Just about a month until SXSW 2018 hosts its annual music festival in Austin, TX and we have more artists announced to fill out the already-massive lineup. As the festival looms ever-closer, the names are starting get more recognizable, though there’s still an abundance of up-and-coming unknowns who’ll perform in Austin next month.
Leading the way this round is …And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead, the Austin-based art-rock band who rose to the top of the underground rock scene in the early 00s with their nearly-flawless Source Tags & Codes. The record seamlessly combined ambitious orchestral arrangements with post-hardcore emoting and catchy Sonic Youth-esque guitar riffage. They’ve released several records in the time since, including the underrated Source Tags & Codes follow-up Worlds Apart and 2014’s return to form, XI.
Also performing is Dashboard Confessional, who struck emo-pop gold in the 00s with their sophomore album The Places You Have Come To Fear The Most. Their latest album Crooked Shadows is the band’s first since 2009 and finds them in a much more pop-oriented universe. Cut Copy will be performing in support of their latest album, 2017’s strong outing Haiku from Zero. Bun B, best known for his role in the seminal Texas hip-hop duo Underground Kingz (UGK) along with the late Pimp C, will also be performing at SXSW 2018. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats will appear just after the March 9 release of their new album on Stax Records, which will be called Tearing At The Seams. Yet another band that reached a high level of notoriety during the emo wave was Say Anything, who will appear at SXSW.
Other notable artists include rising alternative hip-hop MC Abhi The Nomad, Los Angeles experimental group Drab Majesty, Austin group Ghostland Observatory, singer-songwriter Matt Costa, DC band Sneaks and Los Angeles DJ Peanut Butter Wolf.
From Los Angeles, CA are a host of performers including Alex Rose (Los Angeles CA), BONES (UK) (Los Angeles CA), JYNX (Los Angeles CA), Dorothy (Los Angeles CA), Joey Jewish (Los Angeles CA), Linda Perry (Los Angeles CA), Evalyn (Venice CA), GØLDN (Los Angeles CA), Magic Bronson (Los Angeles CA), Mndsgn (Los Angeles CA), MXMS (Los Angeles CA) and Willa Amai (Los Angeles CA). Texas is well represented as usual, with Anastasia (Austin TX), Bryann Trejo (Abilene TX), Casey JaNissa (Austin TX), Cassandra Robertson (Dallas TX), The Bright Light Social Hour (Austin TX), Chronophage (Austin TX), Country Cousins (Austin TX), Cuyo (Austin TX), Cygnus (Dallas TX), Danielle Grubb (Dallas TX), David Garza (Austin TX), DJ Chose (Houston TX), DJ OVERCOMER (San Angelo TX), DJ Ricky Silk (Fort Worth TX), Eric Iglehart, II (Austin TX), Jesse Mitchell (Houston TX), Jopo Da Son (San Antonio TX), Joshua Bowie (Austin TX), Josiah Caleb (Dallas TX), KannKasso (Austin TX), Keedren Boston (San Antonio TX), Khali Haat (Austin TX), Leoncarlo (Denton TX), The Gary (Austin TX), Omenihu (Austin TX), J-Nice the Kingdom Builder (Austin TX), Shunetra Kicheon (Austin TX), OnBeatMusic (San Antonio TX), Whiteside (Austin TX), Oran Juice Jones ii (Houston TX), Ray Wylie Hubbard (Wimberley TX), Uncle Lucius (Austin TX), Tje Austin (Austin TX), Supraman (Austin TX), Red Shahan (Bluff Dale TX), Ustad Ghulam Farid Nizami (Cedar Park TX), Son Fjord B2B Daetron Vargas (Austin TX), Vockah Redu (Houston TX) and Von Won (Houston TX).
Other artists from the United States include Adam + Kizzie (Oklahoma City OK), Ashton Marton (Chicago IL), Austin Lanier (Newport News VA), Caleb Caudle (Winston-Salem NC), Brian Merrill (New York NY)
Champagne Superchillin’ (New York NY), CMULA (San Diego CA), Kyle Dion (Coral Springs FL), DJ unknown x CB5 (Rochester NY), Dubfire (Washington DC), Erick Lottary (Fayetteville NC), Facade HQ (Jersey City NJ)
Field Division (Des Moines IA), Hopsteady (Santa Fe NM), Hundredth (Charleston SC), ImSoMaleek (New York NY), J Creek (Tampa FL), Jonathan Toubin (New York NY), Kaki King (Brooklyn NY), Kat Graham (Atlanta GA), Kelroy (Chicago IL), Konata Small (Miami FL)
Kweku Collins (Evanston IL), Lilly Hiatt (Nashville TN), Harmini (Elmira NY), Brent Cowles (Denver CO), Liz Brasher (Memphis TN), Lizzie and The Makers (New York NY), Los Profetas (New York NY)
M.A.D.E. 4 Christ (Made And Definitely Equipped 4 Christ) (Atlanta GA), Marc Scibilia (Nashville TN), The Medium (Nashville TN), Mimicking Birds (Portland OR), Morgan Saint (New York NY), Mu Dills (Newark NJ), Nitti Gritti x Tascione B2B (Miami FL), nobigdyl. (Nashville TN), Party Pupils (New York NY), Paul Benjaman Band (Tulsa OK), Pujol (Nashville TN), Quantum Split (New York NY), Rehab (Warner Robins GA), Rob Stone (San Diego CA), Rockstar Jt (Montgomery AL), Sad Baxter (Nashville TN), SANTIAGO (New Orleans LA), Sean C. Johnson (Oklahoma City OK), Suburban Living (Philadelphia PA), Surf Gvng (Miami FL), Surve (Hammond LA), Tascione (Philadelphia PA), Th3 Saga (Queens NY), Torae (Brooklyn NY), Travis Linville (Norman OK), Triple Thr33 (Las Vegas NV), Trove (Nashville TN), Two Feet (Brooklyn NY), Walter Salas-Humara (Flagstaff AZ), Wunmi (Brooklyn NY) and Yoke Lore (Brooklyn NY).
As usual, there is a healthy contingent of performers from abroad making their way to Texas. These artists include
Adekunle Gold (Lagos NIGERIA), AkinSanya (Buff Bay JAMAICA), Avelino (London UK-ENGLAND), DAZION (The Hague NETHERLANDS), DJ Soulseek (Amsterdam NETHERLANDS), Donae’O (London UK-ENGLAND), George Maple (Sydney AUSTRALIA),
Holly (Lisbon PORTUGAL), Jordan Rakei (Brisbane AUSTRALIA), Kim Petras (Cologne GERMANY), L/O/O/N (Bergen NORWAY), Lion (London UK-ENGLAND), MEUTE (Hamburg GERMANY), Patoranking (Lagos NIGERIA), Patterns (Costa Rica COSTA RICA), Rackajam (Budapest HUNGARY), The Risin’ Sun (Mexico City MEXICO), Roi Perez (Berlin GERMANY), Terra Lightfoot (Hamilton CANADA), WSTRN (London UK-ENGLAND) and Zombies in Miami (Aguascalientes MEXICO).
Photo Credit: Brett Padelford