SXSW’s Fifth Artist List
Todd Rundgren, Starcrawler and 110 more
By Kevin Curtin,
10:00AM, Thu. Jan. 25, 2018
With their most voluminous lineup drops behind them and headliners embargoed until mere days – or hours – before the conference, South by Southwest Music programmers now dish weekly micro-announcements that shift through acts bubbling up from the global underground.
Aside from a pair of notable veterans, rock virtuoso Todd Rundgren and Sugar bassist David Barbe’s latest outfit the Inward Dream Ebb, today’s announcement grows SXSW’s mosaic of emerging talent. Starcrawler, the Los Angeles quartet fusing punk, classic rock, and blues that Elton John flipped his wig over, arrives with mega hype following UK indie great Rough Trade releasing their eponymous debut LP last week. Other stateside artists of note: H-town hip-hop iconoclast Fat Tony and Dutch-born, L.A.-based pop prodigy Nick van Hofwegen, aka Young & Sick.
Festivities now just six weeks away, SXSW continues to round up a large field of locals. Fifteen homegrown artists – including oi!/anarcho punk aggressors Breakout, guitar princess Jackie Venson, recent New West Records signees Los Coast, soul movers Tomar & the FCs, and rock mystics Lord Buffalo – bring the 2018 total of Austin acts to some 140 and rising.
Otherwise, there’s always much musical intrigue from outside our border.
Today’s announcement welcomes artists from Europe, Latin America, and Asia, where a trio of Chinese acts is highlighted by Moxizishi & Jikehabu & 3He Project, which combines two well-known songwriters and an electronic producer. Also getting their passports in order are Mozes & the Firstborn, a young quartet from the Netherlands that’s evolving from Burger Records garage to smartly written, Seventies-influenced rock, and Ireland’s the Academic, who achieved viral fame last fall by exploiting the time-lag flaw of Facebook Live to create a brilliant, loop-oriented song.
Here’s the full cull:The Academic (Mullingar, Ireland) Acid House Ragas (Montreal, Canada) Belako (Mungia, Spain) Bishop Gunn (Natchez, MS.) Black Guayaba (San Juan, Puerto Rico) Blonde Maze (New York, NY.) Breakout (Austin) Brother Dege (New Orleans, LA.) Candy West (Dallas) Ceramic Animal (Philadelphia, PA.) Chastity (Whitby, Canada) Clara-Nova (Los Angeles, Calif.) Courtney Farren (Brooklyn, NY.) Creamer (Nashville, TN.) David Barbe & Inward Dream Ebb (Athens, GA.) Dayne Alexander (Chicago, IL.) Dentist (Asbury Park, NJ.) DJ Ace (London, England) DJ Baby Roo (Houston) DJ Hella Yella (Austin) DJ HerShe (Boston, MA.) Doeman (Houston) Dominican Jay (Austin) Dramatic Lovers (Milwaukee, WI.) Dvwez (Orlando, FL.) EDF (Houston) Emily Wolfe (Austin) Eric Tessmer (Austin) Ethan Kent (Dallas) EZI (New York, NY.) Fat Tony (Houston) Fire From the Gods (Austin) Florian Kupfer (Berlin, Germany) Francine Thirteen (Dallas) Genesis Blu (Houston) Gold Casio (Portland, OR.) Grace Vonderkuhn (Wilmington, DE.) Grand Rapids Soul Club (Grand Rapids, MI.) Half Stack (Oakland, Calif.) Haunted Summer (Highland Park, Calif.) Hayley Coupon (New York, NY.) Hnry Flwr (Brooklyn, NY.) Hoodlem (Melbourne, Australia) Ida Mae (Norwich, England) Idk Ariel (Bergen, Norway) Izzie Gibbs (London, England) Jackie Mendoza (San Diego, Calif.) Jackie Venson (Austin) Janiva Magness (Detroit, MI.) Jason James (Texas City) Kaela Sinclair (Los Angeles, Calif.) Kara Nichole-Robinson (San Antonio) Kayla Freeman (Austin) Kelela (Washington, D.C.) King Tucka (Austin) Kitten (Brooklyn, NY.) Kotomi (Long Beach, Calif.) KP Tha Profit (San Antonio) Kyle Craft (Portland, OR.) Ley Line (Austin) Life (Sheffield, England) Linda Lee (Berlin, Germany) Little Destroyer (Vancouver, Canada) Livingmore (Los Angeles, Calif.) Lord Buffalo (Austin) Los Coast (Austin) The Lulls (San Diego, Calif.) Many Rooms (Houston) Margaret Chavez (Austin) Masha (Belgrade, Serbia) Memories in Broken Glass (San Antonio) Monoplasma (Los Angeles, Calif.) Moonrise Nation (Chicago, IL.) Motorcade (Dallas) Moxizishi & Jikehabu & 3He Project (Beijing, China) Mozes & the Firstborn (Eindhoven, Netherlands) Mr. Frankie Wilson (Dallas) Neil Frances (Los Angeles, Calif.) Ness Nite (Minneapolis, MN.) Odetta Hartman (Washington, D.C.) Ohmme (Chicago, IL.) Oh, Rose (Olympia, WA.) Papooz (Paris, France) Passeport (Cincinnati, OH.) Renata Zeiguer (Brooklyn, NY.) Ryan Culwell (Nashville, TN.) SassyBlack (Seattle, WA.) Second Hand Rose (Beijing, China) Señor Loop (Panama City) Shelita Burke (Los Angeles, Calif.) Shy Speaks (Dallas) Simon Grossmann (Miami, FL.) Skratch Bastid (Toronto, Canada) Sons of the East (Sydney, Australia) Starcrawler (Los Angeles, Calif.) Stove (Newtown, CT.) Stuyedeyed (Brooklyn, NY.) Subhi (Chicago, IL.) Sun June (Austin) Teddy & the Rough Riders (Nashville, TN.) The Fam (Dallas) Todd Rundgren (Los Angeles, Calif.) Tomar & the FCs (Austin) Tyro the Epic (Dallas) Valvai (Santiago, Chile) Vanilla Summit (Richmond, VA.) Warren Wolfe (Sinking Spring, PA,) Worldwide (San Antonio) Xiaoxia & Mr. Asbo & Soulspeak (Beijing, China) The Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers (Soldiers Grove, WI.) Yori Swart (Amsterdam, Netherlands) Young & Sick (Los Angeles, Calif.)