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Chris Picks SXSW Music '17

So Many Bands, So Little Time (And Patience)

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It's not easy being old school. SXSW is many different things to many different people, but to me it's still what it was from the beginning: a chance - nay, a challenge - to discover NEW bands and NEW music. It's evolved into a fashion show, an access chase and/or a groveling competition, if it comes to that, to get into the prohibitively-packed, mega-exclusive show - but me, I'm happier in a crowd of 100 in a little bar enjoying a good, close look at a band that I'll later boast I knew about WAY before you did, and I'll be right. It happens every year.

But how? I don't have much more access to the inside word than most of you do, believe it or not. Thousands of shows, column upon column upon page upon page of bands - it's a daunting prospect to weed through them all, looking for those promising gems. It takes time and patience - and considering that I've little of either, you should be even MORE impressed that I've gone through the gigantic SXSW Music roster once again this year, to present the bands I think are awesome enough to seek out - my personal opinion of course.

This list will evolve continually - bands will be added, shows will be too - my goal is to give you as much info about where and when you can catch these acts as possible, hopefully in many cases, even you unwashed wristbandless types - so bookmark it and make it a regular research stop. Did I miss something awesome? Please let me know. And here we go.
 

A. Sinclair (Austin, Texas)
Video: "They Breed And Say Hello"
Twitter: @ASinclairmusic
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/asinclairmusic/

The Academic (Mullingar, Ireland)
Twitter @TheAcademic
Video: "Different"
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theacademic/

Aero Flynn (Eau Claire, Wisconsin)
Twitter: @aeroflynn
Video: "Dk/Pi"
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aeroflynnmusic/

Alex Napping (Austin, Texas)
Twitter: @alexnapping
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alexnapping/
Video: "Catcalls"

Altre di B (Bologna, Italy)
Twitter: @altredib
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/altredib/
Video: "Haruki Murakami"

Annabelle Chairlegs (Austin, Texas)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ANNABELLECHAIRLEGS
Video: "Axe Me If I Care"
Bandcamp: https://annabellechairlegs.bandcamp.com/

Baked (Brooklyn, New York)
Twitter: @bakedtweeets
Song: "Midnight Junkie"
Bandcamp: http://baked.bandcamp.com 

Bee Caves (Austin, Texas)
Twitter: @Bee_Caves
Video: "Running Home To You"
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/beecavesmusic/

Broken Gold (Austin, Texas)
Twitter: @brokengoldatx
Video: "Turning Blue"
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brokengoldatx/

BRONCHO (Tulsa, Oklahoma)
Twitter: @BRONCHOBAND
Video: "Class Historian"
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bronchoband/

Laura Carbone (Mannheim, Germany)
Twitter: @l_to_the_aura
Video: "Swans"
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lauracarboneofficial/

Carnival Youth (Riga, Latvia)
Twitter: @CarnivalYouth
Video: "Seagulls On Bicycles"
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CarnivalYouth/

Catholic Action (Glasgow, Scotland)
Twitter: @_CatholicAction
Video: "L.U.V."
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/catholicactionband/

Chain Wallet (Bergen, Norway)
Twitter: @chainwalletband
Video: "Faded Fight"
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chainwalletband/

Cherry Glazerr (Los Angeles, California)
Twitter: @cherryglazerr
Video: "Nurse Ratched" (Warning - pretty graphic.)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CherryGlazerr/

Creepoid (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Twitter: @creepoidphilly
Song: "American Smile"
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/creepoid/

Darkbird (Austin, Texas)
Twitter: @darkbirdband
Video: "All There Is"
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/darkbirdband/

Dear Boy (Los Angeles, California)
Twitter: @dearboyofficial
Video: "Oh So Quiet"
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dearboyofficial/

Desert Mountain Tribe (London, England)
Twitter: @DMTribe
Song: "Midnight Sky"
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/desertmountaintribe/

The Dirty Lungs (Birmingham, Alabama)
Twitter: @dirtylungs205
Video: "I Suck In Bed"
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thedirtylungs/?qsefr=1

