Every year thousands of music, film, art, and tech enthusiasts flock to Austin for South by Southwest (SXSW), a week-long series of performances, parties, and panels focusing on cutting-edge trends in entertainment and digital media. While SXSW’s film and interactive offerings have grown tremendously in recent years, music remains the festival’s top draw, attracting thousands of artists – and hundreds of thousands of fans – to the city’s seemingly endless array of unique venues. Over the years the festival has become known as a proving ground for up-and-coming acts, and bands from all over the world make the trek to Austin each year in the hopes of breaking through. For their part, fans and critics look to SXSW as a place to discover rising talent and spot the next big thing before it breaks.
If you happen to be missing out on SXSW this year, have no fear – we’ve pulled together a list of artists and bands performing at SXSW Music who also happen to be on tour, so you can check them out at a venue closer to home. From up-and-comers like Best Coast to household names like Wiz Khalifa, there’s a wide variety of artists to choose from. If you want to get a sense for some of the music featured at this year’s festival, check out the Spotify songs below, including some of our favorite artists that’ll be rocking the stages at SXSW this year.
Staff Picks: Listen to artists performing at 2015 SXSW
AWOLNATION – The LA-based electronic rockers make soaring, eclectic pop music perfect for a drive up the California coast or a dance party in the streets of Austin.
Best Coast – Surf rock never sounded so good. Every Best Coast concert is a sun-kissed celebration of eternal summer.
Bleachers – The side project of Jack Antonoff from Fun., Bleachers has generated a ton of buzz with its polished indie pop sound.
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros – The beloved neo-folk outfit is known for its whimsical, free-loving sound and sing-along-worthy live performances.
Laura Marling – The precocious folk singer-songwriter may be young, but she performs with the confidence and know-how of a seasoned veteran.
Marina & the Diamonds – The Welsh electropop sensation has become a favorite with stateside audiences thanks to her gorgeous voice, iconic stagewear, and dance-worthy live shows.
Sam Hunt – The former college football star cuts a stylish figure at his live shows, where his smooth voice and feel-good country tunes always get hearts pumping and feet moving.
Spoon – The veteran art rockers are as creative in concert as they are in the studio, consistently thrilling fans with ambitious renditions of fan favorites like “I Turn My Camera On” and “Stay Don’t Go”.
Tove Lo – The Swedish pop ingénue has been a creative force in her native country for several years, and in 2015 sets her sights on Austin and beyond.
Wiz Khalifa – The rap wunderkind remains an emblem of the hip hop high life, consistently slaying the competition with witty, funny songs about smoke-filled days and bottle-poppin’ nights.