The panel, scheduled for Monday, March 12, also features executive producer Lena Waithe and actors Jacob Latimore and Jason Mitchell. No word yet on whether Common will perform, but he would make a stellar headliner for the annual NPR music showcase if he felt like sticking around for a few days.
Showtime will also host the Showtime House at Clive Bar during the festival. Events include a Thursday showcase celebrating the show “SMILF” that features an all-female lineup with indie rock outfit Speedy Ortiz and rapper Princess Nokia as well as a Friday party featuring soul dynamo Lee Fields and the Expressions and rapper Darryl “DMC” McDaniels. Both of those official SXSW events still have headliner slot wide open.
With the South by Southwest Music Festival less than a month away, festival organizers dropped another list of 144 artists on Thursday. Highlights from this round include Chris Carraba’s emo rock project Dashboard Confessional, Australian electro act Cut Copy and Denver folk rockers Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats.
Houston rap heavyweight Bun B. is on the list, as is Stones Throw records founder Peanut Butter Wolf. Austin electro rock duo Ghostland Observatory leads a solid roster of locals that also includes rappers Anastasia and Country Cousins and alt-rock outfit …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead.
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Pandora will return to the South by Southwest Music Festival this year for a three-night stand at the Gatsby, the streaming music service announced on Wednesday. The company promises “live music spanning indie, pop, latin, R&B, hip hop, americana and country genres.”
South by Southwest season is almost upon us. The Interactive and Film conferences kick off on March 9 with the Music Festival starting in earnest the following week.
From the beginning, international music has been a huge part of SXSW. Festival organizers say they expect about 25 percent of the roughly 2000 artists scheduled to attend SXSW this year to travel to Austin from abroad.
On Tuesday, festivals organizers put out a call looking for Austin families who are willing to host international artists. To host an international artist you just need a spare bed (air mattress and sleeper couches are acceptable, the floor is not) and an open heart. In exchange, the festival will provide music fest wristbands to your household.
“The SXSW International Housing Program is one of my favorite things about living in Austin, and that’s saying a lot because I love Austin,” Robin Dusek, who works at the University of Texas and has been hosting bands for eight years, told us last year. She’s taken in bands from all over Mexico, New Zealand and a slew from Scotland. A lifelong music fan, she loves the way the program puts her in the mix with the festival, but the best part is the musicians themselves.
“They come over as these strangers staying in your house and then you become friends because you’re just in this situation together,” she says. “That’s what the biggest benefit is, meeting these awesome people.”
March 15 is the date for this year’s Luck Reunion, the annual musical gathering out at Willie Nelson’s fictional ghost-town in Spicewood in the midst of South by Southwest. Top names on the bill this year include Kurt Vile, Josh Ritter, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Nikki Lane, Waxahatchee and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
The lineup may give some hints about SXSW acts not yet announced, though artists playing the Luck Reunion aren’t necessarily also playing the festival in town. Other notables among touring acts in the lineup: John Paul White (formerly of the Civil Wars), Kevn Kinney (of Drivin’ N’ Cryin’), Hiss Golden Messenger, Lilly Hiatt, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Ezra Furman, Son Little, Twain, Paul Cook, Liz Cooper & the Stampede, Caleb Caudle, Blank Range, Joshua Hedley, Kevin Morby, Devon Gilfillian, Cut Worms, Night Moves, Hop Along, Buck Meek, Sam Lewis, Courtney Marie Andrews, Charley Whitten, Michael Nau and Sunny War.
Plenty of Austin and Texas acts are on the bill as well. They include Willie’s kids Lukas Nelson (with his band Promise of the Real) and Micah Nelson (with Particle Kid), John Doe (now living in Austin), Ray Wylie Hubbard, Kelly Willis, David Ramirez, Paul Cauthen, Texas Gentlemen, Cody Canada, Erika Wennerstrom and Altamesa.
As always, Willie Nelson & Family are scheduled to close out the evening. Nelson recently canceled a slew of winter dates while recovering from the flu, but he’s currently scheduled to return to the road on Feb. 28 in Florida, winding his way back to Texas by mid-March.
More details are available at the Luck Reunion page on Facebook. Tickets for the public are a little tricky, per Tuesday’s press statement about the event: “Tickets are released on a rolling basis via Luck Reunion and participating partners. Future ticket roll-outs will be announced on Luck Reunion’s social media channels.”
