50 Must-See Bands at SXSW
  • WEDNESDAY, MARCH 05, 2014

  • Posted by: Baeble Staff

The annual festival season officially kicks off next week in Austin, Texas where over 2,000 acts representing over 55 countries will flock to perform at over 100 SXSW venues hosting over 50,000 music hungry listeners. Crunch those numbers. The festival's attendees embark on this early spring trek in anticipation of discovering their new favorite up-and-coming acts, as SXSW is widely recognized for its break-out stage potential. Although many of the most memorable music introductions will be findings of fate, it never hurts to have a head start with a solid game plan. And with major headlining acts like Coldplay and Imagine Dragons invading the brand-controlled city this year, plotting your attack prior to indulging in BBQ and beers has never been so imperative. We sorted through the extensive list of performers and hand-picked the 50 who consider to be well worth shuffling elbows to witness in the flesh. Below you'll find a list of these bands along with their scheduled sets and song samples. And don't forget to check out our full Spotify playlist at the bottom of this page. 1. Angel Olsen Central Presbyterian Church Friday, March 14th 8:10pm to 8:40pm Red Eyed Fly Friday, March 14th 12:00am to 12:40am
2. Ava Luna Victorian Room at the Driskill Thursday, March 13th 12:00am to 12:40am
3. BANKS Haven Tuesday, March 11th 12:00am to 12:40am
4. Bear's Den Buffalo Billiards Thursday, March 13th 10:00pm to 10:40pm St. David's Historic Sanctuary Friday, March 14th 7:45pm to 8:25pm

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5. Big Ups Hotel Vegas @ Volstead Friday, March 14th 8:25pm to 9:00pm
6. Black Lips The Main Thursday, March 13th 1:00am to 1:50am Paramount Theatre Friday, March 14th
7. Charli XCX The Gatsby Wednesday, March 12th 11:00pm to 11:45pm

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8. Claire Parish Wednesday, March 12th 8:00pm to 8:40pm Banger's Saturday, March 15th 9:20pm to 10:00pm
9. Cloud Nothings Cheer Up Charlie's Wednesday, March 12th 11:00pm 11:40pm Parish Underground Thursday, March 13th 1:00am to 1:45am
10. The Colourist Clive Bar (Rocket Fuel Launch Pad Party) Monday, March 10th 7:00pm to 12:00am Hype Hotel Tuesday, March 11th 8:00pm to 8:35pm Cedar Street Courtyard (FILTER Magazine's Showdown at Cedar Street Party) Thursday, March 14th 11:00am to 6:00pm The Chevrolet Courtyard at Cedar Street Thursday, March 14th 10:45pm to 11:25pm

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11. Damon Albarn Stubb's Wednesday, March 12th 12:30am to 1:30am Radio Day Stage Austin Convention Center Friday, March 14th 11:00am to 11:40am
12. The Darcys Holy Mountain Wednesday, March 12th 8:00pm to 8:40pm Swan Dive Patio Wednesday, March 12th 10:30pm to 11:10pm
13. Deap Vally Trinity Hall @ Old School Friday, March 14th 11:00pm to 11:40pm Parish Saturday, March 15th 1:00am to 1:50am
14. Diarrhea Planet Lambert's Wednesday, March 12th 11:00pm to 11:40pm Parish Underground Friday, March 14th 1:00am to 1:50am
15. Eagulls Stubb's Wednesday, March 12th 8:40pm to 9:20pm Buffalo Billiards Thursday, March 13th 1:00am to 1:40am Bar 96 Friday, March 14th 10:30pm to 11:10pm
16. The Front Bottoms Red 7 Patio Wednesday, March 12th 10:50pm to 11:30pm Palm Door on Sixth Friday, March 14th 8:00pm to 8:40pm Valhalla Friday, March 14th 1:00am to 1:50am
17. HAERTS Banger's Thursday, March 13th 9:20pm to 10:00pm Empire Garage Saturday, March 15th 10:25pm to 11:00pm

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18. Har Mar Superstar The North Door Thursday, March 13th 12:00am to 12:40am Swan Dive Patio Friday, March 14th 1:00am to 1:50am
19. The Hold Steady Palm Park (IFC Fairgrounds Party) Wednesday, March 12th 6:40pm to 7:20pm The Chevrolet Courtyard at Cedar Street Wednesday, March 12th 12:45am to 1:45am Radio Day Stage Austin Convention Center Friday, March 14th 1:00pm to 1:40pm

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20. Hundred Waters Central Presbyterian Church Friday, March 14th 9:00pm to 9:30pm

