4 SXSW Pop Artists Worth Seeing

South by Southwest Music is the largest music festival of its kind. The festival offers artist-provided music and video samples of featured artists via their YouTube channel. Musicians such as Skrillex, Katy Perry, and LCD Soundsystem all performed at this festival well before they became leaders in the music scene. With a multitude of genres being showcased all week, we’ve compiled a mini must-see list of pop artists who will be performing this year. From Dream Pop to electropop, we’re highlighting talent who are quickly making their names known in pop music. Here are four artists worth seeing at this years SXSW Music festival, which will take place March 9-17.
GØLDN
Los Angeles-based singer GØLDN has been slowly releasing music and covers on SoundCloud for the past two years. His latest single, “Used To” is an upbeat snare-filled track that I have not stopped listening to. Not only does GØLDN play his own instruments, he also writes and co-produces his own music. He plays a variety of genres including but not limited to pop, alternative and R&B. Check out GØLDN's SoundCloud account here.
GØLDN SXSW Date:
3/14 - Palm Door on Sabine at 9:45pm
Used To
Cuco
Hawthorne, CA native Omar Banos, who performs as Cuco, is a first-generation Mexican American artist who sings love songs. His double-tracked vocals are soothing and dreamy in a distinct way. In an interview with LA Weekly, he told them “It’s cool to be in your feelings and it’s cool to be sad and it’s cool to feel all of these things.” You can find out more about Cuco and his upcoming shows here.
Cuco SXSW Dates:
3/15 - Banger's at 10pm
3/16 - Mohawk Outdoor at 12am
Sunnyside
Billie Eilish
When electropop singer Billie Eilish released her debut single, “Ocean Eyes” in 2015, the track went viral and racked up over 35 million streams on Spotify. Born and raised in Los Angeles, the singer-songwriter has been compared to Lorde for her dark style and deep lyrics. By age 14, Billie was signed with Interscope Records and is quickly making herself known in the pop music scene. Billie’s North American tour starts tomorrow and her shows are mostly sold-out. For more information, click here.
Billie Eilish SXSW Dates:
3/14 - Central Presbyterian Church at 11:20pm
3/15 - Mohawk Outdoor at 9pm
3/15 - Palm Door on Sixth at 12:05am
3/16 - Lustre Pearl at 10pm
Ocean Eyes
Kotomi
Kotomi is an artist, composer and producer from Long Beach, CA. Her brand of ethereal pop has its own distinctive voice that has been spotlighted on Pitchfork, Spotify’s "New Music Friday" and Sirus Radio. In addition, Kotomi composes music for advertisements, television and film. Kotomi is her mother’s Japanese name. Learn more about Kotomi here.
Kotomi SXSW Date:
3/15 - The Sidewinder Inside at 10:35pm
Ooh La La
If you're going to SXSW, check out what these artists have to offer. If not, make sure to give them a listen. Here's to discovering new artists!

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Last updated: 11 Dec 2018, 11:24 Etc/UTC