The SXSW countdown is on. Of course, the music portion of this illustrious event is already underway, but I won’t be heading over to Austin until Thursday to catch the final days of South by Southwest 2015 with Lauren and Katie. All weekend I’ve been drooling over everyone’s Tweets and Instagrams of all the fantastic bands they are seeing. This is truly my favorite time of the year as a music fan because South by is like your birthday, Christmas and every other holiday you love all rolled into one monstrous music fan package. SO much new music to discover!
To prep, I’ve spent the last few weeks reading festival previews on blogs and magazine sites, pouring through playlists on Spotify and listening to every last song on The Austin 100 (a free download of 100 songs from NPR Music – check it out!) The result? A ridiculous wish list of all the bands I want to cram into my Friday and Saturday.
Most of it won’t happen – it’s just the way SXSW goes. And sure, I hope to see a few of my favorites who are playing around town too, but my main goal is to listen to new bands I’ve never seen or heard and bring them all back to you guys to share. New Music Monday in April is gonna be banana crazies, get ready.
So whether you’re headed to (or already at) SXSW or not, here’s five new-to-me bands I hope to catch during my two-day music marathon: [Read more…]