This week, County Grind is taking a look at the tri-county bands representing for South Florida at this year's SXSW festival. First, a rundown of the "officially" selected artists. Earlier this afternoon we gave you a free MP3 from Awesome New Republic, and now, it's time for....
Dreaming in Stereo
Miami's Dreaming in Stereo
is led by guitar whiz Fernando Perdomo
, who first made his name around South Florida as a multi-instrumental wunderkind who wielded the axe for Latin-industry stars like Paulina Rubio. Perdomo, however, has long been a mature, English-language songwriter in his own right, and Dreaming in Stereo is the first bona fide band of his own. (It's also, of course, one of the signature acts on his own, new record label, Forward Motion
It draws heavily on the influence of power pop legends like Todd Rundgren, but also incorporates healthy doses of the kind of multi-layered, prog-rock flourishes with which only a truly talented player could get away. It all comes together in eminently hummable, feel-good tunes that aim to bring quality rock songwriting back to a mainstream audience. The band plays Friday, March 18 at Creekside at the Hilton Garden Inn, opening for Elizabeth and the Catapult.
Here's an MP3 of the band's song "Lazy."