SCHED* SXSW 2011 has ended
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And so it began. German electro popsters Hundreds took to the stage to wide applause. On the darkened stage facing out into the cavernous room, singer Eva cut a striking figure though the hazy glow, her vocals blending and bleeding into lo-fi electronic compositions and melodic keyboard riffs. The sound, which was to challenge every band that night, seemed to agree with Hundreds, and they rose above the echo to deliver a smooth, tight groove for the crowd. At least that’s what it sounded like from where I stood. Hundreds’ music is slightly introverted and thoughtful, but not in an angsty XX kind of way. Rather the opposite, actually, and rather than standing and looking all moody, Eva danced about like a little pixie in her bare feet and hooded jumpsuit. But the audience was restless and already desperate for something to sink their teeth into. They wanted to writhe and sweat and be sucked body and soul into something bigger than them, and while Hundreds rightly teased with this vibe on their penultimate track with its dance tempo and punchy keyboards, it felt like they were just getting started when it was time to finish up. A great Airwaves find, and I got the impression that a lot of people had found the next album they wanted to splurge a few ISK on.

My Artists Sessions

Wednesday, March 16

8:00pm CDT