South by Southwest is only a few days away and we’ll be in Austin bringing you updates of the most interesting things happening in music, film and the interactive industry.
SXSW Music Festival hosts a curated mix of artists performing in bars, clubs, parks, churches, hotels, and more in the Live Music Capital of the World. It is a unique way to discover and rediscover artists from all genres. With a list of over a 1000 acts from 63 countries it was hard but we have selected a list of up-and-coming artists as well as more established acts you’ll definitely need to catch live if you’re attending to SXSW. Check it out below.
@Trinity Warehose Mar 15, 2018 12:00am — 12:45am
The now five time Grammy-nominated El Paso, Tx. native’s breatkout single “Location” was an instant hit. Now he will showcase his talents, and the gorgeous melodies and poetic lyrics from his acclaimed 2017 album ‘American Teen’.
2. Current Joys
@Barracuda Backyard Mar 14, 2018 7:45pm — 8:15pm
@Mohawk Indoor Mar 16, 2018 11:00pm — 11:40pm
Current Joys is the solo project of LA-based songwriter Nicholas Rattigan that brings his audio and visual pursuits together. His guitar lines and synths in songs like “Fear” — from a new, self-directed “visual album” titled A Different Age — reflect on the underbelly of modern life and are sure to make an impact at SXSW.
3. Princess Nokia
@Clive Bar Mar 15, 2018 11:00pm — 11:40pm
If you haven’t heard Princess Nokia’s record 1992, you’re missing on one of the best hip-hop albums of the last couple years. Her 90’s throwback references make her a force to be reckoned with in the genre.
@Barracuda Backyard Mar 14, 2018 9:25pm — 9:55pm
Crumb began as a collaborative project between guitarist and vocalist Lila Ramani and a few of her friends that evolved into a blend of soulful instrumentation with delicate psychedelic sounds. Having released a critically well-received EP earlier this year, Crumb is sure to deliver an exciting performance at SXSW.
5. Wycleaf Jean
@Highland Lounge Mar 15, 2018 12:30am — 1:50am
Grammy award-winning member of the Fugees, Wycleaf Jean, is ready to rock his live set at SXSW. His music has been a consistently powerful, pop cultural force for over two decades, so if you haven’t seen him perform live, now’s your chance.
6. Lo Moon
@Radio Day Stage Austin Convention Center Mar 16, 2018 1:00pm — 1:40pm
@Trinity Warehouse Mar 16, 2018 10:00pm — 10:30pm
Lo Moon are a pop/rock emsemble known for delivering ethereal guitar work, yearning lyrics, and sparkling electronics. They have plans to release new music this year so we can’t wait what they bring to this year’s edition of SXSW.
7. Andrew W.K.
@Hotel Vegas Patio Mar 14, 2018 11:15pm — 12:00am
Andrew W.K. returns to the stage with his full band for the first time in five years to deliver the total live concert experience. As he readies the release of a brand new album of rock music, his first in over a decade, it’s safe to say, nobody has partied harder, longer or more fervently than the undisputed King of Partying himself.
@Cheer up Charlie’s Mar 15, 201 88:20pm — 8:50pm
@Lucille Mar 16, 2018 9:00pm — 9:40pm
Australian based Harriet Pilbeam – aka- Hatchie- will make her U.S. debut at SXSW 2018 and we can’t wait to see what she brings to the table. Her debut single “Try” has been streamed hundreds of thousands of times and earned spots on Spotify’s Viral Chart, Top 40s and Best Of playlists; and, her debut EP ‘Sugar & Spice‘, will be out later this spring.
9. Cold War Kids
@Banger’s Mar 14, 2018 12:00am — 12:40am
California-based indie rockers Cold War Kids will bring to SXSW a set that embraces influences as diverse as Bob Dylan, Billie Holiday, Jeff Buckley, and the Velvet Underground
10. Cut Copy
Initially a bedroom recording project by Whitford, Cut Copy evolved into a full-fledged band whose songs songs have been licensed for use in television, games and commercials, including FIFA 18, Chevrolet, Netflix, Amazon and Levi’s® #LiveinLevis campaign. We can’t wait to see what their performance at SXSW will bring.
