6 Months Out And
The Excitement Begins

SXSW 2014 is just around the corner... in six months! Have you seen the first massive teaser of bands on tap? It's impressive, to say the least.

HAIM at SXSW 2013

It's that time, again friends and fellows: SXSW is luring us to Austin with the first teaser of their 2014 lineup. The upcoming SXSW will take place March 11 to 16, 2014. Yes, that's twice as long as most typical music festivals. Then, again, SXSW is far from a typical festival. For five-ish days, the city of Austin and all its amazing music venues are overrun by music fiends. Bonus: For five-ish nights, those fiends stay in hotels instead of camping in a cow pasture and pretending plumbing has yet to be invented. Those two stipulations alone make for a great festival experience.

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Once you add in their annual lineup of fantastic new bands from across the globe, it's hard to remain unbiased. SXSW might be the best festival in existence. To help prove our point, we need look no further than this year's "teaser" lineup.

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The list

The Americans

Aer (Wayland, Massachusetts)
Kyle Andrews (Nashville, Tennessee)
The Autumn Defense (Chicago, Illinois)
Avi Buffalo (Los Angeles, California)
Belle Adair (Muscle Shoals, Alabama)
The Black and White Years (Austin, Texas)
Jeff Black (Nashville, Tennessee)
Black Taxi (Brooklyn, New York)
The Black Watch (Los Angeles, California)
The Blank Tapes (Los Angeles, California)
The Boxing Lesson (Austin, Texas)
Boyfrndz (Austin, Texas)
Burgess Meredith (Austin, Texas)
Allysen Callery (Bristol, Rhode Island)
The Chevelles (North Fremantle, Washington)
CHRISTEENE (Austin, Texas)
Shawn Chrystopher (Los Angeles, California)
Cinco Doce (Austin, Texas)
Amy Cook (Austin, Texas)
Rodney Crowell (Crosby, Texas)
David J (Santa Rosa, California)
Deidre and the Dark (Brooklyn, New York)
DeLorean (Houston, Texas)
The Devil Makes Three (Santa Cruz, California)
Doughbeezy (Houston, Texas)
Dumb Waiter (Richmond, Virginia)
Lincoln Durham (Austin, Texas)
East Cameron Folkcore (Austin, Texas)
East Forest (Portland, Oregon)
E-Dubble (Baltimore, Maryland)
Robert Ellis (Houston, Texas)
Sean Falyon (Atlanta, Georgia)
Feathers (Austin, Texas)
Ghost Loft (Los Angeles, California)
Gungor (Denver, Colorado)
Hamell On Trial (Ossining, New York)
Elias Haslanger (Austin, Texas)
Micah P. Hinson (Denison, Texas)
Hopsin (Panorama City, California)
Garland Jeffreys (New York, New York)
Jonzieeee (Houston, Texas)
June (San Francisco, California)
K Camp (Atlanta, Georgia)
Killa Kyleon (Houston, Texas)
Lil Ray/Wheels Up (Houston, Texas)
Little Daylight (Brooklyn, New York)
Grace London (Austin, Texas)
Lord Buffalo (Austin, Texas)
Los Lonely Boys (San Angelo, Texas)
Lovely Bad Things (La Mirada, California)
Eleni Mandell (Los Angeles, California)
Jessica Lea Mayfield (Kent, Ohio)
The Men (Brooklyn, New York)
Mibbs (of Pac Div) (Beverly Hills, California)
The Ben Miller Band (Joplin, Missouri)
Mirror Travel (Austin, Texas)
Angelo Moore & The Brand New Step (Los Angeles, California)
mr. Gnome (Cleveland, Ohio)
Neulore (Nashville, Tennessee)
Nightmare Air (Los Angeles, California)
NO (Los Angeles, California)
OBN III’s (Austin, Texas)
Panama Wedding (New York, New York)
PEDALJETS (Kansas City, Missouri)
Penny & Sparrow (Austin, Texas)
Propain (Houston, Texas)
Que (Atlanta, Georgia)
Random (Mega Ran) (Phoenix, Arizona)
The Rocketboys (Austin, Texas)
Raina Rose (Austin, Texas)
ROXY ROCA (Austin, Texas)
Rusty Maples (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Saint Rich (Fredon, New Jersey)
Savoir Adore (Brooklyn, New York)
Shakey Graves (Austin, Texas)
Sisu (Los Angeles, California)
Ski Lodge (New York, New York)
The Sour Notes (Austin, Texas)
Speak (Austin, Texas)
The Spring Standards (New York, New York)
Starlight Girls (Brooklyn, New York)
The Suffers (Houston, Texas)
SwizZz (Los Angeles, California)
Teengirl Fantasy (New York, New York)
Jonathan Toubin (New York, New York)
Truth Universal (New Orleans, Louisiana)
Ume (Austin, Texas)
Urge Overkill (Chicago, Illinois)
V.I.P (Austin, Texas)
Vockah Redu (New Orleans, Louisiana)
Wes Fif (Orlando, Florida)
Whiskey Shivers (Austin, Texas)
Dot Wiggin Band (Brooklyn, New York)
Wild Child (Austin, Texas)
Wild Moccasins (Houston, Texas)
Wild Ones (Portland, Oregon)
Roosh Williams (Houston, Texas)
Dizzy Wright (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Yip Deceiver (Athens, Georgia)

