Meet one of our favorite artists from the 2014 South by Southwest music conference and festival in Austin, Texas.

SXSW Spotlight Artist

  • Name: Dum Dum Girls

  • City: Los Angeles

  • Website: http://wearedumdumgirls.com

  • Local shows: 8 p.m. April 8; The Independent, S.F.; $16-$18, www.ticketfly.com. Also: 8 p.m. April 9; The Blank Club, San Jose; $13-$15, www.ticketweb.com.

  • Key cuts: "Cult of Love," "Coming Down"

  • The skinny: If Siouxsie Sioux had worked with Phil Spector, it's plausible that the result would have sounded something like the Dum Dum Girls. The music is a mixture of '60s girl group and '80s goth, resulting in something that feels oh-so 21st century. The group is led by Dee Dee Penny (aka Kristin Welchez), a stylish singer-songwriter who clearly knows how to get the most out of a lo-fi, indie-pop tune. The Dum Dum Girls are definitely a smart choice for fans of such acts as the Ravonettes and Cults.

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