SXSW List No. 5

NOFX, Leon Russell, and Trae Tha Truth join Iggy Pop

Yesterday, in a standalone announcement, South by Southwest confirmed the 2016 conference’s first superstar – Iggy Pop. The leathery punk visionary tests out his new band with Queens of the Stone Age leader Josh Homme at the Moody Theater on Wednesday, March 16, promoting upcoming LP Post Pop Depression.

Iggy Pop (with the Stooges) at ACL Fest 2012 (Photo by John Anderson)

Given that this won’t be the 68-year-old Muskegon, MI., native’s first time at the SXSW rodeo – he appeared solo in 1996 and with different iterations of the Stooges in 2007 and 2013 – chances favor the mid-week set not being his only performance during the festival. If there’s a David Bowie tribute similar to 2014’s star-studded Lou Reed send-off, the “Real Wild Child” slots in as a logical participant. Pop’s name appears on today’s lineup announcement, which adds another 149 showcasers to SXSW’s growing roster, now at approximately 1,256.

Other new additions include Rock & Roll Hall of Fame piano man Leon Russell, Houston rap favorite Trae Tha Truth, soul-blues man Eli “Paper Boy” Reed, and punk shit-talkers NOFX.

The latter group, who hit town late last year as Fun Fun Fun Fest headliners, made waves at SXSW 2010 when their bassist/vocalist Fat Mike, performing as his grease-painted alter ego Cokie the Clown, made an audience at Emo’s Annex believe that he had urinated in the shots of liquor handed out to the crowd. He was subsequently banned from the venue even though he revealed, a month later, that it was all a gag.

Other domestic acts added to the fray include hip indie/Americana upstarts Rayland Baxter and Robert Ellis, cartoonish punk power rangers Peelander-Z, Jewish rap humorist Lil Dicky, oft-incarcerated Chicago rapper ZMoney, and Replacements-style rockers Beach Slang.

Locally, 14 homegrown bands/artists jump into the scrum: Ben Ballinger, Broken Gold, Calliope Musicals, Expander, Jad Fair, Jack Ingram, Wande Isola, J-Nice the Kingdom Builder, Calvin Martyr, Moonlight Towers, Resistance, SaulPaul, Sugar Dirt & Sand, and Tinnarose.

Zooming out, SXSW’s international profile grows with acts pulled from 24 different country. Dark, angry techno producer Bjarki should not be confused with another Icelandic musician whose name starts with a “Bj,” while Lima, Peru’s Dengue Dengue Dengue offers another side of the EDM coin with tropical bass. Meanwhile, Armenia sends its venerable group Bambir, which mixes regional folk sounds with rock, South Africa represents with burgeoning DJ/drum duo Black Motion, and extravagant rock weirdos Cramp In Leg! arrive from Russia with love.

In the band moniker department, the Ruskies come in a distant second to Burger Records’ garage-rock barrel-scrapers, Cumstain.

Previous lists here. Another list drops next Friday.

5 Miles to Midnight (Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago)

El David Aguilar (Ciudad de Mexico,, Mexico)

Aminals (Boston, Ma.)

Ancient Warfare (Lexington, KY.)

Apache (San Francisco, Calif.)

Applejaxx (Fayetteville, NC.)

Azure Hiptronics (The Hague, Netherlands)

Baby Shakes (New York, NY.)

Bad Luck Jonathan (Chicago, IL.)

Ben Ballinger (Austin)

The Bambir (Yerevan, Armenia)

Rayland Baxter (Nashville, TN.)

Beach Slang (Philadelphia, PA.)

Dru Bex (Toronto, Canada)

Big Rob (Oklahoma City, OK.)

Bonnie Bishop (Nashville, TN.)

Bjarki (Reykjavik, Iceland)

Black Motion (Soshanguve, South Africa)

Blang (Orange County, Calif)

Blondfire (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Boogie (Compton, Calif.)

Edwin Briscoe (New York, NY.)

Broken Gold (Austin)

Bronze Radio Return (Hartford, CT.)

Tracy Bryant (Los Angeles, Calif.)

C-Micah (St Louis, MO.)

Calliope Musicals (Austin)

Car Seat Headrest (Seattle, WA.)

Chunk! No Captain Chunk! (Paris, France)

Cicada Rhythm (Athens, GA.)

Chris Colepaugh & the Crew (Moncton, Canada)

Conan (Liverpool, England)

Coral Bones (Provo, UT.)

Cozz (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Cramp In Leg! (Moscow, Russia)

Cuentos Borgeanos (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Cumstain (Oakland, Calif.)

Davido (Lagos, Nigeria)

Dega (Joshua Tree, Calif.)

