Just in case you'll be too busy vlogging to hit Austin for the greatest music fest ever to be kind of named after a Cary Grant film, we sat down with front man Matthew Melton of Oakland's glam punk trio (and Tijuana mugging survivors!!) Bare Wires -- who hit SXSW for the second time tomorrow -- to hook up a six-some of hits-in-the-making from mostly local fellow South-By artists:
Ty Segall: "Caesar"
This track from SF's garage rock standard-bearer is a Kinks-like, lo-fi ode to salads, Roman emperors, and Pizza! Pizza! with a righteous '60s-ish sound, barely audible lyrics, and a short three minute run-time, making it the Jeremy Lin of Ty Segall songs.
The Strange Boys: "Be Brave"
From Austin's sextet of hippy-haired garage rockers, this title track is a primal dose of old-school R&B, augmented by a badass sax break, which might actually be a good thing for David Duchovny, Tiger Woods, and ohhh, sax.
Thee Oh Sees: "I Was Denied"
This group of SF noisemakers thrashes through a loud-and-proud four-verse anthem about getting destroyed despite striking out, just like pre-2010 Josh Hamilton.
Heavy Cream: "Hawkwound"
Hailing from Melton's hometown in Nashville, this energy drink-infused garage pop tune offers up punk-tastic female vocals and catchy guitar licks that end after just a minute and 20 seconds -- so throw it on your sax mix, and look AWESOME.
Grass Widow: "Celebrate the Mundane"
From three female 7x7 residents, this slow-to-fast track includes vocals from all three chick rockers and some seemingly drug-referencing lyrics that beg you to "trace the veins on your arm", then hit 71 home runs, grow a huge head, get indicted on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice, and sit around awaiting trial later this month.
Beach Fossils: "Sometimes"
This upbeat self-recorded melody from Brooklyn's breakthrough indie trio features their signature drone-ish auditory aesthetic that's catchy, but still hazily lo-fi, also the well known motto of the Coast Guard Reserves.