South By Southwest Music Playlist: 14 Rising and Returning Bands to Know
Thousands of bands descend on Austin, Texas, every year. Check out these highlights from the 2014 slate
If you’re a new band trying to build some buzz, there are few gigs more valuable than a set at South By Southwest (SXSW).
Every March, tens of thousands of fans (and a couple thousand bands) descend on the annual music festival in downtown Austin, Texas, eager to both see their favorite stars as well as discover some new acts. As the festival has expanded through the decades (more than 25,000 people lined up in 2013 to see 2,278 groups), SXSW has emerged as a must-stop destination for up-and-comers. Today, it s where bands launch their national tours and unveil their newest album.
Even if you re not heading to Austin for the party (set to run March 11-16), you can still use the occasion to scout new talent. Here s an early playlist of 14 bands (listed alphabetically) that caught our attention, an eclectic mix that reflects the many sounds and styles of SXSW 2014:
1. Ava Luna
2. Damon Albarn
3. Dum Dum Girls
4. Good for Grapes
5. Ha Ha Tonka
6. Hurray For The Riff Raff
7. The Kite String Tangle
8. Lost In The Trees
The North Carolina-based folk-pop band made a big splash at last year s SXSW; this year they return with a much bigger (and richer) sound March 12. Above, the title track to their new album Past Life.
9. Mutual Benefit
11. Sleeper Agent
12. Sturgill Simpson
13. Sylvan Esso
14. Touch Sensitive
–With reporting by Nate Jones and Katie Kauss
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