Second SXSW 2019 Band List

Black Midi, Jealous of the Birds, Deerhunter, and 247 others

Black Midi hasn’t yet released a song. Nevertheless, following a benediction from fellow London youths Shame and a brief video clip, the British press now touts them as the best band in the UK’s capital city. As such, they epitomize South by Southwest’s second band list, which is notably light on star power, but flush with emerging European talent.

Tameca Jones on home turf at Fiesta Gardens for the 2018 Austin Ice Cream Festival (Photo by John Anderson)

The sprawling Music conference, running March 11-17 throughout Austin, also invited back emergent Irish siren Naomi Hamilton, who performs as Jealous of the Birds, and the Comet Is Coming, a London trio whose beat-heavy sound incorporates jazz, funk, dub, and electronics. Additionally featured on the festival’s second cull of 2019 showcasers are Madrid’s atmospheric electro-pop act Delaporte, hushed and sensitive Rotterdam pop/rock outfit Luwten, avant rockers Trupa Trupa from Poland, and the brash, lo-fi pop of Sweden’s ShitKid.

Non-Euros getting their passports stamped include a buzzy pop urbana collective from Monterrey called Aquihayaquihay, young Sydney singer/pianist Odette, who owns a complex modern pop sound and huge potential, and the shimmering, moaning, indie rock of fellow Aussies Vacations. Banku genre pioneer Mr. Eazi leads a group of Nigerian artists coming in for the event, which also welcomes electronic rock group the Lemons from Mongolia.

Atlanta indie favorites Deerhunter, who recently released the single “Death in Midsummer,” lead a list of stateside artists that includes Caitlyn Smith – the pop/rock/country songwriter enjoying solo success after years of penning songs for the likes of John Legend and Garth Brooks – primo rough roots balladeer William Elliott Whitmore, moody Chicago dance pop duo Drama, Rose City post-punks Soft Kill, melodic rock veterans Versus, and psychedelic cumbia unit Combo Chimbita.

Locally, regret pop charmers Sun June, Holodeck Records-issued shoegaze brooder Grivo, R&B wonder Tameca Jones, and singer/songwriter/rapper Harry Edohoukwa lead a list that also counts Barbara Nesbitt, Deezie Brown, Dual Core, Hard Proof, Mr. Kitty, the Mammoths, Phoebe Hunt & the Gatherers, Rattletree, and Single Lash.

Here’s the whole enchilada:

Acid Tongue (Seattle, WA.)

A Deer a Horse (Brooklyn, NY.)

Adekunle Gold (Lagos, Nigeria)

Afrotronix (Montreal, Canada)

Agrupación Cariño (Mexico City)

Algobabez (Leeds, England)

Alternate Sound (Lagos, Nigeria)

American Werewolf Academy (Dallas)

Amor Elefante (Banfield, Argentina)

Anatii (Bhisho, South Africa)

Angelica Garcia (Richmond, VA.)

Aquihayaquihay (Monterrey, Mexico)

Aries (Vigo, Spain)

Asterism (Fukuoka, Japan)

Avalanche Party (Castleton, England)

Babii (Margate, England)

Barbara Nesbitt (Austin)

Belisha Beacon (Leeds, England)

Bellows (Brooklyn, NY.)

Black Midi (London, England)

Bloxx (London, England)

Boom Boom Kid (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Boraj (Santiago, Chile)

The Bright Light Social Hour (Austin)

Broncho (Tulsa, OK.)

The Brummies (Nashville, TN.)

Buck Gooter (Harrisonburg, VA.)

Caitlyn Smith (Cannon Falls, MN.)

Cassper Nyovest (Johannesburg, South Africa)

Catnapp (Berlin, Germany)

Chai (Nagoya, Japan)

Chastity (Whitby, Canada)

Chiu Pi (Taiwan)

Cifika (Seoul, South Korea)

City of the Sun (Brooklyn, NY.)

The Colors (Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia)

Combo Chimbita (Brooklyn, NY.)

The Comet Is Coming (London, England)

Construction & Destruction (Port Greville, Canada)

Cumulus (Seattle, WA.)

The Curls (Chicago, IL.)

Current Affairs (Glasgow, Scotland)

Curse of Lono (London, England)

Daniel Brandt (Berlin, Germany)

Darling West (Oslo, Norway)

Das Body (Oslo, Norway)

Dead Soft (Vancouver, Canada)

Death by Unga Bunga (Moss, Norway)

Deerhunter (Atlanta, GA.)

