#50) Hayes Carll: Roasting up a country-morning brew in the Hilton.
#49) Cyhi Da Prynce: Big K.R.I.T associate representing the ATL in Austin with a nightcap set.
#48) Yuck: Confirmation of my favorite new band this year. Live show validates the record.
#47) Electra: Promising Tel Aviv rock trio fresh off the presses. Cool new band in it’s sonic infancy.
#46) Tia Carrera: Middle-aged local scuzz-rock trio “living the dream” at #sxsw.
#45) Black Lips: They need no explanation. Same old song, same old dance.
#44) The Kickback> More youngsters with swooning vocals, melodic hooks and reckless abandon.
#43) The Vandelles: Power-pop and garage rock from a bird’s eye view.
#42) Royal Bangs: Knoxville trio rollicks through driving set, dabbles in a little prog for your pleasures.
#41) Errors: Ironic name. Too bad they’re having sound troubles with their mics after traveling all the way from Scotland.
#40) Reptar: These Athens kids know how to throw a melodic and electronic-pop party for the masses.
#39) True Mad North: Listenable country-laced rock. Nothing special, nothing horrible. Probably forgettable.
#38) Eisley: Texas female-fronted band. Unfortunate that these Texans had to follow up Sondre Lerche.
#37) Sondre Lerche: Norwegian songwriter strips down, rocks out. Fantastic.
#36) Kopecky Family Band: Holy Pulaski! Where did these guys come from?
#35) Lord Huron: I work at Paste. How have I never heard these guys. Amazing. Theramin in a tropic-infused band? Whoa.
#34) Steve Taylor: Pianist playing on 6th street. He came all the way from Oakland only to be shut down by the 5-0.
#33) Matthew & The Atlas: Folk quintet including banjo and accordion. Matthew has a very distinguished voice—i’m a fan.
#32) Jeremy Messersmith: Pop master brings along the bells and whistles. Jangly to the max.
#31) Trampled By Turtles: Awful name, awesome bluegrass.
#30) Keegan Dewitt: folky five-piece that’s part-soothing and part-soulful.
#29) The Civil Wars: At first I thought they were too mellow for me. But they’re too damn charming.
#28) The Wealthy West: Singer-songwriter tests new material, plays stripped down Rocketboys songs. Pleasant.
#27) Futurebirds: Athens rock laced with plenty of twang. Gorgeous Southern sounds with an edge.
#26) TV Torso: A delicious taste of some local garage rock breakfast. Spoon, topped w/some more grit & dashed w/a hint of weirdness.