BEST BAND WE SAW JUST BECAUSE THE SINGER WAS A NICE GUY: The Outernational
People are friendly at SXSW, but you still don’t expect a stranger with a prime spot on a club’s balcony to move furniture around unasked so you can have a better view of the stage. But Miles Solay did just that for us, and when asked, explained how his band had been produced by Tom Morello and how (despite being from New York) were now doing better in South America than North America. That was enough to convince us to chek out their 2 p.m. show the next day. In a tiny bar with a low ceiling, the Outernational crushed it: a five-piece band that likes to double melody lines on guitar and trumpet, sing political lyrics in Spanglish, and dial up the aggression on their funk as high as it will go.