by Bill Pearis

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Peggy Sue
Peggy Sue

South by Southwest is kind of like other people's dreams. If you're not a part of it, you may not want to hear about it. But at least for those in NYC, we do get some of SXSW's runoff, with many bands from Not America making pit stops here before or after the Austin onslaught. We did a rundown of Australia's offers last week, so in this few-part series I'll highlight some of the more notable bands from the UK and elsewhere in Europe who'll be visiting us over the next three weeks.

Let's start with three UK bands that are somewhat related. Like Laura Marling, who will be at SXSW again this year, Mumford and Sons, Peggy Sue, and Jay Jay Pistolet each have ties to London's "alt-folk movement"...

Mumford & Sons
Mumford and Sons

1. Mumford and Sons

Hometown: London, UK

Their deal: "Mumford & Sons only formed in December 2007 through a shared love of country, bluegrass and folk, but they have the requisite air of lives having been lived, their music suffused with world-weary experience, such that you'd assume they'd been going for years." - The Guardian. They are also friends, band-mates, and tour-mates of Laura Marling

NYC Shows: March 15 at Cameo (with Casiokids & New Villager, and March 16 at Mercury Lounge (with Australia's The Temper Trap)


Peggy Sue
Peggy Sue

2. Peggy Sue

Hometown: London, UK

Their deal: A band without anyone actually named Peggy as a member. Formerly called Peggy Sue and the Pirates. "Something like the Moldy Peaches if they had grown up dancing to Sleater Kinney and learnt to sing listening to Billie Holiday." - Drowned in Sound.

NYC Shows: March 23 at Pianos (with Jay Jay Pistolet), March 25 at Sidewalk, and March 26 at Death by Audio.


Jay Jay Pistolet
Jay Jay Pistolet

3. Jay Jay Pistolet

Hometown: London, UK

His deal: "Part of the gang of friends that includes Laura Marling and Noah & The Whale. A disarming presence and a huge talent. There is every chance of him bridging the divide to the mainstream from the underground" - MOJO.

NYC Shows: March 23 at Pianos (with Peggy Sue), and March 24 at Sidewalk Cafe


All tour dates and videos below...

Mumford and Sons - "The Banjolin Song"

Mumford and Sons 2009 North American tour Dates
Mar 15 - Cameo, Brooklyn, NY w/ Slow Club, Casiokids and New Villager
Mar 18 SXSW - Friends in AUSTIN, TX
Mar 19 SXSW - SESAC Day Stage Cafe Austin Convention Center in AUSTIN, TX
Mar 20 SXSW - Under the Radar day party @ Flamingo Cantina in AUSTIN, TX
Mar 20 SXSW - Maggie Mae's Rooftop in AUSTIN, TX

Jay Jay Pistolet - "Bags of Gold"

Jay Jay Pistolet 2009 North American Tour Dates
Mar Chess Club @ Friends Austin, Texas
Mar 19 Hilton Austin, Texas
Mar 20 Secret Show Austin, Texas
Mar 21 Q Magazine Showcase @ The Parish Austin, Texas
Mar 23 Pianos New York, New York
Mar 24 Sidewalk Cafe - FREE SHOW New York, New York

Peggy Sue - "Alice in the Kitchen"

Peggy Sue - 2009 North American Tour Dates
Mar 16 Box8 Factory w. Bushwala and Sky Larkin Los Angeles, California
Mar 19 SXSW showcase@The Parish Downstairs AUSTIN. TEXAS
Mar 23 Pianos w. Jay Jay Pistolet NYC
Mar 25 Sidewalk Cafe NYC
Mar 26 death by audio Brooklyn, NY