Because we love South By Southwest and once again, we will be attending this little music festival in Austin next year, we feel obliged to tell you that the first round of bands have been announced for SXSW next year. Click here for the full list, but here are some bands that interest us.
Alt J – Can’t ignore the most recent Mercury Prize winner
Bastille – up and coming English band named after the infamous French date. Surely they are interesting.
Tego Calderon – is this guy Jose Calderon’s brother? Only time will tell.
Charlotte Church – You are lying if the prospect of seeing Charlotte Church in some divey biker bar doesn’t appeal to you.
Peggy Hsu – Last year we checked out a Beijing band, this year, if only for our native Taiwan photographer Gary, we will check out a Taiwanese act.
Klaxons – Does anyone remember Nu Rave? despite that genre’s predictable yet timely death, you can’t escape the fact that the Klaxon’s put out two wonderful albums and of course there’s always a chance Keira Knightley will be in the crowd.
Thurston Moore – SXSW always has showcases for people you would normally have to see in much larger venues, I guess Thurston Moore might fill that quota this year.
San Cisco – American indie pop band put out some nice EP’s this year, let’s hope they can build on that.
Spain – Holy mother of god Spain is playing SXSW. I love this band. Formed by Josh Haden, son of legendary Charles Haden.
Impressive and versatile list, can’t wait to see what’s next.