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2017 Music Fest Rumors: Round 1

Editor’s note: This is Round 1 in our 2017 fest rumor round up report. This round of rumors comes from @ATXconcertKeep up with who to follow on Twitter for fest news with our list of best users to follow. We’re also updating the party calendar daily as event information is released – want to sign-up to get on the list for every unofficial party? Sign-up today. The list of official artists keep growing daily with over 800 bands and musicians on the list so far, but this list is more about who hasn’t been announced yet, but might play at the fest. By looking at tour schedules and following artist rumors, @ATXconcert brings you the top guesses for fest additions.

We can’t believe it’s already that time. The fest sneaks up on us every year and is only 3months away, so you know the rumors are going to start flying around. Hear are a few that make since to us.

WHO: Big Sean is an American rapper from Detroit, Michigan. Sean signed with Kanye West’s GOOD Music in 2007, Def Jam Recordings in 2008, and Roc Nation in 2014. After releasing a number of mixtapes, Sean released his debut studio album, Finally Famous, in 2011. He released his second studio album, Hall of Fame, on August 27, 2013. Sean’s third studio album Dark Sky Paradise was released in 2015, which earned him his first No. 1 studio album.

WHY: He is a huge supporter of he fest and has showed up for the past couple of years. He just dropped the dates for his Decided Tour, which has him in Houston on 3/17 and Dallas on 3/18. Sean has the rest of the fest completely open to surprise us in Austin.

WHO: Colony House is an American indierock quartet. Their debut album, When I Was Younger, reached No. 154 on the Billboard 200 and No. 3 on the Heatseekers Albums chart. Natives of Franklin, Tennessee, the band began working together while in high school in 2009. They have described their sound as “rock n’ roll” with “stripped-down instruments”, influenced by U2 and Cold War Kids. Their second studio album, Only the Lonely, is set to be released on January 13, 2017.

WHY: They are in Waco on 3/14, completely open from 3/15-3/18, in Houston 3/19 and in Dallas on 3/20.

WHO: Margo Price is an American singer-songwriter based in Nashville, Tennessee. The Fader has called her “country’s next star.” Her debut solo album Midwest Farmer’s Daughter was released on Third Man Records on March 25, 2016.

WHY: She has the entire week open before she plays in Austin on 3/24 and Dallas on 3/25.

WHO: The Brian Jonestown Massacre is an American psychedelic rock band formed in San Francisco in 1990 and led by frontman Anton Newcombe. The band began as a shoegaze group in San Francisco in 1990. Following their debut album, the group quickly turned to a broader style of psychedelic rock, incorporating styles such as garage rock, folk rock and, later, electronica into their sound.

WHY: They have a small tour across Texas around the same timeframe with Houston on 3/7, Austin on 3/8, and ending in Dallas on 3/9.

WHO: KT Tunstall is a Scottish singer-songwriter and musician. Born in Edinburgh, KT started playing the piano at the age of 14. Later she learned to play other musical instruments. Her debut album, Eye to the Telescope, launched her music career. That album inspired her nomination for the Mercury Prize in 2005, BRIT Award for Best British Live Act and BRIT Award for Best Breakthrough Act in 2006, and Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 2007.

WHY: She is in Dallas on 3/10, Austin on 3/11, and ends her US tour in Houston on 3/12. She has 3/13-3/19 open.

WHO: Black Tiger Sex Machine, often abbreviated as BTSM, are a Canadian electronic music trio from Montreal. BTSM specialize in various forms of aggressive, dark electronic music, as well as a unique live show that extends beyond a DJ performance. The trio are Marc Chagnon, Julien Maranda and Patrick Barry. The group can be identified by their state-of-the-art tiger helmets.

WHY: They are currently on a tour across the US that ends in Texas. They play Houston on 3/8, San Marcos on 3/9, and finish up their tour in Dallas on 3/10. Without an Austin date, this leaves the fest open.

WHO: Sleigh Bells is an American noise pop duo based in Brooklyn, New York, formed in 2008. The duo consists of vocalist Alexis Krauss and guitarist Derek Edward Miller. After signing to N.E.E.T. Recordings and Mom + Pop Music, Sleigh Bells released their debut album, Treats, in May 2010. Their follow-up album, Reign of Terror, was released in February 2012. In October 2013, the band released their third album, Bitter Rivals, while their fourth album Jessica Rabbit appeared in November 2016.

WHY: Sleigh Bells plays the Granada Theater in Dallas on 3/11, they have 3/12-3/16 open to come to Austin.

WHO: Cate Le Bon is a Welsh singer-songwriter, now based in Los Angeles. She sings in both English and Welsh. She has released four solo albums, two EPs and a number of singles. Le Bon is also known for her collaborations with Manic Street Preachers, Neon Neon, and Matt Davies.

WHY: The only show she has schedule in March is in Dallas on 3/11.

WHO: Cakes Da Killa & Mykki Blanco. Cakes Da Killa is an American rapper based in Englewood, New Jersey. Killa’s debut album, Hedonism, was released in October 2016. Mykki Blanco is an American rapper, performance artist, poet and activist.

WHY: They are currently on tour together with a stop in Dallas on 3/12 and have 3/13-3/16 available to show up in Austin.

WHO: Thundercat is an American multi-genre bass guitarist, producer and singer from Los Angeles, California. He has released three solo albums, is most noted for his work with producer Flying Lotus, and crossover thrash band Suicidal Tendencies. Thundercat appeared on Kendrick Lamar’s critically acclaimed 2015 album To Pimp a Butterfly. In 2016, Thundercat won a Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for his work on the track “These Walls”.

WHY: He is in Houston on 3/11, Dallas on 3/12, and has 3/13-3/15 open.

WHO: Har Mar Superstar is known in the United States’ independent music community as a singer-songwriter (other projects include Calvin Krime and Sean Na Na), but is best known by his alter ego Har Mar Superstar. His primary musical genres are contemporary R&B and pop music.

WHY:The only show he has scheduled in March is in Dallas on 3/17.

WHO: Adelitas Way is an American hard rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada, formed in 2006. The band’s debut single “Invincible” broke them into the mainstream scene after the song made numerous television appearances in commercials and live sporting events.

WHY: They are in Texas during the week of the fest. They have 3/17 open, in Dallas on 3/18, and have 3/19 available to pop up in Austin.

WHO: Darkest Hour is an American heavy metal band from Washington, D.C., formed in 1995. Though failing to break early in their career, the band has received acclaim for their albums Undoing Ruin, Deliver Us, and The Eternal Return. Deliver Us debuted at number 110 on the Billboard album charts with sales of 6,600, and The Eternal Return garnered them an even higher position in the Billboard album charts at number 104. Their latest self-titled effort charted at 102 on the Billboard 200, a peak for the band, and it marked a stylistic shift in the band’s discography.

WHY:They are playing across Texas with no dates scheduled in Austin. They are in Houston on 3/17, San Antonio on 3/18, and in Dallas on 3/19. They have 3/14-3/16 off to come to Austin.

WHO: Cookie Monsta aka Tony Cook is a producer and DJ from Nottingham, UK who represents the loud and grimy side of dubstep. If you like the downright nasty dubstep, then Cookie Monsta is your guy.

WHY: He has 3/16-3/19 open before he is in Houston on 3/24 and Dallas on 3/25.

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