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Speed Dating with SXSW 2020 Indie Artists

Have you heard we've announced nearly 500 artists from 50+ countries coming to the SXSW 2020 Music Festival in March? As you get to know our lineup, we want to help you find your favorite new sounds. So this week, we are featuring a few Indie artists to add to your queue.

Here we go with a selection of artists who are raging in their garage and cranking out some of the best up-and-coming Indie tunes. Explore artist highlights below and then make your way to our Spotify playlist In the Garage: SXSW Indie Rock/Pop.

Tune in today and get ready to join us this Spring for live performances all day and night across the city of Austin.



India's compelling alternative pop outfit The F16s are hailed as "the country's messiah’s of quality, consistency and professionalism who always deliver in an apathetic and entitled scene where a lot of us sometimes settle for mediocrity."

Inspired by acts like Cuco, Homeshake, Tame Impala, and Sunset Rollercoaster, The F16s "echo the melancholia that grapples with the mundanity of everyday life in a town that serves very little outside of itself." The band's most recent release was WKND FRNDS, a four track album which guitarist Krishnaswamy describes as having a sound like “an old man easing into a warm bath.”

Quinn Christopherson


Quinn Christopherson is an Athabaskan and Inupiaq songwriter who is born, raised, and based in Anchorage, Alaska.

Christopherson's music addresses the idea of privilege and vocalizes his experience as a transgender man. In 2019 he won NPR's Tiny Desk Contest with his emotionally raw lyrics and powerful vocals. He released singles "Erase Me" and "Raedeen" in May 2019.



Beabadoobee is 19-year-old London-based musician Bea Kristi. She has recently grown from her bedroom acoustic recordings into a more indie 90's nostalgic slacker-rock taking notes from acts likes of Pavement, Sonic Youth, Mould Peaches, and Dinosaur Jr.

She is currently touring the US and UK, has dropped two albums and an EP this year, and her current Spotify bio reads "poo poo pee pee pistachios."



Bodywash formed in 2014 when Chris Steward and Rosie Long Decter began jamming in a basement rehearsal room at McGill University in Montreal and bonding over a shared affection for shoegaze and dream pop.

The duo recorded an EP the following year and a full-length album in 2019. Titled Comforter, the outcome is the perfect insomniac’s record, a late-night album of emotional extremes, from the enveloping warmth of shoegaze to the stark electronics of 90s trip-hop and IDM.

See Your Favorite Artists Live


Watch these Indie darlings and more live on stage this March at SXSW 2020 – register to attend today and book your hotel through SXSW Housing and Travel. Bringing friends? Contact us for Group Registration discounts for 10+.

Discover all SXSW 2020 Showcasing Artists — stream our Apple Music and Spotify Playlists, surf our YouTube Music Video playlist, listen to SXSWfm mixes on Mixcloud, and explore the full SXSW 2020 Schedule.

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