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WFUV at SXSW 2019

Team FUV wouldn't miss our annual trek to the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, TX every year. We try to mix things up each time and bring you the best new music we can find, wherever it pops up. This year we also spent a full day at the South by San José gathering (SXSJ, of course) on South Congress Street, next to our base at the Hotel San José.

The Nude Party: SXSW 2019

This seven-piece band of twentysomethings is a total throwback. Fun is the name of the game here, as you'll see in this laid-back, stripped-down, and air-drummed version of "Chevrolet Van" from the Hotel San José courtyard during SXSW.

Barrie: SXSW 2019

The Brooklyn-based Barrie has been together for a relatively short period of time, but the band has created a good amount of buzz with their dream-pop sound. With their debut album out in May, this performance at Hotel San José (wine bottle percussion and all) during SXSW offered a preview.

Black Pumas: SXSJ 2019

Black Pumas won "Best New Band" honors at the 2019 Austin Music Awards, so FUV wanted to make sure you got to hear these hometown faves while we were in Austin too. At the core is the collaboration of producer/guitarist Adrian Quesada and singer-songwriter Eric Burton. Add horns, back-up singers, and moves, and this is a modern soul sound from a band to watch.

Mountain Man: SXSJ 2019

The three voices in Mountain Man have traveled in different directions since their 2010 debut, but fortunately their musical paths have once again aligned. Harmonies (and humor) result when that happens, and at South x San José, FUV was not only treated to songs from the trio's latest album, Magic Ship, but also the pure chemistry that continues to bring Molly Sarlé, Alexandra Sauser-Monnig and Amelia Meath together as this self-described "aggressively quiet" band.

FUV at SXSW 2018

South by Southwest is a mix of conference and craziness that takes over Austin, Texas every March. Discovery is always a big part of the experience — on the interactive media and film fronts too — but it's the "music + discovery" part of the equation where FUV fits right in. As always, there's a ton of live music too, and here are the results of what we headed to SXSW to share with you.

Deva Mahal: SXSW 2018

While music and the arts are clearly in Deva Mahal's bloodline — her parents are the blues legend Taj Mahal and dancer and educator Inshirah Mahal— this singer and songwriter possesses her own style and voice. And what a voice it is. Her Hotel San José performance of the song "Shakes" featured the voices of several grackles too, as well as the familiar guitar chops of Binky Griptite.