SXSW 2008: Summerbirds in the Cellar Summerbirds in the Cellar shares members with Now It's Overhead, and the two bands do share similar sounds. The group spends half its time in Athens, Ga., so R.E.M. comparisons are inevitable.

Summerbirds in the Cellar. Joel Didriksen of kingpinphoto.com hide caption

toggle caption
Joel Didriksen of kingpinphoto.com

SXSW Music Festival

SXSW 2008: Summerbirds in the Cellar

SXSW 2008: Summerbirds in the Cellar

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/88156595/88171874" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Summerbirds in the Cellar shares members with the moody pop-rock band Now It's Overhead, and the two bands do share similar sounds. The group spends half its time in Athens, Ga., so R.E.M. comparisons are inevitable, but there's a bit more polish to R.E.M.'s ragtag jangle. Summerbirds' latest is With the Hands of the Hunter It All Becomes Dead, an album densely layered with pulsing synths, cooed vocals, and jagged guitars.

Hear the other bands from this concert: R.E.M., Dead Confederate, Papercranes, Johnathan Rice.

[+] read more[-] less

More From SXSW Music Festival

Lydia Ainsworth performs "Afterglow" in the Optic Obscura installation during SXSW. NPR hide caption

toggle caption NPR

Escape The Noise: Watch 9 Lullabies From Austin

Lydia Ainsworth, Phoebe Bridgers, L.A. Salami, Valerie June, Let's Eat Grandma and others sing us quiet songs on hotel beds and in art installations during SXSW.

Adrianne Lenker of Big Thief steps into the limelight during her band's set at Stubb's BBQ. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

toggle caption Adam Kissick for NPR

Big Thief Whispers, Then Roars, At SXSW 2017

Big Thief's Adrianne Lenker had the capacity Stubb's crowd in the palm of her hand at our showcase.

L.A. Salami performs "Day To Day (For 6 Days A Week)" during SXSW. Nickolai Hammar/NPR hide caption

toggle caption Nickolai Hammar/NPR

L.A. Salami Takes A Long Exhale Of The Day Before Midnight

Standing on the smoking balcony of a hotel overlooking the Austin skyline, L.A. Salami plays "Day To Day (For 6 Days A Week)" for a small crowd just before midnight.

Fear not a high kick. PWR BTTM perform during NPR Music's annual SXSW showcase at Stubb's in Austin, Texas. Adam Kissick for NPR/NPR hide caption

toggle caption Adam Kissick for NPR/NPR

PWR BTTM Unleashes The Glitter At SXSW 2017

PWR BTTM, once two and now four members strong, brought glitter, humor and bombast to the stage at Stubb's this year.

Back To Top