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Showcasing artists from more than 65 countries, SXSW Conference and Festivals offer 10 days of opportunities for visitors, industry attendees and locals to expand their music repertoires. While the SXSW Music Festival showcases 2,000+ artists (560+ of which are international), here are 10 of the many amazing acts that call Austin, the Live Music Capital of the World®, home.
1. Alesia Lani
Alesia Lani’s soulful and R&B vocals with a hip-hop twist brought her to the Austin City Limits stage in 2019, where she delivered an energetic and powerful performance. With the release of her new album, “With Love,” released late January 2020, it’s clear that she’s here to stay.
2. TC Superstar
A favorite among locals, this group of UT grads puts on a performance like no other, combining bedroom pop with choreographed dance routines that make you feel like you’re in an 80’s dance video. TC Superstar has risen to stardom this past year after the release of their album, “R&D,” which tells the story of a complicated and emotional relationship. We can’t wait to see what this collaborative group will bring to SXSW this year.
Where alternative and country music intersect, you will find Harvest Thieves. Their raw and authentic sound combined with emotional lyrics has captivated many Austinites for years. With their new album, "As the Sparks Fly Upward," coming out this year, we’re excited to see what they come up with for SXSW this year.
4. Lolita Lynne
Lolita Lynne's sultry voice and catchy melodies have landed her project a spot in the SXSW Official Artist lineup, and rightfully so. However, this isn’t the only band she’ll be playing with during the festival; she’s also the bassist for the classic rock band, Tito and Tarantula, who will be showcasing their first album in ten years. With her versatility and sheer talent, she embodies the Austin music scene like few can.
With a great band name and an even better sound, Mr.Kitty combines electronic beats with synthpop melodies. Mr.Kitty has risen in popularity with his dark lyrics and captivating rhythm, especially with his hit, “After Dark.” He’s one you won’t want to miss this year.
This indie-meets-R&B band has gathered a considerable following after selling out countless Austin shows last year, captivating audiences with their soulful and authentic sound. Nané is preparing to release a new album this year, produced by two Grammy-winning artists, John Spiece and Adrian Quesada. Until then, we’ll be listening to their single, “Always on My Mind,” on repeat.
Songwriter, producer and one-man-band Mobley has proved to us that you really can do it all. His music, which he describes as “post-genre pop,” has led him to some legendary performances within the Austin community and beyond. His new EP, "Young & Dying in the Occident Supreme," is set to release spring 2020, just in time for SXSW.
8. Queue Queue
The post-punk trio was recognized as one of Austin’s Best New Local Acts of 2017, and Queue Queue has been making waves ever since. Their grungy-yet-harmonic sound has shaken up the Austin music scene this past year with their new album, “Fang and Claw.”
9. Why Bonnie
With bedroom pop vocals and an indie rock sound, Why Bonnie has mesmerized Austin locals since they released their two EPs in 2018. They have been working on a much-anticipated full length album that is set to release this year, and it seems that they already have the fan-base to make it big.
10. Sue Foley
Award-winning blues guitarist and vocalist Sue Foley has been known for decades for her outstanding musical talent, and her most recent album, “The Ice Queen,” reminds us why. Legends like Jimmie Vaughan and Charlie Sexton have appeared on this project, but her talent needs no accompaniment.
To hear more from these artists, listen to the Spotify playlist below. To discover even more local Austin musicians at SXSW 2020, check out our Music Austin Spotify channel and keep up with the latest happenings @MusicAustin!
Contributed by Jenny Anthony, Austin Music Office Music Marketing Intern.