Summer of the Buzz continued in Kansas with another night of great music. This time, alternative radio station 96.5 the Buzz brought in Vampire Weekend and Cults for an outdoor show at the Crossroads.
SXSW is rich with brand-spanking new artists and established acts looking to relaunch or showcase a new facet of themselves. Some artists have been away from the scene for awhile and have new songs, while some artists barely even have enough songs for an EP. But half the fun is seeing these different types of acts in various stages of their career with different things to prove all side by side. Wednesday I saw the gamut: the well-known and highly buzzed Jay-Z and Kanye West to the newer Ski Lodge, and everything was a treat.
Radkey is a rock band from northern Missouri made up of three young brothers, but don’t let their age fool you. They perform like pros and have powerhouse vocals.
Thumpers is a UK pop rock band formed by childhood friends Marcus Pepperell and John Hamson Jr and backed by a rotating band of friends and family. They’re bubbly with rich guitars and big drums and their lyrics celebrate youth and romance.
Betty Who is an Australia artist that many are calling the ‘next pop obsession.’
Bleachers is an American indie pop band formed by Jack Antonoff while on the road playing guitar with fun. Bleachers is like the unrestrained, edgier version of fun. and it’s making a SXSW debut.
Despite being a Boston band, one of their must hear hits is a song called “Texas,” a romantic medley that’s sure to be popular this year in the heart of Texas at SXSW.