Alabama-native-turned-Brooklynite Matthew Houck, known better by his stage name Phosphorescent, is a sensitive soul who knows how to rock out (we were lucky enough to get to know him in our recent interview). He released his seventh studio album Muchacho in March to critical acclaim, baring his soul to us more than ever with a balance of bitter blues rock and sinewy folk. It's no wonder we were thrilled to have him play Hype Machine's Hype Hotel at SXSW this year.
"These are prescription sunglasses. I'm not an asshole," Houck explains from the Hype Hotel stage to a sea of fans, before launching into the much-loved "Song For Zula" off his recent record. Watching him live gives you a chance to hear the true versatility of his vocals and experience first-hand the quaking emotions they hold. Alt-country fans should definitely indulge in this 25-minute gem of a performance.