My top SXSW Music pick: Street Sweeper Social Club (SSSC)

Just like last year I felt that SXSW Music had a clear “winner” for me. Street Sweeper Social Club surprised me with high energy Rap Rock music of exactly the kind that I like. Core to SSSC are Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine and Boots Riley of The Coup. They played a total of six gigs at SXSW, all extreme high energy events.

They had already released an album last year: cd / vinyl / mp3 More streaming music on the SSSC myspace page.

Here are some video shots from SSSC, not all perfect in sound or vision, but they give a good impression of the band’s energy and audience reaction to it.

There are many more live performance videos of Street Sweeper Social Club on Youtube and others.

Here are the regular music videos of their singles “100 little curses” and “promenade”.

My SXSW New Music top pick: The Asteroids Galaxy Tour

At SXSW I listened to a fair number of bands that I had never heard before and this year my top pick is The Asteroids Galaxy Tour from Copenhagen, Denmark. I saw them twice, once at Emo's Annex on Thursday night and once in the early evening at Maggie Mae's. Both performances were high energy with infectious melodies. The songs are danceable with a hint of Motown and Soul sampled into them. This is a clip from the performance at Maggie Mae's, the sound doesn't do justice to the live performance.

The band appears to have two core members: Mette Lindberg and Lars Iversen, with others added for live gigs, but I found the horn and rhythm sections particularly strong and essential for their sound. Here is a better live recording:

What the band is most know for it seems is that a clip from their song "Around the Bend" was used for an ipod touch commercial. The song is one of their stronger numbers and demonstrates how infectious their tunes are. Here is their official music video.

They have an album named Fruit that will be released in May of this year. Until then we'll have to do with the EP they released earlier which you can get from Amazon:

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The new album will also include the Sun Ain't Shining No More: