As you probably know, this year's SXSW is in full swing in Austin, TX. It's always one of the year's biggest weeks for music, with a plethora of bands, new and old, occupying just about every club, bar and hole in the wall available in the city. While the list of every artist playing would span multiple volumes, we decided to highlight five that are worth your time, money and sweat (how hot is it in Texas with these blizzard-like conditions sticking around anyway?).

1. Cloud Nothings - Cloud Nothings are one of the best bands in the game right now, and downgrading to a three-piece last year has clearly not hindered them. Catch (at least) one of their sets to hear some new songs from the upcoming Here and Nowhere Else, due out April 1.
2. Sylvan Esso - Yes, we rave about Sylvan Esso a lot, but for good reason. "Coffee" is one of the year's best songs yet, and with the duo's full-length debut on the horizon, expect to hear a lot about Sylvan Esso in the coming months. 
3. Angel Olsen - This somber singer-songwriter just released a gorgeous album, Burn Your Fire For No Witness, a few weeks ago, and is bringing it to life on what seems like a never ending tour around the globe. She'll be playing a few sets, including a Pitchfork showcase with Real Estate, so if you like your music with a shot of melancholy, don't sleep on Angel Olsen. 
4. Cardboard Kids - Embodying the spirit of American rock and roll is Nashville's Cardboard Kids. An amalgamation of gritty riffs with abundant soulful undertones, fans of The Black Keys and Arctic Monkeys will find much to love in this young trio. 
5. Perfect Pussy - It's noisy. It's fast. It's punk. It's Syracuse's Perfect Pussy. Stream the new album, Say Yes to Love, at NPR and you'll understand why attendence is necessary at as many sets of theirs as possible.

A full schedule of bands, venues and set times can be found here.

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Brooks Ginnan
Brooks Ginnan is the editor of Exiled Music Press. He is usually crying over the fact that we will never see a reunion of The Smiths or Cocteau Twins.

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