TOMORROW, we leave for Austin. I’m in the midst of frenzied preparations. I haven’t been posting much these last couple of weeks, in part, due to the fact that every spare second I have managed to accumulate has gone to listening to artists I may get the chance to see at SXSW and preparing my lists and schedules.
I thought I’d share some of the artists I’m most looking forward to (a combination of old favorites and new discoveries). So, here it is. My 10 “Must See” Artists at SXSW ’11:
These San Diego boys have been on my must see list for awhile now. Their growing popularity means they’ve been spending more time away from Southern California so I relish even more every chance I get to see them.
When to see them: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=208828575799105
2. Queen Caveat
I’ve gotta go support my favorite up-and-coming LA band. For those of you not in LA, don’t miss one of the first opportunities to see Queen Caveat play outside of their hometown. SO much love for this band!
When to see them: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=109420832465650&ref=ts
3. The Kin
These Australian brothers are favorites of mine from back east. One of the exciting things about SXSW is that it brings together favorite artists from all over the country/world. Also, be sure to follow The Kin on twitter so that you’ll know where they plan to do their next musical robbery on Saturday in Austin.
where to see them: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=184993854877046
One of my favorite bands out of Chicago. I’d been itching to see them again since they opened for Biffy Clyro at Bootleg Theater.
5. Dash & Will
Two girls from Australia whose tunes caught my ear immediately. I’m even more excited to see them and buy their music, because finding their tunes to download in the US= nearly impossible.
where to see them: http://www.facebook.com/dashandwillofficial?sk=events
6. Dead Sara
I’ve seen them three times in LA in the last month or so and I can’t remember the last time a band has blown my mind quite this much. Any chance I’ll get to see Dead Sara, I’m taking!
I’ve been wanting to see this new band out of Philly since its inception at the end of last year. I’ve been very jealous of all my Philly friends who have gone to their shows. Now it’s my turn!
where to see them: Friday 8pm: Austin Music Hall (208 Nueces) at the Monster Energy Showcase
I adore this band out of Washington. They were actually on my SXSW ’10 mix. I was terribly sad to miss them play The Echo last week. I only justified my absence with the thought of seeing them play multiple times at SXSW.
where to see them: http://www.facebook.com/thelonelyforest?sk=app_178091127385
They’re from Scotland and they’ve opened for Biffy Clyro. What more do I need? Oh, I also am loving this tune…
A band from Canada that I fell in love with a couple years ago thanks to the song “Hayloft”. I keep missing them when they come through LA, so I’m not going to miss out in Austin!
where to see them: http://mothermothersite.com/live/
Honestly there are SO many excellent bands I’m looking forward to seeing at SXSW…can we say “scheduling conflicts”..Here are a few more (still not even half of what’s on my list)
Fitz & The Tantrums
Hoots & Hellmouth
Jukebox the Ghost
The Blue Pages
The Stone Foxes
Semi Precious Weapons
Taylor Locke and The Roughs
Scars on 45
Little Red Radio
Ram’s Pocket Radio
We shall see how many of these bands make my final SXSW ’11 mix!
to check out last year’s mix click here
See you in Austin!