SXSW 2011 is closely approaching and some of UMPG's hottest artists are flocking down to The Lone Star State. We have over 25 bands heading to Texas this year and below are a few highlights from some of our favorite artists. If you plan on attending SXSW then we hope you can make it out to these shows as well as check out other eclectic UMPG artists like A Silent Film, Jamie xx, Men Without Hats, and Noah and the Whale! Times and venues are listed where available.

Please let us know if you'd like to hear more music from any of the artists below. And if you're at the festival, be sure to reach out to Gary Miller or Joe Maggini to meet up for a gig, a drink, or some BBQ.

JAMES BLAKE twitter facebook myspace

After two well received EPs, London-based former dubstep pioneer James Blake will be releasing his critically acclaimed self-titled debut album. This promising 22 year old songwriter and producer has already been named one of Rolling Stone’s Artists of the Week A sound consisting of ghostly, sparse vocals mixed occasionally with the accompaniment of a vocoder makes James’s music unique, often drawing comparisons to Bon Iver.  He states the main inspiration for his music and minimalist recordings come from his time in college constantly listening to Joni Mitchell.

Wed 3/16 – Stubb’s BBQ – 9:15pm
Thu 3/17 - Central Presbyterian Church – 1:00am (Friday morning)

James Blake - Wilhelm Scream
RAPHAEL SAADIQ twitter facebook myspace

With its retro soul sound that harkens back to legends like Smokey Robinson and The Temptations, Saadiq's forthcoming release Stone Rollin’, set to be released March 22nd, is an absolute masterful collection of songs. It's a tall order not to groove to these tunes, especially when hearing them performed live.

Wed 3/16 – Stubb’s BBQ – 11:15pm

Raphael Saadiq - Radio
FRIENDLY FIRES twitter facebook myspace

U.K.’s indie electro-rock group Friendly Fires is creating quite the buzz here stateside with their anticipated U.S.  tour. Pala, their upcoming sophomore effort, is set to be released this year. Known for putting on amazing performances filled with incredible energy, their show is a must see.

Thu 3/17 – The Windish Agency House - 11:00pm

Friendly Fires - Kiss Of Life
GLASSER facebook myspace

Singer-songwriter Cameron Mesirow, aka Glasser, makes her full-length album debut with Ring, a percussion driven, tribal influenced album, consisting of layered, infectious melodies with light and airy vocals. Tracks that feature a wide variety of instrumentations (woodwinds, bass, and strings) combined with her angelic voice have drawn comparisons to Björk and Bat For Lashes.

Thu 3/17 - Central Presbyterian Church – 10:00pm

Glasser - Apply
XYLOS twitter facebook myspace

This frequently blogged about, 5-piece electro-pop band hails from Brooklyn, New York and will be releasing their much anticipated debut self-titled album on April 5th.  Their multi-layered harmonies and swirling, playful melodies add the perfect complement to light guitar riffs and dreamy synths, giving Xylos a very warm and relaxed vibe. Drawing comparisons to the likes of ABBA and Kate Bush, Xylos has already been named to top 10 lists of bands to know in 2011. They have also enjoyed recent synch success on MTV’s “World of Jenks,” ABC’s “The Gates,” and a placement for Wonderbread.

Fri 3/18 – Easy Tiger – 1:00am (Saturday morning)

Xylos - Darling Dearest
THE VACCINES twitter facebook myspace

London foursome alt-rockers The Vaccines have recently had blogs, music types, and fans alike in a frenzy since their lead single “Wreckin’ Bar (Ra, Ra, Ra)” was released last year. They have already been named one of the 20 new bands you need to hear in 2011 by NME, Artist to Watch in 2011 by MTV, as well as ventured off on their highly anticipated tour with the likes of Crystal Castles, Magnetic Man, and Everything Everything last month. Their debut album What Did You Expect from the Vaccines is slated for a March 21st release.

Wed 3/16 – Club de Ville – 10:00pm
Fri 3/18 – Stubb’s BBQ – 8:30pm

The Vaccines - Wreckin' Bar
ELIZA DOOLITTLE twitter facebook myspace

Spanning a variety of musical genres including pop, soul and folk, this UK songstress has hit the ground running.  Cut from the same sassy cloth as fellow Brits Duffy and Kate Nash, Doolittle’s pop gems are harmonious, cheerful and genuine.  Her self-titled debut album was released July of last year to both critical and commercial acclaim, reaching #3 on the U.K. albums charts.

Sat 3/19 – The Tap Room at 6 – 8:00pm

Eliza Doolittle - Pack Up
MARQUES TOLIVER twitter facebook myspace

Meet Marques Toliver - a 22 year-old violinist hailing from Brooklyn, New York by way of Daytona, Florida. Discovered by TV on the Radio’s Kyp Malone while performing his songs for Brooklyn L-Line commuters, Mr. Toliver seamlessly mixes a unique blend of urban R&B, soul, and classical sounds with subtle blues and folk undertones. He’s already collaborated with indie heavy-hitters Grizzly Bear and Bat For Lashes. His remarkable sound and undeniable talent will definitely be noticed this year.

Wed 3/16 – Red Eyed Fly – 8:00pm

Marques Toliver - Charter Magic
THE ANSWERING MACHINE twitter facebook myspace

This quartet out of Manchester is causing quite a buzz with their well-formed energetic indie-pop. Their sound - Casio bleeps, electronic handclaps, driving and angular guitar with hyper drum beats - is already being compared to bands like The Strokes and Franz Ferdinand.

Fri 3/18 – 512 Rooftop – 1:00am (Saturday morning)

The Answering Machine - It's Over! It's Over! It's Over!

Nashville singer/songwriter Nathan Barlowe collaborated with Jared Followill from Kings of Leon to create a sweeping collection of 1950’s-esque rock songs.  Full of catchy rockabilly riffs and charming lyrics, The Honeymoon Thrillers put an authentic spin on a modern day Beach Boys sound.

Thu 3/17 – Maggie Mae’s Gibson Room – 8:00pm

The Honeymoon Thrillers - Paper Tiger
THE SOUNDTRACK OF OUR LIVES twitter facebook myspace

The Swedish psych rock veterans recently returned with some high-quality old-school pop, embracing influences from The Who and Pink Floyd in unique and unpredictable ways. The tunes from their latest sonic offering The Immaculate Convergence EP are larger-than-life slices of elegant indie rock.

Fri 3/18 – Cedar Street Courtyard – 1:00am (Saturday morning)
Sat 3/19 – St. David’s Bethel Hall – 11:00pm

The Soundtrack Of Our Lives - Thrill Me

If you would like to hear more music by any of these artists, please contact:
Brian Lambert @ (310) 235-4726 or
Gary Miller @ (310) 235-4723 or
Tom Eaton @ or (212) 841-8014
Joanna Puglisi @ (310) 235-4719 or
Joe Maggini @ (310) 235-4837 or
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