It’s hard to believe SXSW is nearly here, even though we’ve been eagerly building our schedules for months. Haven’t had the chance to narrow down the list of, literally, thousands of artists coming to town? Take the advice of our expert Music Design team and make a point to see the bands below. We’ve even made it easy to add their showcases to your SXSW schedule…just click the links!

Emitt Rhodes
Joon Moon
Little Simz
Ghostland Observatory
Empress Of
Gilligan Moss
James Supercave
Cosmo’s Midnight
Cosmo Sheldrake
Kevin Garrett
King Mez
Mick Jenkins
BJ The Chicago Kid
Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals
The Chainsmokers
Penny and Sparrow

Not only does SXSW offer countless opportunities to see your favorite band or newest discovery play live, but music plays a big part in SXSW Film as well. We asked our Music Designers to carefully comb through the 24 Beats Per Second category and share their recommendations.

The documentary Miss Sharon Jones! received the most mentions from our team so it’s one you should definitely check out.

Other recommendations:
Gary Numan:Android in La La Land
BANG! The Bert Berns Story
Artist & Repertoire
The American Epic Sessions
The Smart Studios Story

Happy SXSWing!

– Submitted by Amy Frishkey, Linda Kennedy, Jesse Nathason, Ashley Plinzke, Matt Powell and Civonne Ray, Music Design