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OPB At SXSW 2018, Thursday: Sunflower Bean, Post Animal, Old Crow Medicine Show

opbmusic and KMHD staff are on-site in Austin, Texas, for the annual SXSW throwdown. Here are their photos and highlights from Thursday.

Post Animal

Post Animal at SXSW 2018

Post Animal at SXSW 2018

Mike Baden/opbmusic

Post Animal was a pleasant discovery for me Thursday night. I hadn’t heard of the psych-rock band from Chicago prior to attending their set at Cheer Up Charlies. I’m not sure if the rest of the crowd knew who they were or if they also became instant fans, because the energy and excitement was intense. The band’s performance ignited the biggest mosh pit I’ve seen at SXSW thus far, and they got the kind of reception you might expect for a headlining act that’s been touring for years. This is a band I suggest seeing live, and you can — they play in Portland on June 21 at Doug Fir Lounge. — Mike Baden, opbmusic

Durand Jones & The Indications

Durand Jones and the Indications at SXSW 2018

Durand Jones and the Indications at SXSW 2018

David Christensen/opbmusic

Durand Jones is picking up the soul torch left behind by Sharon Jones and running with it. I’m sure I wasn’t the only person watching him take the stage Thursday night and thinking of the late, much-loved soul singer Sharon Jones, or of Charles Bradley, who also died last year. Durand Jones was seriously impressive. He has a big voice and a flair for showmanship, dropping to his knees occasionally on Thursday night and waving a towel over his bandmates after a smoking trumpet solo. His seven-piece band was also great and found a sweet balance between tight arrangements and room for inspired improvisation. Sometimes with a band that large, you can feel the effort to hold the arrangements together more than the love of playing. But Jones’ band was having a great time, and it was contagious. They’re from Indiana, and I’m sure they’ll be touring soon with the release of their forthcoming album on indie stalwart Secretly Canadian, so look for them to make a trip to the West Coast. I know I’ll be there. — David Christensen, opbmusic


The first thing that came to mind as I walked into Cheer Up Charlies for Hatchie’s set was, “This song sounds familiar.” It was actually a previously unreleased song, but the pop sensibility of Hatchie’s Harriette Pilbeam is both consistent and comforting. Jangly guitars and sing-song melodies carried through every part of the set, and, despite her limited exposure in the U.S., she performed with a confidence of a road-tested veteran. Hatchie has only officially released two songs, and I’m looking forward to much more. — Matthew Casebeer, opbmusic

Cut Worms

Cut Worms at SXSW 2018

Cut Worms at SXSW 2018

Mike Baden/opbmusic

Cadence Weapon

Cadence Weapon at SXSW 2018

Cadence Weapon at SXSW 2018

David Christensen/opbmusic

The most hilarious rhyme of the night was by Cadence Weapon (aka Roland Pemberton), a socially conscious hip-hop artist who played the Canadian music showcase at Swan Dive. His song “High Rise” is an emphatic rant on urban living on the nth floor, gentrification, lack of parking and even how hard it is to get time with your friends. Stomping his feet and doubled over at another point, he repeated the title line “move into a high rise … high rise, high rise” and even substituted “high rise” with the Jamaican term “irie” (that’s “cool” for you Oregonians). Though clearly, everything’s not going to be irie, it was beautiful. — David Christensen, opbmusic

Old Crow Medicine Show

Old Crow Medicine Show at SXSW 2018

Old Crow Medicine Show at SXSW 2018

Mike Baden/opbmusic

Budweiser sponsored the evening at Fair Market, which meant free beer, so when Old Crow Medicine Show took the stage close to midnight, the crowd was already in good spirits. Once they were announced, they took the stage by storm and immediately played “Cocaine” with the same intensity of its namesake. OCMS played a few of their new songs from their new album “Volunteer” (out April 20), but it was their familiar hits that really elated the audience and had them singing along word for word. — Mike Baden, opbmusic

Snail Mail

Snail Mail at SXSW 2018

Snail Mail at SXSW 2018

Mike Baden/opbmusic

Madison McFerrin

Madison McFerrin at SXSW 2018

Madison McFerrin at SXSW 2018

David Christensen/opbmusic

Like her famous father, Bobby McFerrin, Madison McFerrin makes music using only her voice and hands. With a looping pedal, she started her set with hand-clapped or finger-snapped percussion, and then began layering her voice. At times, the multiple vocal takes were akin to a church choir’s harmonies, but at other times it swerved and weaved into decidedly downtempo R&B territory. Through it all, she managed quite charmingly to create a wholly organic sound and still kept the focus rightly on her lyrics. With its Christmas lights outlining trees on the street below and the beginning of a late-night mist hanging over downtown Austin, McFerrin provided the perfect soundtrack for the rooftop bar at Malverde. — David Christensen, opbmusic

Sudan Archives

Sudan Archives at SXSW 2018

Sudan Archives at SXSW 2018

Mike Baden/opbmusic

Sunflower Bean

Sunflower Bean at SXSW 2018

Sunflower Bean at SXSW 2018

Mike Baden/opbmusic

Sunflower Bean closed out the day party at Clive Bar Thursday afternoon. The trio from New York didn’t disappoint the crowd, which grew larger as their set progressed. They might be a young band, but they perform like pros, bringing a lot of physicality and exuberance to the stage — and literally off. In the middle of their set, Julia Cumming jumped down to the turf as the audience circled around her and reached for their cell phones. Sunflower Bean may still be classified as “up-and-coming,” but not for long. — Mike Baden, opbmusic

Sunflower Bean at SXSW 2018

Sunflower Bean at SXSW 2018

Mike Baden/opbmusic

Joey Dosik

Joey Dosik at SXSW 2018

Joey Dosik at SXSW 2018

Mike Baden/opbmusic