After flying into Austin from Bath, England, the psychedelic funk and retro soul band The Heavy performed a high-energy set of songs drawn mostly from its new album, Hurt & The Merciless, out April 1. The album is the group's first new release since 2012 — hence lead singer Kelvin Swaby's comment, "Thanks for being here, we've been away for a while."
The Scottish electro-pop trio Chvrches brought a stripped-down setup to its SXSW Radio Day Stage showcase Friday, as it rearranged new and old songs in a nuanced, more minimal fashion compared to the arena-ready sound of the trio's albums. Chvrches peppered its five-song set for VuHaus with songs from its most recent album, Every Open Eye, as well as its 2014 debut, The Bones Of What You Believe.
Madrid garage rockers Hinds closed out the SXSW Radio Day Stage showcase with a spirited and fun set of songs from the band's debut album, Leave Me Alone. The all-women four-piece captures the punky spirit of The Runaways and the pop smarts of The Bangles. Carlotta Cosials and Ana Perrote lead the band with a magnetic charm that's enhanced by their Spanish accents and irresistible smiles.
Mary Guibert, mother of the late Jeff Buckley, joins World Cafe to share selections from You and I, a newly released set of demos Buckley recorded in 1993. She says her son was in the process of finding his voice during that time, just before the 1994 release of his only studio album, Grace.
Post Pop Depression is the 17th solo album by Iggy Pop, who fronted The Stooges and helped define what became punk rock in the 1970s. The album was released Friday, and he joins World Cafe along with Josh Homme from Queens of The Stone Age, who secretly produced the album in the California desert.
In this episode of Latin Roots, contributor Josh Norek discusses Mexico's fascination with The Smiths lead singer Morrissey, suggesting that Latinos make up the bulk of Morrissey's fans in the United States. Norek says that enthusiasm gave rise to a recent project called Mexrrissey, led by Mexican producer Camilo Lara, which has released an album filled with Latin reinventions of Morrissey's songs.
M. Ward recently released his new solo album, More Rain, which features doo-wop-style vocals that he says were inspired by his love of The Beach Boys. His Los Angeles roots are apparent in the lyrics of "Girl From Conejo Valley".