SXSW 2010 do's and don'ts

  • SXSW 2010 do's and don'ts

    Who do you like/not like at SXSW this year? Here are my thoughts...

    Must see
    These bands aren't a secret anymore, but they're still rising stars. They've paid their dues and are no longer "up-and-coming," so don't be discouraged if there's a long line to get in.

    Neon Indian
    Miike Snow
    She & Him
    The xx
    Broken Bells (Danger Mouse and James Mercer)
    Sharon Jones & the Dapkings
    Broken Social Scene
    Surfer Blood
    Major Lazer
    Jakob Dylan with Neko Case
    Frightened Rabbit
    Matt Braunger (comedian)

    Too old for SXSW
    There are always a few old-timers mixed in at SXSW (some are there as keynote speakers), but don't waste too much time seeing your favorite band. There are too many new bands to see! If you're looking for headliners, you'd be better off going to Coachella.

    Stone Temple Pilots
    Smokey Robinson
    DJ Quik

    Sleeper shows
    Here are a few diamonds picked out of the rough. They're lesser-known groups that you might not know about yet. Don't sleep on these shows!

    The Ruby Suns
    We Were Promised Jetpacks
    Das Racist
    Sleepy Sun
    The Wooden Birds
    Ben Sollee & Daniel Martin Moore
    Letting Up Despite Great Faults
    Joshua James
    Free Energy
    The Spring Standards
    Matt Pond PA
    El Ten Eleven
    Obi Best

    Best/worst band names
    Ever since "...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead" raised the bar, it takes a pretty ridiculous name these days to catch our attention. I'm not even sure if all of these groups are good, but their names stand out.

    Follow That Bird!
    Tiger! Shit! Tiger! Tiger!
    Happy Birthday
    Shout Out Out Out Out
    Holy Fuck
    Cymbals Eat Guitars
    Everthing Everything
    Holy Ghost!
    Murder By Death

  • worst name: Aa (apparently pronounced 'Big A, Little A)
    best (long) name: When Dinosaurs Ruled The Earth
    best (short) name: Warpaint

    Trending meme: the beach (see: Best Coast, Washed Out, Pearl Harbor, Beach Fossils, etc.)

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