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SXSW bands coming to NYC

The big story at this year's SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas, wasn't the music but a deadly car crash outside one of the venues. Despite a sadness that hung over the festival, the music did go on. Stars such as Coldplay, Lady Gaga and Keith Urban launched new albums or tours while up-and-comers who hope to one day have a blockbuster of their own tried to get discovered, with more than 2,200 acts performing. Here are some to keep an eye out for as they make their way to New York.

Future Islands

Onstage, Future Islands' lead singer Samuel T. Herring
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Onstage, Future Islands' lead singer Samuel T. Herring is the definition of intensity. He's in constant motion, dancing and posing as his band plays synth-pop songs that add elements of R&B to the new wave of The Cure. (April 30, Webster Hall)

Originally a bedroom project of bandleader Dylan Baldi,
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Originally a bedroom project of bandleader Dylan Baldi, Cloud Nothings have grown into a powerful live act. Its fast-strummed songs merge intensity and melody in a way that will be immediately familiar to punk fans. (April 13, Music Hall of Williamsburg; April 14, Bowery Ballroom)

Danny Brown

Brown celebrated his 33rd birthday with a show
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Brown celebrated his 33rd birthday with a show at Red Bull Sound Select's Four Days in Austin party. One of the most eclectic figures in hip-hop, the rapper's music ranges from throwback to futuristic, mixing party tracks and introspection. (April 6, Bowery Ballroom; April 8, Music Hall of Williamsburg)

Real Estate

Hailing from the New Jersey suburbs, Real Estate
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Hailing from the New Jersey suburbs, Real Estate deliver indie rock minus the angst. Their songs are well-crafted, relaxed and poppy, with a slightly melancholy undercurrent and lyrics that address the transition to adulthood. Fans of Yo La Tengo and early R.E.M. should take note. (April 4, Music Hall of Williamsburg; April 5, Webster Hall)

St. Paul and the Broken Bones

This six-piece band brought a heavy dose
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This six-piece band brought a heavy dose of gospel-influenced soul to the Spotify House. Paul Janeway has incredible vocal chops honed while singing in church and a showman's flair. (March 26, Bowery Ballroom)

Wye Oak

Wye Oak built its reputation on loud guitars
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Wye Oak built its reputation on loud guitars and tender harmonies. The duo previewed tracks from its upcoming album, "Shriek," and unveiled a new sound that trades its guitars for synths and electronic effects. (May 7, Webster Hall)

Ex Hex

Ex Hex is a new trio led by
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Ex Hex is a new trio led by singer-guitarist Mary Timony, who was previously in indie-rock bands Wild Flag and Helium. Her new material is pure power pop, complete with big riffs and catchy choruses. (Thursday, Glasslands; Friday, Mercury Lounge)

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