Dyan (Los Angeles, California)
Twitter: @lookingfordyan
Song: "Looking For Knives"
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lookingfordyan

False Advertising (Manchester, England)
Twitter: @falseadv 
Video: "Sigh"
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/falseadv/

FOXTRAX (Los Angeles, California)
Twitter: @FoxtraxBand
Video: "Underwater"
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FOXTRAXband/

Future Elevators (Birmingham, Alabama)
Twitter: @FutureElevators
Song: "Modern World"
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FutureElevators/

Future Generations (Brooklyn, New York)
Twitter: @futuregenband
Video: "Stars"
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/futuregenerationsmusic/

William Harries Graham (Austin, Texas)
Facebook: William Harries Graham
Video: "Mystical Ways"
Label: Blue Rose Records

Gurr (Berlin, Germany)
Twitter: @gurrband
Video: "Moby Dick"
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Gurrband/

Hawai (Dana Point, California)
Twitter: @HawaiBand
Video: "In My Head"
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hawaiband/

The Head (Atlanta, Georgia)
Twitter: @theheadmusic
Video: "It Ain't Easy"
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theheadrocks

Lilly Hiatt (Nashville, Tennessee)
Twitter: @LillyHiatt1
Video: "Get This Right"
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LillyHiatt/

Hideout (New York, New York)
Twitter: @HIDEOUT___
Video: "Where You've Been"
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hideoutaudio

Hippo Campus (Woodbury, Minnesota)
Twitter: @thehalocline
Video: "South"
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thehalocline/

Hoops (Bloomington, Indiana)
Twitter: @hoopsband
Video: "Cool 2"
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hoopsband/

In The Valley Below (Grand Rapids, Michigan)
Twitter: @bookofITVB
Video: "Peaches"
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/inthevalleybelow/

Knox Hamilton (Little Rock, Arkansas)
Twitter: @KnoxHamilton
Video: "Washed Up Together"
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/knoxhamiltonmusic/

Little Hurricane (San Diego, California)
Twitter: @littlehurricane
 

Me Not You (Brooklyn, New York)
Twitter: @MeNotYouBand
 

Middle Kids (Sydney, Australia)
Twitter: @MiddleKidsMusic
 

Minus The Bear (Seattle, Washington)
Twitter: @minusthebear
 

Mise en Scene (Winnipeg, Canada)
Twitter: @miseensceneband
 

Moving Panoramas (Austin, Texas)
Twitter: @MovingPanoramas
Video: "One"
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MovingPanoramas/

Muncie Girls (Exeter, England)
Twitter: @munciegirls
 

Nightmare Air (Los Angeles, California)
Twitter: @nightmareair
 

Lisa Prank (Seattle, Washington)
Twitter: @lisaprank
 

pronoun (Brooklyn, New York)
Twitter: @musicpronoun
 

PWR BTTM (New York, New York)
Twitter: @PWRBTTMBAND
Video: "Big Beautiful Day"
 

Quiet Company (Austin, Texas)
Twitter: @quietcompanytx
 

Royal Tusk (Edmonton, Canada)
Twitter: @ROYALTUSK
 

Suburban Living (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Twitter: @suburbanlivingz
 

Summer Cannibals (Portland, Oregon)
Twitter: @SCannibalsBand
 

Sundara Karma (Reading, England)
Twitter: @sundarakarma
 

Ian Sweet (Brooklyn, New York)
Twitter: @IANSWEETWEET
Video: "23"
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iansweetmusic/

Sweet Spirit (Austin, Texas)
Twitter: @sweetspiritband
 

Tempers (New York, New York)
Twitter: @tempersmusic
 

Uncle Lucius (Austin, Texas)
Twitter: @UncleLucius 
 

The Vryll Society (Liverpool, England)
Twitter: @TheVryllSociety
 

Emily Wolfe (Austin, Texas)
Twitter: @EmilyWolfeMusic
Video: "Atta Blues"
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/emilywolfemusic/

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