The 25 Bands We’re Most Excited To See At SXSW 2012

Hey, everybody, it’s that time again! South By Southwest 2012. Are you ready? How’s your hashtag game? Can you feel the early-onset FOMO? As the Austin institution grows larger and larger, with more and more high-level acts (ahem) interjecting themselves into the fray, there’s still plenty of room for the groups that are just starting to get attention or those longing to sustain it. We’ve broken down 25 acts that we’re really excited to see at this year’s festival, from the gut-punch, guttural grunt rock of the Men to the more traditional, heartwarming hooks of Hospitality, and from the throwback, heavy-hitting vibe of the Black Hippy rap collective to the WUH-WUH-WUH-WHAAAOOOOOOOO of Skrillex. Check out the gallery for a rundown of the 25. Our Range Life party goes down late Thursday night, so head over yonder to RSVP and here to scope a playlist featuring the artists on the bill. Below, a playlist of the bands we’re most excited to see that aren’t gonna be at our party:

2:54 – “Got A Hold”

Black Hippy – Zip That Chop That

Bleached – “Searching Through The Past”

Ceremony – “Adult”

Charli XCX – “I’ll Never Know”

Danny Brown – Monopoly

Deafheaven – “Tunnel Of Trees”

Dive – “Corvalis”

Django Django – Storm

Fort Lean – Beach Holiday

Friends – “Friend Crush”

Grimes – “Genesis”

Hospitality – “Friends Of Friends”

Korallreven – “Sa Sa Samoa” (Feat. Julianna Barwick)

Light Asylum – “A Certain Person”

Lower Dens – “Brains”

Main Attrakionz – “Cloud Skatin'”

The Men – “Open Your Heart”

Mirel Wagner – “No Death”

Mr. Muthafuckin Exquire – “Huzzah!”

Peaking Lights – “Tiger Eyes (Laid Back)”

Purity Ring – “Belispeak”

Skrillex – “Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites”

TRUST – “Candy Walls”

XXXY – Kerpow