Five Bands Poised to Break Out of SXSW 2013

A band in Austin walking to a SXSW gig. Photo: Roger Kisby/Getty Images

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Next week, thousands of music-industry wonks (us included!) will descend upon Austin, Texas, for the annual South by Southwest music festival for six days of beer, BBQ and bands. Per usual, there’s an overwhelming number of bands to choose from. Luckily Hive has narrowed down the list from hundreds of wannabe Next Big Things to these acts poised to break out at this year’s fest. Which means, come July you’ll still be spinning tunes from them. See our top choices below.

1. Bleached

Los Angeles-based sister duo Bleached showcases its sibling love in the best way possible — via catchy ‘70s punk tunes that sound straight out of the garage. Like the Vivian Girls, sisters Jennifer and Jessie Calvin create melodic punk ditties that are as raw as they are memorable. Though Bleached has been around since 2010 after the sisters’ previous band, Mika Miko, dissolved, buzz around the girls is finally coming to a head as the duo prepares to release its Dead Oceans debut, Ride Your Heart, in April.

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