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Who to See at SXSW 2012

SXSW has become the indie music fan’s yearly pilgrimage to Mecca and rightfully so.  Each year the 9 day-long festival attracts the best and the brightest from the indie music world and this year’s no different.  A host of talent will be gracing the many stages this year including some really big name acts, but we’re most excited for a select few.  Hit the jump to stream a few of the performers we at the Music-RX are just giddy over.

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The Hives – “Go Right Ahead”

Imagine, if you will, the grittiness of the Vines blended in with Jet’s pop sensibility, then rewind thirty years.  What you’ll be left with is the Hives’ “Go Right Ahead”.  It’s as hooky as a rock song can be these days and it only lasts for what seems like a moment, but it’s sure to get you stomping your feet.  Hit the jump to stream the new single.  Enjoy.

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Chairlift – “Met Before” (Video)

The idea of an ‘interactive’ music video almost sounds too good to be true.  A bunch of artists have tried to pull off with varying levels of success, but they all pale in comparison to Chairlift’s “Met Before”.  The flow of the interaction (i.e. the choices you can make) are absolutely seamless.  There’s no jumping around or glitching/lagging between scenes.  Hell, the music doesn’t even bump along.  It’s as flawless of an interactive video as I’ve seen yet.  Oh, and the track’s kind of a head nodder, too.  Jump and enjoy.

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Deportees – “A New Name to Go By” (feat. Lykke Li)

Who doesn’t like island music?  Everybody has that one trip to the Bahamas where you remember weaving a few beads into your hair and getting completely tanked listening to oil drums and thinking to yourself “wow, now I know what it feels like to live in the Bahamas”.  And if this track doesn’t take you back to that (kind of sad) moment, nothing will…except, maybe, a bunch of rum–I mean, hell, it got you there before.  Anyway, Deportees’ “A New Name to Go By” really reminds me of that Sandals commercial, but in the best way possible.  Lykke Li’s vocals sound exactly what I imagine angels singing would sound like and I almost forgot, the oil drums.  The oil drums!  Jump and give it a listen.

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Beach House – “Myth”

Here’s the newest effort from Beach House called “Myth”, a track I’m kind of assuming off their rumored upcoming LP, Bloom.  This track’s absolutely drenched in reverb and delayed guitar effects but it’s none too distracting.  Somehow, volume swells just translate into sentimentality.  Jump and enjoy.

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s / s / s – “Museum Day”

Since the indie world got wind of s / s / s (Sufjan Stevens, Serengeti, and Son Lux), it’s been quite abuzz.  Personally, I wasn’t really sure what to expect.  I know Sufjan likes to experiment, though, so I figured we’d get something at least a little artsy, and as it turns out, I was absolutely correct.  On “Museum Day” Sufjan goes completely auto-tune, Serengeti softly spits some pointed rhymes, and Son Lux’s beats are solid (as always).  I can’t wait to get my hands on their Beak & Claw EP (due out March 20).  Hit the jump for the track stream.

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Grimes – “Oblivion” (Video)

There is something about a music video that is able to really surprise you.  I think it would be easy to dismiss this video based upon the idea alone–lip-syncing during a Motocross rally.  But, dismissing the visuals for Grimes’ “Oblivion” would definitely be a mistake.  The ambiance of the track really juxtaposes nicely with the amount of chaos and action around her.  She’s like Lily Allen meets Avril Lavigne in the best way.  Give this one watch, it’s very enjoyable.

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Odd Future – “NY (Ned Flanders)” (feat. Hodgy Beats) (Video)

There’s not much I can say about this video that the still-shot above isn’t already screaming.  Tyler plays a digitally-enhanced rapping baby and Hodgy Beats is really just hanging out.  Actually, this is really tame compared to what these guys usually turn out.  Jump and enjoy.

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Frightened Rabbit – ‘A Frightened Rabbit EP’

This one slipped through the woodwork on me and I want to apologize for that because 1.) I love anything and everything Frightened Rabbit and 2.) it’s actually a pretty solid release.  Frightened Rabbit’s A Frightened Rabbit EP has a total of three tracks (all of which are available to listen to after the jump) including a couple I believe may end up on their next LP.  “Scottish Winds” and “Fuck This Place” just sound oh, so Frightened Rabbit.  You know what I mean?  Hit the jump and give it a listen.

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Nite Jewel – “One Second of Love” (Video)

All house parties should be exactly like this.  There is dance sequences, a guy dressed like a goat, and women regurgitating chocolate and an octopus.  Actually, come to think of it, Nite Jewel’s “One Second of Love” video really kind of reminds me of college.  At least, I’ve thrown some stuff up before that looked just like what these ladies puke up.  This really brings back the memories.  Oh, I almost forgot–the track’s actually pretty good, too.  Very danceable.  Jump and enjoy.

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