The last Sofar Sounds SXSW showcase was fittingly held on the last day of the festival. The setting: a still neighborhood on the east side, nestled inside Little Pink Monster Gallery.
Despite a sun shower, some resilient folks found their way to the music and in this case, art as well.
This songbird played the Love, Austin showcase at the start of the week and it was a treat to hear her perform once again. Frances Cone serenaded the audience with her signature ballads, “Come Back” and “Rattles Your Heart” along with unreleased tracks, “Wiser” and “85”. The singer’s self-titled follow up to Come Back drops April 29th, but if you supported her Pledge campaign you can hear it now.
Sofar Sounds turned me onto California Wives last year, so I was thrilled the guys were back in Austin and playing the series. Lead vocalist Jayson Kramer’s breathy voice and those melodic rock riffs are seriously irresistible. The Chicago natives debuted all new songs from their upcoming sophomore release, including “Over & Over”, “Shine” and “Heavy”. They’ve Instagrammed a few photos from the recording studio, so keep an eye on their feed for updates. I know I will.
Sweet British lad, Sweet Baboo writes endearing, self-deprecating ditties. Don’t feel pity for the fellow though, as his delivery is nothing but charming. Baboo sings in a gentle, deliberate manner even when his sarcasm gets a rise out of the audience. Baboo remains steadfast as he sings about his tales and troubles in love on songs like “C’mon Let’s Mosh” and “Best Beach”, assuring audiences that despite life’s awkward hiccups, we always make it through.
John Mark Nelson
This singer/songwriter resides in the land of loons and lakes – Minnesota. A passionate composer John Mark Nelson has been recording pieces since he was 14. Now 20, Nelson has two releases under his belt with a third in the works. A real Sofar veteran, Nelson performed “Truly, You Are” an original song he penned for a Sofar Sounds compilation. He also performed the powerful “Reminisce” and “Rain Comes Down”, off his sophomore release Waiting and Waiting.