Saturday SXSW Showcases
V-ROX8pm, Maggie Mae's Gibson Room
Russia's biggest alt-music fest hosts metallic Nepal shredders Albatross, who fly in with heavy riffs and a reverberating backbeat that violates several laws of plate tectonics. Vladivostokians Mumiy Troll formed back in Yuri Andropov's day and founded the V-ROX fest in 2013. Eight albums on, their utterly unique blend of guitar-driven world music remains as infectious as ever. Attention Bill Murray! It's always Suntory time when Tiesto's Tokyo labelmate Emufucka is behind the decks. Single "Kings" just wants you to get higher, baby, on the dance floor, Shibuya-style. Vietnam's No. 1 female rapper, Saigon-born Suboi, will drive you beaucoup dien cai dau with pyroclastic bass beats deeper than the Bas Dong Nai volcano's purple drank magma chamber. There's more to Korea than K-Pop, as Seoul's Victim Mentality prove with their mastery of what can only be called the New Wave of South Korean Heavy Metal (NWOSKHM). Mannheim, Germany's Laura Carbone's "Plan of Attack" shuts down the club and embraces the night with black leather, Kills-y panache.