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21. Japanther B.D. Riley's (Caddywhompus Showcase) Tuesday, March 11th 11:00pm to 11:40pm Hotel Vegas @ Volstead (Nightmare Air Showcase) Thursday, March 13th 8:00pm to 8:30pm Parish Underground Saturday, March 15th 1:00am to 1:50am
22. Jim-E-O Venue and Date TBD

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23. Jillette Johnson Buffalo Billiards Saturday, March 15th 11:00pm to 11:40pm
24. Little Dragon Banger's Thursday, March 13th 10:20pm to 11:00pm
25. London Grammar ACL Live at the Moody Theater Tuesday, March 11th 7:30pm to 8:00pm Cedar Street Courtyard (FILTER Magazine Showdown at Cedar Street Party) Thursday, March 13th 11:00am to 6:00pm Hype Hotel Thursday, March 13th 1:00am to 1:45am Stubb's Friday, March 14th 10:00pm to 10:40pm
26. Lost in the Trees Holy Mountain Backyard Wednesday, March 12th 9:15pm to 9:55pm Bungalow Thursday, March 13th 11:00pm to 11:40pm Austin Convention Center Exhibit Hall 4 (Lost in the Trees Curated by Anti-Records Special Event) Saturday, March 15th 1:40pm to 2:00pm

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27. Lucius The Chevrolet Courtyard at Cedar Street Wednesday, March 12th 10:45pm to 11:25pm Radio Day Stage Austin Convention Center Friday, March 14th 12:00pm to 12:40pm
28. Marijuana Deathsquads The North Door Thursday, March 13th 1:00am to 1:50am
29. MisterWives Banger's Wednesday, March 12th 9:20pm to 10:00pm Swan Dive Patio Thursday, March 13th 11:00pm to 11:40pm
30. Mo Empire Control Room Thursday, March 13th 11:30pm to 12:00am Empire Garage Saturday, March 15th 12:15am to 12:55am
31. MS MR Empire Garage Tuesday, March 11th 12:00am to 12:40am

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32. Oberhofer Parish Saturday, March 15th 10:00pm to 10:30pm

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33. The Orwells Cheer Up Charlie's Wednesday, March 12th 1:00am to 1:40am Hotel Vegas Patio Saturday, March 15th 11:30pm to 12:00am

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34. Phantogram Radio Day Stage Austin Convention Center Friday, March 14th 2:00pm to 2:40pm
35. Polica Banger's Wednesday, March 12th 10:20pm to 11:00pm The Chevrolet Courtyard at Cedar Street Friday, March 14th 9:45pm to 10:25pm
36. PUJOL Parish Underground Friday, March 14th 12:00am to 12:40am

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37. RatKing The Main II Thursday, March 13th 8:45pm to 9:15pm Tap Room at the Market Friday, March 14th 11:35pm to 11:55pm
38. RDGLDGRN Palm Door on Sixth Patio Wednesday, March 12th 12:00am to 12:40am
39. Sam Smith Haven Wednesday, March 12th 11:00pm to 11:40pm St. David's Historic Sanctuary Friday, March 14th 11:45pm to 12:25am
40. Shakey Graves The Gatsby Friday, March 14th 1:00am to 1:40am Holy Mountain Backyard Saturday, March 15th 11:00pm to 11:40pm

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41. Shlohmo Elysium Thursday, March 13th 12:45am to 2:00am
42. Ski Lodge Vulcan Gas Company Wednesday, March 12th 10:00pm to 10:40pm

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43. SOHN Hype Hotel Wednesday, March 12th 12:00am to 12:35am Cheer Up Charlie's Thursday, March 13th 11:00pm to 11:40pm

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44. Speedy Ortiz Parish Underground Thursday, March 13th 12:10am to 12:45am Hotel Vegas Patio Friday, March 14th 9:35pm to 10:05pm
45. Tennis Radio Day Stage Austin Convention Center Wednesday, March 12th 2:00pm to 2:40pm Buffalo Billiards Thursday, March 13th 11:00pm to 11:40pm St. David's Historic Sanctuary Friday, March 14th 10:45pm to 11:25pm
46. Twin Peaks Half Step Wednesday, March 12th 1:00am to 1:40am

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47. Typhoon Palm Park (IFC Fairground Party) Thursday, March 13th 5:05pm to 5:45pm Central Presbyterian Church Thursday, March 13th 11:30pm to 12:20am
48. Vance Joy Palm Park Thursday, March 13th 3:15pm to 3:45pm St. David's Historic Sanctuary Friday, March 14th 12:45am to 1:25am
49. The Wild Feathers Elysium Saturday, March 15th 10:30pm to 11:10pm

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50. The Wood Brothers St. David's Historic Sanctuary Saturday, March 15th 10:00pm to 10:40pm
Enjoy Our 2014 SXSW Playlist
For a complete list of performers and showcases, visit the SXSW website.
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