11. Dashboard Confessional
@The Gatsby Mar 15, 2018 12:30am — 1:30am
Veterans Dashboard Confessional will bring their experience to SXSW; they have been making music for over two decades. Their new album ‘Crooked Sahdows’ explores Carraba’s reclamation of the simple yet extraordinary moments in life that long stood as the unsung heroes of his songwriting, as he reflects on experiences of his own and those closest to him.
12. Death Bells
@Barracuda Mar 13, 2018 8:00pm — 8:40pm
@720 Club Patio Mar 15, 2018 9:45pm — 10:25pm
If you are a fan of post-punk revival, then Death Bells most certainly needs to be on your itinerary at this year’s festival. This six-piece combines all the classic elements from your favorite post punk groups like Joy Division, Tears for Fears and Depeche Mode, adding a just the right touch of indie elements to keep it fresh.
13. Jade Bird
@Elysium Mar 13, 2018 10:00pm — 10:40pm
@British Music Embassy at Latitude 30 Mar 14, 20189:00pm — 9:40pm
Jade Bird is a confident artist and a distinctive new voice. she’s here to make an impresion with her debut EP Something American. She will showcase her songwriting and the distict sound that blends vintage country with a modern sound at the SXSW stage, don’t miss it!
@The Iron Bear Mar 17, 2018 11:00pm — 11:40pm
Gender-bending Middlespoon is steering pop music away from its heteronormative traditions and making the best music you’ve heard. Party the pain away with them at SXSW as they take on issues from patriarchy to transphobia and turn a protest march into a block party.
15. Naked Giants
@Lamberts Mar 14, 2018 9:30pm — 10:10pm
@Javelina Mar 15, 2018 1:00am — 1:40am
Formed in 2015, the Seattle trio – guitarist/vocalist Grant Mullen, bassist/vocalist Gianni Aiello and drummer Henry LaVallee – put out debut EP R.I.P. the following year and have been steadily building up their reputation as a live act in the meantime, and having as much fun as possible while doing it.
16. Pale Waves
@British Music Embassy, Latitude 30 Mar 13, 2018 11:00pm — 11:40pm
@Empire Control Room Mar 14, 2018 12:00am — 1:00am
Pale Waves will delight fans at SXSW with their self-described ‘Honest, pop music’ as they to love to mix elements of ’80s pop into their dreamy, sparkling sound.
17. Public Access TV
@Seven Grand Mar 14, 2018 10:00pm — 10:40pm
@Barracuda Mar 16, 2018 10:45pm — 11:25pm
Public Access TV will come to SXSW to present their sophomore album ‘Street Safari’. Don’t miss their set, armed with a plethora of songs they’d written documenting the tumultuous last few years of their lives.
@Stubb’s Mar 14, 20188:20pm — 9:00pm
@British Music Embassy at Latitude 30 Mar 14, 2018 8:20pm — 9:00pm
The aptly named Superorganism draws members from all over the world in the pursuit of the perfect mashup. In their own words, they are a “non-stop power house” that will bring their talents and rock the house down at SXSW 2018.
19. Pussy Riot
@The Main Mar 13, 2018 7:15pm — 7:55pm
@The Belmon Mar 14, 2018 12:00am — 12:40am
The Russian femenist collective will take on the SXSW stage to combine performance art and a concert in an extremely political way. Don’t miss Pussy Riot’s performance, which will include Nadya Tolokonnikova among other Pussy Riot’s member whose identity was unfortunately and abruptly revealed after her arrest for performing 35 seconds of the Punk Prayer “Virgin Mary, Put Putin Away” in Moscow’s Savior’s Cathedral in 2012.
20. Sudan Archives
@Mohawk Indoor Mar 12, 2018 8:00pm — 8:45pm
@Radio Day Stage Austin Convention Center Mar 14, 2018 4:00pm — 4:40pm
@Empire Garage Mar 16, 2018 11:30pm — 12:00am
Brittney Denise Parks, aka Sudan Archives, is a Los Angeles based avant-garde artist; she sings and plays the violin. Her music is a unique hybrid of R&B, Sudanese fiddlers, experimental electronic music, and West African rhythms so her performance at SXSW 2018 is definitely one you shouldn’t miss.