Sound Dessert in SXSW Music Bloggers Guide

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Sound Dessert founder Gillian Driscoll is featured in SXSW’s official 2017 Music Bloggers Guide to SXSW. In it you’ll find 100s of official showcasing artists reviewed by some of your favorite blogs including All Things Go, DIY Mag, Paste, The Wild Honey Pie, The Line of Best Fit, Stereogum, and of course…Sound Dessert.

Check out the Music Bloggers Guide To SXSW and read Gillian’s blurbs on Lockhart’s RF Shannon and Berlin’s Oum Shatt below:


R.F. Shannon creates sonic landscapes that encapsulate the placid mystique of rural Texas. Nestled within these not-so-sleepy towns are vibrant artistic communities that thrive among the arid terrain. Towns like Marfa, Alpine, and the artist’s place of residence, Lockhart. Dreamy reverberations and meditative vocals on songs like “Had A Revelation” and “Banshee Canyon” call to modern-day Don Quixotes traversing either the open road or exploring the portals of the mind. “Had A Revelation” sets the tone for discovery, as lead vocalist Shane Renfro sings, “On a desert highway, with the fire in your brain / out of sight, out of mind.” Leave your worries behind and head the call of R.F. Shannon. R.F. Shannon released their debut EP Other Trails in October of last year, and reveals the LP, Jaguar Place, on March 31st.


March 14 – The Sidewinder

March 15 – 18th Floor at Hilton Garden Inn


Hailing from Berlin, OUM SHATT blend Arabic and Turkish influences into their sound. A little bit surf rock, a little bit psychedelic, Oum Shatt is a true original. Lead singer Jonas Poppe sings with a matter-of-fact tonality reminiscent of David Bowie or Franz Ferdinand. Poppe was inspired to add world music elements into the band’s sound as a result of spinning Arabic and Turkish records in Berlin clubs. Try to resist the intriguing rhythms and cheeky lyrics that span politics and relationships on tracks like “Power to the Women of the Morning Shift” and “Madame O. (Black Friday)”. Oum Shatt refers to their sound as, “A bit of Ricky Nelson with a moustache. Or Ian Curtis, naked in Cairo, half past three in the morning.” If that doesn’t leave an impression, I don’t know what does.


March 13 – Barracuda

March 14 – B.D. Riley’s Irish Pub

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