We still have a hard time grasping it, but 2015 marks the 29th installment of the internationally-heralded music festival known simply as SXSW. With a seemingly infinite amount of bands playing venues and bars and ballrooms and alleys and hotel rooms, we can't wait to get to Austin next week.
One of the biggest showcases at SXSW this year is Hype Machine's 10th annual Hype Hotel. With more than 50 acts set to perform March 17-21 at 1100 East 5th Street, we feel confident saying Hype Hotel is a "must" for any fan's music schedule.
You can get all the details -- including RSVP information and the full lineup -- at this location; while you compile your own personal schedule, we decided to pull out five of the acts we can't wait to see at Hype Hotel. Don't consider this list conclusive, but you can bet you'll find us at these performances:
King Tuff are still celebrating the release of 2014's Black Moon Spell, and for good reason. The Sub Pop disc is raucous, psychedelic and, somehow, insanely catchy. If there is an official list of bands we can't wait to see at SXSW, King Tuff are near the top.
Hailing from Seattle, Odesza -- comprised of Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight -- are flying high following the release of their sophomore full-length, In Return. They're primed to blow fans away with their cinematic electronic music ... and we'll be front and center.
Leon Bridges won't be too far from home (Forth Worth) when he hits the stage at Hype Hotel. Though young in age, Bridges excels with his gorgeous, '60s-influenced, gospel-tinged soul music. If you haven't heard of Bridges yet, that will all change once he takes over SXSW.
Offensive band names be damned! We've been hooked on Viet Cong for quite some time, and after witnessing their performance at 4Knots last summer, we know they're set to sweep the SXSW Music Festival. If you've yet to witness their live show, do everything you can to catch them at Hype Hotel.
How could we compile any list about Hype Hotel without including hometown heroes Spoon? They're set to wrap things up Tuesday night (March 17), which means the bar will be set almost impossibly high for all acts to follow the rest of the week. Spoon at SXSW? Count us in.