Deezie Brown (Austin)

Delaporte (Madrid, Spain)

Denise le Menice (Perth, Australia)

Devon Church (New York, NY.)

The Dirty Nil (Dundas, Canada)

DJ Kess (Sekondi Takoradi, Ghana)

DJ Rosegold (Toronto, Canada)

Doe (London, England)

Doeman (Houston)

Drama (Chicago, IL.)

Dramatic Lovers (Milwaukee, WI.)

Dream Catchers Dance Academy (Ikorodu, Nigeria)

Dual Core (Austin)

Duo Bud (Seoul, South Korea)

Dylan Cartlidge (Redcar, England)

E.L. (Accra, Ghana)

Eggplantegg (Taiwan)

Ehsan Matoori (Dallas)

Elder Island (Bristol, England)

Elephant Gym (Taiwan, Taiwan)

El Gallo (Santiago, Chile)

Emerson Snowe (Brisbane, Australia)

Fade (Grand Rapids, MI.)

Falz the Bahdguy (Lagos, Nigeria)

Farao (Oslo, Norway)

Fatherson (Glasgow, Scotland)

Field Trip (Los Angeles, CA.)

Flint Eastwood (Detroit, MI.)

Flower (New York, NY.)

Foie Gras (San Francisco, CA.)

Frijo (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Fuglar (Santiago, Chile)

Gallops (Wrexham, Wales)

Goodbye Honolulu (Toronto, Canada)

Graham Van Pelt (Toronto, Canada)

Grandchildren (Philadelphia, PA.)

Grivo (Austin)

Grupo Rebolu (Whitestone, NY.)

Gurr (Berlin, Germany)

Haiku Hands (Sydney, Australia)

Hard Proof (Austin)

Harry Edohoukwa (Dallas)

Homie (Medellín, Colombia)

Honey Lung (London, England)

I Know Leopard (Sydney, Australia)

I Mean Us (Taiwan)

Indianola (Nashville, TN.)

In Mirrors (Vancouver, Canada)

Irene Ntale (Kampala, Uganda)

Island (London, England)

Ivan Dorn (Kiev, Ukraine)

Jaydayoungan (Bogalusa, LA.)

Jealous of the Birds (Belfast, Ireland)

Jerry Paper (Los Angeles, CA.)

J.M. Stevens (Austin)

Joel Eel (Toronto, Canada)

Jona Camacho (Bogota, Colombia)

Jonathan Bree (Auckland, New Zealand)

Jordan Moser (Austin)

Jo Schornikow (Melbourne, Australia)

Joshua Burnside (Belfast, Ireland)

Juan Celofán (Santiago, Chile)

Julie Odell (New Orleans, LA.)

Kagwe Mungai (Nairobi, Kenya)

Kapil Seshasayee (Glasgow, Scotland)

Katy Kirbyv (Spicewood)

Kojaque (Dublin, Ireland)

Komorebi (New Delhi, India)

Laura Misch (London, England)

Lazy Day (London, England)

The Lemons (Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia)

Lex the Lexicon Artist (Taipei, Taiwan)

Liily (Los Angeles, CA.)

Living Hour (Winnipeg, Canada)

Lizzie & the Makers (New York, NY.)

Lord Esperanza (Paris, France)

Los Gaiteros de Ovejas (Ovejas, Colombia)

Los Nastys (Madrid, Spain)

Lucy Spraggan (Buxton, England)

Luwten (Rotterdam, Netherlands)

Mabiland (Medellin, Colombia)

Magic Potion (Stockholm, Sweden)

The Mammoths (Austin)

Marta Pereira da Costa (Lisbon, Portugal)

Mascarimiri (Muro Leccese, Italy)

Michael Olivera Group (Madrid, Spain)

Million Miles (London, England)

Missions (Los Angeles, CA.)

Moonwalk (Detroit, MI.)

Mr. Kitty (Austin)

Mr Eazi (Lagos, Nigeria)

The Muffinz (Johannesburg, South Africa)

Munya (Saguenay, Canada)

Murray A. Lightburn (Montreal, Canada)

My Skin Against Your Skin (Taipei, Taiwan)

Nadine Shah (South Shields, England)

Nancy (London, England)

Natalia Norte (Iquique, Chile)

Native Sun (New York, NY.)

