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SXSW Alphabet: 26 Bands We Can’t Wait To See At SXSW (M-P)

Each and every year, South by Southwest is a launching pad for new music. From John Mayer to Marina and the Diamonds, the festival has a knack for producing big name stars. As The Truth About Music prepares to cover the event for the third consecutive year, we’re excited to travel through the alphabet and pick 26 bands that we can’t wait to see at SXSW 2012. To see Letters I thru L, Click Here.

M is for Marit Larsen: This one caught us by surprise. In one of the highest volume letters, this melodic country singer caught our attention. Although there were some other notable acts (see: Morning Parade and Milo Greene), this was a fresh sound. Especially in terms of SXSW. As big of a copout as it is, her closest comparison is probably Taylor Swift. It will be interesting to see what the indie rock crowd at SXSW thinks about a country singer from Norway.

N is for Niki & The Dove: Here’s another weird one for you. If you’re a SXSW veteran, this band should be right up your alley. An electronic artist with a great voice and pop roots. Each and every one of the bands songs are unique and elegantly crafted. It will certainly be interesting to see how she pulls off her “style” in a live setting.

O is for The O’s: While there were two possibilities for category O, The O’s were the clear winner. While many of the SXSW bands begin to sound generic after a while, The O’s stood out with a nice blend between pop hooks and folk rock. The musicianship of the band is what pushed them into the lead. Great vocals layered with a lose, twangy guitar and a harmonica solo. Come on. Who doesn’t love harmonica solos?

P is for The Parlotones and The Pierces: This was one of the closest two horse races we’ve had on this entire list. It was so close in fact that we’re giving you both groups for letter P. Coming from very different parts of the musical spectrum, both bands deliver that SXSW magic. Mixing the familiar sounding with the abstract, The Parlotones and The Pierces have an incredible blend that should serve them well in Austin.

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  • Comment by Milly Adams posted February 24, 2012 at 19:24

    The Parlotones … great South African band and excellent bunch of individuals. GOOD LUCK guys!!

  • Comment by Angger posted February 25, 2012 at 07:16

    Marit Larsen is so NOT Taylor Swift though, maybe for that one song and a couple others they have a certain TaylorSwiftness to them(meaning Taylor could easily sing those songs without straying too far from what she usually sings) – but I wouldn’t call Marit Larsen “country” per se. She has a bit of folk and country roots, but most of her songs incorporate grand orchestral pieces with beautiful melodies, that are almost classical. Kudos for her though, I’ve been a fan for a long time and I love seeing her getting recognition.

  • Comment by danny posted February 27, 2012 at 05:39

    So do you have 16-year-olds writing this copy? The SXSW festival booking staff do an excellent job snagging serious artists such as Marit who is known not just in Norway, but all over the EU and then you have some kid write “she’s kind of like Taylor Swift!” She “caught you by surprise?” Well the rest of the world is not surprised she’s good, neither is the team who booked her.

    F is for fail, SXSW. Come on, try harder.

    She “caught you by surprise?” Well the rest of the world is not surprised she’s good, neither is the team who booked her.