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    10 Bands At SXSW That You Don't Want To Miss

    With over 1,500 acts flocking to the festival, it's hard to know who to see. Allow us to help you out...

    1. Sol Cat

    Via solcat.com

    The psychedelic Nashville-based rockers will blow your mind with their trippy beats, intricate rhythms, and chilled-out vibes. Plus, their new EP is called "Welcome to Cowabunga." How rad is that?

    SHOWS:

    MARCH 12 - The Thirsty Nickel (2 shows)

    MARCH 14 - Licha's Cantina

    MARCH 15 - Shiner's Saloon

    Tickets can be found here.

    2. Jackknife Stiletto

    Via brooklynvegan.com

    Looking for some gritty, nasty, dirty, riot grrrl tunes? Look no further than Jackknife Stiletto, the all-girl NYC-based trio making waves for their electric, aggressive performances. Rock on!

    SHOWS:

    MARCH 12 - Super Happy Fun Land (5pm)

    MARCH 13 - Austin Java Restaurant & Coffee House (5pm)

    Tickets can be found here.

    3. Dovetail

    Via okgoodrecords.com

    If The Beatles, The Byrds, and The Beach Boys were all thrown in a blender, put on frappe, and topped off with a dash of Muse and the slightest hint of Queen, you'd have yourself a Dovetail. Dynamic vocals and superb instrumentals make these Texans one HELL of a band that every rock 'n' roll lover should see.

    SHOWS:

    MARCH 14 - Hops & Grain (8pm)

    MARCH 15 - Bat Bar (8pm)

    Tickets can be found here.

    4. Deap Vally

    Via deapvally.com

    Seriously, we can't say enough good things about Deap Vally. The Los Angeles duo - who met in a knitting class, no less - is everything good about the rock world right now: great hair, killer pipes, and overall badassery. We dig.

    SHOWS:

    MARCH 12 - The Mohawk // Haven

    MARCH 13 - Cheer Up Charlies // Bar 96

    MARCH 14 - Bangers // Old School Bar

    MARCH 16 - The Parish

    Tickets can be found here.

    5. Diarrhea Planet

    Via sxsw.com

    Now hold on! Hear us out: Diarrhea Planet is - despite their charming name - really good! If you're able to catch them, be ready for a damn good time, because these rockers loooove their guitars, and never hesitate to show off their skills. Hard rock punk is the game, and DP has it on lock.

    SHOWS:

    MARCH 12 - Lamberts (11pm)

    MARCH 14 - Parish (1am)

    Tickets can be found here.

    6. The Dollyrots

    Via Facebook: thedollyrots

    Being in a band with your spouse is never easy, but The Dollyrots make it work in spades, as shown on both their brand new fan-funded album, "Barefoot & Pregnant." Fronted by the adorable-yet-fierce Kelly Ogden, the band serves up a helping of pop punk that will make anyone smile...especially the duo's newborn, River, appropriately named "The DollyTot!"

    SHOWS:

    MARCH 15 - Austin Java // Headhunters

    Tickets can be found here.

    7. Hunter Hunted

    Via Facebook: hunterhuntedmusic

    Hunter Hunted captures ears with their dreamy pop sounds mixed with indie rock and electronic influences. Most recently on tour with Fitz & the Tantrums, the band has just signed to A&M/Octone Records and is working on promoting their debut self-titled album.

    SHOWS:

    MARCH 12 - The Velveeta Room (8pm)

    Tickets can be found here.

    8. Moon Taxi

    Via Facebook: ridethemoontaxi

    Light, airy, deep, and fun are all words that can describe the intergalactic tunes of Moon Taxi. Having just released their sophomore album, "Mountains Beaches Cities," after a stellar debut that set the bar high for a follow-up, the band is well on it's way to becoming a household name.

    SHOWS:

    MARCH 15 - The Gatsby (9pm)

    Tickets can be found here.

    9. The Orwells

    Via Facebook: theorwellsband

    The band's description on their Facebook page is: "sounding real raunchy n shit." Need we say more?

    SHOWS:

    MARCH 12 - Cheer Up Charlie's (1am)

    MARCH 15 - Hotel Vegas Patio (11:30pm)

    Tickets can be found here.

    10. Kelis

    Via Facebook: i.am.kelis

    Because...come ON. How funny would that be?!

    PS - Sorry for getting "Milkshake" stuck in your head. It should be out within a week or so.

    SHOWS:

    MARCH 12 - Stubb's (9:50pm)

    MARCH 13 - Clive Bar (12am)

    MARCH 14 - Hype Hotel (1am)

    Tickets can be found here.

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