11 Bands you MUST see at SXSW

Are you going to SXSW this year? If you’re there for the music, it’s easy to get lost in all the excitement and hard to make a decision on who to see and where to go. So…we developed this nifty list to help you in making the right choices:

Some of these shows are 18 or 21+. Wristbands and other passes may be required.


March 8, 9:30, DeLoitte Showcase, Hangar Lounge

Sir Sly

Fresh off their successful North American tour supporting St. Lucia, Los Angeles based band Sir Sly, release the video for their cover rendition of Drake’s song “Marvin’s Room”. Listen HERE

SIR SLY is Landon Jacobs, Hayden Coplen and Jason Suwito. The band write, record, produce, mix and master all of their music in their own recording studio. “Gold” is the current single from their recently released Gold EP out now via Cherrytree/Interscope records.

(also plays March 10, 1pm, VEVO Showcase, Roku Streaming Lounge, March 13, 4pm, Dr. Martens, Filter Showcase, Bar 96, March 14, 4:45, Universal Music Group Showcase, Palm Door on Sixth, and March 14, 10pm, Cherrytree Records Showcase, Old School)


March 11, 8:00-8:40PM Stephen F’s Bar, 701 Congress Ave

Mars Argo

Mars Argo

LA band/art project, called “the Most Beautiful Hipster couple of our Generation.” Watch “Everything Turns to Gold”.


March 11, 8:00PM – 8:40PM, Lit Lounge Upstairs, 215 E 6th Street



Formed in the summer of 2011 by brothers Christopher Valer and Phillip Dominick, the duo were later joined by childhood friend Benjamin Nastase and shortly after recorded their first self-titled EP, released by California’s independent label Burger Records in 2013. To date, the band has opened up for Ty Segall and The Black Lips and is currently about to embark on their second West Coast tour, in promotion of their new full length album entitled Inertia, to be released this Spring.


March 11, 9:00PM – 9:40PM, Lit Lounge, 215 E 6th Street

Fauntella Crow

Jessy Greene and Sunday Lane make beautiful music incorporating violin and piano. Check out our recent review and our past interview with Sunday Lane.


March 11 10:00PM – 10:40PM,  Soho Lounge, 217 E 6th Street




The L.A. quartet just released their self-titled full-length debut this past February.


March 11, 11:00PM – 11:40PM, 18th Floor at Hilton Garden Inn, 500 N IH 35

Emily Kinney

An actor and songwriter best known for her role as Beth Greene on The Walking Dead.  In 2011 she released her debut EP, Blue Toothbrush, and started working on The Walking Dead where her music has been featured on the show.  In between shooting episodes, Kinney is writing her next record in L.A. and New York, and she regularly performs at LA’s Hotel Café.


March 11, 1:00AM – 1:50AM, BD Riley’s, 204 E 6th St

Cold and Lovely

The Cold and Lovely

The combined talents of Meghan Toohey and Nicole Fiorentino.  A long time session player and producer, front woman Toohey decided it was time to get back to her roots as a songstress which resulted in last year’s full length self-titled album. Having received several song placements on TV shows such as Gossip Girl and Vampire Diaries, Toohey knew she was on the right path with her songwriting. With Fiorentino currently off her Smashing Pumpkins touring cycle, the band has had time to focus on their newest record, Ellis Bell, mixed/mastered by Dave Cooley (Silversun Pickups/M83).


March 11, 9:30-10:10PM, Empire Garage, 604 E 7th St and

March 13, 7:00-7:40PM, Butler Park Stage Lady Bird Lake, 1000 Barton Springs Rd


Vintage Trouble

Vintage Trouble

Formed in 2010 out of the ashes of other bands: Ty Taylor (vocal) and Nalle Colt (guitar) teamed up with drummer Richard Danielson and bassist Rick Barrio Dill. In 2011 Music Weekly naming them Breakout Artist of the Year.  The L.A. band has performed on Later… with Jools Holland, Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Conan and Jimmy Kimmel Live, and have had sold out shows at Harvelle’s and the Troubadour. Their first video “Nancy Lee,” filmed entirely with an iPhone, won at the Original iPhone Film Fest.


March 13th at La Barbecue


Wind-up Records will feature five of its bands (Strange TalkThe Griswolds,Jillette JohnsonCrobot, & The Revivalists) and have co-curated a party of their own.

In partnership with Blah Blah Blah Science, My Old Kentucky Blog, and Unrecorded, they’ve put together a free all-day party packed with amazing bands, free booze, free bbq, live art and more. Make sure to RSVP HERE for free entry


March 13, 8:00PM, Bungalow, 92 Rainey Street

ANTI- Official Showcase

8PM – The Melodic

10PM – Sainteseneca

11PM Lost in the Trees

Lost In The Trees are currently touring North America in support of Past Life and will also be in California soon:


3/18 San Diego, CA – Casbah
3/20 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
3/21 Visalia, CA – Cellar Door
3/22 San Francisco, CA – The Chapel


Friday, March 14, Palm Door on Sabine St.

Sean Lennon’s Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger 

Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger release their new album, Midnight Sun, April 29 on Chimera Music. Listen to Moth To A Flame

Brooklyn labels Northern Spy and Ba Da Bing are teaming up on an official SXSW showcase featuring Sean Lennon’s GSTT, as well as other new psych, avant garde and experimental musicians: Cross RecordCloud Becomes Your Hand,  NYMPH, Slothrust and DVA.

Check out BDB and NSPY bands speak about their SXSW dreams in the showcase trailer.


Of course, check the SXSW official website for the entire schedule.