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


    Watch the full video at Baeblemusic.com


    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


    Watch the full video at Baeblemusic.com


    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


    Watch the full video at Baeblemusic.com


    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


    Watch the full video at Baeblemusic.com


    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


    Watch the full video at Baeblemusic.com


    20. Hundred Waters

    Central Presbyterian Church
    Friday, March 14th 9:00pm to 9:30pm


    Watch the full video at Baeblemusic.com


    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


    Watch the full video at Baeblemusic.com


    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


    Watch the full video at Baeblemusic.com


    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


    Watch the full video at Baeblemusic.com


    32. Oberhofer

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


    Watch the full video at Baeblemusic.com


    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


    Watch the full video at Baeblemusic.com


    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


    Watch the full video at Baeblemusic.com


    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


    Watch the full video at Baeblemusic.com


    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


    Watch the full video at Baeblemusic.com


    43. SOHN

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


    Watch the full video at Baeblemusic.com


    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


    Watch the full video at Baeblemusic.com


    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


    Watch the full video at Baeblemusic.com


    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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