AUSTIN, Texas -- AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The South by Southwest Music Festival released its first list of artists for 2014 on Wednesday, featuring acts ranging from New Orleans rapper Vockah Redu to Texas country singer Rodney Crowell and Swedish rock band INVSN.
The first batch of 183 acts from 27 countries will only be the first of many, said Elizabeth Derczo, publicist for the six-day festival and music conference. South by Southwest was created to showcase up-and-coming acts, build industry contacts and include a handful of established talent.
In 2013, more than 25,000 people saw 2,278 acts during the festival that takes over downtown Austin every spring.
INVSN is one of the important European acts, featuring Dennis Lyxzen, lead singer of punk bands Refused and International Noise Conspiracy. INVSN is currently on a U.S. tour promoting their new self-titled album.
Other international acts include Germany's Hyenaz, Belgium's Sold Out and England's Glass Animals.
Dum Dum Girls drummer Sandra Vu brings her new genre-stretching band SISU to the festival. Other American bands include Brooklyn's Deidre and the Dark, Avi Buffalo from Los Angeles and Ohio's Jessica Lea Mayfield.
The festival also features fringe and experimental acts unlikely to ever make the charts or appear on TV. Austin's punk-rock drag queen Christeene is among the artists performing in 2014, mixing a homeless woman's appearance with explicit lyrics.
The music portion of South by Southwest lasts from March 11-16. South by Southwest also includes a film festival from March 7-15 and an interactive festival from March 7-11.
Charlotte Aitchison makes awfully endearing synth-dance-pop that's hard not to enjoy. Imagine you're sipping on a drink and dancing around and it's not difficult to also imagine you're listening to some Charli XCX. She's featured on Icona Pop's "I Love It," which is easily one of the best songs to come out of the tender genre in 2012. All of which is to say: 2013 is her year. <strong>Where You Can See Her:</strong> Monday, Mar. 12 - The Warner Sound Captured by Nikon – The Belmont Tuesday, Mar. 13 – Austin, TX @ Hype Machine’s Hype Hotel – 3rd & Jacinto Tuesday, Mar. 13 – Paradigm Showcase – Club Deville Wednesday, Mar. 14 - Filter Magazine’s Showdown on Cedar St. – Cedar St. Courtwayd Wednesday, Mar. 14 - IAMSOUND / MFG SXSW Party – Mohawk Lounge Wednesday, Mar. 14 - Urban Outfitters Event Wednesday, Mar. 14 - ASOS Event Wednesday, Mar. 14 - Perez Hilton’s One Night in Austin – Austin City Music Hall
He popped a molly and he's performing at SXSW. The "All Gold Everything" rapper has a bit of work to do on his live show, so come see if he's got the chops. <strong>Where You Can See Him</strong>: Thursday, Mar. 14 - MTV Jams Showcase - Red River & 1st Street 3 pm Thursday, Mar. 14 - Fader Fort - 1101 E. 5th St. - 6 pm Friday, Mar. 15 - Spin Magazine - 801 Red River - 5:30 pm Friday, Mar. 15 - New Atlantic Showcase - Suite 101 - 1 am Saturday, Mar. 15 - Hardknock TV - TBD (Playing basketball) - 12 - 4 pm Saturday, Mar. 15 - VICE Showcase - 401 E. Cesar Chavez - 9:45p
Classixx is a production duo from Los Angeles that makes music that sounds like it's from an era where pacing and space actually mattered. Listen to their new b-side above and tell us it doesn't sound like a solid Depeche Mode track. <strong>Where You Can See Them:</strong> Sunday, Mar. 10 - AMOA-Arthouse - 1:30 - 3:30pm Tuesday, Mar. 12 - SX Spotify House - 12 - 4 pm Tuesday, Mar. 12 - Learning Secrets at Haven Thursday, March 14 - Check Yo Ponytail at Emo's - 8:30 - 9:15pm Friday, March 15 - Future Classic Presents Electric Lounge - 418 E. 6th St.
