March 14, 2013


Toro Y Moi Inspires Sweaty Dancing at SXSW

Rita Quinn
Rita Quinn

Chaz Bundick, better known by his stage name Toro y Moi, has never been the most energetic performer. But he doesn't have to be.

The synth-playing troubadour took over Haven late Wednesday night at South by Southwest with full band in tow, fleshing out his recorded material and inspiring a room full of tired music fans to be jolted with a second wind.

Check out Toro y Moi and others in our SXSW Photo Gallery

As skinny girls in fashionable clothing danced atop the venue's couches, Bundick culled material from his three albums, including his recently released third album Anything in Return, to inspire (unintended?) grinding among more than a few couples.

Blending tape loops with live instrumentation, Bundick has become one of indie pop's most joyful-sounding musicians, anchored by the woozy, beautiful track "So Many Details." With the heft of a live band behind him, Haven lived up to its namesake.