50 Acts You Won’t Want To Miss At SXSW (Part 4)


Since none of us here at Lucy Out Loud will be able to attend SXSW this year, we’ve put together a list of 50 acts(in no particular order) we think those of you that are attending shouldn’t miss! 

To check out our fourth installment (acts 31-40), click “Read More”!

*Note: some acts we’ve included are performing at South By So What?! and not South By South West. However, since the festival takes place during the week of South By Southwest, we’ve decided to still include them in our list!

Part 4 (Acts 31-40). Check out Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

  1. Hydra Melody
    This San Antonio-based band had an incredible 2013, including performing at 6 showcases at SXSW and even opened for Third Eye Blind’s sold out fall tour! The band are performing at 5 showcases at this year’s SXSW and plan on releasing three 4-5 song EPs, each different from the other. Now if you don’t think that’s awesome, I don’t know what is!
    Where to catch Hydra Melody: 3.11 – 1am – RedGorilla Music Festival @ The Blind Pig Pub; 3.12 – 1:45pm – Big Picture Media Showcase @ Thirsty Nickel; 3.13 – 6:15pm – Lynwood King’s River City Showcase @ The 311 Club; 3.13 – 11pm – RedGorilla Music Festival @ The Thirsty Nickel; 3.15 – 8pm – Eye In The Sky Showcase @ Shiner’s Saloon

  2. The Architects
    The Architects have a sincerely unique view on the current state of the music industry as a whole and are trying to redefine and reestablish the modern idea of “doing something big.” Their goal is “to remind you that music is not a temporary fashion accessory fling”, and I could not agree more! Currently, the band is involved in the project, Border Wars, which is a series of five connected episodes told through a collection of comic book stories and their accompanying soundtrack releases. 
    Where to catch The Architects: 3.12 – 10:30pm – Sony Music Showcase @ Hanger Lounge; 3.13 – 10:30pm – Midcoast Takeover @ Shangri La

  3. Driver Friendly
    When you look through the roster for Hopeless Records, you see some of the biggest pop/punk names around today – All Time Low, The Wonder Years, Yellowcard, and a handful of other superstars. You’ll also see bands like Driver Friendly – a six-pack of Texans who are poised to be something big sometime very soon. Keep your eyes on these guys!
    Where to catch Driver Friendly: 3.11 – 9pm – Official SXSW Showcase @ Dirty Dog Bar; 3.14 – 12:35pm – Big Picture Media Showcase @ Blind Pig Roof; 3.14 – 5pm – Macbeth/Charlie Showcase

  4. Mime Game
    Mime Game is one of those bands that have already fulfilled a long list of goals within their first year of being a band. In 2013 alone, the band toured along the eastern half of the country, played SXSW, and released their latest EP. This is a band on a mission and there is no sign of them stopping anytime soon.
    Where to catch Mime Game: 3.14 – 6pm – Music Saves Lives Showcase @ Firehouse Lounge; 3.14 – 9pm – Tapasitas

  5. Warm Soda
    I came across this band randomly and after my first listen, I was already hooked. Though called a pop group, Warm Soda combines glam, garage rock, and some of that bubblegum pop that all of us secretly love. They were recently named one of Rolling Stone’s “Bands To Watch from San Francisco” – and I truly believe that they are. 
    Where to catch Warm Soda: 3.11 – 1pm @ Cheer Up Charlies; 3.12 – 10:30pm @ Hotel Vegas; 3.13 – 9:45pm @ Trailer Space Records; 3.14 – 6:30pm @ Hotel Vegas; 3.15 – 11:45pm @ Hotel Vegas

  6. Real Estate
    Real Estate released their third album, Atlas, only a week ago and it’s already received tons of buzz. The band signed to Domino Recording Company back in 2011 and it’s easy to see why this band has gained so much attention over the past few years. Their indie rock sound is instantly captivating and their new album is one you’ll be playing all year round.
    Where to catch Real Estate: 3.13 – Dr. Marten’s Showcase @ Bar 96; 3.14 – Pitchfork’s SXSW Showcase @ the Central Presbyterian Church; 3.14 – Spotify House

  7. The Suffers
    This ten-piece ensemble from Houston combines classic rock & roll with elements of soul into something that certainly stands out in today’s music scene. The group plans to release their first full-length later this year, so getting a sneak peek at that is sure to be a treat… if they can all fit on a stage together.
    Where to catch The Suffers: 3.13 – 3pm – Symphony Square Showcase @ 1101 Red River St.; 3.14 – 1pm – The Future of Music Showcase @ Shiner Saloon; 3.15 – 11pm – Convoy Group Official SXSW Showcase @ The Dirty Dog

