SXSW 2016 is coming up quick, with the music portion of the event taking over Austin, TX this March 15-20. Big acts like Iggy Pop and The Kills are probably already on your itinerary, but have you chosen which of the other 1,000+ artists you absolutely must see this year?

We’ll make it easy on you. From Hinds to Twin Peaks to Ra Ra Riot, our 2016 SXSW picks would never steer you wrong. Here’s who you should see and why…

Twin Peaks
Twin Peaks
(Joe Papeo Photo)

A band as wild as Twin Peaks can only thrive in an anything-goes environment like SXSW. Prepare to expect the unexpected…

Matthew Logan Vasquez
(David Turcotte Photo)

See another side of the Delta Spirit front man as the Austin native performs some edgy new solo material from his recent album, Solicitor Returns

Sunflower Bean
Sunflower Bean
(Ester Segretto Photo)

Catch Brooklyn’s own Sunflower Bean when they bring their brand of fuzzed out psych-rock to the Lone Star State…

Ra Ra Riot
Ra Ra Riot
(Jeremy Gordon Photo)

Here’s your big chance to catch Ra Ra Riot perform songs from their brand new record, Need Your Light.

Not satisfied? We’ve got our ears all over these SXSW artists too:



Thao & The Get Down Stay Down

White Denim

Jocelyn & Chris Arndt

White Reaper

The Kills Photo Credit: Michel Dussack | SXSW 2016