Dengue Dengue Dengue (Lima, Peru)

Desampa (Såo Paulo, Brazil)

Drawing North (Nashville, TN.)

DZ (Brooklyn, NY.)

E.L. (Accra, Ghana)

El Dusty (Corpus Christi)

Robert Ellis (Houston)

Javier Escovedo (San Diego, Calif.)

Estrons (Cardiff, England)

Chad Evans (Dallas)

Evefest feat. Lisa Goe, Mandy Allyn, Emily Faulk & Jessica Cayne (Nashville, TN.)

Expander (Austin)

Jad Fair (Austin)

The Fam (Dallas)

Farao (Oslo, Norway)

Feels (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Five 2 Oh (Corpus Christi)

Gaia (Lima, Peru)

Gallant (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Ron Gallo (Philadelphia, PA.)

Geographer (San Francisco, Calif.)

Get Inuit (Sittingbourne, England)

Isaac Gracie (London, England)

The Great Discord (Linköping, Sweden)

Grenda (Tijuana, Mexico)

Guts Club (New Orleans, LA.)

Haddaway (Port of Spain, Monaco)

Hashback Hashish (New Delhi, India)

Cory Henry (Brooklyn, NY.)

Hospital Ships (Carrboro, NC.)

Jack Ingram (Austin)

Wande Isola (Austin)

Iyanya (Calabar, Nigeria)

J’son (Saint Louis, MO.)

Jarrell (San Antonio)

J-Nice the Kingdom Builder (Austin)

Larry June (San Francisco, Calif.)

Kadence (Oklahoma City, OK.)

Eryn Allen Kane (Chicago, IL.)

Keeps (Nashville, TN.)

Kif (Montevideo, Uruguay)

Krne (Oakland, Calif.)

Chelsea Lankes (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Bill Laurance (London, England)

The Lemons (Chicago, IL.)

Lil Dicky (Philadelphia, PA.)

Little Hurricane (San Diego, Calif.)

Locos Por Juana (Miami, FL.)

Los Outsaiders (Lima, Peru)

Los Viernes Swing Band (Mexico City, Mexico)

Anita Magenta (New York, NY.)

Calvin Martyr (Austin)

Dontae McFarland (San Diego, Calif.)

Mikey & the Drags (Houston)

Milk Teeth (Stroud, England)

Chris Mitchell (Houston)

J. Monty (Jonesboro, GA.)

Moonlight Towers (Austin)

The Mullens (Dallas)

Sarah Bethe Nelson (San Francisco, Calif.)

New Myths (Brooklyn, NY.)

NOFX (San Francisco, Calif.)

Florencia Núñez (Montevideo, Uruguay)

Dave Owen (Manchester, England)

Peelander-Z (New York, NY.)

Iggy Pop (Muskegon, MI.)

Pyrexx (Houston)

Q-Bik (Perth, Australia)

Raw (New Orleans, LA./Houston)

Lauren Ray (New Jersey)

Raymundo (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Eli “Paperboy” Reed (Boston, Ma.)

The Resistance (Austin)

Riothorse Royale (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Daniel Romano (Fenwick, Canada)

Leon Russell (Tulsa, OK.)

SaulPaul (Austin)

The Score (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Seven the Poet (Houston)

Sexy Zebras (Madrid, Spain)

Sheer Agony (Montreal, Canada)

Sheer Mag (Philadelphia, PA.)

Sean Simmonds (Atlanta, GA.)

Sisters (Seattle, WA.)

Smshng Hrts (Oakland, Calif.)

Sorority Noise (Hartford, CT.)

Spidergawd (Trondheim, Norway)

The Stargazer Lilies (Poconos, PA.)

Stephen (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Tanya Stephens (St. Mary, Jamaica)

Sugar Dirt & Sand (Austin)

Patrick Sweany (Nashville, TN.)

T.S.O. (Chicago, IL.)

Take Over & Destroy (Phoenix, AZ.)

Tan Frío El Verano (Barquisimeto, Venezuela)

Temi Dollface (Lagos, Nigeria)

Th3 Saga (Queens, NY.)

The Range (New York, NY.)

Tinnarose (Austin)

Trae Tha Truth (Houston)

Gil Vargas (Worcester, Ma.)

Velo de Oza (Tunja, Colombia)

Torgeir Waldemar (Oslo, Norway)

Weathers (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Hailey Whitters (Cedar Rapids IA)

Wild Wild Horses (London, England)

Michelle Willis (Toronto, Canada)

Frankie C. Wilson Jr. (Dallas)

Wrestlers (Houston)

ZMoney (Chicago, IL.)

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