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7 Artists At SXSW 2016 You Can’t Miss

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Bands from all over the world will be making there way to Austin this March for SXSW. One part film, one part music and one part interactive, this month-long festival touts some big players. It’s also a great place for smaller bands to make a name for themselves, which makes it the perfect combination of established acts and up-and-comers. With over 100 bands announced in the lineup, it’s impossible to see them all. So we came up with seven artists that you simply just can’t miss in 2016.


1. X Ambassadors

X Ambassadors made waves in the industry last year with their song “Renegades,” which you might also know as “that song from the Jeep commercial.” This alt-rock band has quite the range of sound. Their debut album boasts a diverse set including pop rock jams that nail the high notes and soulful ballads.  If “Renegades” is the only song you know by them, you won’t be disappointed.

2. Flatbush  Zombies

This Brooklyn based rap group has been around since 2010, but they’ve been gaining traction in the industry lately. Their aggressive acid rap style keeps you on your toes and makes for some interesting lyrics. The best part is they’re set to release their debut album, 3001: A Laced Odyssey, just days before they’re scheduled to perform, so they’ll have plenty of new tracks they’ll want to show off.


The up-tempo electronic band from Scotland is the perfect band for a festival atmosphere. Their blissful sound is sure to spread some good vibes. Between the powerful beats and resonating vocals, this will definitely be where the dancing is.


4. Strumbellas

The Strumbellas are somewhere between folk, indie rock, and awesome. There new single, “Spirits”, has a more poppy feel than the songs on their previous albums, which may be an indicator that they’re changing things up. Either way, their earnest lyrics and robust vocals are guaranteed to make a fan out of you.



5. Daddy Long Legs

This hectic blues band sounds like something right out of a an old New Orleans night club. Their classic blues guitar takes front stage and is complemented nicely by howling vocals and the harmonica. Most of their songs kick off at top speed and don’t even think about slowing down. Check out “Death Train Blues” and “Long John’s Jump” to get a feel for them.


6. Chainsmokers

The Chainsmokers are a fresh EDM duo who have had a couple hits in the last year, including “Roses” and “Kanye.” They’re also the creative minds behind the 2014 viral hit “#Selfie,” but we’ll forgive them for that. They’ve got a full set of party anthems to dance the night away to in true rave fashion. Get ready to jump, and don’t forget your glow sticks.


7. Maren Morris

An up-and-comer in the Country music industry, this rising star has a deep, silky voice that makes her irresistable even if you don’t, you know, like Country. Her self titled EP is a perfect example of how Country music is opening itself up to pop influences, and in her case it’s for the better. Give “Drunk Girls Don’t Cry” and “My Churcha listen and you’ll be hooked.

Who are you excited to see this year at SXSW? Tell us in the comments below! To listen to even more great music, be sure to download the Trebel app here

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