Saturday SXSW Showcases

For Esmé

M for Montreal/Pop Montreal

7:30pm, Barracuda

Saturday's dual Montreal showcases, taking over both the inside and porch of Barracuda, are heavy on les femmes. Three of the acts inside at the M for Montreal showcase are led by or completely comprised of women. Motel Raphaël, which evokes Fleet Foxes-style folk musings, has a rotating cast led by a core of three ladies, while Milk & Bone's electro pop is spun by Laurence Lafond-Beaulne and Camille Poliquin. The outside boasts a similar female-heavy lineup. Caveboy plies dreamy pop songs, and Nancy Pants churns out lo-fi Sixties garage pop with a Nineties punk ethos. Lyric Michelle, the only Texan on the bill, takes her Southern MC charm to local crowds after carving out a healthy following in Houston. For Esmé, led by all-star vocalist Martha Meredith, trios through rich dream-pop soundscapes. Ladies night, oh what a night.

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