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So much Free Week, so little time? Here are five bands to check out

So much Free Week, so little time? Here are five bands to check out

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Hundred Visions
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The Frontier Brothers
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Marmalakes
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Sip Sip
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We’ll admit it: The Free Week schedule lists so many local (and sometimes unknown) bands, it’s almost as overwhelming as looking at a SXSW schedule.

But before going into a tailspin and panicking about how crazy March is going to be, take a deep breath and check out these five bands that are making waves in the Austin music scene and beyond. We’d venture to bet you’ll like these guys so much that you’ll soon be webpages-deep into researching who else to see.

Sip Sip, Jan. 3

Heavy on orchestration and born out of Mother Falcon, Sip Sip is a many-member band that looks cute and feels good.

See this if you like horn sections and house parties.

The Frontier Brothers, Jan. 7

The electro-rock group has gained steam on the SXSW and CMJ circuits over the past few years. Owing to their amount of practice, the band delivers a really tight performance.

See this if you want to bop like a teenager.

Marmalakes, Jan. 7

Charming bluesy-folk music that allows its musicians to demonstrate just how skilled they are at their individual crafts.

See this if you wish you were born in yesteryear.

Hundred Visions, Jan. 7

A little bit psychedelic a little bit garage rock, Hundred Visions was recently picked up by MTV Hive and spread around the interwebs for good reason.

See this if you’ve got a meandering mind.

Parking, Jan. 8

It’s been debated over and over whether Austin has a well-supported hip-hop scene. If you’re part of the legion that thinks it’s dead, these guys might change your mind.

See this if you were super bummed when Eyedea died (and you even know what I'm talking about).

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On January 1 – 8, 2012, Free Week shows will take place at all the Red River staples — Mohawk, Red 7, Club Deville, Stubb’s — plus Beauty Bar, ND, Antone’s, Skinny’s Ballroom and other venues in town.