The annual SXSW music and arts gathering took place in Austin, Texas, a few weeks ago for 10 glorious days in the sun. Known for its reputation as a hype-creator, the festival allows any band to apply to play a showcase and follow their big rock star dreams. It is the big “industry” event, with many music news sources, labels, promotion companies and the like organizing their own showcases. But despite the high stakes and music snobbery, SXSW is a wonderful, musically democratic event full of “that one random famous person” and free shows galore. Here are some of our picks of standout bands from this year’s festival, seasoned and fresh acts alike:
As always, you can stream the playlist right on Spotify!
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