Neighboring Houston is already providing a wealth of talent to Austin's SXSW this year, but so many other acts are flying under the radar that we think deserve that extra buzz, or maybe they just couldn't make it for various reasons.
Point is, we would have liked to just have the option to see certain local acts at SXSW that did not make it this year, and there are quite a few local acts that deserve to be showcased at SXSW in the years to come, we think.
Here are a few of Rocks Off's eclectic personal picks.
ListenListen: This folk outfit delivers beautifully raw music with a fuzz edge. They have been around for a couple of years, have gotten nods from the likes of Rolling Stone magazine and have done their fair share of shows including one a couple of days ago, though they seem to be retiring for the time being.
Michele Thibeaux: Her honey-smooth voice and style compares to the likes of Erykah Badu with her own twist.
A Sea Es: Having just played their first show at the Tontons record release party a little more than a month ago, A Sea Es has gotten a good bit of buzz since then. They played a promising-looking first show.
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The Energy:: They are touring next month, and they have the fanbase to play at SXSW, but we didn't see this punk band listed as playing anywhere at the festival. They just definitely would be a fun act to catch amidst the festivities. They're fun, good like organic whole-milk punk, or something like that.
Again, don't forget the Houston Invasion, a free show Friday at the Gypsy Lounge (1504 E. 6th St.). Doors open at 10 a.m.