Second Big SXSW Music List

Nile Rodgers, Modern English, Cool Kids, and 204 more added

Increasingly integrated music, film, and technology conference now just 115 days away, South by Southwest unloads another big batch of programming – headlined by the local granddaddy of all festivals' second 2017 Music keynote: Nile Rodgers.

Beach Slang principal James Alex at Sound on Sound Fest earlier this month (Photo by David Brendan Hall)

The guitarist/producer, who anchored disco-era mega stars Chic, steps up to the podium Wednesday, March 15, at the Austin Convention Center to give five decades of perspective on the music industry. The New York native produced David Bowie’s Let’s Dance and Madonna’s career-making Like a Virgin in the Eighties – the former famously featuring Stevie Ray Vaughan – the Vaughan BrothersFamily Style in the Nineties, and has remained transcendent in recent years, collaborating with Avicii, Disclosure, and Daft Punk. That’s his guitar in the latter’s smash “Get Lucky.”

Rodgers adds to a crew of Music Conference keynoters that already includes radio/TV personality and producer Zane Lowe.

This morning’s announcement also adds 206 acts to the SXSW Music roster, which in addition to last month’s list, now counts up to 362 performers – a fraction of the roughly 2,000 artists showcasing March 10-19. Notable names on list No. 2 include New Wave melters Modern English, recently reformed Illinois rap duo the Cool Kids, UK psych tribe Temples, and Philly post-alt-rockers Beach Slang.

As is the case with SXSW’s early announcements, this talent drop pulls heavily from international ranks, giving them ample time to get their passports and travel plans in order. Today’s musical outpouring springs from 26 countries, Greenland hip-hop (Uyarakq x Peand-el x Tarrak) to German classical electronica (Sven Helbig). Australia sends up Sub Pop-signed power-janglers Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Argentina imports indie pop singer-songwriter Tei Shi, Venezuela flies in rap from Apache, as does South Korea with XXX, Israel exports eclectic urban songwriter Noga Erez, and from the musical hotbed of Berlin comes Oum Shatt and their dramatic post-punk surf rock.

Stateside attractions include Sunset, a new project from Braid co-captain Chris Broach, plus Bad Religion frontman/scientist Greg Graffin, sprightly Portland hip-hopper Aminé, Secretly Canadian-approved heavy dream-pop band Cherry Glazerr, California pop intrigue Billie Eilish, and the lyric-driven R&B of Stella – daughter of Latin guitar wizard Carlos Santana.

The conference, founded locally in 1987, adds a dozen Austin artists to the scrum: pop sophisticate Walker Lukens, rising stoner riffers Greenbeard, sitar phemon Indrajit Banerjee, colorful psych-folkers Calliope Musicals, bluegrass burners Wood & Wire, deep lyrical rockers Quiet Company, soulful garage rockers Plantation Band, haunting indie songstress Jess Williamson, Beatlesque cult band Cotton Mather, homegrown reggae lions the Mau Mau Chaplains, gospel powerhouse Shedrach Rowry & the Levites, and grungy noise punk trio Residual Kid.

Dig into the full list:

Federico Albanese (Berlin, Germany)

Ali Aka Mind (Bogotá, Colombia)

Altre di B (Bologna, Italy)

Aminé (Portland, OR.)

Apache (Cara, Venezuela)

Aries (Bilbao, Spain)

Artificial Pleasure (London, England)

Autobahn (Leeds, England)

Avi Buffalo (Long Beach, Calif.)

Baskery (Stockholm, Sweden)

Beach Slang (Philadelphia, PA.)

Jean-Michel Blais (Montreal, Canada)

The Blind Suns (Angers, France)

Betty Bonifassi (Quebec, Canada)

Boulevards (Raleigh, NC.)

The Britanys (New York, NY.)

Brodka (Warsaw, Poland)

Caddywhompus (New Orleans, LA.)

