SXSW: More hot hip-hop, still some missing names in this week’s band drop

Kehlani, middle, performs at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Zilker Park on Sunday October 4, 2015. Jay Janner / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Kehlani, middle, performs at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Zilker Park on Sunday October 4, 2015. Jay Janner / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
It’s Friday, which means we’re reviewing a list of 198 new bands handed over by the South by Southwest Music Festival, and once again, a lot of big names are missing. The list includes several the fest announced this week like Young Thug, who will play the Pandora hip-hop showcase, Santigold, who headlines Stubb’s on Friday, March 18 and Kacey Musgraves who was just announced as part of a Country Music Awards songwriter showcase. But artists like Miguel and Charles Bradley, who will play the Spotify bash, A$AP Rocky, who’s planning to be at the MTVu Woodies and Chvrches, who are at a slew of parties including Spin’s Day party are still missing. It’s worth noting that the fest still has one show at Auditorium Shores, one night at Stubb’s and two or three nights at ACL Live to announce.
The notable new names that did crop up on this list indicate SXSW hip-hop is going to be as hot as ever. Street smart rhyme-slinger French Montana, modern day backpacker Homeboy Sandman, Stones Throw Records founder Peanut Butter Wolf and super producer Just Blaze are all on this list as are Vince Staples, who will also be rocking a mess of parties during the week and Tory Lanez. Rising R&B star Kehlani will perform at the fest and so will British R&B upstart Desi Valentine.
A fair amount of notable locals on the rap scene including SubKulture Patriots, Dubb Sicks, Mindz of a Different Kind, full band juggernaut Sip Sip and our favorite rap scholar Bavu Blakes slid in this week. So did the pride of Wimberley, Sarah Jarosz and fantastic glam pop outfit Sphynx.
21 Savage (Atlanta GA)
2ToneDisco (Los Angeles CA)
Afterlife (Josh Pan + X&G) (New York NY)
A Lot Like Birds (Sacramento CA)
AMFMS (Baltimore MD)
Baauer (New York NY)
Bang-N Records (New Orleans LA)
Marc E. Bassy (Los Angeles CA)
Big Smo (Unionville TN)
Bixel Boys (Los Angeles CA)
Black Books (Austin TX)
Bavu Blakes (Garland TX)
The Blind Owls (Corpus Christi TX)
Bob Moses (Vancouver CANADA)
BOSCO (Atlanta GA)
The Boxing Lesson (Austin TX)
Buji (Ho Ho Kus NJ)
The Cactus Blossoms (Minneapolis MN)
Cakedog (Los Angeles CA)
CAPYAC (Austin TX)
Cham (Miami FL)
Cinnaman (Amsterdam NETHERLANDS)
Cipha Sounds (New York NY)
CJ Fly (Brooklyn NY)
Geno Cochino (Los Angeles CA)
Coheed and Cambria (New York NY)
John Congleton & The Nighty Nite (Dallas TX)
COURTNIE (Saint Louis MO)
Crew54 (Killeen TX)
Culture Abuse (San Francisco CA)
Daedelus (Los Angeles CA)
Elise Davis (Little Rock AR)
Daya (Pittsburgh PA)
dCc (Dallas TX)
Dead Earth Politics (Austin TX)
The Diamond Center (Austin TX)
Nina Diaz (San Antonio TX)
Lucas DiPasquale (Toronto CANADA)
Dirty Streets (Memphis TN)
DJ Aktive (Hosting) (Philadelphia PA)
DJ Baby Roo (Houston TX)
DJ D-Lite (Austin TX)
DJ Grip (Austin TX)
DJ Jester the Filipino Fist (Austin TX)
DJ Mz Rico (Houston TX)
DJ Phife (Dallas TX)
DJ Ryan Wolf (Cleveland OH)
DJ Sad13 & DJ Dirwinista (Speedy Ortiz) (Northampton MA)
DJ Sliink (Newark NJ)
DoWrong (Austin TX)
Dubb Sicks (Austin TX)
Kimberly Dunn (Austin TX)
Dave East (Harlem NY)
Elhae (Atlanta GA)
The Flavr Blue (Seattle WA)
Flying Turns (Austin TX)
Kayla Freeman (Austin TX)
Chaz French (Washington DC)
French Montana (Bronx NY)
Friendly Greg (Between Sets) (Philadelphia PA)
Froyo Ma (Covington LA)
FS Green (Amsterdam NETHERLANDS)
Angelica Garcia (Richmond VA)
G-BUCK (Philadelphia PA)
Getter (San Jose CA)
