Melanie Fiona often plays the standby to someone who's emotionally abandoned her — a lover who's thrust herself completely into unrequited love. "I'd make the perfect wife," she sings in "4 a.m.," a tortured torch ballad about waiting for her man to come home, featuring little more than synths dripping faintly, like a leaking faucet.
But, as a soul singer who's flirted with reggae backbeats, then won two Grammys for a duet with Cee-Lo Green ("Fool… more »
Now well into its second decade, the days during which South By Southwest - and the bands it attracts - could count novelty as a chief draw are long over. And with blogs and social media sites having likewise moved from fad to institution, the odds that anyone would be hearing a band for the first time in Austin is also significantly reduced. And so the thousands of bands looking to make an impression at… more »