SXSW 2013: 20 Must-See Acts

Make room in your schedule, between the beer and barbecue, for these bands

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Neil Krug

Frontman Ruban Nielson started Unknown Mortal Orchestra as a basement recording project before the New Zealand native moved to Portland, Oregon, and recruited bassist Jacob Portrait and drummer Greg Rogove to bring the songs to life. After a buzzed-about LP in 2011, the trio returned last month with their second album, II, a collection of spacious, loose-knit songs laced with reverb-y vocals and swirling washes of guitar. "I put more thought into arrangements. The songs kind of take you on more of a journey," Nielson told Rolling Stone earlier this year. 

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