What’s your favorite part of South by Southwest? Is it the food? The parties? The sad, stomach-stiffening feeling that what began as an inclusive gathering for weirdos and genuine art lovers has devolved into sheer cynical brandemonium, a place where you can’t walk two feet without some goon-bro trying to make you gargle an energy-drink sample? Sure—those things are obviously great. But SXSW remains all about the music—and if you’re heading to Austin this month, these are the hottest new live acts you MUST HEAR, lest you be left in a Lurch Barge. We’ll see you at the Sweaty Mule Sound System showcase!

Ampersad (Brooklyn, NY)
Anime Breath (Chicago, IL)
Bleep and the Bloopz (Los Angeles, CA)
Bob & Carol & Ted & Malice (Kansas City, MO)
Bodega Cad (Queens, NY)
Boutros.Boutros.Molly. (Manchester, UK)
Broomqueef (Casper, WY)
Broomqueef (Auckland, NZ)
Chapshtick (Cincinnati, OH)
Danke Shame (Brooklyn, NY)
Dez Da Moana (Oakland, CA)
dingdong_man_dingdong (Atlanta, GA)
Emo Williams: The Sadventure Begins (Austin, TX)
Empathy Chip (Scottsdale, AZ)
Fuck Woolery (Athens, GA)
Gasprom (Portland, OR)
H (Tempe, AZ)
Hate is Enough (Riverside, CA)
Hot Dog is a Band Name (Wichita, KS)
Irritable Landfill (Tempe, AZ)
Islip Cacophony (Montreal, QC)
Jawn Turteltaub (Brooklyn, NY)
JD & the Straight Shot (New York, NY)
Kanonical Horse (Boston, MA)
Katydidn’t (Louisville, KY)
Lurch Barge (Cleveland, OH)
Let Me Talk to Maria About the Brochures (New Orleans, LA)
Meatmiser (Northampton, MA)
Moor Cowbell (State College, PA)
Notsofatso (Gainesville, FL)
Not Necessarily the Blues (Memphis, TN)
Orangutango & Cash (Naples, FL)
Oreoracle (Brooklyn, NY)
Patty’s Meltdown (Provo, UT)
Poochinksi (Providence, RI)
Professor Feely and the Ill-Advised Office Hours (Athens, OH)
Pummel Cake (Long Island, NY)
Quetzalcoathanger (Fullerton, CA)
Quit the Earth and Hide Its Soil, as the Globe is a Teeming Void of Torpid Longing (Orlando, FL)
Rainblow (Boulder, CO)
Rappin’ Dectomy (Gnawbone, IN)
Rock Paper Sistas (Chapel Hill, NC)
Sad Zach (Providence, RI)
Schindler’s Dick (Nashville, TN)
Schvitzshow (Pittsburgh, PA)
Sexception (Los Angeles, CA)
Shrug Life (Brooklyn, NY)
Ska! Or My Mom Will Shoot! (Toronto, ON)
Skarly Fiorina (Madison, WI)
Socks 2 B U (Minneapolis, MN)
Steadfast Ciabatta (Portland, ME)
Stuart Pankin (Los Angeles, CA)
T.e.p.i.d. (Bristol, UK)
The Balloon Boys (Nashville, TN)
The High Moms (Nashville, TN)
The Highfalutists (Madison, WI)
The Mehs (Philadelphia, PA)
The One Where Ross Can’t Flirt (Great Neck, NY)
The Oofs (Portland, OR)
The Pining Nuts (Seattle, WA)
The Safe Spaceys (Bloomington, IN)
The Terds (Orlando, FL)
The Terds UK (Durham, NC)
The Travoltin’ Developments (San Diego, CA)
The Zipless Folk (Dallas, TX)
Topsy Scurvy (Leeds, UK)
Tragic Marker (Leeds, UK)
TUMZ (Bellingham, WA)
Underooze (San Francisco, CA)
Va-Va-Doom (Buffalo, NY)
Volcanope (Tokyo, JPN)
Wawful House (Boston, MA)
Xenudity (Washington, DC)
Yesterdayglo (Sheffield, UK)
Zen Arcadia (Arcadia, WS)

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The 75 Not-Fake Bands We’re Dying to Hear at SXSW