No silly, the acronym doesn’t stand for sex, so what, it stands for South x Southwest; and that’s where I’ll be until Saturday, down here in Austin, TX searching out new sounds across the independent musical spectrum.

All registered with my SXSW conference badge and ready-to-go, I’ve got my SXSW mini-schedule listing all the hot bands playing around the city. Tonight at 8 p.m., I’ll be at Stubbs for the New Musical Express party and a performance by English band, The Sunshine Underground.

A self-described “party band,” the TSU are named after a Chemical Brothers track. A mix of punk and funk for the dancefloor, they’ve been getting making news across the pond and will bring their brand of music to Austin tonight.

The widely respected British music newspaper, NME says, “Their combination of house rhythms, grand hallucinatory soundscapes and the best rave
choruses since The Stone Roses have given The Sunshine Underground a diverse community
of devoted ravers thrilled to find music with a dance pulse.”

I’ll also be checking out the wildly popular emerging New York electronica act, Kudu, at the Nublu Records party, which takes place at Club One 15 at 1 am.

Stay tuned for pics and maybe some video and podcasts from SXSW Austin!

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