Indie Network of Sound (INoS) covered an extraordinary 27.8 miles on foot and took in over 80 acts during the 2017 SXSW Music Festival. We went hard day and night for 5 straight daze. Though it was extremely difficult for us to narrow down so many amazing performances to create the INoS Top 10, in the end, the following bands/artist left a lasting impression and earned the right to stand tall as our top acts of SXSW 2017.
10) Beach Slang from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Fresh punk rock sound. INoS caught 2 heavy performances during SXSW. James Alex, lead singer is amped up with a 90’s punk rock sound. Swinging and banging away on his guitar is a spectacle alone to watch. A crisp and clean sound with undeniable similarities to The Replacements and Ryan Adams. Yes, that’s a compliment.
9) Potty Mouth from Northampton, Massachusetts
INoS are huge fans. We have caught the band live a few times and have enjoyed each performance. In the day and age of electronic, machine created music. We at INoS dig it when a band kicks out a punk rock sound, old school style. That’s Potty Mouth-Gritty and grungy. Paying homage to an INoS favorite Nirvana.
8) The Sloths from Los Angeles, California
True veterans of the early garage rock scene in LA. The band originally formed in 1964, but called it quits in 1966. In the past few years they reformed and brought the band “Back from the Grave” to start kicking some ass once again. Well that’s what happened. INoS had their asses kicked. Power rock, stage charisma, and a display of how rock n roll should be done. The Sloths are back.
7) Dream Wife from Brighton, London
INoS caught Dream Wife at the British Music Embassy's BBC Music 1 showcase. We always look forward to the British Music showcase. The power trio named after a classic 1953 Cary Grant film brought a fresh spin to pop/rock. Paying homage to the 80’s New Wave sound. Roaring vocals backed up my slick guitar riffs left INoS screaming “Yaaaaa!” It was an instant attraction. We at Indie Network of Sound truly understood how fortunate we were to be seeing Dream Wife in Austin, Texas.
6) Cherry Glazerr from Los Angeles, California
We took in two powerful sets from Cherry Glazerr. One late night display of power and one mid-day rock out. Both left us woozie. It was amazing how the clean pop jams via record were converted into a heavy onslaught of rock power. Once again Cherry Glazerr dazzled SXSW fans.
5) Mastodon from Atlanta, Georgia
These Metal Veterans have been killing it since 2000. It was a heavy treat to catch Mastodon during SXSW. The walls were shaking. This was a one and only performance at Empire Control Room.
4) Show Me The Body from New York City
NYC punk trio, Show Me The Body is all about control and power. They control the audience through their powerful wild sound. Things we never expected to do, we did, during their SXSW set.
3) Creepoid from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Creepoid can always be counted on for a heavy and fun, energetic set of grunge-gaze psychedelia.