SXSW music week is exactly 4 weeks away. As such, parties are being announced everywhere, RSVPs are being thrown around like crazy (RSVPster can take care of that), and every hipster in the world is asking off from work. And of course, as things get closer, more artists are confirmed for SXSW and more rumors are being spread.
SXSW has continued to add to their official lineup almost daily. Notable additions include Talib Kweli, City & Colour, Joey Bada$$ & Pro Era, Flying Lotus aka Captain Murphy, Fidlar, Lisa Marie Presley, Flosstradamus, XXYYXX, Lacuna Coil, Kitty Pryde, Walk Off The Earth, Killer Mike, Born Ruffians, Brooke Waggoner and Seryn. How much money do I have to pay to make a Kitty Pryde/Lisa Marie Presley collaboration happen? Anyway…
Macklemore, Cold War Kids and Frightened Rabbit have been re-added to the official lineup. Why they were initially pulled is still unclear, but thankfully they are back. An inside source tells me that Macklemore will likely perform at the MTVU Woodie Awards Festival, so keep an eye out for that.
Onto the rumor mill…
An insider source has informed RSVPster that Japandroids and the already-confirmed-to-be-at-SXSW Kendrick Lamar are set to play the VICE party. More info on that as it develops.
Alabama Shakes and Michael Kiwanuka will be playing a show in Dallas on March 12th with a 3 day gap in their tour, so a SXSW stop seems likely.
Rapper French Montana will also be playing a show in Dallas during SXSW with a 4 day gap in his tour schedule.
The newly reunited Fall Out Boy has a gap in their schedule during March, so SXSW is a possibility.
European dance/pop star Basshunter announced one show and one show only: a Dallas show on March 9th. SXSW possibility?
The BUKU Music & Art Project in New Orleans is one week before SXSW, and most of their lineup consists of SXSW artists. Alt-J, Action Bronson, Major Lazer, Flying Lotus, Kendrick, etc. But what’s interesting is that their lineup also includes Kid Cudi, Calvin Harris, Public Enemy, Passion Pit, Earl Sweatshirt, Nero, Best Coast (whose tour with the previously rumored Green Day begins a week after SXSW), and more. Is it possible that some of these artists will also head to Austin? You can view BUKU’s full lineup here.
And finally, as is tradition, Kanye West rumors began to flourish last week. This happens every year, but for 3 out of the last 4 years it’s come true. In 2009 Kanye performed at Fader Fort and Perez Hilton’s party, in 2011 Kanye put on a massive GOOD Music showcase with Jay-Z, Kid Cudi, Bon Iver and more, and last year Kanye showed up unannounced at 2Chainz official showcase and performed a handful of songs. This year, Kanye’s current protégé Travi$ Scott is an official showcasing artist. Between this, the fact that GOOD Music has a number of albums dropping this year, and Kanye’s SXSW love and history, there’s always a chance that he will show up in some capacity, whether it be his own performance or as a special guest with Travi$. I will give you more info as the Kanye rumor develops, but it’s likely that this is one of those things that you won’t know whether it’s real or not until it happens.