10 Acts Everyone Will Be Talking About This Year In Austin

With an overwhelming amount of incredible music pouring into the streets during South by Southwest, you ought to have a solid place to start. Study up and sample some of 2014’s bands most bound to blow up right now on Spotify.

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1. Phantogram

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HOMETOWN: Greenwich, New York
WHERE YOU MAY HAVE HEARD THEM BEFORE: Contributing to tracks like “CPU” and “Lines” on Big Boi’s last record, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors
DID YOU KNOW: The majestic-meets-psychedelic dancepop duo has already toured with the likes of Beach House, Yeasayer, The XX, and The Glitch Mob

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HOMETOWN: Odense, Denmark
WHERE YOU MAY HAVE HEARD HER BEFORE: Adding an addicting vocal flare to Avicii’s “Dear Boy”
DID YOU KNOW: Her contemporary reinventions of Motown girl-pop include a glitch-hoppy rendition of Spice Girls’ “Say You’ll Be There”

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3. Jungle

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HOMETOWN: London, England
WHERE YOU MAY HAVE HEARD THEM BEFORE: Their faceless, mysterious 2013 video single for “Platoon” that’s racked up nearly a million views on Vimeo
DID YOU KNOW: The fresh and world-inspired dance collective will be releasing their debut full-length on the legendary and very selective XL Recordings — the home of acts including Vampire Weekend, Adele, The XX, and Radiohead — that famously signs maybe one act every year

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4. Warpaint

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HOMETOWN: Los Angeles, California
WHERE YOU MAY HAVE HEARD THEM BEFORE: Their beautiful and hypnotic song “Undertow” from their first album, The Fool
DID YOU KNOW: Their very first EP was produced by John Frusciante of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and their latest self-titled album was produced by Nigel Godrich, who famously works closely with Radiohead

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5. Hozier

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HOMETOWN: Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland
WHERE YOU MAY HAVE HEARD HIM BEFORE: The single Take Me to Church, which took off on YouTube and the iTunes charts in Fall 2013
DID YOU KNOW: His influences rooted in southern gothic soul and confessional gospel grandeur stem from his years as a soloist with Anúna — a decades-old Irish choral ensemble

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6. St. Paul and the Broken Bones

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HOMETOWN: Birmingham, Alabama
WHERE YOU MAY HAVE HEARD THEM BEFORE: Kicking ass on tour with the likes of fellow southern-rock and soul acts like Drive-By Truckers, Jason Isbell, and Bettye LaVette
DID YOU KNOW: Their album Half the City was recorded in the fittingly legendary R&B mecca of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and was produced by Ben Tanner, keyboardist for Alabama Shakes

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7. Jetta

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HOMETOWN: Liverpool, United Kingdom
WHERE YOU MAY HAVE HEARD HER BEFORE: Soundtracking Google’s 2013 Zeitgeist video with her song “Feels Like Coming Home”
DID YOU KNOW: Her career began as a backup singer for Paloma Faith, then Cee-Lo Green

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8. Betty Who

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HOMETOWN: Sydney, Austraia
WHERE YOU MAY HAVE HEARD HER BEFORE: Her infectious song “Somebody Loves You” served as the soundtrack for 2013’s mega-viral Home Depot marriage proposal flash mob, which currently has over 11 million views on YouTube
DID YOU KNOW: She’s a pop star with a multi-instrumentalist background that’s been performing since learning classical cello at age four

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9. Real Estate

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HOMETOWN: Brooklyn, New York via Ridgewood, New Jersey
WHERE YOU MAY HAVE HEARD THEM BEFORE: Their excellent first two albums Real Estate (2009) and Days (2011)
DID YOU KNOW: Greatly inspired by the deep cuts of legacy acts like Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, and the Grateful Dead, their latest record, Atlas, was recorded at Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy’s famed Loft studio in Chicago

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10. Vance Joy

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HOMETOWN: Melbourne, Australia
WHERE YOU MAY HAVE HEARD HIM BEFORE: His first single “Riptide” is currently rippling in the background of GoPro commercials airing in the U.S.
DID YOU KNOW: Before he got into becoming this year’s next great acoustic troubadour, he was a professional athlete in the Victorian Football League and won their version of Rookie of the Year in 2008

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Sample sounds by these anticipated SXSW acts and many more right now on Spotify!

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And catch your front-runners for the breakout band of the year playing live at The Spotify House beginning March 10th!

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