SXSW: Still waiting on the big names after this week’s 216 band drop

September 13, 2014 Atlanta- Artist Cody Chesnutt performs during ONE musicfest 2014 at Aaron's Lakewood Amphitheatre Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 in Atlanta, Ga. . (Photo by Branden Camp/Special to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
September 13, 2014 Atlanta- Artist Cody Chesnutt performs during ONE musicfest 2014 at Aaron’s Lakewood Amphitheatre Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 in Atlanta, Ga. . (Photo by Branden Camp/Special to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

The most striking thing about this week’s list of South by Southwest Music Festival bands, the second to last, is the names that are not on it. This week, we learned Chvrches, Kacey Musgraves, Vince Staples and Miguel are included in the stacked lineup at the Spotify House. Chvrches and the Deftones are playing the Spin Magazine Day Party, J. Cole will be playing the DNC fundraiser with President Obama during SXSW Interactive and Willie Nelson’s Luck Reunion lineup includes Jenny Lewis, Lucius and Blitzen Trapper. None of those names are on this list of 216 bands released by the actual festival.

That doesn’t mean these artists won’t have actual showcases. There’s a good chance those slots are still being programmed. At this point SXSW only has one night show at the Austin Music Hall (El Conjunto Nueva Ola on Tuesday), one night at Stubb’s (Saturday, with X Ambassadors, who are on this list) and nothing but House of Vans day parties at the Mohawk.

Nonetheless, South by Southwest is supposed to be about discovery and from that point of view there are plenty of emerging artists to get excited about on this list. Towkio, a member of Chance the Rapper’s Chicago based Savemoney crew and Omen, part of J. Cole’s Dreamville camp are both on the list as is Atlanta soul man Cody Chesnutt. Rappers Wale, Smif-n-Wessun and Buckshot are coming to town. Air Traffic Controller will be here and indie rockers the Kills are on the list.

There are plenty of Austin artists, including several interesting collaborations/super groups (most likely for the Austin Music Awards) like the Antone’s Home of the Blues with Jimmie Vaughn, CJ Chenier, Barbara Lynn, and Lou Ann Barton,  Fiddle super group Blazing Bows with Warren Hood, Alvin Crow, Jason Roberts, Erik Hokkanen, Emily Gimble and Carrie Rodriguez and Freaks and Geeks with Peter Stopschinski, Jenavieve Varga, Golden Dawn Arkestra, Mother Falcon and Sonia Moore.

