8 SXSW Performances You Should Not Miss

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SXSW marks the unofficial start of not only spring but also touring season. Every year the best rising stars in the country head to Austin for a ton of rare performance before they blow up. This year is no different so we have decided to make life a little easier for you South byers this year. We’ve compiled a list of the best artists to see next week and where you can see them. Before you make a bunch of bad decisions next week, make a good one and read our full list below.

THEY.

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This L.A. based alt-r&b duo is currently on a sold out tour with Bryson Tiller. The unique sound of their Nu Religion EP has almost 4 million streams on Soundcloud and with SXSW and a European tour leg on the way, THEY. are sure to leave a mark on 2016. Catch them at SXSW at one of these shows below:

  • 3.14 SPOTIFY HOUSE
  • 3.16 REVOLT
  • 3.16 CHAPTERS ALUMNI
  • 3.17 HYPETRAK + HOUSE OF VANS
  • 3.18 ILLMORE
  • 3.18 SONY PLAYSTATION PARTY
  • 3.19 SXSW TAKEOVER

Gallant


Soul singer Gallant has been making waves since his “Zebra” EP in 2014. With a debut album due out on April 4th and a new single with Jhene Aiko in heavy rotation, Gallant is ones of 2016′s brightest stars already. Make sure you catch him at one of his shows below.

  • 3.15 WASHINGTON DC ACTIVATIONS SHOWCASE
  • 3.16 STUBHUB SXSW SHOWCASE
  • 3.18 HYPEMACHINE
  • 3.18 FLOODFEST

Bird Dog

LA-based Indie-rock band Bird Dog are bringing their awesome live show to Austin. Their new EP Misty Shrub has been getting a lot of attention and with some key festival slots lined up for the spring and summer, this will be a great big stage introduction for the band. See their SXSW schedule below.

  • 3.16 C3 PARTY
  • 3.17 PUKKELPOP X DISCO NAIVETE
  • 3.18 SHOWTIME ROADIE’S HOUSE

Anderson .Paak

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Singer/rapper/multi-instrumentalist Anderson .Paak is one of music’s biggest rising stars at the moment. The Oxnard, CA native has been consistently making great music since he dropped his Venice project. After writing and singing on multiple songs from Dr. Dre’s Compton, he broke into the mainstream spotlight. His latest release, Malibu, is a fun musical trip through the mind of Anderson and is one of our favorite projects of 2016 so far. His live show is sure to please especially if he gets on the drums. See his schedule below.

  • 3.16 MTV WOODIES
  • 3.16 NPR MUSIC AT STUBB’S BBQ
  • 3.17 SPOTIFY HOUSE
  • 3.17 ICM PARTNERS X HOUSE OF VANS
  • 3.18 PITCHFORK
  • 3.18 HYPEMACHINE
  • 3.19 FADER FORT
  • 3.19 EMPIRE CONTROL ROOM

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This UK singer is taking time from his US Tour to bless Austin with his unique voice. He dropped his debut self-titled EP in January and his hit single “Shine A Light” is getting some serious radio play in the US and Canada. Catch him at one of his sets below.

  • 3.16 YOUTUBE
  • 3.16 BRITISH MUSIC SHOWCASE
  • 3.18 MCDONALD’S LOFT

Kelela

Kelela is a singer/song-writer from DC. Her beautiful voice flows well over the alternative r&b and dance records that she makes. Experimental by nature, Kelela’s music consistently blurs genre lines in such a way that you never know what to expect. Her live show is sensual and powerful and not to be missed. See her schedule below.

  • 3.16 HOUSE OF VANS

Lewis Del Mar

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Folk-pop duo Lewis Del Mar bring their experimental sound to a few stages this year. Since their breakout hit “Loud(y)” blew up last year, The Brooklyn-based group released their self-titled debut EP and signed to Columbia Records. There is a lot of buzz around this band and rightfully so. See below for their SXSW schedule.

  • 3.15 THE DFM
  • 3.16 NEW SHAPES
  • 3.17 HYPETRAK x HOUSE OF VANS

Section Boyz

The US invasion has begun. In the past year, Grime has crossed over to the US in a major way. Artists like Skepta and Stormzy are some of the bigger acts have made some noise in the past year as far as Grime. But the Section Boyz are not to be slept on. Their debut album Don’t Panic features big hits “Lock Arff” and “Trappin Ain’t Dead”. And with cosigns from Drake, who knows what kind of guests they’ll bring out at SXSW. Catch an energetic performance by the Section Boyz at one of their showcases below.

  • 3.16 SBTV
  • 3.17 NO CEILINGS 
  • 3.19 NME PRESENTS

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