17 Bands You Need to See at SXSW

Never has a festival list been harder to piece together. The sheer volume of incredible music that is about to storm the already colorful streets of Austin, TX is unfathomable. That being said, I took an oath when I started this milky crater of a blog to jump into the thick of things and submerge myself neck deep in music to the point of mental breakdown and suffocation.

When I first sat down to make my SXSW list, I totalled just over 50 bands that I absolutely¬†needed to include. A list of that size doesn’t help anyone, so I arbitrarily decided that I would cut it down to 15. I didn’t quite make the goal, but 17 is pretty close, and I truly couldn’t cut anyone else out and maintain my musical conscience.

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1Wolfmother

Big and fuzzy rock that calls upon the rock gods of old.

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2Gallant

Gallant has more talent in his pinky that most people have in their collective extended family. The real deal with pipes to match.

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3Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals

Hip hop with an undeniably forward-looking bend.

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4Kevin Morby

The most interesting and addictive take on folk rock in recent memory.

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5BJ The Chicago Kid

Church is arguably my favorite hip hop song of the moment.

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6Declan Mckenna

An indie protege, this kid is only going to get bigger and bigger. The sky is only scratching the surface of the limit.

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7Rayland Baxter

A singer-songwriter that knows how to spin a beatiful melody. He put on one of the best shows I have ever seen at Outside Lands a couple years back.

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8CocoRosie

The most beautiful voice that finds its place wavering between strength and vulnerability.

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9Autolux

Messy and distorted yet somehow perfectly pieced together, each song Autolux puts out is better than the last.

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10Frankie Cosmos

Sounds like wading through a kiddie pool, but not inappropriately. It’s an adult kiddie pool. (If that didn’t properly convey my love for Frankie Cosmos’ music, let this suffice – it’s understated perfection.)

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11Chaz French

Hip hop with a silky smooth flow.

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12Acid Dad

Gritty and tripped out rock that isn’t afraid to get weird.

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13Bob Moses

Thoughtful house music of the chiller variety. Do yourself a favor and dive on in.

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14Earl Sweatshirt

Lyrically on point with a sedated flow. Can’t express my love for Earl’s music enough.

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15Honne

I only have one artist favorited on my Sonos speakers. It’s Honne.

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16Jack Garratt

Artfully crafted electronic music with choruses that explode.

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17Pinegrove

Angsty indie rock with a country flair and a poetic edge.

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