Status: Blowing Up
Why You Should Pay Attention: This Richmond singer-songwriter's just-released No Burden is one of 2016's best indie rock debuts. Dacus' sharply observed lyrics and her band's muscular, yet slightly fuzzy crunch feels completely lived in. The intimacy of songs like the brooding "I Don't Wanna Be Funny Anymore" and the thundering "Troublemaker Doppleganger" will entice even the most harried SXSW showgoers to lean in and listen a little bit more closely. "Hopefully when you listen to a song, you can say, 'That's me,' or 'That's someone I know' — you relate to it in a way that's cathartic," Dacus told Rolling Stone.