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Austin artists to check out this SXSW.

By Daniel Azneer

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T Bird & the Breaks

T Bird & the Breaks is an Austin-based band to keep an eye on. The band, comprised of front man Tim “T Bird” Crane and his 10-person ensemble of saxophone, trombone, guitar, drums, keyboard and a funky rhythm section, draws from 1950s and 1960s legendary funk bands. T Bird & the Breaks’ loud, gravely and vivacious sound can be heard on their recently released single, Justine, which embodies their unique blend of funk, soul and hip-hop. Don’t be surprised to find yourself clapping and dancing while listening to this lively band belt out their soulful tunes. T Bird & the Breaks’ new album, Harmonizm, was released this January.

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Parker McCollum

Sometimes compared with John Mayer, Parker McCollum delivers a heavy hand of Americana on his upcoming album. The Limestone Kid has a down-home feel with thoughtful and meaningful lyrics on what it means to be born and raised in the Texas Hill Country. True to his folk roots, McCollum has created a masterpiece of an album. The Limestone Kid is worth an afternoon listen.

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Quiet Company

Quiet Company released their fourth full-length album, Transgressor, on Feb. 24. The new album features the guitar-driven and epic sound the band is known for. Often thought of as a mix of Death Cab for Cutie, Weezer and Arcade Fire, Quiet Company has created their most mature album to date. Transgressor covers thoughtful topics like love, marriage, pain and despair, all while delivering an explosive alt rock album.



Recognized as Austin’s very own #filthyfcknghuman, Sertfied totes heavy beats and a larger- than-life personality. Sertified’s lyrics focus on life in Austin’s Southside, a part of Austin many people don’t regularly see. Beyond his country- rap-bass-bouncing sound, Sertified explores topics like love, addiction and having fun. He’s expected to release a new album during this year’s South By Southwest festival. You can hear Sertified’s message on his album Filthy Fcking Humans.

Date, time and location details for each of these Official SXSW showcase artists available at

T Bird & the Breaks photo courtesy of Autonomic Music. Parker McCollom photo by Christopher Durst. Quiet Company photo by Leah Muse. Sertified photo by John Castruita.


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