There's excitement in the air as SXSW is upon us once again. With today's up-and-coming bands descending to Austin next week, I'm sure you've read all the 'Must See" lists out there by now but if you crave for another list of bands to see at this year's SXSW, I've compiled a list of bands definitely worth checking out this year. In no particular order, here is my list:
Marina has grown as an artist and it shows in her music. Not only does she write her own songs which is unheard of in the pop world today, she has transformed herself from pop-princess with a lush production to an artist who has matured and found her voice which shows through her stripped-down and more lyrically vulnerable songs.
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The Ting Tings made a big impact in the music industry when they released We Started Nothing in 2008. We Started Nothing was certified multi-platinum and peaked at No. 1 on the UK charts with the help of their hit songs "That's Not My Name," "Great DJ" and "Shut Up and Let Me Go."
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This Irish singer/songwriter whose real name is Bridie Monds-Watson was singled out to be included in BBC Sounds' Top 15 artists to watch in 2015. This annual poll has also predicted the success of Sam Smith, Haim, Ellie Goulding and Adele (to name a few) way before the mainstream media started writing about them. That's quite a feat for an 18 year old. And a panel of music critics, DJs and broadcasters can't be wrong.
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She made nearly every music publication's "Artist to Watch" list after the release of her catchy single "OctaHate" and backed by a team that includes Charli XCX, super producer/writer Benny Blanco and Passion Pit's Michael Angelakos, Weaver is set to take the reigns of being the next super-star, pop artist with an upcoming debut album.
In her new song "Talking Body" Tove Lo doesn't want to play games and waste time speaking to someone to try and get to know them. The only compatibility she's concerned with is how great the sex is because, as she says, "If you love me right. We fuck for life." The only talking going on is the language of love which, as we all know, is the universal language - Body Talking.
Her song which is off her debut album Queen of the Clouds which dropped in September has a video to accompany the dark and smoky dance beat where we see Tove Lo going club to club, hooking up with a wanted criminal. See how it all ends below.
The New Jersey trio who has been featured on Spin Magazine and Rolling Stone will put on a show for the ages, bringing their garage-punk wailings to Stubb's day show on March 20th.
Tormenting Smashing Pumpkins-esque melodies sewn with sharp, Van Halen-like riffs, pint-sized front-woman Marissa Paternoster screams and thrashes without abandon. But although it seems like they're raising anarchy onstage it's Screaming Females' sense of control that impresses most, like a well trained knife juggler, you cant' take your eyes off them - sooner or later they may draw blood.
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This duo consisting of Greta Valenti and Robin Davey are the hardest working band in Los Angeles, going out each night playing hard and loud and leaving their hearts and souls onstage. With a loyal fanbase from both sides of the Atlantic, Well Hung Heart can go from blistering rock one second and quickly transition to moody ballad the next. There's a reason they took home Best Live Band Showcase Award at last years' OC Music Awards.
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Based on their debut EP, released last year, which gained immediate recognition from Rolling Stone, The Gaurdian, Neon Gold Records and Huffington Post, Beginners were able to go on tour and support bands like Walk The Moon, Tove Lo, Yacht and Mr. Little Jeans.
On March 31, Dead Sara are planning on releasing their new album Pleasure to Meet You. It's the follow-up to their 2012 breakout self-debut album that showcased their fierce and blistering guitars in rock-anthems like "Lemon Scent" and "Weatherman."