  8. Printz Board
    Grammy-Winning musician, songwriter, producer, artist and entrepreneur Printz Board has a lot going on in his life. For those of you unfamiliar with Printz Board, he is the man behind Grammy winning songs from Black Eyed Peas “My Humps”, “Don’t Phunk with my Heart”, and “Where Is The Love?” He’s collaborated with Justin Timberlake, Michael Jackson, and even Katy Perry! He recently launched his solo career and already announced an upcoming debut album. In the meantime, you can catch him opening up for CeeLo Green at this years SXSW.
    Where to catch Printz Board: 3.15 – 3:15pm – Rachel Ray Feedback BBQ Party @ 801 Red River St; 3.15 – 8:30pm – SXSW Cedar Street Courtyard Showcases @ Cedar Street Stage

  9. & 10. Taking Back Sunday & The Used
    I’m coupling these two together for multiple reasons. Most importantly, and obviously, are their live shows – they’re phenomenal. But, aside from that, both have been staples in the music scene for more than a decade, are teaming up for a co-headlined tour this spring, and both have new music on the very-near horizon.
    Where to catch Taking Back Sunday and The Used: 3.14 – South By So What?! @ Quiktrip Park

Interview With:: Mime Game


First off, please introduce yourself and tell us what you do in the band!
Hi! I’m Dillon DeVoe and I’m the painter around these parts. I take ideas from inside my head and aurally preserve them for your listening pleasure. Kind of like your own, musical Bob Ross, just painting happy little trees and lakes all over the inside walls of your mind. For the less abstract, I write the lyrics, sing and play the guitar. 

When recording your EP, Do Your Work, you guys recorded with Rick Parker (Motorcycle Club and Sugarcult) and Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots).  What made you decide to team up with Rick and Scott to record that EP?
Rick is a beautiful and brilliant soul who also did the first Good Old War record. For those unfamiliar, Good Old War has been known to back Anthony Green of Circa Survive on his solo tours. Also, their song “Coney Island” is one of my favorite songs of all time. I was incredibly impressed by his ability to make a bass, drums, vocals and an acoustic guitar into such a masterpiece. Someone who could take such a stripped down formula and make it so compelling seemed like the right guy for the job to me. We never really met Scott Weiland through the recording process, but we did end up doing the drums for our EP at Lavish, his studio in Burbank, and it was really the ultimate experience through and through.

Under the Gun ranked your EP as their number one EP release of 2013 (congrats!!). What album was your favorite release of 2013 and why?
Thank you so much! Under The Gun has been really good to us and we love them dearly. I am in love with The 1975’s debut. It seriously never left my CD player in my car for a month or so. I’m also in love with “Melophobia”, the new Cage The Elephant record. It is so clean.

You guys announced via Facebook that you would be releasing a music video later this month. Can you tell us a little about the music video? (Which song it’s for, what the concept is for the video, etc.)
The video just debuted on GuitarWorld.com on Thursday the 30th of Jan. and it was an awesome success. People really seem to love it. It’s honestly just an introduction to the band. We play, we laugh, we have a good time, it’s tight. The song is called “Do You” and it’s about not succumbing to the pressures of the world that tell you to compromise yourself and change to be able to thrive.

Not only did you guys perform at SXSW last year, but you’ll be returning to perform again this year. What is your view on a showcase like SXSW which features hundreds of bands? What do you think sets you a part from these other artists?
I think that to be heard above the noise at SXSW, you really have to be THAT band for the year. The one that makes everyone talk. Sometimes the stars align and there are some miracle stories and sometimes people just get drunk and have fun and lose their voice. It all depends on how seriously you take it. Having been signed and dropped before and wanting nothing more than to do this for the rest of my life, I’m hoping to go down there and do more than just party. Maybe if the stars align then we can really be that band that breaks out.

Mime Game was initially a side project back in 2007. How do you think Mime Game has grown since then? What made you decide to continue the band after so many years?
Mime Game was more of a manifestation of my musical happenings as a person. Kind of like a diagnosis more than a band name. The moniker seemed to fit because it said, “this is unassuming and this seems kind of fun,” but I really aim to shake the world. Since it was a humble, basement-recorded side project, to the bludgeoning band it now is, the growth has been exponential. I’ve finally found members that feel like a family. The sound evolved from lo-fi freak-folk to a more lush, alternative/rock sound and I’m loving it. Everything about this band just fits like a glove now.

What can we expect next from Mime Game?
Just a lot of fun for awhile. There’s nothing left to fight about when you’re comfortable with yourself. If anyone should so desire to encroach on our peace though, it’s on like Sex Bob-omb Vs. the dragon DJ dudes from Scott Pilgrim. But really, we aim to make an album that you will remember forever in 2014 and we will be touring in the summer and fall so look out for all that and come meet up with us at SXSW!

Thanks for your time! Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Yeah, we love people and we would never really attack them with sound waves. 
For more info on Mime Game: Website | Facebook | Twitter | BandCamp

Mime Game Stream EP On Absolute Punk

Missouri alternative band, Mime Game, recently announced an exclusive stream of their EP, Do Your Work. The album, released in October, is now streaming over on Absolute Punk here! And for those of you who still love supporting bands and buying their music, you can purchase the EP on iTunes here!