The Monster Energy Outbreak House will be setting up shop in the old Antone’s building on Fifth Street for four nights of mayhem during South by Southwest. Each night will feature a different theme. Weds. March 18 is college night headlined by Houston rapper Riff Raff. Thu. Mar. 19 is EDM with the DJ duo GTA.
The highlight of the week will be Friday, when Wu-Tang’s Ghostface Killah performs with Badbadnotgood, the Toronto jazz outfit he recently recorded the excellent new release “Sour Soul.” The house will close out the weekend with metalcore outfit Ateryu.
Minneapolis-based indie hip-hop powerhouse Rhymesayers is celebrating 20 years at South by Southwest. The collective and record label is celebrating with a showcase at the Mohawk on Thurs. March 19. The lineup is stacked with the group’s flagship duo Atmosphere in the headline spot, L.A. underground grinders Dilated Peoples, Brother Ali, Grieves, PROF, Dem Atlas, and Get Cryphy.
The showcase is slated as free and open to the public. SXSW wristband and badge holders will be given priority access.
Once again, Texas legend Willie Nelson is opening up his ranch in Luck, Texas to host the Heartbreaker Banquet, a rollicking day-long retreat on Thursday, March 19, from the downtown SXSW madness. The event kicks off at noon and features live music on two stages. Nelson himself will lead a lineup that includes Hurray for the Riff Raff, Nikki Lane, Leon Bridges, Heartless Bastards, Delta Spirit, Clear Plastic Masks, Elle King, J.P. Harris and Horse Thief. Nelson’s sons Lucas and Micah and their bands will also perform.
Radio station KGSR 93.3 FM announced the lineup for their annual South by Southwest live broadcast series this morning. The drive time broadcasts take place 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Weds., Mar. 18- Fri. March 20 and 8 a.m. to noon on Sat. Mar. 21. A variety of artists are represented in the lineup from local faves like Bob Schneider, Bright Light Social Hour and Max Frost to party rockers Bleachers and Texas country great Steve Earle.
Some of SXSW 2015’s buzziest artists are also on the bill with Fort Worth soul singer Leon Bridges, breezy Cali pop artists Børns and soulful rocker Elle King all represented. The broadcasts will take place at the W Hotel and are open to the public with a $5 donation to the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
Milky Chance ● Bob Schneider ● Jamestown Revival ● Elle King ● BORNS ●Family of the Year ● Laleh
Bleachers ● Big Data ● Leon Bridges ● Robert DeLong ● Charlie Mars ● Ryley Walker ● Madisen Ward And The Mamma Bear
The Ting Tings ● Kopecky ● Bright Light Social Hour ● Max Frost ● Zella Day ● Walker Lukens
Heartless Bastards ● Steve Earle ● Houndmouth ● The Wind & the Wave ● My Jerusalem ● Kaleo
Much of the fun surrounding SXSW is predicting what big performers, keynotes and exhibits will stand out at the fest. Last year proved to be a doozy, with Lady Gaga, Game of Thrones and much more. Here’s what our staff hopes for from SXSW 2015:
10. Addie Broyles says she hopes that at their pop up dinner, “Modernist Cuisine” author Nathan Myhrvold and Austin’s beloved Paul Qui will put their heads together for rabbit 100 ways.
9. Film critic Joe Gross hopes to be be thrilled by “ex Machina,” a movie directed by the writer of “28 Days Later” and “The Nightmare,” a completely terrifying looking documentary about sleep paralysis.
8. Music writer Peter Blackstock hopes to see George Strait show up to sing with Asleep at the Wheel at their Bob Wills tribute night on Tuesday at Saxon Pub.
7. Apple has used the festival in the past to showcase a new product (like the iPad 2) or to promote its services (like the iTunes Music Festival last year). SXSW Interactive is the perfect audience of early adopters for a product like the Apple Watch and it wouldn’t be surprising if the company offered a preview of the device there.
6. More from film: the opening night movie has been problematic for SXSW the past few years. Joe Gross has high hopes that “Brand,” a documentary about Russell Brand, will break this trend.
5. SXSW’s Auditorium Shores shows traditionally include one of the city’s top-drawing homegrown acts. Music writer Peter Blackstock hopes this year that will be Gary Clark Jr., whose tour of Australia isn’t scheduled to start until March 28.
4. Just before Christmas, R&B genius D’Angelo dropped the surprise album”Black Messiah.” As it skyrocketed to the top of critics’ lists, he put in a series of stunning performances. We’ll take one of those please.
3. The opportunity to play life-sized “Pac-Man” just like in the Bud Light Super Bowl commercial during SXSW Interactive.
2. In the battle of who will keynote, Peter Blackstock casts his vote for Bob Dylan, hoping also for a guest appearance at the Doug Sahm tribute night.
1. We’ve had her husband, her sister and her dad, Deborah Sengupta Stith thinks it’s high time “Flawless” Texas diva Beyoncé made an appearance at the fest.