2018 SXSW

2018 SXSW 

Music has returned to the center stage at the annual South by Southwest festival in Austin, and that means a ton of entertaining band names.

A sampling: Illuminati Hotties, Turbo Goth, Grubby Little Hands, Criminal Hygiene, Sexy Bicycle, Elephant Gym, Mojo Juju, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets.

As always, there are plenty of similarities among the scores of bands. Some names differ by just one letter: There’s Blood, a punk band from Austin, and Bloods, a rock band from Australia. Check out Austin rock band Fanclub, and also Fangclub, a rock band from Ireland.

Punctuation marks matter as well. Just an exclamation point separates Riley! (rock group from McAllen) from Riley (rapper from New York).

Some similarities call for collaboration. Let’s hope Doe (rock band from London) and Doeman (rapper from Houston) can meet up to see The DOJO (rap group from Austin). Perhaps Missouri pop band Shy Boys could jam with Sorry Girls (pop from Montreal). GIRL SKIN (Brooklyn folk) could talk shop with Her Skin (pop from Italy).

And three bands qualify for palindrome honors: Emme (pop-electronic from Austin), Oddô (electronic from Chile) and Y O Y (electronic from Italy).

Here’s a look at a few more name coincidences and some not-at-all-serious groupings from this year’s fest.


RHYME TIME

BUHU

ReauBeau

Cha Wa

SaulPaul

Ari Chi

Ajax Stacks

Yak the Mack

The Rad Trads

DJ Hella Yella

DJ Osh Kosh

Har Mar Superstar


YOU’VE COME DOWN WITH A BAD CASE OF …

Taco Mouth

Go Fever

The Gooch Palms

Haiku Hands

Honey Lung

Hazey Eyes

Being Dead


I’D LIKE TO BUY A VOWEL

DSTR

DYGL

JSPH

GHXST

PNTHN

PLS&TY

BLXPLTN

DCNXTR


SMOKING SECTION

Nicotine

Toke

Warm Drag

Slomo Drags

Kidsmoke

Young Dutchie

The Crack Pipes


NAME AND TITLE, PLEASE

Q Da Fool

Ari the DJ

Tiggs Da Author

E.B. The Younger

Fatz The bahdguy

JayDaYoungan

John The Martyr

JP THE WAVY

Dan the Automator

Otis the Destroyer

Billy Bands Tha DJ

LEX the Lexicon Artist

P2THEGOLDMASK

PHOENIXTHEPRODUCER


SLEEPY TIME

Yawners

Jay Drowsy

Late Night Laggers

Wintersleep

SLEEPWALKERS

Nolan Potter’s Nightmare Band


LET'S TALK POLITICIANS. (NOT YOUR FAVORITE POLITICIANS. THE OTHER ONES.)

Big Phony

Phony Ppl

Gnarcissists

Red Wanting Blue

Republican Hair

Small Time Napoleon

The Unlikely Candidates


THAT SOUNDS DELICIOUS

Candy

Cherry Pickles

EggPlantEgg

Foie Gras

The Lemons

French Vanilla

Fruit & Flowers

Honey and Salt

The Oysters

Japanese Breakfast


FOR ‘STAR WARS’ FANS

Fond Han

PowerSolo

La Force

LIL YODAA

Ringo Deathstarr


ALL HAIL THE BARD

Killiam Shakespeare

The Ophelias

TEMPESST

An Author, A Poet


WHO’S A GOOD DOG?

Puppy

Bubble Puppy

PAWS

A Giant Dog

Rich Mutts

Labrador


THE DEPARTMENT OF REDUNDANCY DEPARTMENT

Palm Palm

LIA LIA

Luna Luna

Pavo Pavo

Pinky Pinky

*repeat repeat

Odonis Odonis

Trupa Trupa

Rev Rev Rev

Gong Gong Gong

Pkew Pkew Pkew


I RECOGNIZE THAT REFERENCE

Ritt Momney

Flint Eastwood

DJ Mr Rogers

Olivia Neutron-John

Merry Jane & The Fondas

Teddy and the Rough Riders


TOTES ADORBS

Catnapp

Minihorse

Baby FuzZ

Ceramic Animal

DJ Baby Roo

French for Rabbits


THE CONFIDENT ONES

Primo

iKON

A-Game

BeatKing

MC Bravado

Stallion’s Stud

Superbody

The perfect me


THE NOT-SO-CONFIDENT ONES

Lowly

Merely

Nothing

NOTS

NO WIN

The Hermits

The Pinheads

IDK


STOP TELLING ME WHAT TO DO!

Be Forest

Go Cactus

Go DJ JB

Say Sue Me

Think No Think


WE. NEED. PERIODS.

Hans.

Alfred.

The Fur.

Proper.

Sailawway.

Kalan.frfr

Numb.er


AND EXCLAMATION POINTS!

Oh Pop!

Trajano!

Treehouse!

AKAW!

KOKOKO!

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