SXSW Adds to Music Roster

Imarhan, Minus the Bear, Joan of Arc, Charlotte Day Wilson, and 152 more

October has been a busy month for South by Southwest. The organization executed the inaugural South by South Lawn at the White House, their environmental conference SXSW Eco wraps up today in Austin, and now it’s time to share their first big list of Music Conference artists.

Imarhan (Photo by Julien Bourgeois)

Among the 156 acts set to perform in Austin March 13-17 are indie math rockers Minus the Bear, Canadian R&B minimalist Charlotte Day Wilson, Algerian desert groovers Imarhan, indie pop group the Drums, and Tommy Stinson’s post-Replacements alt-rock group Bash & Pop.

Other notable artists on the early roster include Pro Era rap crew founder CJ Fly, lo-fi folk songwriters Girlpool, electronic R&B artiste Autre Ne Veut, ’Bama rockers Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires, and Blackbear/Mike Posner collabo Mansionz. Also slotting into the festival: bilingual, sax-fueled political punks Downtown Boys, indie pop duo Pure Bathing Culture, garage-rock songman Ron Gallo, Sub Pop signees Lvl Up, young Houston rappers Trill Sammy and Dice Soho, lunar post-punks Meat Wave, and bluesy screamers 4onthefloor.

From Latvia to London, the fest always draws heavily from an international base, so global acts stamping their passports in anticipation of the March melee include Cuban rapper/songstress La Dame Blanche, Scotland pop-punk favorites Paws, Finnish pop singer Alma, Aussie guitar-pop group Thigh Master, Tel Aviv-based Arab/African trad music twisters Yemen Blues, English electro-pop balladeer Sohn, Mexico City stoner rock duo Cardiel, and German pop artist Roosevelt.

Thirteen acts pull from Austin’s crowded music scene, most famously southern rockers Band of Heathens and platinum rock/pop hit-makers Fastball. Other local acts on the docket: David Ramirez, Blind Pets, Whitney Rose, Moving Panoramas, Blue Healer, Lincoln Durham, Emily Wolfe, William Harries Graham, Missio, Tamarron, and mouthful act Letting Up Despite Great Faults.

Expect roughly nine more batches of lineup announcements between now and March, with the most famous acts being unveiled shortly before the festival hits. Artists interesting in throwing their hats into the spring scrum, make haste. The deadline for SXSW submissions ends October 21.

Here’s the full list:

The 4onthefloor (Minneapolis, MN)

Aero Flynn (Eau Claire, WI)

Annabel Allum (Guildford, England)

Alma (Helsinki, Finland)

AluviÓn Afrobeat Pacifico (Bogota, Colombia)

Aquilo (London, England)

Ary (Oslo, Norway)

Autre Ne Veut (Brooklyn, NY.)

Aye Nako (Brooklyn, NY.)

Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires (Birmingham, AL.)

The Band of Heathens (Austin)

Bash & Pop (Hudson, NY.)

BeatKing (Houston)

Be Charlotte (Dundee, Scotland)

Michael Bethany (Dallas)

Big Phony (Seoul, South Korea)

Birthh (Florence, Italy)

Biznaga (Madrid, Spain)

David Blanco (La Habana, Cuba)

The Blind Pets (Austin)

Blue Healer (Austin)

Busty & the Bass (Montreal, Canada)

Cardiel (Mexico City, Mexico)

Carnival Youth (Riga, Latvia)

The Ceremonies (Sherman Oaks, Calif.)

Jorge Chafey (San Juan, Puerto Rico)

Chastity Belt (Seattle, WA.)

CJ Fly (Brooklyn, NY.)

Closeness (Omaha, NE.)

Kweku Collins (Evanston, IL.)

Charlie Cunningham (Leighton Buzzard, England)

DakhaBrakha (Kiev, Ukraine)

Dardust (Ascoli Piceno, Italy)

Deep State (Athens, GA.)

Manu Delago Handmade (London, England)

Delicate Steve (Frendon, NJ.)

Downtown Boys (Providence, RI.)

Draper (Sevenoaks, England)

The Drums (New York, NY.)

The Dumplings (Zabrze, Poland)

Lincoln Durham (Austin)

Elle Exxe (Edinburgh, Scotland)

Fastball (Austin)

Ripp Flamez (Cleveland, OH.)

Flamingods (London, England)

Flasher (Washington, D.C.)

Future Generations (Brooklyn, NY.)

Future Thieves (Nashville, TN.)