Calliope Musicals (Austin)

Charlotte Cardin (Montreal, Canada)

Josh Cashman (Melbourne, Australia)

Catholic Action (Glasgow, Scotland)

The Chamanas (El Paso)

Glen Check (Seoul, South Korea)

Cherry Glazerr (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Chinah (Copenhagen, Denmark)

Gabriella Cohen (Melbourne, Australia)

Cold Specks (Toronto, Canada)

Communist Daughter (Minneapolis, MN.)

Complete (Fort Worth)

The Cool Kids (Chicago, IL.)

Cotton Mather (Austin)

Dark Times (Oslo, Norway)

Dawg Yawp (Cincinnati, OH.)

Dead Leaf Echo (New York, NY.)

Death Valley Girls (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Dem Yuut (Minneapolis, MN.)

Desert Mountain Tribe (London, England)

Die Heiterkeit (Hamburg, Germany)

The Dig (Brooklyn, NY.)

Dirty Lungs (Birmingham, AL.)

Dizzyride (New York, NY.)

DJ Yoda (London, England)

Dream Wife (London, England)

Dude York (Seattle, WA.)

Dyan (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Sergio Echenique (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic)

Edison (Denver, CO.)

Billie Eilish (Highland Park, Calif.)

El Tambor de la Tribu (Guatemala City, Guatemala)

Noga Erez (Tel Aviv, Israel)

Eska (London, England)

False Advertising (Manchester, England)

False Witness (New York, NY.)

The Family Crest (San Francisco, Calif.)

Fickle Friends (Brighton, England)

Field Mouse (Philadelphia, PA.)

The Fin. (Tokyo, Japan)

Flor (Hood River, OR.)

The Fontaines (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Future Elevators (Birmingham, AL.)

Gabylonia (Caracas, Venezuela)

Gang (Brighton, England)

GoGo Penguin (London, England)

Gona (Caracas, Venezuela)

Greg Graffin (New York, NY.)

Greenbeard (Austin)

Nick Hakim (Washington, D.C.)

Halfalib (Milan, Italy)

Hanba! (Krakow, Poland)

Aldous Harding (Christchurch, New Zealand)

The Heart Collectors (Murwillumbah, Australia)

Heck (Nottingham, England)

Hector (Berlin, Germany)

Sven Helbig (Dresden, Germany)

Oliver Heldens (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Her’s (Liverpool, England)

Hi-Lo (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

His Clancyness (Bologna, Italy)

Hockey Dad (Wollongong, Australia)

Ian Sweet (Brooklyn, NY.)

Indrajit Banerjee (Austin)

Jah9 (Trelawny, Jamaica)

Andrew Jansen // Loud Sun (Minneapolis, MN.)

Jared & the Mill (Phoenix, AZ.)

Alice Jemima (Exeter, England)

Wesley Jensen & the Penny Arcade (Denton)

Jim & Sam (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Meilyr Jones (Aberystwyth, Wales)

Joywave (Rochester, NY.)

Yussef Kamaal (London, England)

Hayley Kiyoko (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Klyne (Eindhoven, Netherlands)

Sarathy Korwar (London, England)

La Habitación Roja (Valencia, Spain)

Ciaran Lavery (Aghagallon, Ireland)

Chad Lawson (Charlotte, NC.)

Luna Lee (Seoul, South Korea)

Jennie Lena (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Lewis Del Mar (Rockaway Beach, NY.)

Lianna (Bogotá, Colombia)

Liniker e os Caramelows (São Paulo, Brazil)

Living Body (Carleton, MI.)

Lois (Madrid, Spain)

Los Reyes Vagos (Guatemala City, Guatemala)

Lovespeake (Oslo, Norway)

Walker Lukens (Austin)

Holly Macve (Brighton, England)

Magnolian (Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia)

Mal Blum & the Blums (Brooklyn, NY.)