Akina Adderley with the Upper East Side (Austin TX)
Air Traffic Controller (Boston MA)
Jocelyn Alice (Calgary CANADA)
AngelGold (Los Angeles CA)
Antone’s – Home of the Blues (ft. Jimmie Vaughn, CJ Chenier, Barbara Lynn, and Lou Ann Barton) (Austin TX)
Jor’Dan Armstrong (Baton Rouge LA)
Assassin “Agent Sasco” (Kintyre JAMAICA)
Austin Music Awards House Band (ft. Charlie Sexton, Michael Ramos, George Reiff, and Sonia Moore) (Austin TX)
Author & Punisher (San Diego CA)
Autolux (Los Angeles CA)
Azul (Los Angeles CA)
B.I.C (Bitches Is Crazy) (New York NY)
Bas (New York NY)
BEA1991 (Amsterdam NETHERLANDS)
The Be Helds (Austin TX)
Taylor Bennett (Chicago IL)
Big Tits (Treasure Island CA)
Black Cobra (San Francisco CA)
Black Joe Lewis (Austin TX)
Black Liquid Drop (Austin TX)
Blazing Bows (ft. Warren Hood, Alvin Crow, Jason Roberts, Erik Hokkanen, Emily Gimble and Carrie Rodriguez) (Austin TX)
The Blessings (Edinburgh UK-SCOTLAND)
Kerry Blu (Winston Salem NC)
The Bolos (San Antonio TX)
Bongzilla (Madison WI)
Megan Bonnell (Toronto CANADA)
Tabi Bonney (Washington DC)
BoomBaptist (Austin TX)
BOOMScat (Washington DC)
David Borne and Jason Martin Featuring Kree Harrison (Nashville TN)
Boyfriend (New Orleans LA)
Break Science (Brooklyn NY)
Harriet Brown (Los Angeles CA)
Buckshot (Brooklyn NY)
BUHU (Austin TX)
E Calloway (Dallas TX)
Jazz Cartier (Toronto CANADA)
Casual Strangers (Austin TX)
Caveboy (Montréal CANADA)
Celadon City (Edmond OK)
Chemical Burn (Burbank CA)
Cody ChesnuTT (Atlanta GA)
Chill Moody (Philadelphia PA)
Chubby Knuckle Choir (Bastrop TX)
Stella Cottrell (Austin TX)
Country Cousins (Austin TX)
Coyote Union (Mountain Home AR)
CYBER69 (Vladivostok RUSSIA)
Dai Burger (New York NY)
Dead Earth Politics (Austin TX)
Deep Inside (Austin TX)
Deer Vibes (San Antonio TX)
DISTORTEDD (Philadelphia PA)
DJ Akuaa (Maryland MD)
DJ Cuppy (Lagos NIGERIA)
DJ Edu (London UK-ENGLAND)
DJ Fresh (Louisville KY)
DJ Hella Yella (Austin TX)
DJ Neptizzle (London UK-ENGLAND)
DJ Richard (Providence RI)
DJ Tunez (New York NY)
B. Dolan (Providence RI)
DonMonique (Brooklyn NY)
Dreamers (Los Angeles CA)
Dreezy (Chicago CA)
Dro Fe (Mission TX)
Ducky (Los Angeles CA)
Dude York (Seattle WA)
Echo Wants Her Voice Back (Nicosia CYPRUS)
Eclair Fifi (Edinburgh UK-SCOTLAND)
Elf Kid (London UK-ENGLAND)
El Indio (Sacramento CA)
Eureka The Butcher (El Paso TX)
Ezrakh (Rahway NJ)
Freaks and Geeks (Peter Stopschinski, Jenavieve Varga, Golden Dawn Arkestra, Mother Falcon, Sonia Moore) (Austin TX)
Freedom Fry (Los Angeles CA)
FSTZ (Kansas City KS)
Gent & Jawns (Richmond VA)
Go!Zilla (Firenze ITALY)
Go Cozy (Washington DC)
Golden (Chicago IL)
The Grahams (Nashville TN)
Nick Grant (Atlanta GA)
Gutter (Austin TX)
Happy Colors (Miami FL)
Hawley Shoffner (Chicago IL)
Richard Henry (Austin TX)
Navelle Hice (Philadelphia PA)
Ho99o9 (Los Angeles CA)
Hooka Hey (Austin TX)
Humble Giants (Calgary CANADA)
HXLT (Chicago IL)
Tunji Ige (Philadelphia PA)
Imp Queen (Chicago IL)
Intocable (Zapata TX)
Steve James (Johnsontown IN)
Japanese Breakfast (Brooklyn NY)
Javi (San Antonio TX)
JJUUJJUU (Los Angeles CA)
Jonly Bonly (Austin TX)
Jon Rambo (Houston TX)
The Karma Killers (Princeton NJ)
Kay Odyssey (Austin TX)
Cory Kendrix (Denver CO)
Keys N Krates (Toronto CANADA)
KH of Moscrill (Pittsburgh PA)