A list of 160 permit applications in March on the city of Austin’s website sheds some light on what’s in store for South by Southwest day parties this year, including the return of Fader Fort and a Facebook event on Rainey Street.
The Volcom site is on the list for a March 10-12 event listed as simply as “Roseanne,” indicating a tie-in to the upcoming revival of the 1990s sitcom set to premiere March 27 on ABC.
Other entries on the list of note include the Rachael Ray Feedback House at 1102 E. Cesar Chavez St., the return of Brooklyn Country Cantina to Licha’s Cantina at 1306 E. Sixth St., and the Instagram House at 2415 E. Fifth St. And GSD&M, the ad agency on West Sixth Street that has hosted Ray Benson’s birthday bash the past few years, is on the list for parties March 12-15.
Auditorium Shores is listed for events Thursday through Saturday, billed at the SXSW Outdoor Stage Concert Series. This is consistent with the past couple of years since Auditorium Shores reopened; last year, that included a major all-day event on Saturday with headliner Garth Brooks.
Events scheduled for the full March 9-18 run of SXSW include a Warner Bros. TV & DC Comics Pop-up Shop at 717 Red River St. (a parking lot next to Sidewinder nightclub) and a YouTube activation at the Coppertank, 504 Trinity St., where the company has set up shop during SXSW before.
Update: This post has been updated; a spokesperson for Fox says there is no “Bob’s Burgers” installation planned.
It’s that time again: South by Southwest will begin selling wristbands to this year’s SXSW Music Festival at 11 a.m. this morning (Tuesday, Jan. 16). They’re $169 (tax included) and will only be available online via the event’s website.
More than 2,000 acts will perform on 100 stages between Monday, March 12, and Sunday, March 18, as part of SXSW Music. A new wrinkle this year: Music wristbands also will get you into the SXSW Gaming Expo.
Wristband sales are limited to Austin-area residents. Per the SXSW press release: “Individuals may purchase one wristband for themselves and one for another person whose name must be provided at the time of purchase. Online purchase requires a credit card with a billing zip code in the Greater Austin area. A list of zip codes is available at wristbands.sxsw.com/music.” Historically, the SXSW Music wristbands have sold out quickly.
Here’s the biggest name-drop yet for this year’s South by Southwest: The annual mid-March mega-festival has announced more than 500 new additions to its music event.
Highlights include the North American debut of Max Richter’s eight-hour composition “Sleep,” which is helpful seeing as how nobody ever gets any sleep during SXSW. Exactly how and when that’s going to take place hasn’t been announced yet; when it was performed in London last spring, the run-time was 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.
Other notable names among national acts in this batch include Minnesota indie minimalists Low, Philadelpia R&B act Son Little, Nort Carolina songwriter/producer Chris Stamey and Los Angeles DJ Cut Chemist (formerly of Ozomatli and Jurassic 5). International additions include Irish Rockers the Strypes, Haitian rapper Wyclef Jean, South Korea band Crush and English songwriter Frank Turner.
Music industry executive Lyor Cohen, a longtime Warner Music executive who’s now Global Head of Music at YouTube and Google, will be a music keynote speaker at South by Southwest in 2018, the conference announced Tuesday morning.
Cohen is the first music keynote to be confirmed for the event, which runs March 9-18. He’ll speak on Wednesday, March 14. Other keynotes announced so far include Darren Aronofsky and Barry Jenkins (film), Esther Perel (interactive), and Ta-Nehisi Coates, Sadiq Khan and whurley (convergence).
Cohen oversees domestic and international music partnerships, along with artist and label relations, for YouTube and Google. A founder of the music content firm 300, Cohen previously was chairman and CEO of recorded music for Warner Music Group, where he helped oversee the rise of acts such as the Killers, Jay-Z, Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars and the Black Keys.
Tuesday’s announcement also included the addition of around a dozen featured speakers in music, entertiainment, marketing and other tracks. The “Music Culture & Stories” track added Pixies/Breeders mainstay Kim Deal and noted Chicago producer/engineer Steve Albini. And Austin rising star Shakey Graves will take part in a music industry panel about building career longevity with Bodie Johnson, Janelle Browning and Keith Levy.
SXSW Conference programming is organized into 24 Tracks divided between Interactive, Film, Music, and Convergence, presented in a variety of session formats. Attendees get primary access to programming associated with their badge type, with secondary entry to most other SXSW events. Registration is via the SXSW website; the next registration deadline is January 12, with a price increase after that date.