10 Best
12.03.2012, Words by Ruth Saxelby

The 10 most hyped bands at SXSW 2012

You can’t move on the internet right now for best of SXSW lists. We’ve read them all so you don’t have to, pulling together what you could call the cheat sheet’s cheat sheet. In alphabetical order, here’s the most hotly tipped of those getting hyped and where you can catch them. Feel free to leave your tips in the comments.

1. Black Hippy
LA hip hop collective on the rise featuring Drake’s mate Kendrick Lamar.
Catch them at: Fader Fort

2. Blondes
Live electronic duo from Brooklyn who build transcendental zones with a deep house heart.
Catch them at: Dummy XO

3. Grimes
Catch the 21st century pop star from Vancouver before she’s only playing stadiums.
Catch her at: Pitchfork Showcase

4. Kishi Bashi
Sweet hearted indie pop from touring musician with Of Montreal striking it solo.
Catch him at: And So… SXSW Party

5. Korallreven
Bliss-out sounds that soar from guitar and synth wielding Swedish duo.
Catch them at: Dummy XO

6. Light Asylum
When it comes to live shows, nobody packs a punch as powerful as this gothic synth pop duo from Brooklyn.
Catch them at: IHEARTCOMIX

7. Main Attrakionz
If you’ve not yet grabbed this Oakland cloud rap duo’s incredible ’808s & Dark Grapes II’ mixtape then hop to it.
Catch them at: Young California showcase

8. Niki & The Dove
Melodramatic pop that channels the best of Eurotrance from Swedish pair who aren’t shy of flamboyance.
Catch them at: Sub Pop showcase

9. Mr Muthafuckin eXquire
Underground rap’s new funny guy has some of the sharpest lines around right now.
Catch him at: Pitchfork Interactive showcase

10. THEESatisfaction
Psychedelic hip hop with jazz’s freeform heart from Seattle duo on Sub Pop.
Catch them at: Yours Truly X Gorilla Vs Bear party

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