In just over 50 words: A little bit country and a large bit folk, Phosphorescent (a.k.a. Matthew Houck) released sixth album Muchacho this year, dabbling in the psychadelic with some electronic splashes. Houck explores an eclectic grab bag of flavors on his latest, from the pearl-snap twang of "Terror in the Canyons" to the expansive triumph of "Song For Zula" (the end-credits tune of this year's coming-of-age film "The Spectacular Now").
Could share a bill with: Sufjan Stevens, Band of Horses, Fleet Foxes, Radical Face
Friend of the stranger: Phosphorescent's 2009 release "To Willie" is exactly what it sounds like: a tribute to the legendary Mr. Nelson himself. Perhaps Houck will throw his Austin crowd a few bones.