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7 Artists That Shone At SXSW


Ok, we know. There is still plenty of action left at this year’s SXSW but as the festival slowly draws to a close we thought it best to show off the acts which have caught our eye and because of it, will likely be in our eyes for next few months at least.

So on this murky Saturday afternoon take the weight off your feet and listen to the best SXSW has in its locker.

Fraser A. Gorman 

Signed to Courtney Barnett’s label Gorman is much like his boss. Talented, cultured and dedicated to his craft he creates veracious songs of empathy and love. He’s a wordsmith but with extra emotional attachment. Well worth a listen.



Vicious and full of vitality the punks of bullythemusic show their worth no better that in this no-holds-barred track ‘I Remember’. It’s energy is furious and its delivery frenetic. Enjoy.




This band from LA is about s close as someone can get to an Arcade Fire/Haim cross over. That might seem a little too pop tinged for some of our avid readership but trust us, it’s fun to dance sometimes.



Signed to Fat Possum Records, the multi-instrumental band Krill offer a dedicated artistry to a fledgling scene. Melting layer upon layer of intricacy with a retching vocal sounding somehwere between a ketted Bombay Bicycle Club and an amphetamine Yeasayer. but really good.



To call Hinds an up-and-coming band is a little rich, we have been featuring them since they were called Deers. But many are seeing this year’s SXSW to formally announce themselves as the band of the moment. As they develop their sound and sonic aesthetic we all wait with baited breath for the album.


Leon Bridges 

Here is another man whom if you have your ear to the ground or eye to Far Out will be fairly familiar to you. Expect with his sultry 60’s sound for Bridges to become more familiar still with his effortlessly cool soul suddenly stinging the hearts of music fans everywhere.



Another one of our favourite bands at the moment the LA duo mix fiery feminism with bratty punk and do it with an astute grip on what their message should be. Politicised without being poncy Girlpool are slowly firming their place in industry with quick-dry cement.


Expect to see all of the above floating around the industry for the next few months as they look to capitalise on the momentum of the most momentous festival of the moment.

Jack Whatley