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Kristen’s Top 10 Acts to See at SXSW ’14

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Heading to Austin tomorrow for what is always my favorite week of the year, SXSW Music! I’ve sorted countless invites, emails, RSVPs, parties, lineups, etc. and settled on a lovely 25 page schedule of possibilities. There are seemingly endless options when it comes to SXSW, and not many of them are bad, but if you’re still looking for some guidance, here are some of the acts I’m most looking forward to next week.

1. Dear Boy

Nothing beats watching one of your favorite local bands experience their first SXSW.  This year, it’s all about Dear Boy. This will be the band’s first trip to Austin and first tour out of California. They are one of my top bands on the rise and I can’t wait to see how they do away from home.  It’ll be thrilling to watch all the music fans fall in love.

Where to see them:

Wednesday 4pm at On-Airstreaming Studios (210 Guadalupe St)
Wednesday 8pm at Bar 96 (96 Rainey St) – BMI Official Showcase
Friday 3:20 at Rusty’s (405 E 7th St) – Swinghouse/D’Addario Day Party

 

2. The Kin

If The Kin are playing, I am there. That’s how good these guys are. Their live performance will mesmerize. The Kin recently got off the road with Pink and are currently in the middle of their first big headline cross-country tour so catch them while you can!

Where to see them:

Tuesday 4:30 at BD Riley’s (204 E 6th St) – Sounds Australia ‘Sound Gallery’
Tuesday 8pm Magical Mystery Bus Tour (RSVP thekinlist@gmail.com for info)
Wednesday 8pm Magical Mystery Bus Tour (RSVP thekinlist@gmail.com for info)
Thursday 5pm at the ‘Fish Bowl’ Stage at 4th and Congress – MUVE Music Showcase
Thursday 8pm Magical Mystery Bus Tour (RSVP thekinlist@gmail.com for info)
Friday 12:30 at the Lawn of the Four Seasons (98 San Jacinto Blvd)- BMI Brunch

 

3. Meg Myers

If you have ever seen Meg Myers, you would know why she is on this list. Meg is the kind of performer who completely inhabits her songs and her recent EP (one of my favorite releases this year), is full of emotion-laden rockers. I could watch this girl all day.

 


Where to see her:

Wednesday 12-5pm Lawn Party at Empire Control Room and Garage (604 E 7th St)
Wednesday 3:40 at IFC Fairgrounds (E 3rd & Red River)
Wednesday 9:50 at Red Eyed Fly (715 Red River St)
Thursday  4:25 at 78 Rainey St
Friday 8pm at The Market (319 Colorado St)

 

4. Sir Sly

Every year there is a band or two that I feel like I need to say goodbye to. They are becoming too big for me to afford to see every time they play and I just need to acknowledge the fact that they are no longer going to be one of “my bands”. This year, Sir Sly is that band.

Where to see them: 

Monday 1pm at Roku Streaming Lounge – Vevo Showcase
Thursday 4pm Bar 96 – Dr. Martens/Filter Showcase
Friday 4:45 Palm Door on 6th – Universal Music Group Showcase
Friday 10pm at Old School – Cherrytree Records Showcase

 

5. The 1975

When I saw them at SXSW 2013, I was not impressed, but I have since become obsessed with a few of their tunes. Is it something about their live show that I struggle to connect with? Was someone having a bad day back in 2013? Was I just an idiot? Now that I’m more familiar with the group, I’m terribly curious to see these Brits again.

