SXSW Cheat Sheet Part 1: Five Bands You Can't Miss
  • WEDNESDAY, MARCH 06, 2013

  • Posted by: Dorit Finkel

We know the list of SX bands is vertigo-inducing, so we've decided to help you out with a handy list of highlights! Here's our first five picks and where you can catch them.

(Handy venue guide: **playing at Hype Hotel *playing at The Launch Pad )

Foxygen**

The California band's second studio release, humbly named We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace & Magic, blew everyone's minds with its 60s psychedelia sensibilities, constantly shuffling genres, and masterful Love-like melodies. No other SXSW band can go from gentle Belle & Sebastian flutes to bombastic David Bowie horns in a matter of seconds the way Foxygen can, so make sure to catch them live.

Check out their Wes Anderson-y video for "San Francisco," off their recent record:



Jim James**

The My Morning Jacket frontman is going solo, and his new songs are more focused and sincere than ever. The lovable alt-country songwriter has had his solo work compared to John Lennon, which is no small feat, and a chance to see him opening his heart the way he does in concert should not be missed.

Watch the video for "A New Life":



On An On*

We're huge fans of On An On and their rainbow space rock, showcased on their debut, Give In, and at their recent Brooklyn concert. They put on a live show that will leave you woozy with awesome.

Listen to the gentle howling of "Ghosts":



Phosphorescent**

For god's sake, don't miss Phosphorescent at SXSW! Matthew Houck and his band play a mixture of ass-kicking Stones-style blues and gentle ballads that glide through gorgeous misty soundscapes. Make sure to check out our recent interview with Phosphorescent and stream his upcoming album, Muchacho.

We can't stop listening to "Song For Zula" (no, seriously, we can't stop - it's becoming a problem):



BOY*

The misleadingly named BOY (comprised of two ladies) is becoming a bigger name as we speak, thanks to recent attention from iTunes and Starbucks. The German band plays a hand-clapping brand of piano-driven pop, kind of like a happier Regina Spektor.

Listen to the catchy single "Little Numbers":



See you at SXSW!
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