SXSW Preview – Catching Bands I-M

PreviewSXSW 23 Catching Bands I-M

Nearly halfway through just some of the bands you’d want to see at SXSW this year. There seems to be a large number of Irish band’s on my radar. Plus, there’s a unique Ukrainian artist visiting Texas.

Manchester, England
Schedule for IST IST

IST IST, a rock band from Manchester, England, heads to SXSW to share music from their new album, Protagonists. The quartet founded their own record label, Kind Violence Records. Always impressive, and even more so as they did this during the pandemic.

IST IST – photo by Tom White – Black Rock Creative


Jaguar Jonze
Brisbane, Australia
Schedule for Jaguar Jonze

Jaguar Jonze (Deena Lynch) released her debut album, BUNNY MODE, last year. The Australian rocker/singer-songwriter is never afraid to share her art and opinions.

Jaguar Jonze – photo by She is Aphrodite


Berlin, Germany
Schedule for Jealous

Last year, Jealous, a Berlin, Germany trio asked the musical question “Why Can’t I Touch It?” That track, by the way, is a Buzzcocks cover. They have their own music, but I think they fit very well with Buzzcocks.

Jealous – photo by Kek Discreto


Khmelnytskyi, Ukraine
Schedule for KRUTb

Ukraininan KRUTb (Maryna Kurt ) will make her American debut at SXSW. A player of the bandura, a Ukrainian instrument, KRUTb is also a singer. In a recent post, KRUTb sang, Instead of the sounds of city sirens, sing me beautiful songs/We will all wake up one day from spring and good news.

KRUTb – photo from KRUTb’s Facebook


Manchester, England
Schedule for Larkins

Another Manchester, England band. JCOY, the band’s first album, found them working with Thomas Bangalter of Daft Punk, and producers such as Alex H.N. Gilbert (Freya Ridings) and Dan Nigro (Olivia Rodriquez).



Lorelei K
Dallas, Texas
Schedule for Lorelei K

Ah yes, here’s none other than Texas’ Lorelei K. Her Bandcamp describes her as avant-pop, a genre that sounds mighty good to me. The prolific, Dallas-based singer-songwriter performed at last year’s Dallas Pride.

Lorelei K


Dublin, Ireland
Schedule for milk.

Indie quartet from Dublin, Ireland’s milk. has a few scheduled in America this March, including a stop at SXSW. Actually, the band revealed in Bodega Nottingham that these will be their first dates in America ever.

milk. – photo by Nicholas O’Donnell

Drogheda, Ireland
Schedule for modernlove

It’s another group from Ireland! What’s going on in Ireland? modernlove describes themselves as pop/rock, that fits, and means they have a wider appeal. BTW, this is one of the bands that has a show in Seattle (March 24th @ Madame Lou’s).

modernlove – photo from modernlove’s Facebook


mui zyu
London, England
Schedule for mui zyu

Hongkonger/British mui zyu (Eva Liu) has a brand new album out called Rotten Bun for an Eggless Century. By new, I mean it just was released last week. That has to be one of my favorite album names for this year. Loads of genres joining in her work.

mui zyu photo fro mui zyu’s Facebook