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10 Bands to Check Out From SXSW 2014

posted by Angela Del Sol on March 18, 2014

  • Moses Sumney
  • Those Darlins
  • Spanish Gold
  • French Horn Rebellion
  • Magic Mouth
  • Young Old Man
  • Jay Arner
  • Sylvan Esso
  • Oliver The 2nd
  • Band of Skulls
  • Photos by Angela Del Sol

    This year SXSW was bigger than ever before with over 2000 acts performing over the course of 5 days. The overload of artists makes it nearly impossible to stick to any schedule, and the only way to go about exploring Austin is by going with the flow - and that's what we did.

    Here are some bands that we stumbled upon and got hooked on last week in Austin! There’s a mix of new and more established acts, either way make sure you get familiar because odds are you'll be hearing more of them this festival season. 

  • Moses Sumney

    Moses Sumney was one of the most creative artists I saw at SXSW. The one-man band merges silky vocals with tribal sounds and dreamy electronic beats that he loops and combines with organic sounds, from claps to beat boxing. 

    Song to Check Out: "Alchemy"

  • Those Darlins

    Those Darlins fuses retro-pop, rock ’n roll, and punk sounds. The sassy band had an unforgettable performance filled with catchy and clever songs that made many of us in the packed house at Cheer Up Charlie’s do the air ukulele while swaying from side to side. 

    Song to Check Out: "Oh God"

  • Spanish Gold

    What do you get when you pair Grammy-winning guitarist Adrian Quesada with My Morning Jacket drummer Patrick Hallahan and Hacienda's Dante Schwebel? Spanish Gold. Their fresh take on rock n’ roll demonstrates that music exploration requires taking risks.   

    Song to Check Out: Out On The Street

  • French Horn Rebellion

    French Horn Rebellion: synths, funky bass lines, sexy lyrics, and - yes, french horns - made for one hell of a dance party that made cowboys and hipsters alike move till dawn. 

    Song to Check Out: "Swing Into It feat. Haerts"

  • Magic Mouth

    Magic Mouth are the perfect combination of rock and soul with a slight touch of disco. The Portland-based band delivered an energetic performance that left us wanting more cow bells.

    Song to Check Out: "Speak Softly After Dark (For Nina)"

  • Young Old Man

    Young Old Man is a beautiful combination of spanish guitars, tribal drumbeats, and emotional blues vocals that create an inspiring sound from the soul.

    Song to Check Out: "Desert Days"

  • Jay Arner

    Multi-instrumentalist and sought after producer from Vancouver, Jay Arner, teams up with a band to deliver a performance filled with dreamy pop sounds and emotional lyrics that make us feel like spring. 

    Song to Check Out: "Surf Don't Sink"

  • Sylvan Esso

    Dance music gone folk? Folk sound gone dance? Don't really know, but their performance at the Brooklyn Vegan showcase was simply groovy.

    Song to Check Out: "Coffee"

  • Oliver The 2nd

    Oliver and Jeremiah Jae’s mix of complex dark beats accompanied with original raps were a breath of fresh air at SXSW. Their experimental sound is intriguing and engages the ear in a steady, sultry journey.

    Song to Check Out: "Dominion"

  • Band of Skulls

    These English mates delivered an energetic performance of gnarly rock n’ roll, bluesy beats that were reminiscent of Black Keys and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. 

    Song to Check Out: "Fires"

    See Also:

    SXSW 2014 in Review: The Biggest News and Craziest Moments
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    11 Instagrams You May Have Missed From SXSW 2014