HGTV/Paste SXSW Preview - Hurray for the Riff Raff

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HGTV/Paste SXSW Preview - Hurray for the Riff Raff

HGTV has teamed up with Paste for our ninth annual party in Austin, Texas, at SXSW, March 13-16. With 11 bands per day, the lineup includes both some of the festival’s most exciting veteran performers including Billy Bragg, Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale, Josh Ritter and The Zombies, as well as newcomers like Foxygen, The Lone Bellow and GUARDS.

The official four-day party will be held at one of 6th Street’s biggest music venues, The Stage on Sixth (508 E. 6th Street), from noon to 6 p.m. In the days leading up to the event, we’ll post previews on the artists on the lineup.

Hurray for the Riff Raff
Hometown: New Orleans, La.
Members: Alynda Lee Segarra, Yosi Pearlstein, David Maclay
Latest Album: Look out Mama
For Fans of: Dark Dark Dark, Shovels & Rope, The Deep Dark Woods

Listening to Hurray for the Riff Raff’s Look Out Mama, it wouldn’t occur to you that the indie folk band’s lead singer was from about as far culturally and geographically from New Orleans as one could get. Alynda Lee Segarra’s from the Bronx, but with fellow bandmates Yosi Pearlman and David Maclay, she sounds like New Orleans has always been and forever will be her home.

Released in April of 2012, Look Out Mama is Hurray for the Riff Raff’s fifth album and is said to be “the result of almost two years of Alynda and [a honky-tonk band known as] the Tumbleweeds criss-crossing the USA, playing over 100 shows in small bars and clubs,” according to the band’s official website.

There’s no mistaking the influence classical country and southern rock has had on Hurray for the Riff Raff, but it is surprising how Segarra’s voice and lyrics can be reminiscent of both Emmylou Harris and Florence Welch and still be versatile enough to allow the band to experiment with different musical styles such as pop and even psychedelia. And to be able to experiment successfully that way with such different styles, all on the same album, is an accomplishment.

You can listen to the title track from Look Out Mama below.