhythms, swirling reverb: Portland, Ore., trio the Shivas sound like Santo & Johnny ("Sleepwalk") as accompanied by dulcet harmonies. On the patio, there's Big White, an Australian act whose exuberant pop spikes New Order and the Cure. Bludgeoning and thrashing rock & roll comes aplenty thanks to a pair of L.A. entrants, Death Valley Girls and the Ty Segall-produced Feels. End outside with the punk goons from Orange County's Garden, riding a barrage of percussion and fuzz-encased bass, or inside with the bombastic fury of L.A.'s Cosmonauts.