 Where to see them:

Thursday 3-10 mtvU Woodie Awards (corner of first and Red River)
Friday 1:30 at Palm Door on 6th outdoor stage (508 E 6th St)
Friday 5pm at The Hype Hotel (301 Brazos St)
Saturday noon at Waterloo Records (600 N Lamar Blvd)
Saturday 12:30am at Stubb’s (801 Red River)

 

6. The Silent Comedy – If you want an all around good time, head to a Silent Comedy gig. yes.
See them: Wednesday 9pm at Rusty’s (405 E 7th St)

7. Queen Caveat - My fave LA rockers finally put out a new EP, and they are ready to take Austin by storm
See them: Friday 7:45 on the Whole Foods Rooftop (525 N Lamar Blvd)- Quantum Collective Party

8. Parade of Lights – Another local fave that I’m excited to see take on Texas
See them: Saturday 1pm at The Cedar Door (201 Brazos St) – The Naked Music Box Party

9. Hozier- because his song, “Take Me To Church” has been stuck in my head for weeks now
See him: Friday 12pm at The Hype Hotel (301 Brazos St)

10. Heymoonshaker- I’ve never seen this band, but they have songs with the genre “blues-beatbox” and they just sound like the kind of party I want to be a part of
See them: Friday 3:45 at The Lodge (411 E 6th St)

Kristen’s 2013 Music Mix – Track 20 – The Kin

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2013 was another excellent year for music. I put together a little mix of some of the songs and artists that meant something to me this year. Enjoy!

20. The Kin

The Kin FINALLY released some new material this year, an EP titled Get On It. They needed something to sell while on the road opening for Pink (!!!). The EP is only 5 songs, but showcases quite the range.  “Mary” has been one of my favorite The Kin songs for some time and I was thrilled that it was included. The Kin is one of the most talented bands I know and I very much look forward to what is next for them.

~ Kristen

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Kristen’s 2013 Music Mix – Track 19 – Tonight Alive

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2013 was another excellent year for music. I put together a little mix of some of the songs and artists that meant something to me this year. Enjoy!

19. Tonight Alive

I was leaving Warped Tour for the day, when I happened to walk by the stage where this Australian band was playing and I was drawn in by their performance and their songs and the way singer, Jenna McDougall, dominated the audience. When their album, The Other Side, came out in September, this song stuck out as an instant favorite. I was slightly disappointed when the band failed to play “The Other Side” when I saw them again at The Roxy later in the year.

~ Kristen

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Kristen’s 2013 Music Mix – Track 18 – Dear Boy

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2013 was another excellent year for music. I put together a little mix of some of the songs and artists that meant something to me this year. Enjoy!

18. Dear Boy

Out of the ashes of band love, Scarlet Grey, came Dear Boy. This is another one of my bands of 2013. I have been to most of the shows that this band has ever performed in the US. They released their very first EP in September and yours truly merited a thank you in the liner notes. This is a first for me so needless to say, I’m terribly excited and incredibly grateful to know such wonderful and talented people. “Come Along” was my first introduction to the sound of Dear Boy and I knew instantly it would make an appearance on this mix.

~ Kristen

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Kristen’s 2013 Music Mix – Track 17 – The 1975

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2013 was another excellent year for music. I put together a little mix of some of the songs and artists that meant something to me this year. Enjoy!

17. The 1975

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with The 1975. When I saw them live, I was not impressed…at all. But then their album came out and this song somehow became my most played song on iTunes of 2013. It’s a great get up and start the day with some dancing tune.

~ Kristen

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Kristen’s 2013 Music Mix – Track 16 – Sir Sly

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2013 was another excellent year for music. I put together a little mix of some of the songs and artists that meant something to me this year. Enjoy!

16. Sir SlySir Sly is another of my favorite 2013 discoveries. From their February residency at The Echo to their packed headlining show in November, this band has come together and matured at an alarming rate. They have the songs, they have the performance, and they even have that air of mystery. I anticipate great things from Sir Sly so pay attention!

~ Kristen

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Kristen’s 2013 Music Mix – Track 15 – Meg Myers

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2013 was another excellent year for music. I put together a little mix of some of the songs and artists that meant something to me this year. Enjoy!

15. Meg Myers

I adore Meg Myers. This year she tantalized us with this single, the show stopping “Heart Heart Head”.  She is one of those artists that has the ability to take you to another place with her music and live performance. I had the pleasure of seeing her perform a couple times this year. Meg Myers is unforgettable.

~ Kristen

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