The 11 Best New Bands NOT Playing SXSW 2015

By Aaron Axelsen

Every year thousands of bands, music industry types, DJ’s, bloggers, tech heads, music journalists, radio programmers, hipsters and other varieties of music fans descend on the state of Texas for the annual pilgrimage to Austin for SXSW.

And shockingly, here are eleven absolutely amazing new artists who are NOT playing this year.

The 11 best new bands NOT playing SXSW this week:


Peking Duk

ORIGIN: Canberra, Australia

WEBSITE: www.pekingduk.com

NEXT SF SHOW: No SF shows announced for 2015 yet.

• Peking Duk is made up of DJs and music producers Adam Hyde and Reuben Styles
• Have worked on remixes for Passion Pit, Fitz and the Tantrums, and Steve Aoki,

FOR FANS OF: Rufus Du Sol, Cut Copy, Cazzette, Flight Facilities



ORIGIN: Isla Vista, CA

WEBSITE: www.fmlybnd.com

NEXT SF SHOW: touring the states supporting MILKY CHANCE!

• The four piece is releasing a single every month in 2015
• Their single “Come Alive” was include in the EA Sports FIFA 2015 soundtrack

FOR FANS OF: M83, Caribou, Wildcat! Wildcat!, Electric Youth



ORIGIN: Bristol, England

WEBSITE: www.coastsband.com

NEXT SF SHOW: April 17, 2015 for Popscene SF

• Five piece recently signed with Capital Records late 2014
• EP ‘Modern Love’ to be released March 31st

FOR FANS OF: Snow Patrol, Coldplay, Bastille, The 1975



ORIGIN: Liverpool, England

WEBSITE: http://musiclapsley.com

NEXT SF SHOW: May 8th for Popscene SF

• New EP “Understudy” released January 15th, 2015
• Signed to XL Recordings the same label as Vampire Weekend, Radiohead, The XX

FOR FANS OF: St. Vincent, Lykke Li, George Maple, Tune Yards, Bjork


Shy Girls

ORIGIN: Portland, OR

WEBSITE: www.shygirlsmusic.com

NEXT SF SHOW: May 22nd for Popscene SF

• Shy Girls, is Dan Vidmar an R&B project for the singer – songwriter
• Released free mixtape “4WZ” in February. (free download on website)

FOR FANS OF: The Weeknd, Chet Faker, Sam Smith, Shlomo, Sohn, Jack Garratt


Phoebe Ryan

ORIGIN: Los Angeles, CA

WEBSITE: facebook.com/PhoebeRyanMusic

NEXT SF SHOW: May 28th at The Independent opening for the Knocks

• The 24 year old Phoebe Ryan is an NYU grad
• Became noticed on the internet for her mash up of R. Kelly/Miguel “Ignition/Do You”

FOR FANS OF: Halsey, Misterwives, Lorde, Ryn Weaver, Ellie Goulding



ORIGIN: Glasgow, Scotland

WEBSITE: www.pridesband.com

NEXT SF SHOW: May 15th for Popscene SF

• The trio has opened for RAC, Magic Man, and Blink -182
• Their single “Out of the Blue” is featured on the FIFA 15 soundtrack

FOR FANS OF: Passion Pit, Foals, White Arrows, Night Riots



ORIGIN: Los Angeles, CA

WEBSITE: www.xylo-music.com

NEXT SF SHOW: No SF shows announced yet in 2015.

• Sister and Brother duo Paige and Chase Duddy make up XYLO
• Their single “America” is about “a love song about a country forcing two people apart” says Paige

FOR FANS OF: Purity Ring, Mr. Little Jeans, Niki and The Dove, Broods, Ladytron


Saint Motel

ORIGIN: Los Angeles, CA

WEBSITE: www.saintmotel.com

NEXT SF SHOW: No SF shows announced yet.

• The four piece released their EP “My Type” in August 2014 with Parlophone / Elektra records
• The band has opened for Arctic Monkeys, Imagine Dragons, and Weezer

FOR FANS OF: Fitz And The Tantrums, The Cardigans, Peter Bjorn & John, MGMT


Broken Back

ORIGIN: Paris, France

WEBSITE: www.facebook.com/BrokenBackMusic

NEXT SF SHOW: No SF shows announced yet.

• Jerome, the singer-songwriter behind Broken Back, got his start and band name when he broke his back for 8 weeks
• Debut EP “Dear Misfortune Mother of Joy” will be released March 23, with debut album to follow after

FOR FANS OF: Of Monsters and Men, New Pornographers, Real Estate, Beirut


Chloe Black

ORIGIN: London, England

WEBSITE: www.chloeofficial.com

NEXT SF SHOW: No SF shows announced yet.

• Her single “27 Club” is inspired by the numerous musicians who died at the age of 27, i.e Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Brian Jones…

FOR FANS OF: Lana Del Rey, Bat For Lashes, Zola Jesus, Amy Winehouse, Fiest


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