SXSW is entering its phase fast and furious showcasing artist announcements, with one set to come just about every week for the near future. This week we have 100 artists being announced, with several names that ring out from the crowd of mostly-obscure rising musical talent. The festival and conference takes place March 8-17, 2019 in Austin. The music portion of the festival runs from March 11-17.
The biggest name of them all is easily John Vanderslice, the singer-songwriter who served as frontman for MK Ultra and then went on to have a successful solo career, mostly releasing albums through Barsuk Records. Also worth noting is John Paul White, a former member of The Civil Wars who has also had a successful solo career in his own right. He’s released two solo albums, first 2008’s The Long Goodbye and then 2016’s Beulah, which came after the band called it quits in 2014.
Drab Majesty, the Los Angeles darkwave band fronted by androgynous lead singer Deb Demure. Laura Stevenson, a folksy singer-songwriter who once was a member of underground ska-punk legends Bomb The Music Industry! will be performing, as will Los Angeles pop singer Ella Vos. The Rembrandts, yes those The Rembrandts, will be performing at SXSW. Laid-back indie rock band Cayucas and South Carolina indie rock band SUSTO.
Also performing (in alphabetical order) will be Abraham Alexander of Fort Worth, TX, Amy Wilcox of Arlington, VA, Anchorsong of London, UK, Aramide of Lagos, Nigeria, Arre! Arre! of Malmö, Sweden, Belén Cuturi of Montevideo, Uruguay, BENYARO of Jackson, WY, BLACK MAMBO of Bogotá, Colombia, Bladee of Stockholm, Sweden, Buenos Diaz of Austin, TX, Calliope Musicals of Austin, TX, Casii Stephan and the Midnight Sun of Tulsa, OK, Chelsea Williams of Los Angeles, CA, Cherry Pickles of Birmingham, UK, Cigarette of Washington, DC, Claire Morales of Denton, TX, Close Talker of Saskatoon, Canada, Cosmic Botanica of Los Angeles, CA, Country Cousins of Austin, TX, Curse Mackey of Austin, TX, Da Chick of Lisbon, Portugal, Darren Eedens & the Slim Pickin’s of Cardiff, Wales, David Wax Museum of Charlottesville VA, Deaf Poets of Brooklyn, NY, Doug Seegers of Nashville, TN, Drivin N Cryin of Atlanta, GA, El Hijo de la Cumbia of Abbekåsgatan, Sweden, The Elwins of Keswick, Canada, Esther Black of Sacramento CA, Fatai of Melbourne Australia, Florry of Philadelphia PA, Fond Han of St. Louis MO, Fripps & Fripps of Sydney, Australia, FRITZ of Newcastle, Australia, Future Museums of Austin, TX, Gabriella Cohen of Brisbane, Australia, Gia Margaret of Chicago, IL, Gina Chavez of Austin, TX, Go Fever of Austin, TX, Graham Reynolds of Austin, TX, Graham Reynolds & Golden Arm Trio of Austin, TX, Great Wight of Brooklyn, NY, Gymshorts of Providence, RI, High Waisted of New York, NY, Holiday Sidewinder of Sydney, Australia, Jackie Cohen of Los Angeles, CA, Jackie Mendoza of San Diego, CA, Jared & The Mill of Phoenix, AZ, Jarryd James of Brisbane, Australia, Jaubi Lahore of Pakistan, Jean Caffeine of Austin, TX, Jitwam of Assam, INDIA, John-Robert of Edinburg, VA, Karen Jonas of Fredericksburg, VA, The Kernal of Jackson, TN, La Ronera of Bogotá, Colombia, Late Night Laggers of Los Angeles, CA, Laura Stevenson of Hudson Valley, NY, Lauren Morrow of Nashville, TN, line upon line percussion of Austin, TX, Lunaem of Guadalajara, Mexico, Maudlin of Minneapolis, MN, Maxx Gallo of Monterrey, Mexico, Meernaa of Oakland, CA, Menino Bulle of Mexico City, Mexico, Merry Jane & The Fondas of Austin, TX, minihorse of Ypsilanti, MI, More Or Les of Toronto, Canada, MOÜGLI of Bogotá, Colombia, The Munsens of Denver, CO, The Night Thief of Los Angeles, CA, Nayome Tyler of TX, Norma of Paris, FRANCE, NOTS of Memphis, TN, Omawumi of Warri, Nigeria, Ouri of Montreal, Canada, Pacific Jam At My Apartment (PJAMA) of Saltillo, Mexico, Parrot Dream of Brooklyn, NY, Pat Byrne of Borris, Ireland, PAWS of Glasgow, Scotland, The Pinheads of Wollongong, Australia, Polaroid of Bologna, Italy, project .44 of Chicago, IL, Quin NFN of Austin, TX, Ramblin’ Deano (of Waco Brothers) of Milwaukee, WI, Ramesh, Austin, TX, The Ramona Flowers of Bath, England, Ratking of Perth, Australia, Really From of Boston, MA, red steppes of Brooklyn, NY, Red Wanting Blue of Columbus, OH, Rod Melancon of Wright, LA, Roots of Thought of Tulsa, OK, sailawway of Monterrey, Mexico, Samia of New York, NY, San Saba County of Austin, TX, Shady Bug of St. Louis, MO, Sharkmuffin of Brooklyn, NY, Shubzilla x Bill Beats of Seattle, WA, Sick Morrison of Monterrey, Mexico, Sidney Gish of Randolph, NJ, Sis of San Francisco, CA, SIVAN of Tel Aviv, Israel, The Small Glories of Winnipeg, Canada, Sonámbulo Psicotropical of San Jose, Costa Rica, Spooky Mansion of San Francisco, CA, $tupid Young of Long Beach, CA, Stuyedeyed of Brooklyn, NY, St. Woods of Madrid, Spain, TERRY vs TORI of Sevilla, Spain, Thee Idylls of Los Angeles, CA, Tony True and the Tijuana Tres of Monterrey, Mexico, To Whom It May of Galveston, TX, Tunic of Winnipeg, Canada, Twanguero of Valencia, Spain, Vanessa Zamora of Tijuana, Mexico, Var of Portland, Jamaica, The Vegabonds of Birmingham, AL, Wake Island of Montreal, Canada, War Cloud of Oakland, CA, Wieuca of Athens, GA, Wild Ponies of Nashville, TN, XXX of Seoul, South Korea, YOUNG13DBABY of Maqu China.