20. Youth Lagoon
After generating considerable blog buzz with his 2011 debut The Year of Hibernation, Youth Lagoon mastermind Trevor Powers is back with Wondrous Bughouse, his second collection of insular, hypnotic lo-fi pop songs. It's an enveloping mix of guitars and weird synthesizer sounds, paired with lyrics inspired, Powers has said, by "the human psyche and where the spiritual meets the physical world." SXSW kicks off a tour that takes Youth Lagoon across the country through June 5th, when Powers opens for the National at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.