1. YNGCULT: Scoring a late official SXSW nod, YNGCULT just announced their Austin-centric plans to follow up 2014’s successful debut EP, Capitol. With two sexy new singles, the R&B house flavored “Stealth” and the brooding dark soul of “When Ashes Fall,” and some equally sultry covers of Lana Del Rey and Tinashe, YNGCULT continues to turn heads and ears with their spirited warmth. You can check them out at Javelina on March 18th at the OY VEY SXSW Showcase.
2. Sweater Beats: Antonio Cuna, better known as Sweater Beats, brings a unique blend of R&B and dance vibes to venues, clubs and radio stations worldwide. In 2014, he toured with Chance The Rapper and Chet Faker before serving up his Cloud City EP for FREE download via LA’s Huh What & Where. Check out more on his official website. He plays March 18th at Highland.
3. Magic Giant: Already named to NMS Top 100 Artists on the Verge for 2015, Magic Giant is on the tip of many A & R’s tongues. Spearheaded by Austin Bisnow, who’s written with a plethora of notable electronic artists, Magic Giant enjoyed healthy growth in their fan base in late 2014 after crushing a residency at Bootleg Hifi. Magic Giant plays at The Palm Door on March 18th.
4. Tunacola: Tuneacola is a Chilean hip-hop and electronic hybrid pop band fronted by producer Richi Tunacola. Joined by singer Pau Arismendi and turntablist DJ Caso, the trio flips nostalgic Nintendo sounds and Spanglish vocals into dancefloor jams that have been performed on stages shared with The Ting Tings and Girl Talk. Tunacola plays Maggie Mae’s at 11 pm on Saturday March 21st.
5. Wild Child:
You can catch this emerging indie-folk pop band in their native state of Texas all through-out SXSW. With a reputation for being a must-see act since 2013, when they released their debut album, The Runaround, on Ben Kweller’s Noise Company label, Wild Child has already graced the stages of Austin City Limits, Wakarusa, Bonnaroo, Firefly Music Festival, Savannah Stopover and more. In addition to winning back-to-back nods as Austin’s Best Indie Band, their music has charted to #1 on hypem.com multiple times, been featured on NPR and been praised worldwide, including in Paste Magazine, Relix Magazine and the Chicago Tribune. Incorporating a plethora of instruments, from violin and cello to banjo, horns and ukulele, Wild Child is not to be missed!