It’s March, and all music geeks knows what that means. It’s time for the annual South By Southwest Music Conference. Running from March 12 – 17, the conference will play host to thousands or artists over a countless number or shows and impromptu performances across the city of Austin, TX. The acts this year can’t get any bigger, with appearances from Depeche Mode, Green Day, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, John Fogerty and Justin Timberlake mixed in with great up and comers such as Savages, Sky Ferreira, Flatbush Zombies and Palma Violets.
Among these performers are a vast array of Aussies spread out over the five days and showcased prominently in the Aussie BBQ, and, perhaps the greatest addition to SXSW, the return of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Here are some of the bands we’re looking forward to the most.
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. No need for a description here. Cave is back with his longtime band and released the new album Push The Sky Away last month. The video for the leading track and single “We No Who U R” is below.
Dune Rats. We caught these guys at the Aussie BBQ at CMJ in October, and they completely destroyed it. We can’t wait to see what they have in store for Texas. Here’s one version of their video for “Red Light Green Light”. Another version, which was DZ Deathrays inspired, can be found here.
Gold Fields. Electro-dancey group Gold Fields has been on one hell of a ride recently. They’ve toured the United States several times over the past year and are poised to take over the scene soon. Here’s a video for the song “Dark Again”.
Clairy Browne & the Bangin’ Rackettes. Chanteuse Clairy Browne brings a little Aussie flare to the States. Definitely check her and the Bangin’ Rackettes out at SXSW and check out her clip for “Love Letter”.
360. Fast rising rap star Matthew Colwell, aka 360 comes to the United States for the first time. He’s won ARIA awards and his full length debut album Falling & Flying was certified platinum in Australia. Here’s a clip for “Boys Like You”, featuring singer Gossling.
San Cisco. A group of kids playing catchy indie-popesque music. See them, dance to them, love them. In the meantime, enjoy the somewhat older clip for “Awkward”.
Finally, we’re highlighting The Death Set once again. Living in Brooklyn, NY but formed in Oz, Johnny Siera and Dan Walker continue to put out spastic, touching and fun music. Look for a new album out on Dim Mak records this April. Below is a tribute to their fallen bandmate and co-founder Beau Velasco.
You can find up to the date schedule information on SXSW’s website and phone app, and you should also download the new Sounds Australia app as well for the most comprehensive info on all of the Aussie artists at the festival.
If there are any shows or bands you’re looking forward to seeing at this year’s festival, let us know in the comments section!