Midland, Temples, and Ocean Park Standoff draw crowds at Texas fest.
Most Likely to Succeed: Midland
If the crowd at the South by Southwest (SXSW) TuneIn Studios Big Machine Label Group Showcase on March 17 was any indication, Midland is going to do great things.
Singer Mark Wystrach hit all the right notes as the audience actively appreciated the band’s first single “Drinkin’ Problem.” Fans of outlaw country, take note (and a shot of whiskey). Midland joins the Soul2Soul tour with Tim McGraw and Faith Hill this summer.
Top Import: Temples
UK band Temples is making its debut across the pond and should be a shoe-in for summer playlists with their latest effort, Volcano. Busy industry folks floated into the Radio Day Stage at the Austin Convention Center on March 15, wooed by the voice of lead singer, James Bagshaw. Though they’re playing all over Europe, only a handful of (mostly southern) dates stateside will have to suffice – for now.
Best Earworm: “Good News” by Ocean Park Standoff
“Good News” wins the fest on catchiness alone. Amidst a turbulent political climate and a long winter, this sunny track is just what the doctor ordered.
“I need some good news baby, feels like the world’s gone crazy,” singer Ethan Thompson implores, while Samantha Ronson and Pete Nappi provide a healthy helping of keys and beats. Their EP is out now and you can catch them on tour with Third Eye Blind and Silversun Pickups.
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