30 Artists To Watch At SXSW 2015

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This year’s music portion of South By Southwest is set to run wild on Austin, Texas, on March 17th and to no one’s surprise, the entire lineup is stacked. Like stacked – Big Sean’s headlining the mtvU Woodies, J. Cole’s doing a Dreamville takeover, Action Bronson’s got his Wonderful BBQ, and in between sets from 2 Chainz, Ceremony, Incubus, Swervedriver, and Wavves (plus Sweet Valley + Spirit Club), Kanye West is expected to make an appearance. All of the above sounds intimidating, but it’s nothing compared to the festival’s risers/trends/unknowns and the never-ending adventure they help to create. We searched high and low and wound up with a few surprises and lot of new music, so in turn here’s our definitive guide to 30 SXSW acts you really don’t want to miss.

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CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN


Catfish And The Bottlemen

File Next To: Peace, Drowners || Buy: The Balcony (COMMUNION) || SXSW Schedule (Top Pick: Wednesday March 18th @ Blackheart)


CIRCA WAVES


Circa Waves

File Next To: Skaters, Public Access T.V. || Buy: Young Chasers (VIRGIN/EMI) || SXSW Schedule (Top Pick: Thursday March 19th @ Latitude 30)


COURTNEY BARNETT


Courtney Barnett

File Next To: Angel Olsen, Cate Le Bon || Buy: Sometimes I Sit… (MOM + POP) || SXSW Schedule (Top Pick: Wednesday March 18th @ Stubb’s)


CREEPOID


Creepoid

File Next To: Disappears, Pity Sex || Buy: Cemetery Highrise Slum (COLLECT) || SXSW Schedule (Top Pick: Friday March 20th @ Brazos Hall)


DEJ LOAF


Dej Loaf

File Next To: Angel Haze, Future || Download: Sell Sole (MIXTAPE) || SXSW Schedule (Top Pick: Saturday March 21st @ Brazos Hall)


THE DISTRICTS


Districts

File Next To: The Babies, The Orwells || Buy: A Flourish And A Spoil (FAT POSSUM) || SXSW Schedule (Top Pick: Friday March 20th @ Stubb’s)


EARL SWEATSHIRT


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File Next To: OFWGKTA, DOOM || Buy: Doris (TAN CRESSIDA) || SXSW Schedule (Top Pick: Saturday March 21st @ The Hype Hotel)


FREDDIE GIBBS


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File Next To: GZA, Roc Marciano || Buy: Pinata (MADLIB INVAZION) || SXSW Schedule (Top Pick: Wednesday March 18th @ The Roosevelt Room)


GYPTIAN


Gyptian

File Next To: Popcaan, Machel Montano || Buy: Sex, Love & Reggae (VP RECORDS) || SXSW Schedule (Top Pick: Friday March 20th @ The Palm Door)


HINDS (AKA DEERS)


Hinds

File Next To: The Black Lips, La Luz || Buy: Barn / Demo (BANDCAMP) || SXSW Schedule (Top Pick: Thursday March 19th @ The Hype Hotel)


KAYTRANADA


Kaytranada - Lifestyle

File Next To: A-Trak, Sweater Beats || Listen: Various (SOUNDCLOUD) || SXSW Schedule (Top Pick: Wednesday March 18th @ Empire Garage)


KEHLANI


Kehlani

File Next To: Tink, Teyana Taylor || Download: Cloud 19 (MIXTAPE) || SXSW Schedule (Top Pick: Friday March 20th @ Clive Bar)


LEON BRIDGES


Leon Bridges

File Next To: Sam Cooke, Daughn Gibson || Buy: TBD (SONY/COLUMBIA) || SXSW Schedule (Top Pick: Friday March 20th @ St. David’s)


MICK JENKINS


Mick Jenkins

File Next To: Joey Bada$$, Vince Staples || Download: The Water[s] (MIXTAPE) || SXSW Schedule (Top Pick: Saturday March 21st @ Hype Hotel)


MIGOS


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File Next To: The Beatles || Buy: Rich Ni**a Timeline (QUALITY CONTROL) || SXSW Schedule (Top Pick: Thursday March 19th @ The Gatsby)


NATALIE PRASS


Natalie Prass

File Next To: She & Him, Jessica Pratt || Buy: Natalie Prass (SPACEBOMB) || SXSW Schedule (Top Pick: Tuesday March 17th @ Cheer Up Charlie’s)


NOTS


NOTS

File Next To: Ex-Cult, White Reaper || Buy: We Are Nots (GONER) || SXSW Schedule (Top Pick: Saturday March 21st @ Burgerama IV Party)


OG MACO


OG Maco

File Next To: Rome Fortune, Young Thug || Buy: OG Maco (QUALITY CONTROL) || SXSW Schedule (Top Pick: Tuesday March 17th @ Blackheart)


RAE SREMMURD


Rae Sremmurd

File Next To: Odd Future, Rich Gang || Buy: SremmLife (INTERSCOPE) || SXSW Schedule (Top Pick: Thursday March 19th @ Austin Music Hall)


RAURY


Raury

File Next To: André 3000, Frank Ocean || Buy: Indigo Child EP (SONY/COLUMBIA) || SXSW Schedule (Top Pick: Date TBD @ Venue TBD)


RUN THE JEWELS


RunTheJewels_by Vic Michael

File Next To: El-P, Killer Mike || Buy: RTJ2 (MASS APPEAL) || SXSW Schedule (Top Pick: Friday March 20th @ Cedar St. Courtyard)


RYLEY WALKER


Ryley Walker

File Next To: Tweedy, William Tyler || Buy: Primrose Green (DEAD OCEANS) || SXSW Schedule (Top Pick: Tuesday March 17th @ Mohawk)


SHURA


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File Next To: Jessie Ware, TÃLÃ || Buy: Indecision 7″ (POLYDOR) || SXSW Schedule (Top Pick: Friday March 20th @ Central Presbyterian)


SICK FEELING


Sick Feeling

File Next To: Ceremony, United Nations || Buy: Suburban Myth (COLLECT) || SXSW Schedule (Top Pick: Saturday March 21st @ Red Eyed Fly)


SINGLE MOTHERS


Single Mothers

File Next To: Joyce Manor, PUP || Buy: Negative Qualities (DINE ALONE) || SXSW Schedule (Top Pick: Friday March 20th @ 720 Club)


SPEEDY ORTIZ


Speedy Ortiz

File Next To: Cloud Nothings, Sonic Youth || Buy: Foil Deer (CARPARK) || SXSW Schedule (Top Pick: Thursday March 19th @ Swan Dive)


TWIN PEAKS


Twin Peaks

File Next To: FIDLAR, The Orwells || Buy: Wild Onion (GRAND JURY) || SXSW Schedule (Top Pick: Friday March 20th @ Bar 96)


VÉRITÉ


VERITE

File Next To: BANKS, Tove Lo || Buy: Echo EP (INDIE) || SXSW Schedule (Top Pick: Saturday March 21st @ Empire Control Room)


THE WEEKND


Weeknd

File Next To: Drake, Majid Jordan || Buy: Kiss Land (UNIVERSAL) || SXSW Schedule (Top Pick: Thursday March 19th @ The Coppertank)


WOLF ALICE


Wolf Alice

File Next To: Drenge, Palma Violets || Buy: My Love Is Cool (DIRTY HIT) || SXSW Schedule (Top Pick: Wednesday March 18th @ Hype Hotel)

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