Pond : Giant Tortoise : Hobo Rocket (2013)
- 5th full length album. First of 2 announced 2013 albums.
- Features members of Tame Impala.
- By far the greatest lead singer I saw at SXSW. Young, tiny, wild aussie.
The National : Demons : Trouble Will Find Me (2013)
- 6th album
- One of two lead singles out now.
- Has the vibe of their last full length album, 2010's High Violet.
Scout Niblett : Calcination : The Calcination of Scout Niblett (2010)
- 5th album
- 6th is on its way. It's Up To Emma.
- Debut release was a split single with Songs:Ohia.
- Provided one of the highlights on the Jason Molina Tribute Compilation.
- Slow building, strong, dark, snarling rock.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs : Sacrilege : Mosquito (2013)
- 4th album.
- Debut full length, Fever To Tell, is one of the greatest albums in recent history.
- Karen O is the lead singer and has one of the best voices in any genre.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. : Hiding : Patterns EP (2013)
- Full length debut.
- Their 2010 debut EP garnered them a lot of good reviews.
- Playing the White Rabbit Cabaret Friday, June 17th
Lightning Dust : Diamond : Fantasy (2013)
- 3rd album
- This is the best song they've recorded.
- Jagjaguwar Label.
- Haunting synthy folk.
Night Beds : My Kind of Woman (Mac DeMarco 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.
- Extremely talented vocalist.
- Sounds like a cross between Ryan Adams and the Cave Singers.
The Thermals : Our Love Survives : Desperate Ground (2013)
- First single from 6th album.
- High energy indie punk rock band.
Dead Confederate : Vacations : In the Marrow (2013)
- 3rd full length. 3 EPs as well.
- Heavy alt-country band from Georgia led by T Hardy Morris
- He teamed up with The Black Lips' Ian St. Pe and Deer Ticks John McCauley in Diamond Rugs.
Turf War : The Great Escape : 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
Thee Oh Sees : Strawberries 1 + 2 : Floating Coffin (2013)
- 12th-ish album.
- Their last album, Putrifiers II, was one of 2012’s best.
- One of the bands leading the west coast’s psych rock movement.
- This track is a little less manic than most of their material.
- SXSW 2013
The Shouting Matches : Avery Hill : Grownass Man (2013)
- Debut album from the loooong rumoured, bluesy classic rock side project from Justin Vernon.
- Unfortunately the leaked live videos that surfaced 4+ years ago seemed to possess significantly more fire and energy.
Fletcher C. Johnson : Eventually : It Rained Something Wicked (2010)
- Debut album.
- 2nd album, Salutations, made a significant number of best of '12 lists despite its small release.
- A truly fun, loose and uplifting highlight performance at SXSW.
Grape St. : Charmed Life : A Date With You (2012)
- Debut full length
- Off shoot of the band Harlem. As is Lace Curtains!
- Name your price for this album on their BandCamp.
Radiation City : Zombies : Animals In the Median (2013)
- 2nd full length.
- Debut full length was out in 2011. The Hands That Take You.
- Latest release is 2012's Cool Nightmare EP
- They have a beachy vibe that makes me think of Tennis.
Iron & Wine : Joy : Ghost on Ghost (2013)
- 5th album. Also 4 incredible early EPs
- This marks his 3rd album since his departure from a stripped back acoustic approach for a fuller, warmer full band sound.
- Project led by Sam Beam
- His solo acoustic set at SXSW 2013 was one of the more powerful sets of the festival.
Lord Huron : Ends Of The Earth : Lonesome Dreams (2012)
- Debut full length from a band that has made a significant mark already with only 2 EPs
- Rich, easy going tropical feel to this track.
- Very reminiscent of Fleet Foxes.
Kurt Vile : Goldtone : 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.