It is now officially 34 days until the start of music week at SXSW. People are asking off work, buying their survival gear, and building up their alcohol tolerance for the absurd amount of free drinks they’ll be consuming. As we get closer to the week we’re all looking forward to, the SXSW lineup continues to grow and the rumors start piling up.
SXSW has continued to add to their official lineup almost daily. Notable additions include Youth Lagoon, Aqualung, Benny Benassi, Chiodos, YG, Chuck Inglish (The Cool Kids), Gangsta Boo (Three 6 Mafia), Family Of The Year, Autre Ne Veut, Jake Bellows (Neva Dinova), Lord Huron, Heartless Bastards, and Anamanaguchi.
Unfortunately, it seems that Frightened Rabbit was pulled from the official lineup. EDIT: they confirmed that they’ll still be attending the fest via their official newsletter. Further additions and subtractions to the official lineup are to be expected, so keep an eye on SXSW’s band list for additional changes.
Though not on the official lineup, Girl Talk will be performing at National Geographic’s SXSW event (RSVPster note: we can’t RSVP you to this event, badges only) the Sunday before music week begins. Hopefully he will stick around for music week and put on some additional shows.
Royal Heir Entertainment will be hosting an event featuring Wu Tang Clan’s Raekwon, though most of the details have yet to be announced.
Rounding out the announced artists, Ben Kweller will be performing at the The Austin Music Awards on Wednesday, March 13. The awards ceremony claims to have a surprise special guest, so keep an eye on their Twitter for more info.
On to rumor news…
As a follow up to last week’s rumor about Dave Grohl’s Second City Players, which consists of Grohl, his Foo Fighters bandmates, his Nirvana bandmate Krist Novoselic, Corey Taylor, Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick, Stevie Nicks, Rick Springfield, John Fogerty and others, Grohl stated in a Nerdist interview: “We want to do a South By Southwest with all these musicians.” So a performance in some capacity seems likely.
In regards to another rumor discussed last week, Snoop Dogg/Lion will headline this year’s Dallas Observer St. Patrick’s Day concert. Between this, his documentary debut at SXSW Film, and his SXSW history, the odds of him performing during music week are pretty high (pun intended).
To add to the list of artists debuting films, 30 Seconds To Mars will be unveiling their documentary at SXSW Film as well, so keep on the lookout for any shows they may announce.
In reference to his spring tour, Bassnectar tweeted: “there is also another ‘southern special’ that aint even listed, and i bet you can guess“. Let’s keep our fingers crossed and hope that he’s referring to SXSW.
On Sunday, SongKick.com and MTV.com added two Dallas shows for the indie-rock band Phoenix, one before SXSW and one after. These dates have since been pulled, but it’s caused many to speculate whether or not the band will make a surprise SXSW appearance.
A$AP Mob member A$AP Ant simply tweeted “SXSW 2013” yesterday, indicating that he will be heading to Austin. While A$AP Rocky will unfortunately be on the east coast and in Canada during SXSW, the other members of the mob are still TBD.
Multiple sources have confirmed that Mac Miller will once again be present at SXSW, but whether or not he is performing is still up in the air.
of Montreal will be headlining the Savannah Stopover, a festival in Savannah, Georgia for artists en route to SXSW, which would indicate that they are likely headed to Austin. Speaking of, check out their recent NPR Tiny Desk Concert.
Flosstradamus will be playing Dallas and South Padre during music week, so it would seem likely that he’ll head to SXSW.
Rumors have been flying about the incarcerated Chief Keef. His reps announced via Twitter that he’ll be available for shows after March 14th, and many sources are claiming that some of the larger SXSW parties are attempting to book him. Whether or not he’ll perform it still to be determined.
Finally, as the American festival lineups are being announced and as the bands begin making their festival-rounds, many are wondering whether or not some of these artists will make a stop at SXSW. The Postal Service, The xx, Yeah Yeah Yeahs (who have dates in Mexico following SXSW), Sigur Ros, Passion Pit, Tame Impala, The Lumineers, Earl Sweatshirt, etc. are being added to a number of festivals all across the country, leaving us to ask “What about Austin?” — but, thus far, there’s nothing to indicate that any of these artists will be coming to SXSW, but it’s likely that at least a couple will surprise us.