Jim Carroll

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SXSW 2015 snapshots – six more acts from the mean streets of Austin, TX

Thumbs up for Madisen Ward & The Mama Bear, JUCE, Metz, Little Simz, Joseph and Milk & Bone

Madisen Ward & The Mama Bear

Fri, Mar 20, 2015, 14:50


Madisen Ward & The Mama Bear

Stop the lights, stop the presses, stop the clocks. A couple of songs into the set from Kansas City dude Madisen Ward and his mother Ruth and the spinetingling from this gorgeous, righteous, grounded blues-and-soul-and-gospel is still fierce. The kind of premium league music which touches your soul, makes you live for the moment and resonates for an age.


Pop music bursting at the seams with euphoric giddiness, downtown sass and block party funk from an all-girl London combo who can chew gum, walk talk and shoot you a devilish look all at the same time.

Little Simz

There are many tough gigs at SXSW and they don’t come any tougher than the soul-less Austin Convention Centre during the day. As the name might suggest, these rooms were made for conventions, not live music, so any act playing here, especially acts without a following or profile, has quite a job to do. Kudos in spades then to Little Simz who didn;t let the setting phase her and charmed the room with her tough, winning rhymes and sussed stage presence.


Face-melting, bone-crushing, body-breaking hardcore with blood in the music. Always a great way to spend 20 minutes


Named for their grandfather, a small town in eastern Oregon and a Biblical dream interpreter, Joseph are three sisters singing haunted harmonies full of folky beauty, honesty and distiction in a church in the dark of the night.

Milk & Bone

Atmospheric electronic music with lashings of allure from Montreal duo Camille Poliquin and Laurence Lafond-Beaulne. We’ll be adding their debut album “Little Mourning” to our long (long) list of post-SXSW records to check out.