Sometimes a major music festival leaves you wanting silence for 10 days. But South by Southwest has a way of making us get excited about summer tours and new music, whether from a young band still on the rise or a veteran still invigorated by his craft.
Here are some band suggestions, some with songs, from our team that just wrapped five days of music coverage. Go to austin360.com to hear some in the form of a Spotify playlist. Did you discover some new tunes last week? Email your finds to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll post in our blog.
Dan Croll: “From Nowhere.” Folksy pop-rock with an Afrobeat edge — recommended if you like Whitest Boy Alive, Local Natives or Andrew Bird.
MØ: “Pilgrim.” Think Florence and the Machine with hip-hop beats or half Robyn, half Sleigh Bells — Danish pop for fans of Lykke Li, Little Boots, or MNDR.
Autre Ne Veut: “Counting.” Sounds like Miguel meets Purity Ring — one of the best and brightest from the recent booming R&B revival in indie music.
Rhye: “Open.” Slow, sexy music driven by an angelic voice that you won’t believe belongs to a man — recommended for fans of Sade, the xx, or Antony and the Johnsons.
HAIM: “Don’t Save Me.” Sounds like the store Urban Outfitters looks — Wilson Phillips for the hipster set, a new-wave Fleetwood Mac with three-part female harmonies over ’80s beats.
Gold Fields: “Moves.” Sounds like Friendly Fires or the Rapture — layers of tropical percussion over electronic dance-punk.
Mac DeMarco: “The Stars Keep Calling My Name.” Sounds like drinking a beer in a lawn chair; loose and lo-fi golden-age guitar with hints of hazy psych and surf rock.
Vaudeville Smash: “Look at Me.” Sounds like Chromeo meets Fitz and the Tantrums — dance-worthy disco with sax solos and tight funk guitar.
METZ: “Wet Blanket.” Fuzzy, post-hardcore meant to be listened to louder than loud — for fans of Death From Above 1979 or Mclusky.
Cheers Elephant: “Leaves.” Sounds like OK Go or Foster the People — dangerously catchy pop rock made for a springtime driving mixtape.
Milk Carton Kids: The full-length “The Ash & Clay” is out Tuesday, full of finger-picking poetry, two voices harmonizing. Think Simon & Garfunkel or Local Natives meets M. Ward.
Caitlin Rose: “Shanghai Cigarettes.” Big, upbeat country, great voice, great band.
Cloud Nothings: Indie rock band on a path toward a louder, noisier place.
Palma Violets: “Best of Friends.” Young British rock band with a penchant for big, dramatic hooks.
Natural Child: Catchy, twangy rock from Nashville.
Japandroids: “The Nights of Wine and Roses.” Arena rock band disguised as a Vancouver guitar and drums duo.
Chelsea Light Moving: New, noisy rock outfit from Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth.
Night Beds: “Ramona.” Heart-on-the-ground country rock recalling Ryan Adams’ “Heartbreaker.”
Unknown Mortal Orchestra: Off-beat indie rock trio that turns toward more expansive guitar work in a live setting.
Phosphorescent: Country-influenced rock and pop turning out album after album of evolving music.
Marnie Stern: Interesting and unconventional guitar work and songwriting chops to match.
Parquet Courts: “Master of My Craft.” Maybe the sharpest hook on “Light Up Gold,” an album full of them.
Chvrches: “Recover.” Triumphant yet heart-rending electro-pop from this Scottish band that’s made a handful of excellent songs over the past 18 months.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs: “Sacrilege.” Outstanding new single that’s primed everyone for possible future glories on their upcoming album “Mosquito.”
Nick Cave: “Wide Lovely Eyes.” An almost impossibly mellow ballad that feels barely there but moving nonetheless.
Wet Lungs: Check out the whole EP “Brutal,” full of hardcore punk in the guitar/drums/voice format from this Austin band on local label Twistworthy Records. Seven catchy bulldozers in eight minutes. If you want one tunelet, you want them all.
The Blue Van: “Would You Change Your Life.” Danish rockers with tightness, talent and the ability to literally turn the keyboard on its side.
The Joy Formidable: “This Ladder is Ours.” Alternative rock from our Welsh friends.
Patty Griffin: “American Kid.” The new record is out May 7. Get it.
Iron and Wine: “Ghost on Ghost.” The new record is out in April. Same instructions as Patty Griffin.