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Pandora SXSW 2016 – Day Four: Rock

LOLO kicked off the rock segment of Pandora’s Discovery Den at this year’s SXSW with an awe inspiring set of indie-soul crooning sung in banana-print pants. Channeling equal parts Jeff Buckley with a touch of Elton John and a dash of Billy Joel, Tor Miller followed. But it was the women of Los Angeles punk band Bleached who actually put the rock back in rock day with growling guitars and enough grrrl power to make 1990s Olympia, Washington a proud mother. The ladies of Madrid, Spain’s garage-rock quartet Hinds closed out the first half of our event with the kind of classic go-go rock ‘n’ roll that demands to be danced to on beach blankets mashed in the Spanish sand. After a much needed dinner break, alt dance-rock quintet Grizfolk, taut from touring nonstop since January, warmed up a cold stage with a heated set of persistently anthemic material. After some technical difficulties with some temperamental keyboards, Autolux stripped it down to drums, bass and guitar before blasting us with some very ’90s inspired noise-rock on par with Unrest, Blonde Redheaded and Sonic Youth. But the night belonged to Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires. This beautiful man poured hot buttered soul all over our Pandora popcorn and gave us the munchies for more!  He turned Black Sabbath’s “Changes” into a powerfully emotional torch song. Troye Sivan followed with an intergalactic set of futuristic yacht rock – the kind you’d like to hear on the shuffleboard deck of a commercial starship. Headliners Bloc Party closed the night out touting a new rhythm section. You’ve never heard Britpop with a bass this deep – by the end of their set, many of us were missing our trousers – Bloc Party‘s new bassist Justin Harris turned his rig up to 11 and literally rocked our pants off.

Tor Miller


Charles Bradley
Troye Sivan
Bloc Party