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10 Last-Minute Picks for SXSW 2014

SXSW 2014

With the indie music world descending on Austin, here's 10 bands building some late buzz for SXSW 2014.

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Little Dragon Unveil New LP and Single, Play Letterman

Thursday March 20, 2014
Little Dragon have announced the imminent release of their fourth album. The Swedish electro-pop combo will issue Nabuma Rubberband on May 13, via Loma Vista. It marks the follow-up to their great 2011 album Ritual Union.

The first single from the record, "Klapp Klapp," is a plenty-promising taste of Nabuma Rubberband. And Little Dragon recently knocked out a killer version of it live on Letterman.

Little Dragon will be performing at Coachella in 2014, and will soon unveil a host of tour dates.

Nabuma Rubberband Track List:
1. "Mirror"
2. "Klapp Klapp"
3. "Pretty Girls"
4. "Underbart"
5. "Cat Rider"
6. "Paris"
7. "Lurad"
8. "Nabuma Rubberband"
9. "Only One"
10. "Killing Me"
11. "Pink Cloud"
12. "Let Go"

Photo Marco van Rijt

Tune-Yards New Album, Nikki Nack, Out in May

Wednesday March 19, 2014
Tune-Yards has a brand new album! Nikki Nack, the third LP for Merrill Garbus, will be released May 6 via 4AD.

The first single, the blistering "Water Fountain," is already out in the world. And as a taster for the whole record, there's the Nikki Nack mega-mix.

The album marks the follow-up to Tune-Yards' 2011 breakout record Whokill, and finds Garbus furthering Tune-Yards signature sound. Nikki Nack is a big, brassy, utter blast of a record; alternately strange and comforting. "Water Fountain" is great, but "Real Thing" has jam-of-the-summer potential; and the whole album is a very early contender of Best Album of 2014.

Nikki Nack Track List:
1. "Find A New Way"
2. "Water Fountain"
3. "Time Of Dark"
4. "Real Thing"
5. "Look Around"
6. "Hey Life"
7. "Sink-O"
8. "Why Do We Dine On The Tots?"
9. "Stop That Man"
10. "Wait For A Minute"
11. "Left Behind"
12. "Rocking Chair"
13. "Manchild"

Photo Holly Andres

10 Awesome Shows at SXSW 2014

Friday March 7, 2014
When it comes to SXSW, getting to Austin is one thing, coming up with a schedule is a whole other story.

WIth thousands of bands in town and shows crammed in every inch of downtown, SXSW is a crazy proposition, and navigating the madness can be onerous.

If you're struggling making sense of the endless options, here's a handy tip-sheet: a whole run of SXSW day parties and showcases that've assembled brilliant bills. From Pitchfork and Stereogum to the Secretly Canadian, here's a run of sweet shows, with multiple appearances by buzzy acts like psychedelic Brazilian sweethearts Boogarins, '90s-indie-rock loyalists Speedy Ortiz, and honey-voiced songwriter Angel Olsen (pictured!).

Let this be your guide: it's a list of 10 Awesome Shows at SXSW 2014...

Photo Zia Anger

10 Last-Minute Picks for SXSW 2014

Thursday March 6, 2014
In indie music, come March all roads lead to Austin. The SXSW Music Conference becomes, for five days, the centre of the rock'n'roll world, with thousands of bands landing in Texas for a frenetic flurry of free day parties and beer, runamok corporate sponsorship, and the chance to see bands performing in various ramshackle situations.

Some people see the mania of SXSW as the worst place to watch bands, but I take the opposite opinion: here, bands have to think on their feet, inhabit the moment, create a vibe where they may, and, well, kind of be dragged down a few notches. At regular shows, the stage can often feel like a pedestal; here, well, sometimes there aren't even stages. You're not watching a concert spectacular, just bands playing show (after show after show).

With the blogosphere about to descend upon Austin en masse, there's a bunch of bands who're peaking at the right time: piquing interest with well-time singles, soon-to-arrive albums, or some fortuitous buzz. From Nothing to Protomartyr (pictured!), Glass Animals to Your Friend, here's 10 Last-Minute Picks for SXSW 2014...

Photo Angel Ceballos

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