SXSW 2013: 20 Must-See Acts

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

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Parquet Courts
Ben Rayner5/20

5. Parquet Courts

Like a modern version of the Modern Lovers, Brooklyn rockers Parquet Courts sing idiosyncratic songs about offbeat topics, which often seem to involve getting, or being, stoned. For all their deadpan appeal, the band's music is deceptively complex on tunes that punctuate knotted riffs with bursts of noise – which isn't to say that their song "Stoned and Starving," from last year's Light Up Gold, won't end up being the simplest call-and-response anthem of SXSW.

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