Bleachers: True, Bleachers are beyond the just-bubbling-up phase—all thanks to the leadership of Fun.’s Jack Antonoff and his unique brand of earnest indie pop—but you won't regret seeing them in Austin anyway. Trust.
Ryn Weaver: After exploding on the scene with summery single OctaHate in June 2014, the 22-year-old singer is weaving (pun intended) her way up the pop ranks and aims to release her debut album this year. Jump on the train now.
The Wans: Nashville trio The Wans are hell-bent on unleashing their electrifying breed of gritty rock and roll everywhere they do. We aren’t the first to say this, but: they’re probably the best band you haven’t heard yet.
The Digital Wild: Self-described Afrodelic trip-rockers The Digital Wild craft many a moody-melodic tracks, enveloping fans in a unique visceral experience. We have a good feeling the Austin locals will reach far beyond their beloved town this year.
Marmozets: Add a little snarly punk to your SXSW rounds with English rockers Marmozets. A far cry from the indifferent shoegaze so often showcased at the Austin music fest, and frontwoman Becca McIntyre is a fierce force to be reckoned with.
Elliphant: Swedish singer/rapper Ellinor Olovsdotter—that’s Elliphant to you—is somewhat of an accidental musician, and we love her more for it. With a “nothing to lose” attitude, she’ll be parading her wild and provocative pop all over Austin. We can't wait to get in on it.
Catfish and the Bottlemen: UK imports Catfish and the Bottlemen are doing their part to keep rock 'n' roll alive, skinny jeans and all. Do your part by getting your eyes and ears on this charismatic foursome.