SXSW List No. 6

Ghostland struts, Suzanne Vega strums, Pat Benatar speaks

With South by Southwest’s Music Conference just 40 days and nights away, artist announcements now arrive like clockwork. Today’s batch of 156 acts brings the total to an estimated 1,412 and includes ATX electro-pop warriors Ghostland Observatory, hyper-literate folkie Suzanne Vega, and four-time Grammy-winner Pat Benatar and hubby Neil Giraldo.

Ghostland Observatory performing last summer in San Marcos at Float Fest (Photo by David Brendan Hall)

The latter pair of soul mates, who revisit the Moody Theater on Feb. 25, aren’t slated to showcase musically, but will instead sit for one of SX’s featured interviews. The hitmakers field questions from USA Today’s Mike Snider on Wednesday, Mar. 16, at the Austin Convention Center.

This morning’s additions add Vampire Weekend side-project Baio, Philly rockers Creepoid, Texas metal survivors Drowning Pool, Oakland garage punks Shannon & the Clams, and Brooklyn dream poppers Small Black. The foreign contingent is doubly intriguing with buzzing Euro rappers Woodie Smalls (Belgium) and Jay Prince (England), Jamaica’s Atlantic Records signee Kranium, German ambient musicians Kreidler, and South Korean reggae artist Windy City.

No typo in those last six words.

Locally, Ghostland Observatory leads a list of 24 homegrown acts, some of whom, like county-folk songwriter Carson McHone, spiritually enlightened rappers Riders Against the Storm, indie folkies Jamestown Revival, trust fund punks Yuppie Pricks, blues brothers Amplified Heat, sophisticated pop vocalist Walker Lukens, songwriter supreme Michael Fracasso, and vibey native Suzanna Choffel, already enjoy regional recognition. The new list also taps Rob Baird, Paul Cauthen, Dirty Little Blondes, Duhrdy, Girl Pilot, Harddrive, Melat, John Mills Times Ten, Loki, Danny Malone, Rick Pino, Collin Shook, Tomar and the FCs, and Jackie Venson.

To last week’s name download, add:

AlunaGeorge (London, England)

Shirlette Ammons (Durham, N.C.)

Amplified Heat (Austin)

Baby E (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Baio (London, England)

Rob Baird (Austin)

David Bashta (Atlanta, Ga.)

Beau (New York, N.Y.)

Big Thief (Brooklyn, N.Y.)

The Blind Shake (Minneapolis, Minn.)

Myke Bogan (Portland, Ore.)

V Bozeman (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Henry Brun & the Latin Playerz (San Antonio)

Canon (Atlanta, Ga.)

Cappa (Nashville, Tenn.)

Carlson (Brooklyn, N.Y.)

Paul Cauthen (Austin)

Suzanna Choffel (Austin)

Julia Cole (Nashville, Tenn.)

Conquer Divide (Detroit, Mich.)

Creepoid (Philadelphia, Pa.)

Da Truth (Philadelphia, Pa.)

Trinity Dawson (Houston)

AJ DeGrasse (San Diego, Calif.)

Dirty Little Blondes (Austin)

DJ B-Hen (Baltimore, Calif.)

DJ Hershe (Boston, Mass.)

Phillie Doja (Lafayette, La.)

Drowning Pool (Dallas)

Duhrdy (Austin)

Dwagie (Tainan, Taiwan)

The Early Reset (Nashville, Tenn.)

Andrew Ehrenzeller (Florida)

Etch (San Bernardino, Calif.)

Everything Everything (Manchester, England)

Fade Up Fade Out Bye Bye (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Kari Faux (Little Rock, Ark.)

Flor (Hood River, Ore.)

Axel Flovent (Reykjavik, Iceland)

Michael Fracasso (Austin)

Frisco (London, England)

Ghostland Observatory (Austin)

Girl Pilot (Austin)

Antonette Goroch (Oakland, Calif.)

GS (Houston)

Guilla (Houston)

Clareta Haddon (Detroit, Mich.)

Hail the Sun (Chico, Calif.)

Harddrive (Austin)

Harriet (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Brett Harris (Durham, N.C.)

Horsepowar (Vancouver, Canada)

Hugo (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Indolore (Paris, France)

In the Whale (Denver, Colo.)

Irawniq (Grand Rapids, Mich.)

