Coast Modern may only have two tracks out right now, but both of their sun-drenched bangers have caught our attention in a big way. Hailing from LA, the duo produce exactly the sort of laid-back, groovy pop that would make for an excellent, upbeat live set. SXSW shows are generally on the shorter side, but we're still guaranteed to hear a taste of new material and couldn't be more excited!
Disco Naivete + B3Science @ Hype Hotel (Friday @ 2pm) - RSVP
Paradigm Music Showcase @ Maggie Mae's Rooftop (Wednesday @ 10pm) - OFFICIAL
There are going to be a ton of bands coming out of Austin this year that make fuzzy guitar rock, but the best of the bunch could easily be Diet Cig. The duo make catchy, driving tracks that have enough punk in them to make their sunshine seem biting.
Hype Hotel x DIY @ Hype Hotel (Tuesday @ 8pm) - RSVP
Welcome to the Jangle @ Spider House Cafe (Wednesday @11am Doors) - FREE
Good Vibrations @ Hotel Vegas (Wednesday @ 2:30pm) - FREE
Father/Daughter & Topshelf @ The Grackle (Thursday @ 4pm) - RSVP
After the Gold Rush @ The Sidewinder (Thursday @ 11am Doors) - RSVP
Stereogum Austin Invasion @ Hole in the Wall (Friday @ 12pm Doors) - FREE
Polyvinyl/Topshelf Records/Flowerbooking @ Red River (Friday @ 8pm Doors) - OFFICIAL
The Big One @ Barracuda (Saturday @ 3pm) - RSVP
Fun Fun Fun @ Mohawk Austin (Saturday @ 5:10pm) - FREE
With only one record under her belt the 20 year old Julien Baker has already established herself as a singer-songwriter to watch. Last year’s Sprained Ankle was easily one of the best and most promising debuts in a long time, filled with raw emotion and restraint it was a record that announced the arrival of an artist that will be here to stay.
Under the Radar @ Central Presbyterian Church (Wednesday @ 12am) - OFFICIAL
Showtime Roadies House @ Clive Bar (Friday @ 4pm) - RSVP
Working with silence and the space between electronic pulsing, Kevin Garett is making magic. With “Control” he proved that he’s an artist to be reckoned with from his smooth and sultry voice to his absolutely stunning production. His songs are simple, beautiful and infinitely listenable.
Spotify House Day One @ Spotify House (Monday @ 12:45pm) - RSVP
Pandora Discovery Den @ The Gatsby (Friday @ TBD) - RSVP
After catching Margaret Glaspy's recent performance at Mercury Lounge, we're eagerly awaiting round two down in Austin. Her music has a casual intensity that makes for an incredibly casual yet smoldering live show. She's matter-of-fact in a way that feels refreshing and new, something we can definitely stand behind after falling for the likes of Courtney Barnett the past couple of years.
Austin City Limits and KRUX Present Bloody Mary Morning @GSD&M (Thursday @ 10amDoors) - RSVP
ATO and Harvest Present @ Blackheart (Thursday @ 9pm) - OFFICIAL
Frye Days Powered By Noisetrade Day Two @ Swan Dive (Friday @ 2pm) - RSVP
South X San Jose Day Four @ Hotel San Jose (Saturday @ 12pm Doors) - FREE
She Shreds x Punctum Records Present Day Three @ Studium (Saturday @ 12pm Doors) - RSVP
The Brooklyn Country Cantina @ Licha's Cantina (Saturday @ 11am Doors) - RSVP
They’ve already been singed to legendary 4AD records, so METHYL ETHYL is getting ready for more of a victory lap then a discovery mission in Austin this year - but SXSW will most likely be the last time you’ll be able to see this band play a relatively small show. The Australian band mix a little bit of everything into their meticulously crafted songs - it’s the best kind of pop, interesting, chugging and groovy. They’re going to be huge soon, so take the time now.
Strange Brew 5 @ Hotel Vegas (Monday - 1pm doors) - RSVP
After the Gold Rush @ The Sidewinder (Thursday @ 11am Doors) - FREE
Aussie BBQ @ Bush Square Park (Friday @ 3:35) - OFFICIAL
Windish Agency Party @ Mohawk Austin (Friday - 12pm doors ) - RSVP
Trasmission Events Heatwave @ Paper Tiger (Saturday @ 12pm doors) - $20
We've been in love with Miya Folick since we first heard the driving, buzzing sounds of her track "I Got Drunk" last year. Her vocal talent and sonic range, though, goes beyond the raw intensity of this one track, and we're hugely excited to see her explore that in a live setting. From grungy ballads to high energy rock tracks, she's got a little bit of everything.
Roses + Keys @ 1816 E 6th Street (Tuesday @ 5pm) - RSVP
Dear Austin, Love LA @ The Main (Thursday @4:40pm) - RSVP
This Athens, GA band made a splash with their debut single “No Crying In Baseball”, a spectacular stream of consciousness rock song that takes the best of lo-fi that’s still infinitely accessible. Mothers have been making a name for themselves ever since with exceptionally energetic shows and tracks that perfectly weave together a garage band aesthetic with the storied college-rock past of their home.
AV Club/The Onion Manic Monday @ Barracuda (Monday @ 10pm) - RSVP
C3 BBQ @ Lamberts (Wednesday @ 12pm Doors) - FREE
The Showtime Roadies House @ Clive Bar (Wednesday @ 9pm) - RSVP
UO Live in Austin Day 2 @ Space 24 Twenty (Thursday @ 12pm) - FREE
Stereogum Austin Invasion @ Hole in the Wall (Thursday @ 12pm Doors) - FREE
MIddlewest Management @ Mohawk Austin (Friday @ 10pm) - OFFICIAL
Athens in Austin @ The Side Bar (Saturday @ 2:30pm) - FREE
Public Access TV may not be re-inventing the face of garage/indie rock, but they've created their own brand that's making a mark all the same. Their songs have an incredible underlying energy, and that driving force translates to a live show you don't want to miss.
Music for Listeners Day One @ El Sapo (Thursday @ 5pm) - FREE
The Spotify House Day Five @ The Spotify House (Friday @ 2:15pm) - RSVP
The Big One @ Barracuda (Saturday @ 1:30pm) - RSVP
Honestly, there's not much more to say about PWR BTTM than you should absolutely see their raucously enthralling live sets. So grab your glitter, slap on some lipstick (anywhere you choose — nothing's off limits) and take out your favorite sun dress. The boys in PWR BTTM are here to make sure you have a damn good time.
Adhoc Showcase @ Cheer Up Charlie's (Wednesday @ 1:30pm) - FREE
The Most Definitely and Concord Music Group Present The Yard @ 902 E Cesar Chavez (Wednesday @ 12pm Doors) - RSVP
UFather/Daughter & TopShelf Records Present @ The Grackle (Thursday @ 4:30pm Doors) - RSVP