Natos y Waor (Madrid, Spain)

Novelist (London, England)

No Win (Los Angeles, CA.)

Oddó (Santiago, Chile)

Odette (Sydney, Australia)

Orions Belte (Bergen, Norway)

Oscar Jerome (London, England)

Otb Fastlane (Houston)

The Other End (Bergen, Norway)

The Pearl Harts (London, England)

Phoebe Hunt & the Gatherers (Austin)

Pip Hall (Preston, England)

Pleasure Jams (Brooklyn, NY.)

Powers Pleasant (Brooklyn, NY.)

Prism Bitch (Albuquerque, NM.)

Profligate (Los Angeles, CA.)

Public Practice (New York, NY.)

The Qualitons (Budapest, Hungary)

Rascalton (Glasgow, Scotland)

Rattletree (Austin)

Recycled J (Madrid, Spain)

Regallily (Tokyo, Japan)

Renick Bell (Tokyo, Japan)

Rev Rev Rev (Modena, Italy)

Roe (Derry, Ireland)

Rose Droll (San Francisco, CA.)

Royal Canoe (Winnipeg, Canada)

Sad Cops (Denton)

Salma Sky (Lusaka, Zambia)

Sam DeRosa (Poughkeepsie, NY.)

Sam Eagle (Colchester, England)

Sam Fender (Newcastle Upon Tyne, England)

Schaffer the Darklord (New York, NY.)

Scott Yoder (Seattle, WA.)

Sebastian Romero (Mexico City)

Seyi Shay (Lagos, Nigeria)

Shirazee (Bronx, NY.)

Shitkid (Stockholm, Sweden)

Shy Boys (Kansas City, MO.)

The Sick Things (Montreal, Canada)

Single Lash (Austin)

Sloppy Jane (Brooklyn, NY.)

Smokey Brights (Seattle, WA.)

Smut (Cincinnati OH)

The Snuts (Bathgate, Scotland)

Soft as Snow (Oslo, Norway)

Soft Kill (Portland, OR.)

Soge Culebra (Murcia, Spain)

Sophie Auster (New York, NY.)

Sports Team (Harlesden, England)

Squid (Bristol, England)

Stanley Enow (Cameroon)

Stealing Sheep (Liverpool, England)

Stokoff (Bogota, Colombia)

Sudakistan (Stockholm, Sweden)

Sulfur (Charlotte, NC.)

Sun June (Austin)

Superbody (Chattanooga, TN.)

Suzan Köcher (Solingen, Germany)

Table Scraps (Birmingham, England)

Taco Mouth (Nashville, TN.)

Tais Alvarenga (Rio De Janeiro, Brazil)

Tallies (Toronto, Canada)

Talos (Cork, Ireland)

Tameca Jones (Austin)

Tasha (Chicago, IL.)

Taylor Janze (Winnipeg, Canada)

Teen (Brooklyn, NY.)

Tennis System (Los Angeles, CA.)

Termination Dust (Anchorage, AK.)

The Perfect Me (Fukuoka, Japan)

Thomas Amar-Aigbe [DJ Sose] (Lagos, Nigeria)

Thyla (Brighton, England)

Tobi Lou (Chicago, IL.)

Tomkat (Denton)

T-Rextasy (New York, NY.)

Tribal (Johannesburg, South Africa)

Trupa Trupa (Gdansk, Poland)

Tyler Ramsey (Asheville, NC.)

Urban Hype (Lusaka, Zambia)

Vaarwell (Lisbon, Portugal)

Vacations (Newcastle, Australia)

Vandoliers (Dallas)

Verneri Pohjola with Tuomo & Markus (Helsinki, Finland)

Versus (New York, NY.)

Victoria Kimani (Nairobi, Kenya)

Waco Brothers (Chicago, IL.)

Wet Dreams (Oslo, Norway)

Whenyoung (Limerick, Ireland)

Whitney Ballen (Seattle, WA.)

William Elliott Whitmore (Lee County, IA.)

Wolf & Moon (Berlin, Germany)

Xixa (Tucson, AZ.)

Yawners (Madrid, Spain)

The Yawpers (Denver, CO.)

Yemi Alade (Nigeria, Nigeria)

The Young Something (Tampa, FL.)

Yoy (Finale Emilia, Italy)

Yung Baby Tate (Atlanta, GA.)

The Zephyr Bones (Barcelona, Spain)

Zona Tango (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

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