The rest of the world

Atlanter (Oslo, Norway)
Atomix (Mixcoac, Mexico)
Betunizer (Valencia, Spain)
Bring Me The Horizon (Sheffield, UK, England)
Bugs of Phonon (Tainan, Taiwan)
Capsula (Bilbao, Spain)
Casual Sex (Glasgow, UK, Scotland)
[Champagne] (Tokyo, Japan)
Crossfaith (Osaka, Japan)
Current Swell (Victoria, Canada)
Dems (London, UK, England)
Desert (Barcelona, Spain)
Division Minuscula (Matamoros, Mexico)
Eliza Doolittle (London, UK, England)
Dråpe (Oslo, Norway)
Drenge (Castleton, UK, England)
The Dunwells (Leeds, UK, England)
Dusty Stray (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Andrea Echeverri (Bogota, Colombia)
Folly and the Hunter (Montreal, Canada)
Ariana Gillis (Toronto, Canada)
Glass Animals (Oxford, UK, England)
The Great Wilderness (San Jose, Costa Rica)
Hey Ocean! (Vancouver, Canada)
Hollow Jan (Seoul, South Korea)
Hyenaz (Berlin, Germany)
Il Pan del Diavolo (Palermo, Italy)
INVSN (Umea, Sweden)
Vance Joy (Melbourne, Australia)
Jungle (London, UK, England)
Kaytranada (Montreal, Canada)
Kins (Brighton, UK, England)
Kira Kira (Mosfellsbær, Iceland)
Kristal and Jonny Boy (Rättvik/Stockholm, Sweden)
La Orquesta Vulgar (Juarez, Mexico)
Kieran Leonard (London, UK, England)
Like Swimming (Stockholm, Sweden)
Lions In The Street (Vancouver, Canada)
Little Jesus (Mexico City, Mexico)
London Grammar (London, UK, England)
Lost Tapes (Barcelona, Spain)
Calvin Love (Edmonton, Canada)
Love X Stereo (Seoul, South Korea)
Lene Lovich Band (London, UK, England)
Marigold (Borlänge, Sweden)
Mighty Oaks (Berlin, Germany)
Fernando Milagros (Santiago, Chile)
Mise en Scene (Winnipeg, Canada)
Money For Rope (Melbourne, Australia)
Mon Laferte (Escandon, Mexico)
Mono Inc. (Schönberg, Germany)
Mozes And The Firstborn (Eindhoven, The Netherlands)
Nive Nielsen & The Deer Children (Nuuk, Denmark)
Kurt Nilsen (Oslo, Norway)
NONONO (Stockholm, Sweden)
Only Real (London, UK, England)
Palmbomen (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
PapaNegro (Santiago, Chile)
People of Letters (Melbourne, Australia)
The Pepper Pots (Girona, Spain)
Juan Perro (Madrid, Spain)
Phonalex (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Pompeya (Moscow, Russia)
Porter (Guadalajara, Mexico)
Pure Love (Hemel Hempstead, UK, England)
Royal Canoe (Winnipeg, Canada)
Josef Salvat (Sydney, Australia)
Saor Patrol (Edinburgh, UK, Scotland)
Jack Savoretti (London, UK, England)
Sigmun (Bandung, Indonesia)
Soldout (Bruxelles, Belgium)
Sweet Baboo (Trefriw, UK, Wales)
The Swiss (Sydney, Australia)
Dudu Tassa (Tel Aviv, Israel)
Kristian Terzic Band (Rovinj, Croatia)
To Be Frank (Suffolk, UK, England)
Vampillia (Tenjinmachi, Japan)
Vida Boulevard (Guadalajara, Mexico)
We Butter The Bread With Butter (Berlin, Germany)
Taj Weekes & Adowa (Castries, Saint Lucia)
WonFu (Taipei, Taiwan)
Gabby Young and Other Animals (London, UK, England)
Zefirina (João Pessoa, Brazil)

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Off the top of our heads and at first glance, we're most excited for: mr. Gnome, Jessica Lea Mayfield and The Devil Makes Three. As we spend the next several months exploring this massive list and all the upcoming additions, we'll no doubt find some new favorite bands. As we do, we'll be sure to share them with you.

See you in March, festies!

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