SXSW List No. 4

Dan Auerbach’s father and 118 other acts

As the new year picks up speed, so too does South by Southwest. From now until the music free-for-all begins the third week of March, the conference will release a list a week until the 2,000-plus acts winnow down to the headliners. Today’s drop of 119 confirmed showcasers includes 27 locals.

Josh T. Pearson (Photo by Piper Ferguson courtesy of Mute Records)

From Austin mainstays – psych pioneers Bubble Puppy, Brit-pop doppelgängers Cotton Mather, and platinum hitmakers Fastball – to Austin Music Award Hall of Famers of mañana (Greyhounds, the Deer, Julia Lucille), the contemporary scene comes well represented. Uniquely homegrown indie rock from Kay Odyssey balances with more musically organic natives such as marimba orchestra Rattletree, Colombian funk troupe Superfónicos, and post-folk ascension from Little Marzan, aka banjo-wielding singer-songwriter Lindsey Verrill.

Also listed as an ATXer is Lift to Experience figurehead Josh T. Pearson, who follows up 2011 solo debut Last of the Country Gentlemen with The Straight Hits! from ultra hip and prescient UK indie Mute Records. By contrast, it still smarts to see Okkervil River’s place of residence listed as anywhere other than here.

Country queen Rita Coolidge, a One World Theatre regular, and rising rocker Ron Gallo dot a couple notables from outside the city limits, but one particular name pops out on surname alone. In 2016 at the age of 66, Chuck Auerbach debuted both live and on a record produced, recorded, and performed on by his son. Spin-off acts go with rock like its partner roll, and the Black Keys frontman giving rise to his father probably isn’t a first in the wild-n-woolly genre, but now’s the time to get out the music trivia experts for modern parallels.

In the meantime, here’s the three previous lists to peruse alongside the new one:

1982 (Diecinueve Ochenta y Dos) (Cuenca, Ecuador)

3 Hand Stephen (Portland, OR.)

Ainsley Farrell (Newport Beach, Calif.)

Alice Phoebe Lou (Berlin, Germany)

Lauren Ashley & the Trainwreckers (Griffin, GA.)

Bang Data (Oakland, Calif.)

Belle Adair (Florence, AL.)

Benyaro (Jackson, WY.)

Billy Strings (Nashville, TN.)

Boss Street Brass Band (Austin)

Breaking Forms (Boston, MA.)

Bruno Belissimo (Brescia, Italy)

Bubble Puppy (Austin)

The Buttertones (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Caitlyn Smith (Cannon Falls, MN.)

Caseroloops (Barquisimeto, Venezuela)

Chelsea Williams (Columbus, OH.)

Chico Chico (Austin)

Chuck Auerbach (Akron, OH.)

Collapsing Stars (Minneapolis, MN.)

Common Deer (Toronto, Canada)

The Commonheart (Pittsburgh, PA.)

Cotton Mather (Austin)

Cuddle Magic (New York, NY.)

Current Joys (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Curtis McMurtry (Austin)

Dark Time Sunshine (Seattle, WA.)

The Deer (Austin)

Descartes A Kant (Guadalajara, Mexico)

Dimpker Brothers (Västervik, Sweden)

Dizzy (Oshawa, Canada)

DJ Dollar Senegal (Dakar, Senegal)

Duncan Fellows (Austin)

Egrets on Ergot (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Caleb Elliott (Natchitoches, LA.)

Emma White (Nashville, TN.)

Fastball (Austin)

Ghost Twin (Winnipeg, Canada)

Girlyboi (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Greyhounds (Austin)

Greys (Toronto, Canada)

Grounders (Toronto, Canada)

Harry Zimm (Denton)

Harvey McLaughlin (San Antonio)

Henry Brun & the Latin Playerz (San Antonio)

Ian Moore (Austin)

Inheaven (London, England)

Jack Freeman (Houston)

James Swanberg (Chicago, IL.)

John Jacob Magistery (Montreal, Canada)

Josh T. Pearson (Austin)

Julia Lucille (Austin)

Kard (Seoul, South Korea)

Katie von Schleicher (Brooklyn, NY.)

Kay Odyssey (Austin)

Kids N Cats (Vienna, Austria)

Kolars (Los Angeles, Calif.)

La Cuneta Son Machín (Managua, Nicaragua)

The Lagoons (Austin)

La Misa Negra (Oakland, Calif.)

Lee Hi (Bucheon, South Korea)

Lip (Austin)

Little Mazarn (Dallas)

Lizzie No (Brooklyn, NY.)

Lo Country (Austin)

Los Chinchillos Del Caribe (Puerto Rico)

Mako (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Marrón (Acapulco, Mexico)

Maurice Kirya (Kampala, Uganda)

Motel Raphael (Montréal, Canada)

Mountain Time (Austin)

Mr Gabriel (Nashville, TN.)

Mr. Paradise (Villa Duarte, Dominican Republic)

Näm (Austin)

Night Moves (Minneapolis, MN.)

Nite (Dallas)

Nix (Dakar, Senegal)

Nox Boys (Blawnox, PA.)

Okkervil River (New York, NY.)

Panic Priest (Chicago, IL.)

Parsonsfield (Leverett, MA.)

Pearl Earl (Denton)

Plastic Pinks (Miami, FL.)

Ponytrap (Austin)

Pow Pow Family Band (New York, NY.)

R3LL (Irvington, NJ.)

Rattletree (Austin)

Remna Schwarz (Praia, Cape Verde)

Rita Coolidge (Nashville, TN.)

Ron Gallo (Nashville, TN.)

The Rubilators (Austin)

Sahad & the Nataal Patchwork (Dakar, Senegal)

Salomón Beda (Miami, FL.)

Samurai Champs (Saskatoon, Canada)

Sarahmée (Montreal, Canada)

Sara Ontaneda (Queens, NY.)

Sharkmuffin (Brooklyn, NY.)

Shred Kelly (Fernie, Canada)

Silvina Moreno (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Slenderbodies (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Sons of Bill (Charlottesville, VA.)

Southern Avenue (Memphis, TN.)

Special Explosion (Seattle, WA.)

Sun Parade (Northampton, MA.)

Superfónicos (Austin)

Tank Washington (Austin)

Tiga (Paris, France)

Torino Black (Austin)

United Ghosts (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Vandoliers (Dallas)

Victim Mentality (Seoul, South Korea)

Video Age (New Orleans, LA.)

Vista Kicks (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Western Youth (Austin)

Whitney Rose (Austin)

Wilder Maker (Brooklyn, NY.)

Will Varley (Deal, England)

Zack Keim (Blawnox, PA.)

Zero Balas (Lima, Peru)

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SXSW 2018 List No. 4, SXSW Music, Josh T. Pearson, Lift to Experience, Bubble Puppy, Cotton Mather, Fastball, the Dee, Greyhounds, Julia Lucille, Rattletree, Superfónicos, Little Marzan, Lindsey Verrill, Kay Odyssey, Dan Auerbach, Chuck Auerbach, Black Keys

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