Welcome to part three of our SXSW 2013 preview series. Part one featured all the parties should be attending, and part two featured some sage advice from Zach over at We Listen for You.

Whether you're braving the desert or enjoying updates from your couch, it's impossible to ignore SXSW. These two weeks affirm Austin's status as 'Live Music Capital of the World': every inch of space becomes a venue, from parking lots to rooftops to grocery stores. With the world's eyes on the booming Texas town, it's easy to face some stimuli overload. Here's a quick and dirty list of bands you shouldn't miss:


This sister act has been charming my pants off since last year's SXSW, but this year they’re officially taking over. Their Fleetwood Mac-meets-Michael Jackson vibe has already earned a lot of love from the blogosphere, but the adoration is about to reach fever pitch. Their gigs will be packed to the gills, but it’ll be worth it to watch the trio tear up their hits.


CHVRCHES may be a familiar name to UK music fiends, but their SXSW performances are set to launch them into the indie darling stratosphere. Be prepared for energizing blasts of electro-pop - just enough oomph to keep you dancing through inevitable SX fatigue.


New album In Guards We Trust certainly speaks the truth - I trust the Brooklyn band to put on a great show. Their brand of soaring, jangly rock is sure to win over the SXSW crowds.

Ivan & Alyosha

Get ready for the next folk-pop 'it' band: Ivan & Alyosha have been wooing audiences with new album All the Times We Had, and they're sure to make a splash at SXSW. The band's bouncy tunes are perfect for bathing in the Austin sun.


ON AN ON have been touring up a storm, and the action continues in Austin. From Baeble to Brooklyn Vegan, their party schedule is lengthy and impressive. Get a glimpse of the magic and see what the former Scattered Trees artists have been up to.

Wildcat! Wildcat!

Wildcat! Wildcat! are infectious, and music lovers are quickly catching on. The childhood friends have moved beyond the LA scene and have performed with artists like Zola Jesus and Alt-J. See what the fuss is about with their SXSW sets.

Capital Cities

Capital Cities are the modern-day masters of shimmery 80s synth-pop. With plenty of flair and a captivating stage presence, the LA duo (plus extras) will get you grooving to inspired originals like 'I Sold My Bed, But Not My Stereo; and creative covers like ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’.


MS MR made a splash with September’s Candy Bar Creep Show, but they truly caught global attention with anthemic single 'Fantasy'. If their recorded tracks are any indication, the New York duo's energy should blow Austin audiences away.