The man made a splash with his Salva-assisted remix of Kanye West's "Mercy" and <a href="https://soundcloud.com/rlgrime/satisfaction-rl-grime-remix">he hasn't really stopped yet</a>. If you're going to SXSW for trap, two words of advice: See RL Grime, and please don't only go to SXSW for trap. <strong>Where You Can See Him</strong>: Thursday, Mar. 14 - Fool's Gold / Mad Decent Party - Emo's East/Beauty Ballroom
We're not head over heels in love with Little Daylight, but they're making their live debut at SXSW and MTV calls them "a heady mix of Icona Pop and Sky Ferreira." That's pretty good math, and worth stopping by -- especially at the ASOS Showcase, which seems like a fun time. <strong>Where You Can See Them:</strong> Friday, Mar. 13 - Paradigm Showcase at Club Deville - 9 PM Saturday, Mar. 16 - ASOS showcase at Cedar Door - 12:30 PM Saturday, Mar. 16 - FreeNow! Beautiful Buzz showcase at Brew Exchange - 4 PM
The Jane Doze
This New York DJ and EDM production duo's fun mashups and energetic DJ sets are helping them rapidly make inroads into the dance music community. Worth a look before you can only see them in big venues and on festival stages. <strong>Where You Can See Them</strong>: Saturday, Mar. 9 - Fast Company Interactive Party - 9p Tuesday, Mar. 12 - T-Mobile House - 9:15p Wednesday, Mar. 13 - Gracenote Private Event - 8p Thursday Mar. 14 - ASOS Music Lounge - 2p Friday 3/15 - Spotify House - 12p
Rap's shining star is making a big splash at South By. He's headlining the Mass Appeal Showcase which also features performances by A$AP Ferg, Pusha-T, Danny Brown, and Joey Bada$$. If you can get in, don't sleep. He's also the subject of the festival's signature interview. K-Dot will sit down with RapRadar's Elliott Willson for a chat on Thursday, Mar. 14. (<a href="http://sxsw.com/music/news/sxsw-music-announces-featured-conversation-kendrick-lamar-elliott-wilson">Details here.</a>) <strong>Where You Can See Him:</strong> Friday, Mar. 15 - Mass Appeal Showcase - Austin Music Hall - 7p (Show Starts)
The Fool's Gold boss, HuffPost blogger and turntablist will headline a host of events featuring the young (and, in Danny Brown's case, young-ish) guns on his label. You'll have to wait until the end of the night, but ask anyone who has seen him spin before and they'll tell you it's worth the wait. <strong>Where You Can See Him:</strong> Thursday, Mar. 14 - Fool's Gold / Mad Decent Party - Emo's East/Beauty Ballroom Friday, Mar. 15 - Sonos House Party Friday, Mar. 15 - Fool's Gold x Yamborghini - The Illmore Saturday, Mar. 16 - Fool's Gold Showcase - Beauty Ballroom
If you're wondering why every rapper is suddenly talking about molly again, Danny Brown is the man to blame. Brown broke onto the scene with "XXX," a searing mixtape that winks at his then-age (30) in between drug-laden raps that showcase a special flow. Hear him on songs with A$AP Rocky, see him at SXSW and understand that none of the above doses of Danny are SFW. <strong>Where You Can See Him</strong>: Saturday, Mar. 16 - Fool's Gold Showcase - Beauty Ballroom
Depeche Mode seems back to their old (read: best) ways, returning to the sound that made them famous <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/31/depeche-mode-heaven-new-single_n_2583607.html">with a comeback single called "Heaven."</a> We know you keep hearing that SXSW is a time to meet new talent, and that's true. But don't miss the opportunity to see these legends live. <strong>Where You Can See Them</strong>: Wednesday, Mar. 13 - Austin Convention Center - 5p (Discussion) Friday, Mar. 15 - Brazos Hall - 10p
