SXSW festival has been taking place in hundreds of venues throughout Austin, Texas over the past week. Below, NME's writers on the ground there offer their best new discoveries. Pick up this week's issue of NME to read our full review of the new music mecca. Matt Wilkinson, New Music Editor US newcomers Seratones are still so small that they're only able to play the places everybody else shuns here at SXSW.
"We can be seven hours into some tune and realise we've written a Christina Aguilera song," All Tvvins singer Conor Adams tells NME in this week's mag, shortly before becoming the first and last musician to cite Pearl Jam, Wild Beasts and disco don Todd Terje as influences in the same breath.
Nai Harvest are a Sheffield two-piece so full of joyous give-a-fuck abandon and pop-punk glee that I’d liquidise their music and have it plugged directly into my veins via intravenous drip, if only that were scientifically possible.
Unless you're living under a rock right now you'll have probably heard that SXSW is upon us again this week. What's it all about?
Ever felt like a constant disappointment to someone, only to realise after months of sweating for their approval that maybe it’s not you – it’s them? It’s a pretty liberating feeling - the moment you realise that you'll never not fall short of their expectations. Suddenly it dawns on you that you're not the total fuck-up that certain someone - a girlfriend, a boyfriend, a boss, whoever - has made you feel for so long. A weight lifts, that knot in your stomach loosens and you stop giving a shit, because that person will probably never be happy. Never content.