The SXSW music festival turns 25-years-old this year. As has become a ritual in March, thousands of musicians and entertainment industry people from around the globe will play each night on 80 different stages throughout downtown Austin. Any one going is excited for soaking in the warm weather and bbq, but picking the best bands to watch is overwhelming. So we tracked down three music writers from across the nation, including one from (SXSW founders) The Austin Chronicle. They each gave us their own must-see bands for 2011:
Audra Schroeder - associate music editor - Austin Chronicle
Glasser. Brooklyn. Electronic. Got a Bjork-thing going on. Song: "Mirrorage"
Sharon Van Etten. Brooklyn. Folky. Singer Song Writer. Great Lyrics. Song: "Love More"
Ringo Deathstarr. Austin. My Bloody Valentine type-vibe. Song: "Two Girls."
Esben and the Witch. England. Epic electronic psyche witchery. Think XX. Song: "War Path"
Lower Dens. Baltimore. Vocal beauty. Song: "Hospice Gates."
Invincible. Detroit. Gritty feel. Song: "Detroit Summer."
tUnE-YarDs. Oakland. Hip-hopish. Has an African Beats feel. Crazy loops and harmonies. Song: "Bizness."
Casey Jarman - music editor - Willamette Week
Luck-One. Seattle. Insane lyricist. We're counting down the seconds until his career explodes. Song: "They Say."
Typhoon. Portland. Big noise. But they also know when to play quiet. They produce smart tension between the two poles of furious and tender. Song: "CPR/Claws Pt 2"
The Chicharones. Seattle and Vancouver. Hip-hop. Formed at SXSW. They throw a wicked yacht party every year at the festival. If I ran a label, this is the first band I'd sign. Song: "The Put Out"
Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Portland. It's sorta classic rock meets classic funk in the live setting. Song: "Thought Ballune"
Maritime. Milwaukee. Davey von Bohlen is one of the defining voices of my generation. Song: "Guns of Navarone"
Nate Patrin - Contributing Writer - Pitchfork - City Pages
Blu. [Johnson & Johnson] Los Angeles. Song: "Disco D.Y.N.A.M.I.T.E."
Danny Brown. Detroit. Song: "Shooting Moves"
Yelawolf. Gadsden, Alabama. Song: "Pop the Trunk"
Curren$y. New Orleans Song: "Michael Knight"
Jean Grae. New York. Song: "Don't Rush Me"