We’re celebrating 5o years of Vans all over the world on March 16th. If you’re going to SXSW in Austin, TX get into this show with Erykah Badu, Neon Indian, Kelela, Hinds, and more using your festival badge. More details and other show locations: houseofvans.com
Stumbled upon this brilliant new EP by Echo Park experimental psyche-pop artist James Supercave. The Afternoon EPis four tracks, each one delving deeper into some sort of unknown nostalgic art pop genius. It’s definitely an addictive listen.
California native, James Supercave had us dancing up a storm with magnetic melodies that drew you in and never let you go. Follow all the SXSW ruckus this week on Snapchat. Search “Vans” or click here to add on Mobile.
SXSW 2014 has arrived. This year, we’re stoked to see so many Ones To Watch featured artists out there, including Echosmith, Cherub, Jetta, Iggy Azalea, Basecamp, Ryan Hemsworth, Wet, and The Griswolds. While you await our live updates, we’ve got a list of the acts on the top of our radar. Read on below for the scoop. We’ve also made a playlist for all things SXSW music that you can check out in the meantime.
For fans of Youth Lagoon, MGMT
From: Los Angeles
Why we’re watching: His oddly futuristic ballads hang from his guitar by their most hypnotizing feature: Supercave’s whimsical, definitive hum. Such a name invites an inquisitive listener, naturally.
Stream: James Supercave - “The Right Thing"
For fans of Haim, Fleetwood Mac
Why we’re watching: This Aussie quintet can back the zesty, hooky pop of the late 70s and 80s with an aptly modern vibe. Not only could and does their EP stand alone as dance music for the past three decades, respectively, it’s also the hooky dream stuff remixes are born from today.
Stream: The Preatures - "Is This How You Feel?”
For fans of Prince, Blood Orange
Why we’re watching: The band sports a Madagascar-themed profile pic and funky, simmering hooks of the best kind. They may only have less than 15,000 fans on Facebook, but their songs and videos are making impressive laps round the Internet as we speak.
Watch their video for “Busy Earnin’"
For fans of alt-j, Foals
Why we’re watching: Like walking a tightrope - that is Kins on musicianship. It’s those intense details of the spectacle that suck you in immediately, and soon enough it’s a total eclipse. Needless to say, this is a band heavily invested in their live craft. Frontman Thom Savage’s voice is also one that’s hard to erase from your head if you’ve listened to it long enough.
Stream: Kins - "Mokasin’s”
For fans of Daft Punk, Hot Chip
From: Los Angeles
Why we’re watching: Sean Guerin’s and Isaac Franco’s appreciation of disco-era nuances played out heavily in an eye-catching, ear-hugging debut EP last November. The team played all of the instruments themselves, foreshadowing excellent live shows.
Stream De Lux’s self-titled EP below.
For fans of Classixx, AlunaGeorge
From: Los Angeles
Why we’re watching: Producer Josh Legg has a string of singles and remixes that mark him as a young wizard of coaxing feel-good music to its ethereal potential. That is, his weightless songs makes you feel as though you’re shopping on a beach somewhere tropical and warm.
Stream: Goldroom - “Embrace”
Photo: Robin Murray
For fans of Rhye, Django Django
Why we’re watching: What happens when a pre-med student who’s spent a lot of time poring over science textbooks decides to make music? Something quite like Glass Animals. The band has released a feast of subliminal, richly weird singles tinged with a weirdly tropical feel.
Watch Glass Animals - “Psylla”
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For fans of How To Dress Well, Autre Ne Veut
Why we’re watching: The mysterious team behind last year’s unmistakable single “You’re The One For Me” is making their SXSW debut this year - and we’ve got the scoop later this week.
Watch: Great Good Fine OK - “You’re The One For Me"
For fans of New Order, The Dismemberment Plan
Why we’re watching: The group swiveled all of late night nation’s attention upon itself last week with their epic debut on Letterman, which gave rise to an equally epic meme. This is all a sidenote to the band’s excellent live show which they’ve spent years perfecting.
Watch the Letterman performance
For fans of The National
From: Los Angeles
Why we’re watching: because any band that remotely reminds us of The National and pays homage to their hometown music joints in music videos deserves a nod of approval.
Why we’re watching: Because these barely legal teens (they just graduated from high school last year) have the force of TV On The Radio’s Dave Siteck with them and are already a touch rock-god famous for their Letterman appearance.
Watch: The Orwells Perform "Who Needs You” on David Letterman
For fans of Passion Pit
Why we’re watching: because we legitimately can’t get enough of “All Of the People,” the faultless pop single that vaulted itself onto the top of the Hype chart last year. The New York-based producer, born Peter Kirk, presents himself in the vein of RAC and Dan Croll, who he will be touring with this spring.
Stream: Panama Wedding - “All Of The People”
Listen to our Ones To Watch: SXSW 2014 playlist below for acts we’ll be watching this week.
The lineup for Filter Magazine’s Showdown at Cedar Street is here! Featuring sets from KCRW favorites De Lux, Classixx, James Supercave, London Grammar, and more, the event kicks off Thursday, March 13th at the Cedar Street Courtyard on W. 4th Street in Austin. KCRW is proud to be the radio sponsor for this 3-day showcase series.
James Supercave’s Better Strange begins with a wonky smoothness that immediately lured in the part of me that’s eternally in love with Metronomy. As the song breaks out into lurching beats and catchy but quirky hooks, I’m also reminded of Oscar & The Wolf’s baroque style of music. The Echo Park musician unleashed a mashup video for the psychedelic alt pop song today, created from a short named Half Wet by acclaiemd UK animator Sophie Koko Gate. James Supercave will be releasing a highly anticipated debut album early next year on Fairfax Recordings. Better Strange is available now on iTunes.