Ahead Of The Curve Performances Day 1

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At a secret filming location in downtown Austin, today’s edgiest artists gathered during SXSW to perform material ranging from indie to electric pop to hip-hop. Check in daily this week to catch clips by Broken Social Scene, Marina and The Diamonds, Curren$y, Best Coast and many more.

She And Him

Great minds think alike and the combined powers of Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward have proved to be fortuitous for both parties. With Deschanel’s breezy vocals and Ward’s stellar guitar-playing, She & Him’s newest release Volume Two is a continuation of their earlier work; a light, pleasant trip for any listener.


J. Cole

Signed to Roc Nation, young rap artist J. Cole has both toured with his mentor Jay-Z and appeared on the later’s The Blueprint 3. Currently on the brink of releasing his first studio album, J. Cole revisited his 2007 mixtape The Come Up for mtvU’s Ahead of the Curve with the track that inspired his label to sign him- “Lights Please.”


Neon Trees

Originally formed by childhood friends Tyler Glenn and Chris Allen, bassist Branden Campbell and drummer Elaine Bradley are welcome additions to the now-quartet Neon Trees. Just this year the group released their first LP Habits before heading out on tour with 30 Seconds to Mars.


Miike Snow

When it comes to electronic pop group Miike Snow, it is the combined efforts of producers Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg, along with singer Andrew Wyatt, who create the sound behind the jackalope. With the release of their self-titled debut LP, the group received a huge crush of fandom for their trendy, genre-crossing sound.


V.V. Brown

A former mtvU Freshmen artist, V.V. Brown is a British recording artist whose first studio album Traveling Like A Light drops tomorrow 4/20 here in the U.S. Her work has appeared on shows such as Desperate Housewives and Ugly Betty and the artist was also just signed to appear with Pink on her UK Circus Tour.


Dan Black

After gaining attention for the track “HYPNTZ,” a mash-up of B.I.G. and Rihanna singles, artist Dan Black went on to release a handful of successful singles before dropping his full-length album UN in February. Set to perform at Lollapalooza 2010 later this summer, Black brings the infinitely catchy “Symphonies” to Ahead of the Curve.