Balthazar Getty (Los Angeles CA)
Ghetts (London UK-ENGLAND)
Ghostpizza (San Antonio TX)
Gnik the God (Atlanta GA)
Great Caesar (Brooklyn NY)
Gringo Star (Atlanta GA)
Gryffin (Los Angeles CA)
Tim Gunter (Austin TX)
Hardo (Pittsburgh PA)
Danny L Harle (London UK-ENGLAND)
Seiho Hayakawa (Osaka JAPAN)
HEALTH (Los Angeles CA)
Henrik The Artist (Oslo NORWAY)
Homeboy Sandman (Queens NY)
Tish Hyman (Bronx NY)
International EA (New York NY)
iyer (Singapore SINGAPORE)
January May (Austin TX)
Sarah Jarosz (New York NY)
Joie Kathos (Philadelphia PA)
JRocc (Los Angeles CA)
JSoulja (Austin TX)
JUST BLAZE (Paterson NJ)
K.P Tha Profit (San Antonio TX)
Kehlani (Oakland CA)
Keith Ape (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
Kenny Gee (Austin TX)
Killswitch Engage (Boston MA)
Tate Kobang (Baltimore MD)
Kool Keith aka Dr. Octagon (Bronx NY)
KP and The Boom Boom (Austin TX)
Sylvan LaCue (Miami FL)
Lance (Fuze The Mc) (Atlanta GA)
Tory Lanez (Toronto CANADA)
la pumpkin (Savannah GA)
Le1f (New York NY)
Leather Girls (Austin TX)
Leggy (Cincinnati OH)
LEV (Dallas TX)
L.I. (Seattle WA)
Lil Debbie (Los Angeles CA)
Lil T (Austin TX)
Lion Kojo (Amsterdam NETHERLANDS)
Lowkey (Austin TX)
Lucha Underground Live: Austin Warfare (Los Angeles CA)
Lucius (Brooklyn NY)
Lucky L.O.C (Hillsboro TX)
Mad Classy (Austin TX)
Matthewdavid (Los Angeles CA)
Maxo (Brooklyn NY)
Lee Mazin (Philadelphia PA)
Meishi Smile (Los Angeles CA)
Mic Mar (Portland OR)
Mike Zombie (Willingboro NJ)
Mindz Of A Different Kind (Austin TX)
Misteries (Dallas TX)
MNDSGN (Los Angeles CA)
Modern Vices (Chicago IL)
Neon Indian (Brooklyn NY)
Kara-Nichole (San Antonio TX)
The Nimbus (Austin TX)
Noodles (Hayward CA)
NOOK (Austin TX)
NxWorries (Los Angeles CA)
Oh My Muu (Los Angeles CA)
Otaku Gang (San Antonio TX)
Josh Pan (New York NY)
Deantoni Parks (Atlanta GA)
Party Favor (Los Angeles CA)
Peanut Butter Wolf (Los Angeles CA)
Pinegrove (Montclair NJ)
Pleasure Escape (Austin TX)
P.O.D. (San Diego CA)
Point Point (Paris FRANCE)
POP ETC (Brooklyn NY)
Jesse Porter (Host) (Dallas TX)
Pressure Busspipe (Charlotte Amalie US VIRGIN ISLANDS)
Pusher (Toronto CANADA)
Tony Ramey (Greenville TX)
Ras G & The Koreatown Oddity (Los Angeles CA)
REZZ (Niagara Falls CANADA)
Karriem Riggins (Detroit MI)
RKCB (Los Angeles CA)
Rotimi (New York NY)
The Rotten Mangos (Austin TX)
Royal Teeth (New Orleans LA)
Runaway Saints (Los Angeles CA)
Runway Richy (Atlanta GA)
Ryan Lofty x Rich Jones (Las Vegas NV)
Samiyam (Los Angeles CA)
Santah (Chicago IL)
Section Boyz (London UK-ENGLAND)
Justin Sherburn and Montopolis (Austin TX)
Shinyribs (Austin TX)
Show Me The Body (New York NY)
Sicko Mobb (Chicago IL)
Keaton Simons (Los Angeles CA)
Sip Sip (Austin TX)
Anthony Skinner (Nashville TN)
Slim Gravy (Dallas TX)
Smuc The World (Midland TX)
Spades Saratoga (Harlem NY)
Sphynx (Austin TX)
Spiffy Wilds (Saint Paul MN)
Vince Staples (Long Beach CA)
Statik Selektah (Boston MA)
Andrew St. James (San Francisco CA)
Michael Stock (PART TIME PUNKS) (Los Angeles CA)
Kipp Stone (Cleveland OH)
SubKulture Patriots (Austin TX)
The Sun Machine (Austin TX)
tdoyle (Los Angeles CA)
Team Next (Austin TX)
Teddy Thompson and Kelly Jones (New York NY)
Thought Tempo (Los Angeles CA)
Total Abuse (Austin TX)
TOTEM (New York NY)
Mike Towers (Puerto Rico PR)
Trance Farmers (New Orleans LA)
Trub (Memphis TN)
Hailey Tuck (Austin TX)
Desi Valentine (London UK-ENGLAND)
Vindata (Los Angeles CA)
Jay Watts (Penns Grove NJ)
Wild Throne (Bellingham WA)
Nicholas Wiliams AKA: Trinidad James (Atlanta POS)
Wiwek (Ijsselstein NETHERLANDS)
Wolfmother (Byron Bay AUSTRALIA)
Wynonna & The Big Noise (Nashville TN)
Xyloid (San Antonio TX)
Y2 (Austin TX)

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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