You should be listening to Alabama Shakes and Cloud Nothings if you’re not already.
SXSW 2012 had a lot of well-known artists I caught who ruled: Bruce Springsteen — who was joined by members of Arcade Fire, Jimmy Cliff and Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello — Jack White, Santigold and Fiona Apple. And there were surprise pop-ins from Rick Ross and Eminem, too. But one of my favorite things about the music festival is stuffing my face with Tex-Mex and BBQ the chance to discover and check out up-and-coming bands to keep on the radar. Some have already been making waves, and some are just about to, but all are Buzzworthy bands you need to know.
Here are, in no particular order, 15 bands from SXSW you need to know:
Check out more SXSW bands you need to know after the jump.