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Your Guide to SXSW 2010

 

Your Guide to SXSW 2010

Tuesday March 16, 2010
SXSW 2010 is here! Lord, is it here. Roughly six billion bands have descended upon Austin for the world’s most ridiculous onslaught of music, marketing, and general glad-handing. From Wednesday through Saturday, shows will go on at all hours, buzz will build, names will be made, and Mexican food will be eaten. 

The ridiculous proliferation of performers —official count 1800-ish, so consider it 2000+— means that any kind of exhausting overview of SXSW is impossible. My water-tight list of 10 Bands to Watch at SXSW may be a good —nay, great— place to start, but, really, it’s just the tip of the iceberg. 

Neither you nor I have enough time to write/read a rundown of every act I’d recommend from the SXSW slate, so I’ve thrown together this handy tip-shit for anyone trying to navigate the Austin orgy. As always, day-shows are the way to go, the French Legation Museum is the nicest place to see people play, and 6th St. at night is somewhere no sane human wants to be. And, here are my highly-subjective selections for bands to witness, broken down into handy tiers. (PS: You’re welcome!) 

Definitely:
Abe Vigoda, Ólöf Arnalds, Julianna Barwick, Best Coast, Danielson, Drawlings, The Drums, Dum Dum Girls, First Aid KitFool’s GoldFreelance WhalesGet Back Guinozzi!Pepi GinsbergHere We Go Magic, Inlets, Javelin, Jeremy Jay, JJ (pictured!), Le Loup, the Love LanguageMagic KidsMemory Tapes, Mi and L’au, the Morning Benders, Mountain ManOy,Pill Wonder, Pree, Princeton, the Ruby Suns, Salem, Sally Seltmann, Alina Simone, Smith Westerns, Suckers, Surfer Blood, Tanlines, These Are Powers, Toro y Moi, Trembling Bells,Sharon Van EttenWarpaintJenny Wilson, Zola Jesus 

Probably:
Acid Mothers Temple and The Melting Paraiso UFO, The Antlers, Arborea, Bear in Heaven, Blessure Grave, Blue Roses, Bowerbirds, The Chapin Sisters, Ora Cogan, Cotton Jones, Crystal Antlers, Kimya Dawson, The Dutchess and the Duke, Efterklang, Elephant Parade, the Entrance Band, Roky Erickson with Okkervil River, Explode Into Colors, Fanfarlo, Frankie and the Outs, Grass Widow, the Happy Hollows, Inca Ore, Sarah Jaffe, Japandroids, Cate Le Bon, Liars, Magic Magic, Holly Miranda, My Tiger My Timing, Oh No Ono, Pearl Harbor, Pocahaunted, Ra Ra Riot, Real Estate, Anni Rossi, Seabear, She and Him, Sleep Whale, Still Flyin’, the Strange Boys, Tamaryn, Thee Oh Sees, Twin Sister, UUVVWWZ, The Walkmen, Washed Out, Woods, The XX, XYX, Yeti Lane 

Maybe:
Aa, Acrylics, Adventure, Avi Buffalo, Bachelorette, Banjo or Freakout, Born Ruffians, Bruce Peninsula, Califone, Chew Lips, Choir of Young Believers, Class Actress, The Coathangers, The Crayon Fields, Dengue Fever, The Depreciation Guild, Diamond Rings, Marianne Dissard, Finn Riggins, Free Energy, The Fresh & Onlys, Rebecca Gates and the Consortium, Grooms, Happy Birthday, Harlem, Hudson Mohawke, James Husband, Jonna Lee, Les Savy Fav, Let’s Wrestle, Light Pollution, Local Natives, Lullabye Arkestra, Male Bonding, The Middle East, Anaïs Mitchell, Nice Nice, No Age, Jackie Oates, The Pains of Being Pure At Heart,Phantogram, Plants and Animals, Quasi, the Rural Alberta Advantage, Savoir Adore, She Keeps Bees, Shelley Short, Slaraffenland, Smoosh, Sonny and the Sunsets, Katie Stelmanis, Stricken City, Summer Cats, Surf City, Tape Deck Mountain, Titus Andronicus, The Very Best, Via Tania, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Zaza 

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