Oh Land Brings the Beat to Billboard's SXSW Showcase
Nanna Øland Fabricius is the hardest-working woman in Austin. The Danish singer, better known by her stage name Oh Land, has an exhausting 11 showcases booked during South by Southwest, and her numerous appearances - and the fervor that seems to follow every one of them - has made her one of the biggest talks of the town. On Thursday night (Mar. 17), the electro-pop bombshell brought her sexy sounds to the Billboard Bungalow to close the second night in our series of SXSW 2011 showcases.
Two years after her much talked-about appearance at the 2009 festival led to her Epic Records discovery, Oh Land fittingly hit the Buffalo Billiards stage like a seasoned pro. Wearing a flowing silk kimono robe, she kept the crowd captivated as she breezed through songs from her eponymous full-length album, which was released earlier this week.
Bouncing from one bubbly pop gem to the next (highlights included her effervescent new single "Son of a Gun" and dancefloor-ready gem "Voodoo"), Oh Land bewitched the crowd with her sensuous vocals and graceful dance moves, which echoed the effortless ambiance of her energetic music.
But Oh Land wasn't the only artist who brought the beat to the Billboard Bungalow Thursday night. Hip-hop dynamo K. Flay carried her infectious swagger to the stage, dousing the crowd with brazen beats. New Orleans duo the Knux turned up the volume with their ballsy mix of rap, rock and electronica. San Francisco duo The Limousines drove their smooth indie-electronica sounds to the stage, while California Wives injected a dose of catchy Chicago synth-pop to the mix. Most eye-catching, however, was King Charles, a U.K. up-and-comer who lives at the intersection of Prince and Devendra Banhart and filled in last-minute for an ailing MNDR.
Billboard's series of SXSW showcases continues tonight (Mar. 18) with performances from Pains of Being Pure at Heart, A Place to Bury Strangers, The Joy Formidable, Screaming Females and more.