A ton of Nashville acts clamored for listeners at SXSW this year, so it's only fitting that a few would perk up outside ears. Paste Magazine has just listed their top 10 buzziest acts from SXSW, and Nashville holds two spots on the list. Who could it be? Glossary? The Pink Spiders? Turbo Fruits?
A hint: One's from Murfreesboro, and the other just moved to town. Click through for the goods.
4. Those Darlins
These three Tennessean ladies threw down some old-school country at myriad showcases throughout SXSW, and still found time to chat with Paste about their fashion color of choice. Look for more on this band soon. (Austin L. Ray)
6. Madi Diaz
Bells chimed delicately above acoustic-guitar strums in the dim light of the Driskill Hotel's Victorian Room last friday night, the indie folk-pop of Nashville singer/songwriter Madi Diaz and her band wrapping snugly around the crowd's eardrums. There was something so inviting about the whole scene--especially Diaz's voice, an instrument that comforts as if a favorite blanket leftover from early childhood. Diaz first gained attention as a student in the documentary Rock School (which provided the basis for fictional Jack Black vehicle School of Rock), but has since cut her teeth at the Berklee College of Music and is now co-writing with Paste favorites like Katie Herzig, David Mead and Garrison Starr. That's right, little Madi is all growns up, and--with new EP Ten Gun Salute--her music is maturing nicely, as well. (Steve LaBate)