Last week's South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, was a nearly nonstop onslaught of bands, with performances ranging all levels of recognition from Miley Cyrus to complete unknowns. Here, the Billboard staff picks its seven favorites from the week.
On paper, the Accidentals -- a rootsy trio from Traverse City, Mich. -- seem like a tough pick to click. Until you hear 'em, at least. The group gave SXSWers plenty of chance to do that, with at least 10 shows ranging from an official showcase to day parties, displaying a genre-hopping range of influences and some smart songwriting skills to go with their abundant musical chops. Marshall Crenshaw, a hook-meister himself, is helping the group with new material now, so it'll be no accident when the Accidentals build on the friendships it made down in Austin.