SXSW Music Acts You Should See Live in 2016

SXSW Music Acts You Should See Live in 2016
Borns performs onstage at the KCRW showcase during the 2015 SXSW Music, Film & Interactive Festival at The Parish on March 18, 2015 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Heather Kennedy/Getty Images for SXSW)
BORNS performs on March 14, 2016, SXSW Music 2016 in Austin, Texas.
BORNS during the Vevo House Showcase on March 14, 2016 @ SXSW Music 2016 in Austin, Texas.

The epic SXSW Music, Film & Interactive Festival takes over Austin this week for its 30th annual celebration, and fest fans are already buzzing about all the art, apps, and POTUS + FLOTUS keynotes on tap in 2016.

We’re super excited about the live music showcases (of course) and the hundreds of amazing performers coming for the fest. To get you pumped, we’re highlighting 10 artists we can’t wait to see do their thing on stages across Austin.

Ray LaMontagne

Ray LaMontagne is ready to unleash his daring new album Ouroboros in its entirety on the eager SXSW crowd. Adding to the anticipation My Morning Jacket (who produced and played on the album) will be joining Ray on stage. Fans who can’t make it to the fest – we feel your pain! – can catch Ray on this summer tour in support of this hot new release.

Sofi Tukker

Hailing from New York, the left-field house duo Sofi Tukker gets crowds energized with freaky and funky cuts like “Drinkee” and “Matadora”, and the indie dance set is eager for a sneak peek of their forthcoming EP Soft Animals, including their brandy new track that JUST dropped “Hey Lion”. Yes, please!

Marlon Williams

Folk, blues, bluegrass, alt-country…no matter what category Marlon Williams falls into, he perfectly exemplifies the adventurous spirit of Austin and SXSW. His story-telling lyrics and unique musical talent are sure to wow festival-goers.


Grammy nominee Kehlani conjures smooth and confident R&B sounds at every turn. Even if you miss her at SXSW, she’ll be hitting up The Roots Picnic this June, so there’s no excuse not to see this rising talent.


Alternative rockers Grizfolk released new music just in time for SXSW, showing off their synth-heavy jams on Waking Up The Giants. If you don’t catch them in Austin, they’ll also be tearing up the stage at the Bunbury Music Festival this June.

Gina Chavez

Latin-folk artist Gina Chavez, the 2015 Austin Musician of the Year, is ready to bring a must-see set to her hometown fans. Just check out her NPR Tiny Desk concert and you’ll see exactly what we’re talking about.


After experiencing BØRNS’ eclectic blend of symphonic pop and glam rock in concert, fans come away floored by the frontman’s passion, talent, and charisma. If you can’t get enough of standouts like “Electric Love”, check out all the other shows he’s playing this year.


Iconoclastic, rising R&B singer-songwriter Yuna always turns in amazing live performances. Hailing from Malaysia, this magnetic artist combines everything from hip hop to indie pop with an effortless cool and understated grace that will leave fans breathless.

Lil Dicky

Rapper and comedian Lil Dicky blew up with the viral success of his music videos “Ex-Boyfriend” and “Save Dat Money”. We’re excited to see how this hilarious and thrifty rapper uses the SXSW stage.


Hinds’ live sets are always dripping with rock and roll swagger, and the Madrid quartet have become indie darlings instantaneously. If you haven’t heard the defiant garage rock of their debut album Leave Me Alone yet, put it in your playlist now and thank us later.

Want to check out more artists? Our friends at Live Nation TV put together a super helpful guide to SXSW with all the essentials–plus, here’s the official full SXSW schedule here. View the Ticketmaster Festival Guide to see more awesome festivals.

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Originally posted on March 11, 2016.