With over 2,000 artists coming to Austin for the South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival, it’s hard to prioritize who to see. Over the next five days, our three music writers count down their top five can’t-miss artists. There are many, many other bands we’re psyched about, but these are the 15 artists we’ll rearrange our schedules to see.
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2. The Head and the Heart: A highlight of ACL Fest 2014, the Sub Pop six-piece was just about to break when they played SXSW 2011 just before the release of their self-titled debut. A second album in 2013 further established their status as one of the top indie folk bands. But there’s fresh news of a third album coming soon, and they’ll likely be previewing it here. (Midnight Friday, Clive Bar)
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2. Hinds. With nostalgic, just pulled out of the garage, production and emotional choruses that wail more than they soar, the latest release from the all-female Spanish indie rock outfit sounds like summer love. It’s passionate, impulsive and loaded with scrappy rebellion. (11 p.m. Tuesday, Hype Hotel; 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, Mohawk outside; 10 p.m. Thursday, Cedar Street; 5 p.m. Friday, Radio Day Stage. )
2. Basia Bulat: Canadian singer-songwriter Bulat has a voice like really beautiful scar tissue — damaged but gives off the impression it can take a good lick. I can’t really put my finger on it quite yet, but her new album “Good Advice” has captivated me in a way that little else has in 2016. She’s really nailed a sound that references a mid-20th century pop sound without simple sonic duplication. (10 p.m. Wednesday, Parish)