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From 360 to Yolanda Be Cool: The Aussies at SXSW 2013 - Part Six

From March 12-17, the city of Austin, Texas will be throwing open its doors to tens of thousands of music fans, industry officials and musicians for the annual SXSW music festival and conference. Amongst that number are over thirty Australian artists. Over the course of the next couple of weeks we'll be profiling these artists, offering a brief introduction to what they’re about and what they have to offer.

Henry Wagons

The twangy bearded alt-country band that Henry Wagons has fronted has taken a back seat for a more solo music affair. His collaborative album Expecting Company was only released just recently in the USA after receiving a generally positive response here in Australia for a few months. Henry has only just started touring around over there as well, playing the East Coast before playing six dates in Austin.

Nick Cave

Staright after his run of dates here in Australia, Nick Cave will dart off on a plane to Austin for a chat with author Larry Ratso Sloman and a performance at NPR’s music showcase at Stubb’s. If you have been living under a rock lately, we should mention that Nick has been kicking moody arse with his latest album Push The Sky Away debuting at number one on the ARIA charts.

Rites Wild

The moniker of Stacy Wilson, Rites Wild delves into a multi-instrumentalist, producer and visual artist project that explores echo to its immense depths. Stacy is also the owner of record label Heavy Lows which releases moody DIY experimentation from her home state of South Australia. Wilson also plays in a band, Terrible Truths, and has two other solo incarnations, Regional Curse and Comfort Zones. She will be out there care of No Not Fun records playing their showcase on the 15th March.

The Rubens

Triple J darlings in a way, this collective of blues-pop influenced troubadours are heading around Europe before plunging into SXSW for one date only at The Belmont on the 13th. The outfit have only been together for just a year and skyrocketed into the stratosphere particularly with the success of their singles "Lay It Down" and "My Gun", and their self-titled debut album.

San Cisco

Playing at Club de Ville on the 15th March, this four-piece indie pop band formed in 2009, under the original name of King George, in Fremantle. Even though they’ve been around for a while, it was the hit track "Awkward" which gave them their huge break, landing at number 7 in triple J’s Hottest 100. Their self-titled debut was released last year.