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SXSW 2013′s Best and Worst Band Names


South-by never sleeps. The crew here at Do512 usually starts getting our SX strategy in place in November, ensuring that we’re somewhat prepared for the onslaught of party details and band announcements that start popping up in January. That means by this point, a week before the festival pops off, we have looked over just about every SXSW party, official showcase, and artist roster we can manage.

After scouring the list of thousands (and thousands) of SXSW 2013 performing artists, we stumbled upon quite a few band names that caught our attention. Some are good (Anamanaguchi rolls right off the tongue), some are bad (JFK Didn’t Even See It Coming? Really?), and some are just plain forgettable (put some stank on it, Shoes.) We gathered some of the best, worst, weirdest, and ballsiest band names we could find, and put them here for your scrutiny.

The Good:

  1. Wordburglar (Toronto, Canada)
  2. Captain Squeegee (Tempe, Arizona)
  3. Cosmic Suckerpunch (Los Angeles, California)
  4. Fuck Art, Let’s Dance! (Hamburg, Germany)
  5. David Hasselhoff on Acid (Kansas City, Kansas)
  6. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard (Carlton, United Kingdom)
  7. Peggy Hsu (Taipei, Taiwan)
  8. Anamanaguchi (Brooklyn, New York)
  9. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (Oxford, United Kingdom)
  10. Unstoppable Death Machines (Brooklyn, New York)
  11. Maximum Hedrum (Los Angeles, California)
  12. Tommie Sunshine & Disco Fries (Brooklyn, New York)
  13. Mutilation Rites (Brooklyn, New York)
  14. Nü Sensae (Vancouver, Canada)
  15. Not In The Face (Austin, Texas)
King Gizzard or Lizard Wizard himself

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard himself

The Bad:

  1. JFK Didn’t Even See It Coming (Columbus, Ohio)
  2. ASSACRE (Austin, Texas)
  3. Cumstain (Oakland, California)
  4. Shit And Shine  (United Kingdom)
  5. Goatwhore (New Orleans, Louisiana)
  6. OFWGKTA (Los Angeles, California)
  7. UUVVWWZ (Lincoln, Nebraska)
  8. BADBADNOTGOOD (Toronto, Canada)
  9. Octa#grape (San Diego, California)
  10. Come See My Dead Person (Texas City, Texas)
Photo via Cumstain

Photo via Cumstain

The Boring:

At least the bad band names leave an impression. And if you wanted to find Cumstain on the internet, you likely wouldn’t have to look far. The following band names, however, suffer from a severe lack of adjectives. And Googleability. Why couldn’t your band name be Death Shoes? Or Blouse Fire? (Feel free to use those, by the way. We don’t mind.)

  1. Brown Shoe (Folsom, California)
  2. Family (Brooklyn, New York)
  3. Houses (Chicago, Illinois)
  4. Blouse (Portland, Oregon)
  5. Kisses (Los Angeles, California)
  6. ME (Melbourne, Australia)
  7. Minerals (Warsaw, Poland)
  8. NO (Los Angeles, California)
  9. Pool (Hamburg, Germany)
  10. Races (Los Angeles, California)
  11. Shoes (Kenosha, Wisconsin)
  12. Sunglasses (Savannah, Georgia)
  13. Water Tower (Portland, Oregon)
  14. Pan (Columbia, South Carolina)
  15. BOY (Hamburg, Germany)

The Swiss-German pop duo known as BOY

This especially sticks in our craw here at Do512. For example, there’s apparently some band named “Lady” performing at SXSW. Our system does its best job to interpret what artist that might be, in order to generate a band profile and gig calendar for them. The more generic your band name, the more confused our system gets.

For example, a search for “Lady” brought back some hilariously varied results. They are apparently a New York-based mixture of k-pop, gangster rap, Lady Gaga and Kenny Rogers. But hey, at least we got to got an opportunity to jam some sweet Kenny Rogers and Lionel Richie today.

For further reading, check out this old Tumblr page started by DoStuff founder Scott Owens circa 2010. It’s just a blog about band names, inspired by Comanche Abortion.

Bear in Heaven with Blouse and Doldrums @The Parish 04/24/12

Bear in Heaven is a Brooklyn-based electronic pop band led by the strong, yet soothing vocals of Jon Philpot. This trio, also consisting of Adam Wills and Joe Stickney, is a rock band at its core, but their songs are paired with psychedelic beats, which makes for a full-bodied sound that will hold any audience member captivated. Their 2010 album “Beast Rest Forth Mouth” received the “Best New Music” award from Pitchfork Media. That’s pretty amazing! Their newest album that was released in March 2012, “I Love You, It’s Cool,” has been been met with rave reviews and the songs create an atmosphere that is truly otherworldly.

The band’s music can hold you motionless, enraptured by the mellow pop or it can have you dancing up a storm, depending on which track you play. It is this versatility that makes Bear in Heaven a great band. They are playing with Blouse and Doldrums on April 24 at the Parish, which is one of my favorite concert venues in Austin. So, whether you are an avid fan of Bear in Heaven or newly introduced, the Parish is the perfect place to see them! Click here for a chance to win a pair of free tickets! Click here to buy tickets in advance.