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


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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


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


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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


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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