1. Wildcat! Wildcat!
Courtesy of Wildcat! Wildcat!
One of the gems of this year’s lineup is Wildcat! Wildcat!, a band poised to breakout over the next year.
Ben Pruchnie / Getty Images
This British quartet has been generating tremendous buzz with their debut album, An Awesome Wave.
3. Beach Fossils
Mike Lawrie / Getty Images
Beach Fossils, has been creating atmospheric guitar pop since 2009 when the band was started as the side project of Dustin Payseur.
4. Angel Haze
Ian Gavan / Getty Images
This 21-year-old rising rap phenom from New York City turned the game on its head when she opened for Cat Power on her last tour… and it worked.
5. The Orwells
Will Fisher / CC BY-SA http://2.0 / flickr.com
These Chicago garage rock kids have already released three records and sound like a sharper version of The Strokes. Oh yeah, they also just graduated high school in December.
6. Caitlin Rose
BK / CC BY http://2.0 / flickr.com
A 25-year-old sweetheart from Nashville making the rounds.
7. Charli XCX
Larry Marano / Getty Images
Charli XCX is another blooming millennial joining the high ranks of house-related British pop.
Andy Sheppard / Getty Images
Lead singer Richie Follin’s sister Madeline is that voice you recognize from the band Cults. His own band, Guards, is just as dreamy.
9. Easter Island
Nicolas de Camaret / CC BY http://2.0 / flickr.com
This quintet of brothers Ethan and Asher Payne, Nathan Thompson, John Cable, and Andrew Terrell are following in the footsteps of legendary Athens, Georgia bands like REM.
digboston / CC BY http://2.0 / flickr.com
Another band with brothers, this time from Laurel Canyon. Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith, joined by Tay Strathairn and Wylie Gelber, are releasing their third LP this year, Stories Don’t End, on their very own label.
11. Social Studies
FilmMagic / Getty Images
San Francisco’s Social Studies are touring in support of their moody and fantastic new album, “Developer”.
Rich Polk / Getty Images
If you take every band that was loved around 1968 and put them in a blender, but had them sing songs about being a twentysomething today, you’d get Foxygen .
13. Dent May
jonathan fisher / CC BY-ND http://2.0 / flickr.com
Former ukulele noodler, Dent May has grown into a fully fledged crooner with electric pop beneath his unique voice.
The Zender Agenda / CC BY http://2.0 / flickr.com
Telekinesis is the pseudonym of 27-year-old Seattle-based musician Michael Benjamin Lerner, raising the power pop flag for a generation less familiar with the genre.
15. Roadkill Ghost Choir
Steven Pisano / CC BY http://2.0 / flickr.com
These dudes from Deland, Florida are riding the wave of rock and bluegrass fusion that’s been coming from the town for the last few years.
16. Sky Ferreira
Abby Gillardi / CC BY http://2.0 / flickr.com
This 21-year-old’s song “Everything is Embarassing” was New York Magazine’s #1 song of 2012.
17. Prince Rama
repose / CC BY http://2.0 / flickr.com
Prince Rama is the spaced-out, part-band, part-conceptual art project of sisters Taraka and Nimai Larson. The duo spent part of their childhood growing up in a Hare Krishna commune in Florida.
18. Kendrick Lamar
Jon Elbaz / CC BY http://2.0 / flickr.com
This Compton-based 25-year-old managed to release the most critically acclaimed record of 2012 - “Good Kid, m.A.A.d City” - effortlessly evolving into a classic.
Stuart McAlpine / CC BY http://2.0 / flickr.com
This young rap crew from New York was the only 2012 signee to the elite label XL Recordings, whose roster boasts Vampire Weekend, Sigur Ros, and Thom Yorke among others.
PeterTea / CC BY-ND http://2.0 / flickr.com
This youthful pair from London had a breakout hit in 2012 with their dubby pop single “Latch” and will tour the states for the first time following SXSW.
21. Natural Child
Keith Gallagher / CC BY-ND http://2.0 / flickr.com
Filthy garage rock from Nashville. It’s like if the dudes in Lynyrd Skynyrd had children that were raised on a strict diet of coffee and candy.
22. Dune Rats
Martin Philbey / Getty Images
These Australian skate punks have awesome guitar lines and are exceptionally chill.
23. Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Jason Persse / CC BY-SA http://2.0 / flickr.com
Unknown Mortal Orchestra, the New Zealand/American band, will be bringing their minimalist, psychedelic rock to the festival. Their sophomore album, II, is a fulfillment of their continued promise.
24. Earl Sweatshirt
demxx / CC BY http://2.0 / flickr.com
He’s back on the surface after a time in hiding, having gone solo from Odd Future. Will he be 2013’s hip-hop Frank Ocean?
25. Palma Violets
Paul Hudson / CC BY http://2.0 / flickr.com
This four-piece lo-fi rock band from London has been hailed as the breakout British band of the year.
Side Stage Collective / CC BY-ND http://2.0 / flickr.com
This electro-pop band out of LA includes three sisters. Their sound bridges the gap between 70’s classic rocks and 90’s synthesizer pop.
27. Parquet Courts
ManWomanGradyBaby / CC BY http://2.0 / flickr.com
Filthy garage rock out of Brooklyn = Fun times.
28. Gold Fields
Brittney Morrow / CC BY-SA http://2.0 / flickr.com
Australia’s Gold Fields, an electro-pop quintet, came out of nowhere in 2012 and are now frequently opening for the biggest bands touring Down Under.
29. Ra Ra Riot
Bjørn Giesenbauer / CC BY-SA http://2.0 / flickr.com
Ra Ra Riot, the college band turned indie-darlings have come a long way from their Syracuse, New York days. See the sci-fi influenced album first-hand at this year’s fest.
30. Passion Pit
Nan Palmero / CC BY http://2.0 / flickr.com
And last but not least, the incomparable Passion Pit will be bringing their pop goodness to SXSW as one of the most in-demand bands of the weekend. Catch them live on 3/11 at the Hype Hotel and at FeedTheBeat.com.