Austin 101 Magazine

10 Popular Must See Artists We Would’ve Seen at SXSW 2020

by S. Pulse

Even though SXSW has been canceled for the first time ever, we wanted to share our recommendations for artists you might have seen in hopes that you will still watch, listen, and love their music. You can also see our ‘101 artists to watch’ list at the bottom of the post.

While SXSW is known for bringing recognition to emerging artists, it also attracts a-list performers.  Many of these hugely popular artists will be performing in unusually intimate venues or on the free outdoor stage at Lady Bird Lake.  Either way, SXSW is a great way to see these successful bands. (Double check all times and locations on the SXSW app as they may change.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdH45WXuHx8

Milky Chance:  This duo of high school friends from Germany are proven hitmakers (“Stolen Dance” and “Flashed Junk Mind”).  Meshing an acoustic guitar-driven sound with electric beats, Milky Chance creates a sound that crosses genres, includes infectious hooks, and enjoys wide appeal.  (March 19: SXSW Outdoor Stage at Lady Bird Lake, 8:40-9:40 pm)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRtvqT_wMeY

Soul Asylum:  Grammy winning 90’s alt-rock band Soul Asylum is known for their monster hit “Runaway Train”.  Still creating music, they have a new single out called “Got It Pretty Good” – – and it is pretty good! (March 20: Performing on the intimate stage at Lambert’s 1:00-1:55 am)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jAQR6266Gw

Max Frost:  Austin born and raised musician Max Frost may now reside in LA, but he’ll always call Austin home.  Check out his high energy pop-dance beats (try “White Lies” and “Adderall”) and we dare you not to dance along. (March 19: SXSW Outdoor Stage at Lady Bird Lake 5:35-6:15 pm)

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Walshy Fire:  Widely known as a member of Major Lazer, Walshy Fire will be showcasing his solo DJ music at SXSW.  The son of a Jamaican Cricket star, Walshy Fire often invokes the sounds of his Caribbean heritage in his music — mixes that will surely have the crowd rocking to his island vibes. (Date and venue TBA)

https://youtu.be/yd9p4n5hLEg

Glass Animals:   Feeling “gooey”?  Well, you will after Glass Animals coats you with their dance-heavy electric tunes drenched in “peanut butter vibes”.   Experience this four-man UK group in person at their SXSW show at Stubbs. (March 18: Stubbs, 12:30-1:30 am)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeJm9PAWp6A

Carla Morrison:  One of the most popular indie singers in Latin America, she has won two Grammy awards as well as multiple Latin Grammys.  She also has cultivated an enormous fanbase that adore her clear, clean pitch-perfect vocals. (March 21: SXSW Outdoor Stage at Lady Bird Lake, 8:10-9:40 pm)

 

JP Saxe:  This Canadian singer-songwriter’s popularity has exploded largely as a result of his newest song “If The World Was Ending” (which features Julia Michael). His goosebump-inducing lyrics are packed with soul touching emotion and feel a lot like a reassuring hug. (March 19: SXSW Outdoor Stage at Lady Bird Lake, 7:35 – 8:15 pm) 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wFwPh-KbEY

Beabadoobee:  At only 19 years of age, UK’s Beabadoobee has become an indie-pop sensation.  Her light and airy song “Coffee” was a massive overnight success that continued to gain momentum when it was heavily sampled by Canadian musician Powfu and featured on his track “Death Bed”.  (March 17: Latitude 30, 11:00:-11:40 pm and March 18, Cedar Street, 1:00-1:50 am)

 

Vistas:   Popular in the UK, this trio of Scotland based musicians is now making major waves in the US with their upbeat indie-pop music. (March 18: Maggie Mae’s Gibson Room, 11:00 – 11:40 pm and March 19: Swan Dive, 10:00-10:40 pm)

See the entire lineup and schedule at SXSW.

Austin 101 Magazine’s “101 To Watch at SXSW”:

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99 Neighbors

Ailbhe Reddy

Algiers

Alma

Baby Rose

Balming Tiger

Beabadoobee

Black Lips

Bourgeois Mystics

Brian Fallon

Bridget Kelly

Caroline Rose

Cassper Nyovest

Christina La Rocca

Chuck Prophet and The Mission Express

Curtis McMurtry

CVLTE

Dead Horses

Dead Poets Society

Deanna Wheeler

Declan J. Donovon

Delta Spirit

Demi Grace

Devarrow

Devon Gilfillian

Drinking Boys and Girls Choir

Early James

Edan Archer

Electric Fields

Fenne Lily

Ferreck Dawn

Flawes

Free Radicals

Frisco

Ghetto Kumba

Gina Sicilia

Girl Skin

Grace Pettis

GRLWood

Hamilton Leithauser

Haviah Mighty

Harleighblu

Herizen

Honey Harper

Jackie Venson

Jadu Heart

Jeff Lofton

Jenny Lewis

Jinmi Abduls

Josiah Johnson

JP Saxe

Katie Pruitt

Kyle Craft

La Dona

Laundry Day

Laura Cantrell

Lesly Rehhagg

M. Ward

Margo Price

Max Frost

Michigander

Milky Chance

Mir Fontane

Modern Love Child

Naked Giants

Nasty Cherry

Native Sun

Naya Ali

Neal Francis

Neon Dreams

Nicklas Sahl

Noya Rao

Parisalexa

PNTHN

Reb Fountain

Renni Rucci

Ringo Deathstarr

Ryal McMullen

Sarah Klang

Savannah Sgro

Shelley King

Sir Woman

Soccer Mommy

Soul Asylum

Spooky Mansion

Sport Team

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down

The Brother Brothers

The HamilTones

The Talbot Brothers

The Teeta

There

Tone Royal

Tre Burt

Ume

Vistas

Walshy Fire

Whitney Rose

Wiley from Atlanta

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