Ones To Watch: David Wax Museum

Photo by Claire Roeth

All this week, KUTX profiles the Ones To Watch—seven must-see artists at SXSW 2016. See more here.

David Wax Museum doesn’t fit into one genre, and that’s what makes the band stand out. David Wax and Suz Slezak first teamed up about a decade ago in Boston. David spent his college years studying folk music in Mexico, and combined with Suz’s love of Americana, they make for a unique sound.

“It was real fertile ground for us to explore the Mexican songs and bring in the Mexican instrumentation, the rhythms, and the lyrical ideas,” David told KUTX’s Jay Trachtenberg in 2013, “and kind of bring that to bear on our songwriting. It helped us find our own voice that way.”

Guesthouse, David Wax Museum’s fourth album, is more emotional, written after the birth of David and Suz’s first child. The band reflects on these big changes with big songs, like “Young Man.” And these big songs will certainly lead to bigger audiences. Listen to our feature below, hosted by Jody Denberg and produced by Art Levy.

David Wax Museum at SXSW 2016:

Wednesday, Mar 16: KUTX Live at the Four Seasons, 9 a.m.

Wednesday, Mar 16: Swan Dive, 11 p.m. (official SXSW showcase)

Friday, Mar 18: Scottish Rite Theater (All The Children Boogie: A Tribute To David Bowie)

Saturday, Mar 19: Licha’s Cantina (Brooklyn Country Cantina, RSVP here)

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