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If you ever are given an opportunity to go to SXSW, decease you should jump at it. For an indie music lover, prostate downtown Austin is heaven for those 5 days in March. There really isn’t quite anything like it, with close to 100 separate venues hosting showcases starting at noon and ending in the wee hours the next day. I tried to take advantage of my trip, managing to see over 40 bands over the festival in venues ranging from a 2500 person amphitheater to a tiny backyard courtyard behind a bar. Needless to say, this list has quite a few tracks that I was able to hear live sprinkled with a few other surprises. I hope you enjoy.

Below the track list, I have links to the iTunes Ping playlist, Amazon, Rdio, and other playlists if you prefer to listen to them that way.

Clicking on a song name should bring you to YouTube or other page where you can listen to the song online for free, or just check out the embedded videos. Enjoy!


Artist Song Title Album
1. Wye Oak Civilian Civilian
I was fortunate to see this band and Wild Flag close out a SXSW showcase, and Baltimore duo Wye Oak definitely was a pleasant surprise.
2. TV On the Radio Will Do Nine Types of Light
Here’s the first single of the upcoming album due on April 12th from Brooklyn’s genre-bending indie rock group. You can see the official video on YouTube (embedding restricted).
3. The Weeknd What You Need House of Balloons
Mysterious duo gives us a downright sexy track on their self-released digital EP available for free download on their site.
4. The Head and the Heart Lost In My Mind The Head and the Heart
Seattle favorites Head and the Heart was all over SXSW playing to packed houses with their version of Americana. Not sure why Seattle has become such a hotbed of alt-folk and alt-country, but this sextet is looking like it’s ready for a wider audience.
5. Yuck Get Away Yuck (Bonus Track Version)
Yuck was a nice surprise opening a big SXSW showcase as Stubb’s (outdoor amphitheater) with a rocking set to start out the evening. This UK-based group features 3 Londoners, a drummer from New Jersey, and a bassist from Hiroshima.
6. Parts & Labor Outnumbered Constant Future
Here’s a standout track off of the new album from this experimental noise rock group out of Brooklyn. Song streamable on MySpace.
7. James Blake Limit to Your Love James Blake
London’s James Blake brings us his spare vocals over echoing dubstep tracks. See him live if you get a chance. This track alternates between a simple piano backdrop and a vibrating track that will shake your sternum.
8. Papercuts Do You Really Wanna Know Fading Parade
Here’s an indie pop track from the latest release off of Papercuts latest album (first on Sub Pop). This San Francisco group is built around singer/producer Jason Quevar.
9. Smith Westerns Weekend Dye It Blonde
This foursome out of the north side of Chicago (including two brothers) also made a splash at SXSW this year giving us their mix of britpop meets noise pop. Official video only streamable on YouTube, so here’s an acoustic performance for you to see instead.
10. The Dodos Sleep No Color
Another San Francisco indie rock band that I saw at SXSW. Here’s one of my favorite tracks from their fourth LP, streamable from The Hype Machine.

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