Kurt Vile : Shame Chamber : Wakin On A Pretty Daze (2013)
- 5th album.
- Former guitarist for the War On Drugs.
- The opening track on this album, 'Wakin on a Pretty Day,' might be the year's best so far.
- He said he was inspired by the album Tusk when making this album.
Way Yes : Get Healed : Tog Pebbles (2013)
- 2nd full length.
- One of the year’s releases I’m most excited for.
- Debut full length, Walkability, was out in 2012 and featured the amazing track 'Important.'
- If you like this band look up the Listening Party. Also reminiscent of mellower Yeasayer and Yellow Ostrich.
- CMJ 2012
Marnie Stern : Immortals : The Chronicles of Marnia (2013)
- 4th album. Out in March 2013
- Her previous album was a 2010 Best of the U & U.
- A wild mix of the joyous unpredictability of Ponytail and the harder Yeah Yeah Yeahs tracks.
- The band I'm most excited to see play SXSW 2013 of the announced acts so far.
Scout Niblett : Gun : It's Up to Emma (2013)
- 3rd album
- Debut release was a split single with Songs:Ohia.
- Slow building, strong, dark, snarling rock.
Waxahatchee : Tangled Envisioning : Cerulean Salt (2013)
- 2nd full length.
- Project from Kate Crutchfield.
- Played an impressive solo set at SXSW.
- Debut was lo-fi and a rougher DIY style album.
Okkervil River : Plus Ones : The Stage Names (2007)
- One of best albums to come out in the time I've been obsessing over music on this show.
- Just played a one of a kind show at Grand Central Station.
Mikal Cronin : Weight : MCII (2013)
- S/t solo debut out in 2011.
- Album is produced by fellow west coaster, Ty Segall.
- Also in a surf-punk band called the Moonhearts & Ty Segall's backing band, just like Ty's in Mikal's band.
Damien Jurado & Richard Swift : Crazy Like a Fox : Other People's Songs Vol. 1 (2010)
- Collaborative project from the two singer/songwriters.
- Richard Swift most recently produced Pickwick incredible debut album, Can’t Talk Medicine.
- Link Cromwell & The Zoo cover.
Hiss Golden Messenger : Cheerwine Easter : Haw (2013)
- Provided a perfect solo acoustic set on the back patio on a sunny afternoon at SXSW 2013
- His album Poor Moon is a highlight of 2012.
Night Beds : No Other Love (Jo Stafford Cover) : Aquarium Drunkard Session (2013)
- Live cover for the blog Aquarium Drunkard.
- Debut album, Country Sleep, is one of the most gorgeous vocal performances of 2013.
- Very talented vocalist.
- Sounds like a cross between Ryan Adams and the Cave Singers.
Small Houses : Oh, Hiding Out : Exactly Where You Wanted To Be (2013)
- 3rd alb um
- Really beautiful folk.
- Philly based band led by Jeremy Quentin.
King Khan and the BBQ Show : Crystal Ball : Invisible Girl (2009)
- 3rd album
- They are both in the Almighty Defenders with the Black Lips
- They just had a falling out in late 2010 and may not make any more music together.
- The end of this track picks up so much and it's almost impossible to sing along!
Fuzz : Fuzz's Fourth Dream : This Time I Got A Reason 7” (2013)
- 2 song single.
- Latest project from the ever-prolific Ty Segall
- Heavier psych blues sound here than his usual style.
White Fence : Pink Gorilla : Cyclops Reap (2013)
- 5th album
- Most recently did a collaborative album with Ty Segall, Hair, in 2012
- Wild, manic psych rock.
Warm Soda : Jeanie Loves Pop : Someone For You (2013)
- 2nd full length
- Project started by Matthew Melton formerly of Bare Wires
- Very similar vibe to Bare Wires
- Slogan on BandCamp: 'JUST SAY NO to SXSW 2013' referencing Bare Wires' break up.
Dune Rats : Color Television : Rollo & Grady Session (2013)
- Second song to sneak out of their yet to be announced forthcoming release.
- 2 EPs and 2 Singles out so far.
- Sloppy garage, REM-leaning act starting to carve out a name for themselves in a similar way as FIDLAR.
- Tied for best act of CMJ 2012 with the Grizzled Mighty
The Thermals : The Sunset : Desperate Ground (2013)
- First single from 6th album.
- High energy indie punk rock band.
Turf War : Born to Run Free : The Great Escape EP (2013)
- 2nd EP of the year.
- Also just released an EP of covers, Turf War Plays the Hits.
- Favorite band of SXSW 2012
Jake Bugg : Trouble Town : Jake Bugg (2012)
- Debut full length. Also one EP.
- Very talented 18yr old UK folk singer songwriter.
- Huge Dylan sound at times.
- SXSW 2013