SXSW Music Face-Off MP3s Round 2: Wild Beasts vs. Dirty Projectors

by mattdentler
March 10, 2009 11:17 AM
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Time for Round 2: There are nearly 2,000 artists performing at SXSW, in over 70 venues throughout five nights. How do you decide who to see? What happens when two cool and promising acts are booked at the same time on the same night? Thankfully, the SXSW Web site helps you out with samples of songs by the up-and-coming artists. For the first round of the SXSW Music Face-Off, let's examine Thursday, March 19, at 9:00 p.m.

In this corner we have Leeds, UK glam rockers Wild Beasts, who offer some jangly pop inside lush arrangements and concise melody. These young Brits are playing Latitude 30 on March 19, and click here to check out their danceable "Brave Bulging Buoyant Clairvoyant." So, it's not terribly far from Latitude 30, but in the same slot, in the other corner is Brooklyn buzz band Dirty Projectors. The band of grainy indie-folkies will release their fifth album this summer and they've already developed a strong following amongst hipster circles. But now, they are breaking into the indie mainstream, thanks to a new deal with taste-making Domino Records. Their new six-piece lineup will make its live debut on March 19 at Emo's Annex. Click here to sample the textured and tender "Rise Above." See what I mean? Who to see? Decisions, decisions...

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