Playlist of the week: SXSW standouts

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The night ended late watching Icona Pop and the Joy Formidable perform at Viceland.

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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:

1) The Lovely Bad Things, “Fried Eyes”

2) FIDLAR, “Cheap Beer

3) Palma Violets, “Tom the Drum

4) Martin Buscaglia, “Oda a Mi Bicicleta

5) Cafe Tacvba, “Encantamiento Intuil

6) Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, “How Long Do I Have To Wait For You

7) Rhye, “Open

8) Autre Ne Veut, “Counting

9) Torres, “Honey

10) Savages, “Husbands

11) Haim, “Don’t Save Me

12) Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “Sacrilege

13) Doldrums, “She is the Wave

14) Blue Hawaii, “In Two

15) Vampire Weekend, “Diane Young

As always, you can stream the playlist right on Spotify!

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