Isasha (La Horquetta, Trinidad & Tobago)

Iska Dhaaf (Brooklyn, N.Y.)

Jamestown Revival (Austin)

Justin Jarvis (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)

John Mills Times Ten (Austin)

Kamau Kenyatte (New York, N.Y.)

K Camp (Milwaukee, Wis.)

Kind (Nashville, Tenn.)

Kranium (Montego Bay, Jamaica)

Kreidler (Berlin, Germany)

Mon Laferte (Mexico City, Mexico)

Cash Lansky (Tucson, Ariz.)

Lao (Mexico City, Mexico)

Little Fyodor (Denver, Colo.)

Loki (Austin)

Lolo (Jackson, N.Y.)

Los Tetas (Santiago, Chile)

Alice Phoebe Lou (Kommetjie, South Africa)

Irie Love (Kailua, Hawaii.)

Walker Lukens (Austin)

Alexx Mack (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Danny Malone (Austin)

Margeaux (New York, N.Y.)

Billie Marten (Ripon, England)

Carson McHone (Austin)

Mean Jeans (Portland, Ore.)

Melat (Austin)

Message to the Masses (Tucson, Ariz.)

Milo (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Derek Minor (Nashville, Tenn.)

Mitre (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Molina y Los Cosmicos (Castillos, Uruguay)

Monogem (Los Angeles, Calif.)

More or Les (Toronto, Canada)

Muuy Biien (Athens, Ga.)

New Madrid (Athens, Ga.)

Night Dials (London, England)

Onry Ozzborn (Seattle, Wash.)

Orpheu the Wizard! (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Oshi (London, England)

Tiffany Parker (Seattle, Wash.)

Peppina (Helsinki, Finland)

Phone Call (Portland, Ore.)

Rick Pino (Austin)

PJ (Greenboro, N.C.)

Rozi Plain (London, England)

Playa Fly (Memphis, Tenn.)

Pom Poms (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Profiles (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Prawn (Ridgewood, N.J.)

Jay Prince (London, England)

Public Memory (Brooklyn, N.Y.)

Quaker City Night Hawks (Fort Worth)

Riders Against the Storm (Austin)

V. Rose (Sacramento, Calif.)

John Wesley Satterfield (Nashville, Tenn.)

Trapper Schoepp (Milwaukee, Wis.)

Serko Fu (Gomez Palacio, Mexico)

Shannon & the Clams (Oakland, Calif.)

Shaprece (Seattle, Wash.)

The Shivas (Portland, Ore.)

Collin Shook (Austin)

Sick of Sarah (Minneapolis, Minn.)

Small Black (Brooklyn, N.Y.)

Smino (St. Louis, Mo.)

Corey Smith (Jefferson, Ga.)

Sons of An Illustrious Father (Brooklyn, N.Y.)

Spec (Sacramento, Calif.)

Phebe Starr (Sydney, Australia)

The Statesboro Revue (New Braunfels)

Stolar (Brooklyn, N.Y.)

Stolas (Las Vegas, Nev.)

The Surreal McCoys (Washington, D.C.)

Luke Sweeney (San Francisco, Calif.)

Tangerine (Seattle, Wash.)

Bryann T (Corpus Christi)

Tekno (Ebonyi State, Nigeria)

Texiyama (Tokyo, Japan)

Thaddeus Anna Greene (Cleveland, Ohio.)

Them Vibes (Nashville, Tenn.)

Thi’sl (St. Lois, Mo.)

Joan Thiele (Milan, Italy)

Tijuana Panthers (Long Beach, Calif.)

Tomar & the FCs (Austin)

Tourista (Lima, Peru)

ToyGuitar (San Francisco, Calif.)

Sofi Tukker (New York, N.Y.)

Suzanne Vega (New York, N.Y.)

Jackie Venson (Austin)

Virtue (New Orleans, La.)

Wasiu (Montreal, Canada)

The Whistles & the Bells (Nashville, Tenn.)

Windy City (Seoul, South Korea)

Woodie Smalls (Sint-Niklaas, Belgium)

Young Noah (Atlanta, Ga.)

YTCracker (Colorado Springs, Colo.)

Yung Gordon (Miami, Fla.)

Yuppie Pricks (Austin)

Miles Zuniga (Austin)

Zutzut (Monterrey, Mexico)

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