John O'Regan packs an odd punch: The Canadian singer's voice sounds positively vintage but he applies it over danceable keys and basslines that make him a sure win with those wanting a good dose of fun without something too saccharine. Fresh off a tour with Stars, he's also one of the hardest-working pavement pounders out there. Just look at the number of gigs he's tackling in two days. <strong>Where You Can See Him:</strong>: Thursday, Mar. 14 - Waterloo Records In-Store - Waterloo Records - 1pm Thursday, Mar. 14 - Dickies Day Party - Lustre Pearl - 4pm Thursday, Mar. 14 - EXPRESS Showcase – Austin Music Hall – 7:15pm Friday, Mar. 15 - Brooklyn Vegan Day Party – Old Emo’s – 1:30pm Friday, Mar. 15 - Spotify House (DJ Performance)- Spotify House - 4pm Friday, Mar. 15 - VEVOtv Showcase (Acoustic) – Ghost Room – 8pm Friday, Mar. 15 - Rachel Ray Party (DJ Performance) – Banger’s – 11pm
Richie Hawtin, Loco Dice & Friends
Richie Hawtin (above) and Loco Dice have been touring the country preaching the gospel of good electronic dance music for some time now, so it's natural that they land at SXSW in a year when any number of new, "buzzy" dance producers and DJs are joining the party. Their night at Bungalow will also feature Tiga, Azari & III, the Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Ean Golden and Matthew Hawtin. <strong>Where You Can See Them</strong>: Wednesday, Mar. 13 - CNTRL: Beyond EDM - Bungalow - 7p
Formerly known as Kitty Pryde, Kathryn Beckworth is still basking in the praise of "DAISY Rage," a surprisingly well-tailored album that offers a way forward for meme rap. Always winking (there's a song called "Scout Finch B-tch"), Kitty offers clever rhymes against sleepy beats. Verses come and go the same way they do on A$AP Rocky tracks -- you have to listen for the jokes, but when you find them, they're pretty good ("Why you wanna f--kin' undercut me like I'm Skrillex hair?). <strong>Where You Can See Her:</strong> Wednesday, Mar. 13 - Brooklyn Vegan @ the old Emo's Wednesday, Mar. 13 - Consequence of Sound @ Bar 96 Wednesday, Mar. 13 - I Heart Comix x Ham On Everything Event @ Beauty Bar Friday, Mar. 15 - Stereogum @ The Hype Hotel Saturday, Mar. 16 - Dub Frequency @ W Hotel Saturday, Mar. 16 - Winniecooper.net/BeatRoute Mag @ Townhouse
Everyone's favorite coke-rapper-on-a-comeback will perform with Kendrick Lamar at Mass Appeal's showcase, so don't sleep. <strong>Where You Can See Him</strong>: Thursday, Mar. 14 - MTV Jams Showcase - Red River & 1st Street - 6 pm Friday, Mar. 15 - Mass Appeal Showcase - 208 Nueces St. - 11p
If you're looking for organs, look no further. Peep the folks who decided to pose for photos in the above getups at the locations and times below. <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F80402805"></iframe> <strong>Where You Can See Them:</strong> Wednesday, Mar. 13 - Consequence of Sound Party @ The Parish (214 E 6th St) - 1 PM Wednesday, Mar. 13 - Life or Death PR Party @ Scoot Inn (1308 E 4th St) - 8 PM Thursday, Mar. 14 - Austin Psych Fest Party @ Hotel Vegas (1500 E 6th St) - 1:30 PM Thursday, Mar. 14 - Polyvinyl Records Showcase - Red Eyed Fly (715 Red River St) - 12 AM Friday, Mar. 15 - Boost Case Party - Malverde (400-B W 2nd St) - 3:15 PM Friday, Mar. 15 - Bust Magazine Party @ The Pussy Palace (4407 Ave C) - 6 PM Friday, Mar. 15 - Blundertown/Sailor Jerry Party @ Gypsy Lounge (1504 E 6th St) - 5 PM
If you haven't gotten tired of the Seattle rapper's thrifty jingle-rap yet, you can catch him headlining iHeartRadio's party, where he'll be joined by Ryan Lewis, Tegan and Sara, Atlas Genius and Josh Baze. <strong>Where You Can See Them:</strong> Tuesday, Mar. 12 - The Main - 8p (21+)
Iggy (Pop's Veins) & Stooges
Vans might be putting on the party of the festival: Iggy Pop, The Specials, Ghostface Killah, Japandroids, Sky Ferreira and Middle Class Rut will convene under one roof. If you're <em>not</em> going to SXSW, you can watch along live <a href="http://www.vans.com/sxsw">at the shoe company's website</a>. <strong>Where You Can See Them:</strong> Wednesday, Mar. 13 - The Mohawk - 6:30 pm
