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Editor's Picks: Five Artists to Watch at SXSW 2015!

The SXSW Music festival is just around the corner and as we gear up for our annual trip to Austin, Texas, there have been some artists on the showcase line up who we're already pretty stoked to be looking out for. The event has long been known for being a platform for up and coming acts to draw in a larger fan base, to turn industry heads and to then go on to form larger international profiles for themselves and just by taking a sweeping look at the sheer amount of talent on the SXSW Music line up this year, we can safely say the class of 2015 is going to follow suit. Below are just five artists I'm going to be checking out in coming weeks...

The first Converse Fader Fort SXSW artist announcement sees Passion Pit, Bleachers & more confirmed to perform!

And the FADER Fort line up for SXSW 2015 have begun rolling out! These parties are always incredibly popular and have some amazing and eclectic artists gracing the stage during the multi-day event and this year is no different. The Converse presented event returns to Austin from March 18th-21st and has released just some of the names confirmed to perform.

Meg Mac, Remi, Kirin J Callinan and more added to the SXSW Music line up!

SXSW have released another round of musicians from around the world who will be joining the massive music program as part of their 2015 program overnight, featuring a strong line up of Australian artists who are sure to make their impact in Austin next March! Included on SXSW Music's third round are the likes of Meg Mac, Remi, Kirin J Callinan and Tkay Maidza, while on an international level, punters can be expecting the likes of Circa Waves, Best Coast, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Marina and the Diamonds to showcase!

the AU interview at Lollapalooza: Jack Antonoff of Bleachers (New York) talks 'Strange Desire' & a love for Chicago!


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Following on from a popular set which brought the sun out from behind the clouds at Grant Park, Jack Antonoff spoke with Sose at Lollapalooza about the 2014 with his new project, Bleachers. With his debut album under the name, Strange Desire, released and doing great things in the US, Antonoff reflects on his history with Chicago, bringing the album to life and his own desire to get back to Australia in the near future.

Festival Review: Lollapalooza (Day Three) ft. Bleachers + Cage the Elephant + Flume + Kings of Leon - Grant Park, Chicago (03.08.14)

The gates opened for the final time at Grant Park today and by this stage, everyone was used to the heat. Sure, we sweated it out. But at this point, we were on the final round of Lolla and with only 11 hours to go, we were all in it for the long haul. The weather gods had other plans however, and soon the site was transformed into a muddy mess of a festival ground. No one cared though, if anything, it gave people even more of a reason to get loose.

Album Review: Bleachers - Strange Desire (2014 LP)

I saw maybe five minutes of Bleachers' performance in Texas earlier in the year at SXSW, definitely not enough to form any kind of opinion of a band. I knew the basics. The band was the new project of fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff and as still a baby of band, releasing debut single "I Wanna Get Better" this February. The debut album from the New York 'power-indie' act, Strange Desire, is out now and came as a complete blindside for me. Without a doubt, this album is one of my favourites of 2014 and I think before long, Bleachers will be a name many are going to be switching on to.

SXSW 2014 Photo Gallery: mtvU Woodie Awards Festival - LAZ Parking Lot (13.03.14)

The annual mtvU Woodie Award Festival featured a diverse lineup of up coming artists such as Wild Cub, Echosmith, Bleachers, London Grammar, Sam Smith, Phantogram and American Authors. Photos by Johnny Au.