Mansionair (Sydney, Australia)

Mau Mau Chaplains (Austin)

Damien McFly (Padova, Italy)

Menace Beach (Leeds, England)

Bridgit Mendler (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Modern English (London, England)

The Molochs (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Monareta (Bogotá, Colombia)

Moses Boyd Exodus (London, England)

Mr. Blaky (Mazatlán, Mexico)

Mt. Wolf (London, England)

Mullally (Norfolk, England)

Muncie Girls (Exeter, England)

The Mystery Lights (Brooklyn, NY.)

Native Dancer (London, England)

Neon Bunny (Seoul, South Korea)

New Portals (Belfast, Ireland)

No Joy (Montreal, Canada)

Nombe (Heidelberg, Germany)

Nothing for Breakfast (Florence, Italy)

Novedades Carminha (Santiago De Compostela, Spain)

Ofeliadorme (Bologna, Italy)

Tunde Olaniran (Flint, MI.)

Omni (Atlanta, GA.)

Orkestar Kriminal (Montreal, Canada)

Oum Shatt (Berlin, Germany)

The Parrots (Madrid, Spain)

Perro (Murcia, Spain)

Phoria (Brighton, England)

Pixx (Chipstead, England)

Plantation Band (Austin)

Polock (Valencia, Spain)

Pwr Bttm (New York, NY.)

Quiet Company (Austin)

Rainbrother (Copenhagen, Denmark)

Rat Fancy (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Raymundo (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Reigning Days (Torquay, England)

Residual Kid (Austin)

Robocobra Quartet (Belfast, Ireland)

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever (Melbourne, Australia)

Roselit Bone (Portland, OR.)

SadGirl (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Saint (Malmö, Sweden)

Joel Sarakula (London, England)

Shedrach Rowry & the Levites (Austin)

Shinobi Ninja (Brooklyn, NY.)

Silvastone (London, England)

Simian Ghost (Stockholm, Sweden)

Slaves UK (London, England)

Noah Slee (Berlin, New Zealand)

Slingshot Dakota (Bethlehem, PA.)

Sløtface (Oslo, Norway)

Small Time Giants (Copenhagen, Denmark)

Caitlyn Smith (Nashville, TN.)

The Sore Losers (Hasselt, Belgium)

Sorne (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Special Explosion (Seattle, WA.)

Stay (Barcelona, Spain)

Stella (Bay Area, Calif.)

Sun & the Wolf (Berlin, Germany)

Sunset (Chicago, IL.)

Sweet Crude (New Orleans, LA.)

SX (Kortrijk, Belgium)

Tarmac (Medellin, Colombia)

Tei Shi (Vancouver, Canada)

Tempers (New York, NY.)

Temples (Kettering, England)

Ten Bears (Madrid, Spain)

Tender (London, England)

Ten Tonnes (Hertford, England)

Tiger! Shit! Tiger! Tiger! (Foligno, Italy)

Triangulo de Amor Bizarro (La Coruña, Spain)

Tribu Baharu (Bogotá, Colombia)

Ultimate Painting (London, England)

United Vibrations (London, England)

Uyarakq x Peand-el x Tarrak (Nuuk, Greenland

Valley Hush (Detroit, MI.)

Vargas (Caracas, Venezuela)

Mariana Vega (Miami, FL.)

Verdiana Raw (Firenze, Italy)

Vérité (New York, NY.)

David Vincent (Georgetown)

Madisen Ward & the Mama Bear (Independence, MO.)

Lewis Watson (Oxford, England)

Weaves (Toronto, Canada)

Whitest Taino Alive (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic)

Wildwood Kin (Exeter, England)

Jess Williamson (Austin)

Windy City (Seoul, South Korea)

Wintertime (Orlando, FL.)

Wood & Wire (Austin)

XXX (Seoul, South Korea)

Yonaka (Brighton, England)

Kristeen Young (New York, NY.)

Yung Beef (Barcelona, Spain)

The Zephyr Bones (Barcelona, Spain)

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