50 Acts You Won’t Want To Miss At SXSW (Part 5)


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 fifth and final installment (acts 41-50), 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 5 (Acts 41-50). Check out Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

  1. The Tontons
    Any band named after something Star Wars related is automatically a favorite in my book. The Tontons bring a psychedelic rock sound that we’ve previously referred to as a perfect mix of Lauren Hill, Under the Influence of Giants, plus a dash of Jimi Hendrix. The band recently released their sophomore album and after 3 years of touring (over 300 shows!!), The Tontons are definitely making a name for themselves. 
    Where to catch The Tontons: 3.12 – Big PictureMedia Showcase @ The Thirsty Nickel; 3.15- Dirty Dog Bar

  2. Lime Cordiale
    It feels as if surf-rock is alive and well when you listen to Lime Cordiale. With a mixture of smooth vocals and even smoother instrumentals, their infectious sound is unmatched by anybody else today. 
    Where to catch Lime Cordiale: 3.12 – 1:10pm – Big Picture Media Showcase @ Thirsty Nickel; 3.13 – 5:20pm – Sound Gallery @ B.D. Riley’s Pub; 3.13 – 9pm – Chugg Music Showcase @ TenOak; 3.15 – 12:15pm – The Aussie BBQ @ Maggie Mae’s; 3.15 – 9pm – Planetary Group Party @ Maggie Mae’s

  3. The Devil Wears Prada
    The guys of The Devil Wears Prada have been near the front of the pack for years. Amidst a constant cycle of writing, recording, and touring, the Ohio five-piece have always been able to please. As the headliners for this year’s Take Action! Tour, TDWP are going to have a very busy spring, but I don’t foresee anyone complaining. 
    Where to catch The Devil Wears Prada: 3.16 – South By So What?! @ Quiktrip Park

  4. Fritz Montana
    With a stellar blend of blues and indie, this Californian trio has shared the stage with the likes of Kings of Leon, Arctic Monkeys, AFI, and a handful of others, taking each opportunity to spread their massive sound to as much of an audience as possible. 
    Where to catch Fritz Montana: 3.11 – 8pm @ Shiner’s Saloon; 3.12 – 11pm @ Bourbon Girl; 3.13 – 2:15pm @ Lot323; 3.13 – 4pm @ Chuggin’ Monkey; 3.13 – 6:30pm @ Texas Rockfest

  5. Quiet Company
    This band formed back in 2005 and have spent the past few years developing a sound that is truly their own and really making a name for themselves. You may have even heard a song of theirs featured on Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Real World New Orleans, Royal Pains or Sims 3: Showtime. The band is currently in the process of recording their 4th album!
    Where to catch Quiet Company: 3.11 – 11:30pm – SXSW Showcase @ The Main II; 3.14 – 1:45pm – Big Picture Media Showcase @ The Blind Pig Rooftop; 3.14 – 4:30pm – Roky Erickson’s Ice Cream Social @ Threadgills; 3.15 – 1am – Official SXSW Showcase @ SOHO Lounge

  6. Bring Me the Horizon
    Whether you’ve enjoyed them from the start, or it took a few albums before they roped you in, or even if you aren’t a fan, Bring Me the Horizon are indisputably great live. Oli Sykes’ command of the stage is mesmerizing, and they continue to get better.
    Where to catch Bring Me The Horizon: 3.15 – South By So What?! @ Quiktrip Park

  7. Vinyl Thief
    This Tennessee electro-rock quartet recently released their EP, Stop Motion, last month – and we’ve been addicted since. The EP encourages listeners to live their lives to the fullest without regrets, something that most people should live up to. At last years SXSW, the band stuffed their gear onto a tiny stage and according to Beautiful Buzz, “proceeded to slay that room to teeny tiny pieces.” If you’re catching them at a showcase this year…prepare yourselves.
    Where to catch Vinyl Thief: 3.13 – 4pm – Landshark Showcase @ Bayou Lounge; 3.14 – 2:55pm – Big Picture Media Showcase @ Blind Pig Rooftop; 3.15 – 8pm @ BD Riley’s

  8. The Grahams
    The Grahams recently released the deluxe edition of their album Riverman’s Daughter on February 4th. The country/folk duo will be on tour until mid-May showcasing their soulful music.
    Where to catch The Grahams: 3.12 – 3pm – Midcoast Takeover @ Shangri La; 3.12 – 8pm – Sony Music Showcase @ The Market