Kingdom Of Suicide Lovers (Austin TX)
Kings Destroy (New York NY)
Maze Koroma (Portland OR)
L.A. WITCH (Los Angeles CA)
Jimmy LaFave (Austin TX)
La Luz (Seattle WA)
The Last Artful, Dodgr (Los Angeles CA)
The Last Bandoleros (San Antonio TX)
Lifted Bells (Chicago IL)
Lil Sicc (Austin TX)
Line Upon Line Percussion (Austin TX)
Lipstick Gypsy (Marthas Vineyard MA)
Lo-Pan (Columbus OH)
Loamlands (Durham NC)
Loteria (Austin TX)
Al Lover (Austin TX)
Lower Dens (Baltimore MD)
Julia Lucille (Austin TX)
LunchMoney Lewis (Miami FL)
Lyric Le’Velle (Fort Worth TX)
Maïa Vidal (Barcelona SPAIN)
Mainland (New York NY)
Mannywellz (Washington DC)
Masego (Newport News VA)
Mathias. TROPIXXX & The Borrowers (Washington DC)
Matrixxman (San Francisco CA)
Curtis Mayz (Dallas TX)
Michael Rault (Montreal CANADA)
Miike Snow (Stockholm SWEDEN)
Mikey Pauker (Oakland CA)
Franceleslia Millien (New York NY)
More to Monroe (Frederick MD)
Gurf Morlix (Austin TX)
Motel Radio (New Orleans LA)
Movin’ Cool (Brampton CANADA)
MUNA (Los Angeles CA)
Naked Giants (Seattle WA)
Alex Napping (Austin TX)
Nikes (Austin TX)
Nyce Lutchiano (Portland OR)
Omen (Chicago IL)
Pa’s Lam System (Yamato Shi JAPAN)
Pageantry (Denton TX)
Parkgolf (Hokkaido JAPAN)
PART TIME (Los Angeles CA)
PHUTURE (Chicago IL)
Pookie and The Poodlez (Oakland CA)
Leslie Powell (Austin TX)
Power Trip (Dallas TX)
PROPAIN (Houston TX)
Folly Rae (Hemel Hempstead UK-ENGLAND)
RC & The Gritz (Dallas TX)
Katey Red (New Orleans LA)
Redline Graffiti (Washington DC)
Dylan Reece (Austin TX)
Rhymefest (Chicago IL)
Richie Hawtin (Berlin GERMANY)
Rock (Brooklyn NY)
Chynna Rogers (Philadelphia PA)
Leo Rondeau (Austin TX)
Maggie Rose (Potomac MD)
rRoxymore (Berlin GERMANY)
Rusty Maples (Las Vegas NV)
Ry X (Angourie AUSTRALIA)
Sharkweek (Houston TX)
Shinobi Ninja (Brooklyn NY)
SIGNY (Austin TX)
SIMS 20th Anniversary Celebration (ft. Jeremy Nail, Sally Allen, The Happen Ins, Brit Daniel, Doyle Bramhall II, Georgia Bramhall, Anthony Cole, Adam Minkoff, Kyle Ellison, Marlon Sexton) (Austin TX)
Sir the Baptist (Chicago IL)
The Skins (Brooklyn NY)
Smif N Wessun (Brooklyn NY)
Rejjie Snow (Dublin IRELAND)
SORNE (Los Angeles CA)
Spicoli (Trillectro) (Washington DC)
Stokeswood (Atlanta GA)
Strangetowne (Amarillo TX)
Suicideyear (Baton Rouge LA)
T-Bone (Los Angeles CA)
Tamarron (Austin TX)
Tanlines (Brooklyn NY)
Jimi Tents (Brooklyn NY)
Tesha (Tel Aviv ISRAEL)
Texas Never Whispers (Austin TX)
The Kills (London UK-ENGLAND)
Thelma and The Sleaze (Nashville TN)
Tigers Are Bad For Horses (Washington DC)
TOWKIO (Chicago IL)
Tru Def (Dallas TX)
Tum Tum (Dallas TX)
Turnstile (Washington DC)
Two9 Jace (Atlanta GA)
Typical Girls (San Marcos TX)
The Vanity (Austin TX)
Visto (Washington DC)
Wale (Washington DC)
War Party (Fort Worth TX)
Martell Webster (Seattle WA)
The Wild Reeds (Los Angeles CA)
Wolf-E-Wolf (Austin TX)
Jamal Woon (London UK-ENGLAND)
Worldwide (San Antonio TX)
X Ambassadors (Ithaca NY)
Young Rapids (Washington DC)
yungxrio (Los Angeles CA)
Ariel Zetina (Chicago IL)
ZVerse (Chicago IL)


Author: Deborah Sengupta Stith

Deborah Sengupta Stith has been hanging out in dimly lit corners of the city soaking in the music scene for almost 20 years. Twitter: @deborific

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