Couple items of local rock interest emanating from beyond the pond.
Part the First, in Which Hillbilly Authenticity Is Overplayed as a Trope: Looks like the Guardian has taken a gander at Nashville's own Caitlin Rose and concluded several things: one, that she is worthy of mention under the heading "new band of the day No. 693"; two, that she is more "4 real" than Susan Boyle; three, that this whole question of authenticity is real important:
As with Gillian Welch, you wonder, listening to this tambourine-toting 22-year-old, whether she is the real 100% God's honest hay-chewing hillbilly McCoy, or just a clever construct.
Is the hay-chewing hillbilly not a construct also? Ah, but perhaps not a clever one. The Guardian's reviewer does pay plenty of compliments along the way, though, even if saying that someone doesn't sound like Jewel is still mentioning Jewel in the same breath and, therefore, an insult. Those Brits!
Part the Second, in Which They Who Were Not There Are Now There But Somewhere Else: What band that didn't play South by Southwest got a record deal because someone heard them at South by Southwest? Answer: The Non-Commissioned Officers, who now have a new iteration of their Make-Out With Violence soundtrack work available to the U.K. masses in the form of a four-song 7-inch EP released on the Make Mine label. Word is that Make Mine honcho and Virgin exec Manish Arora (not the fashion designer of the same name) checked out Make-Out at South by Southwest this year and was interested enough in the music to put out a single. Lesson to bands: Stay home! As for the 7-inch, it'll set you back $2.99 GBP at the Rough Trade shop.