  9. Carbon Tigers
    Last year was a rocky one for the Carbon Tigers who had their equipment, merchandise and van stolen. But the best part of that mess is that they crowd funded over $12,000 to purchase new gear – they have awesome fans. Admit it. Recently featured on Zimbio, Guitar World, NYLON, and NYLON Guys, this indie-rock band is one we can only expect to see make huge waves.
    Where to catch Carbon Tigers: 3.12 – 12:35pm – Big Picture Media Showcase @ Thirsty Nickel; 3.12 – 1am – The Nekkid Armadilla Presents @ Lucky Lounge; 3.13 – 1:30pm – AEMMP Records Presents @ Bat Bar; 3.13 – 9pm – Audiotree SXSW Showcase @ Licha’s Cantina; 3.15 – 2pm – RedGorilla Music Fest Showcase @ Thirsty Nickel

  10. The Lonely Biscuits
    After winning mtvU’s 2013 “College Artist of the Year” award, The Lonely Biscuits have proved that full-time students can still be kickass musicians. They kicked off 2014 with a new music video and will be performing a ton of shows this year – so make sure you find yourself at one of them!
    Where to catch The Lonely Biscuits: 3.12 – 11pm – BMI Showcase @ Bar 96; 3.14 – 1:10pm – Big Picture Media Showcase @ The Blind Pig Rooftop

Review:: Things Sure Have Changed | The Lonely Biscuits

For those who like: Atmosphere, Why?, Citizen Cope, Cage, G.Love

Imagine: it is 7AM on a Sunday in the peak of the summertime. It’s still cool enough to where the faint breeze coming through your window brushes your hair out of your face and the sunshine pouring in through your curtains paints the walls with yellow tones and hues. It is comforting. You could roll back over and go to sleep, but instead you wake up, go to your stereo and put on an album to compliment the summer feeling.

Dropping on October 29th, is the newest EP from the Nashville hip-hop/funk/chill foursome, The Lonely Biscuits. “Things Sure Have Changed” is a six-song piece good for an early morning full of chill vibes and an especially sunny attitude. However, the music that The Lonely Biscuits have complied on this latest EP sounds a little too familiar. With a title like mtvU’s reigning “College Artist of the Year” I was expecting something out of the ordinary. While the EP is the kind to pair with a summer day cruising to the beach and letting the rays hit your skin, it feels like something we have all heard before.

If you took Citizen Cope, Cage and Why? and put them all in a blender and hit mix, you would come out with a variation of The Lonely Biscuits. Their songs are mellow and cool and they tell you what they want. Don’t worry ladies, they like girls of all types: tall, short, blonde, pretty, pale, tan, fat and skinny, so you know exactly what they are looking for.  The name of the first track off of Things Sure Have Changed is “Causal Vibes” and that is no surprise. The song emits the laid back vibes of a summer day mixed with bubblegum lipstick and Hawaiian shirts. It’s a little unfortunate that this album didn’t drop earlier in the warmer months to compliment its chill factor. “Stay” and “Tone it Down” have a different feel than the rest of the album and personally those tracks are the most digable. The oohs and ahhs in the latter song give it an extra kick and create a nice contrast that ends up complimenting the tune tremendously.

Coming to “Pool Day” it sounds exactly like that. You can feel the splashes of someone doing a cannonball, hitting your legs as you lay back in your lounge chair and let the sun penetrate your pores. The closing track “Things Sure Have Changed” is the shortest on the EP and the slowest. It has a more prominent guitar sound and is the best way to wrap up the album.  Overall, you can picture the events that go along with this six song piece, walking on black tar to the ice cream truck to get a cool treat, looking at attractive people on the beach, and just messing around with your friends. Things sure have changed over the course of the EP, with different sounds, feelings, and levels of chill, but the most important message to take away from it is to live it up.

Release Date: October 29, 2013
Rating: 2.5/5
Run Time: 18:27

Track List:
1. Casual Vibes
2. Kinda Steady
3. Stay
4. Tone it Down
5. Pool Day
6. Things Sure Have Changed

The Lonely Biscuits is:
Grady Wenrich  (Guitar)
Sam Gidley (Drums)
John Paterini (Vocals, Guitar)
Nick Byrd (Bass)

Written By: Chelsea Conte