Usually when a publicist tells you their client's album is one of the "most beautiful" things they've heard in recent memory, that's enough reason to start downing salt in pinch-sized increments. But Hundred Waters has actually made especially well-paced, effecting music, and these days, that's worth a listen. <strong>Where You Can See Them:</strong> Tuesday, Mar. 12 - Pitchfork party - Mohawk, 912 Red River - 10:15 pm Wednesday, Mar. 13 - School Night - The Tap Room, 311 Colorado St. Thursday, Mar. 14- IHEARTCOMIX - Emo's East, 2015 E Riverside - 2:45 pm Friday, Mar. 15 - Hype Machine/Stereogum Party - Hype Hotel, 301 Brazos St. - 1:00 pm Friday, Mar.15 - Biz3 Showcase - Scoot Inn - 8:45 pm
Next Up: Movies!
"The Incredible Burt Wonderstone"
Steve Carell and Jim Carrey star as dueling magicians in this new comedy from Warner Bros. "Burt Wonderstone" premieres at SXSW one week before its nationwide bow on March 15.
Nothing says SXSW like gruesome horror and future cult classics, which is why the remake of "Evil Dead," set for nationwide release on April 12, is perfect for Austin.
Richard Linklater's third film in the "Before Sunrise" franchise is one of the year's best thus far, an honest relationship comedy with genuine laughs and heartbreaking honesty. "Before Midnight" debuted at the Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews and will reach theaters on May 24. Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy reprise their roles as Jesse and Celine.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut focuses on the title Jon, a New Jersey ladies' man who is also addicted to internet porn. "Don Jon's Addiction" debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January and was picked up for release by Relativity Media. Look for the sex comedy in theaters nationwide this summer.
Matthew McConaughey, indie king. The 2012 breakout star continues his run in 2013 with "Mud," a new drama from Jeff Nichols ("Take Shelter") about a drifter and the kids he encounters.
"Your Highness" director David Gordon Green went back to his indie roots with "Prince Avalanche," a two-hander starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch. The film, which premiered at Sundance, is set for release this summer.
Spring break, forever.
The environmental thriller "The East" is the closing night film at SXSW, but you won't have to wait long to see this one: Fox Searchlight is set to release "The East" in May.
"At Any Price"
If Matthew McConaughey is indie king does that make Zac Efron indie prince?
"The Spectacular Now"
Miles Teller ("21 and Over") is going to be everywhere this year -- including SXSW with "The Spectacular Now." The film enjoyed one of the stronger debuts at Sundance and is set for release this summer.
Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick and Olivia Wilde star in Joe Swanberg's "Drinking Buddies," a SXSW premiere.
"Short Term 12"
Brie Larson could be the Miles Teller of SXSW '13. She's the rising star of the indie drama "Short Term 12" and has a small appearance in "Don Jon's Addiction."
"I Give It a Year"
The UK romcom makes landfall in the States at SXSW. Rose Byrne ("Bridesmaids") leads the way.
"Much Ado About Nothing"
Because Joss Whedon is Joss Whedon, he made a black-and-white adaptation of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" while finishing "Marvel's The Avengers." The film debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2012 and screens in limited release this summer.
Adam Brody plays a man looking back on his past relationships in "Some Girl(s)," a new film written by Neil LaBute.