Four on the Floor: Bands in Black

Written by Rory Burbeck | Thursday, Nov 21, 2013

Welcome to Four on the Floor, SXSW Music's guide to some of the many many fine acts we have in store for you next March.

As the lineup for SXSW 2014 takes shape, we’re beginning to notice some patterns here and there. Today we fade to black with four artists whose sounds aren't necessarily as dark as their names.


A duo that makes straight up rock ‘n’ roll. Although they started in Toronto, Canada, the band relocated to Austin, Texas in 2009, and they’ve been melting the locals’ faces ever since.
RIYL: Gary Clark Jr., Patrick Sweany, Buffalo Killers

SXSW 2014 Artist Black Pistol Fire


Blackbear is a pop artist from Los Angeles who co-wrote Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend,” but his solo stuff presents a much more diverse sound.
RIYL: Tillian, Tyler Carter, F.O.

SXSW 2014 Artist Blackbear


Formed in 2009, Americana band The Black Lillies have already performed at Bonnaroo, the Americana Music Festival, the CMA Festival, and more.
RIYL: Darrell Scott, William Elliott Whitmore, Justin Townes Earle

SXSW 2014 Artist The Black Lillies


New Zealand duo Black City Lights produce dark, electronic pop music. The pair released their debut album, entitled Another Life, earlier this year.
RIYL: Braids, oOooOO, Annie Lennox

SXSW 2014 Artist Black City Lights

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Photo credits:
Black Pistol Fire Photo Courtesy of the Artist
Blackbear Photo Courtesy of the Artist
The Black Lillies Photo Courtesy of the Artist
Black City Lights Photo Courtesy of the Artist