Bilderbuch (meaning Picture Book in German) have been playing together since they were 14 years old. They’ve yet to reach a broad audience with their music, an eclectic mix of indie rock, pop, and hip-hop, but their latest album soared to the top of the Austrian charts. You’ll be hearing these guys in the wild sooner than you know.
Wanda had their first-ever tour late last year, hitting clubs in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland with their signature grunge-y indie rock, similar to old-school Gogol Bordello. All of their songs are sung in German, but since when has language ever gotten in the way of good music?
3. Der Nino Aus Wien
Nino Mandl started putting his music on Myspace way back in 2004, at the height of new wave of soulful singer-songwriters ushered in by The OC. His music, however, has a distinctly jazzy/bluesy twist, and now four albums deep, he’s been nominated for six Amadeus awards.
It’s hard to listen to Kreisky and not go straight to the riffing guitars of Franz Ferdinand and Arctic Monkeys. They’ve been getting some festival exposure over in Europe, and they’ve shown no sign of slowing down.
5. Soap & Skin
Anja Plaschg has trained as a classical musician since she was six years old, but at 16 dropped out of school to pursue her career in music. Those classical influences have had their effect, but her interest in experimental music (namely, the styling of Aphex Twin and Björk) give it an incredible edge.
Gerard lays hip-hop lyrics over trancy beats, making the perfect music for late-night driving or low-key partying.
7. Ja, Panik
Ja, Panik is Mac DeMarco before Mac DeMarco — balancing a strangely punky image with somewhat folksy rock music. Despite being critically acclaimed for their music, they’re not afraid to broaden their horizons: they put out a cookbook in 2011.
8. Parov Stelar
If you’ve ever taken a passing interest in the growing genre of Electroswing, you’ve heard of Parov Stelar. The godfather of the genre takes the music of the Roaring 20s and updates it for the modern age. The result is the most danceable music you’ve ever heard.
9. Joyce Muniz
Joyce Muniz has been around for a minute, and her deep house music is pretty popular in Vienna, but it’s her recent collaborations with rapper Skero that are really bringing her profile to the masses.
When asked about their name, Garish told the press that it meant, “dazzling, stridently coloured or excessively ornamented, gaudy, ostentatious, tastelessly showy, tacky or in raucously poor taste.” The alternative rock band is doing everything in their power to live up to that description in the best of ways.