Ron Gallo (Nashville, TN.)

Sam Gellaitry (Stirling, Scotland)

The Gift (Alcobaca, Portugal)

Girlpool (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Giungla (Bologna, Italy)

William Harries Graham (Austin)

Gurr (Berlin, Germany)

Half Waif (Brooklyn, NY.)

Heat (Montreal, Canada)

Hiccup (New York, NY.)

High Up (Omaha, NE.)

Hollerado (Toronto, Canada)

The Hollowbodies (Toronto, Canada)

Ider (London, England)

Imaginary Tricks (Brooklyn, NY.)

Imarhan (Tamanrasset, Algeria)

Joan of Arc (Chicago, IL.)

Kaiydo (Orlando, FL.)

Amy Klein (Brooklyn, NY.)

Kroy (Montréal, Canada)

Kučka (Perth, Australia)

La Dame Blanche (Pinar Del Rio, Cuba)

Ladyhawke (Masterton, New Zealand)

Letting Up Despite Great Faults (Austin)

SG Lewis (Reading, England)

Lng/Sht (Cancún, Mexico)

Lowell (Toronto, Canada)

Lvl Up (Brooklyn, NY.)

Madame Gandhi (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Mahogany (Philadelphia, PA.)

Mail the Horse (Brooklyn, NY.)

Mansionz (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Måntra (London, England)

Meat Wave (Chicago, IL.)

Yael Meyer (Santiago, Chile)

Middle Kids (Sydney, Australia)

Raul Midón (Columbia, MD.)

Minihorse (Ypsilanti, MI.)

Mint Field (Tijuana, Mexico)

Minus the Bear (Seattle, WA.)

Missio (Austin)

The Moms (Morris Plains, NJ.)

Moor Mother (Philadelphia, PA.)

Morenito de Fuego (Monterrey, Mexico)

Mothers (Athens, GA.)

Moving Panoramas (Austin)

Mozart’s Sister (Montreal, Canada)

My Expansive Awareness (Zaragoza, Spain)

Naked Giants (Seattle, WA.)

The National Parks (Provo, UT.)

Native Young (Cape Town, South Africa)

The New Respects (Nashville, TN.)

Brett Newski (Milwaukee, WI.)

Now, Now (Minneapolis, MN.)

Oh Honey (Brooklyn, NY.)

Outer Spaces (Baltimore, MD.)

Overcoats (New York, NY.)

Palm (Philadelphia, PA.)

Paws (Glasgow, Scotland)

Pinact (Glasgow, Scotland)

Pines (Adelaide, Australia)

Plush (San Francisco, Calif.)

Priests (Washington, D.C.)

Michael Prins (Haarlem, Netherlands)

Pronoun (Brooklyn, NY.)

Pure Bathing Culture (Portland, OR.)

Qawalistan (Islamabad, Pakistan)

David Ramirez (Austin)

Ramirez Exposure (Valencia, Spain)

Riel (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

River Whyless (Asheville, NC.)

Roosevelt (Cologne, Germany)

Whitney Rose (Austin)

L.A. Salami (London, England)

Sammus (Ithaca, NY.)

Satellite Stories (Oulu, Finland)

Scotty ATL (Atlanta, GA.)

Señor Loop (Panama City, Panama)

Joana Serrat (Vic, Spain)

Shaded (Los Angeles, Calif.)

She-Devils (Montreal, Canada)

Sohn (London, England)

Dice Soho (Houston)

The Spook School (Edinburgh, Scotland)

C.W. Stoneking (Melbourne, Australia)

St. Tropez (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Superglu (Colchester, England)

Supermoon (Vancouver, Canada)

Sweat (London, England)

Lucía Tacchetti (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Tamarron (Austin)

Tancred (Minneapolis, MN.)

Tess & Dave (Huntington Beach, Calif.)

Thigh Master (Brisbane, Australia)

This is the Kit (Bristol, England)

Trill Sammy (Houston)

Tristen (Nashville, TN.)

The Undercover Dream Lovers (Brooklyn, NY.)

Vant (London, England)

Anna Von Hauswolff (Gothenburg, Sweden)

Weird Black (Rome, Italy)

Candy West (Dallas)

Whyjae (Houston)

The Wild Reeds (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Charlotte Day Wilson (Toronto, Canada)

Frankie C. Wilson Jr. (Dallas)

Emily Wolfe (Austin)

Yemen Blues (Tel Aviv, Israel)

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