Well guys, it’s only 20 days until SXSW. The party announcements are coming like wildfire, and each day more and more artists are confirmed to be coming.
Recent artists that have been confirmed for SXSW include Black Hippy (Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, Schoolboy Q and Jay Rock), Yelawolf, Chief Keef, Earl Sweatshirt, Hit-Boy, Forever The Sickest Kids, 12th Planet, Meat Puppets, Mystikal, The Doppelgangaz, Dyland Baldi (of Cloud Nothings), Café Tacvba, Molotov and Bajofondo.
On to rumors…
It’s barely a rumor at this point, but the Auditorium Shores lineup for Friday night will (most likely) be My Morning Jacket’s frontman Jim James and Spoon frontman Britt Daniel’s side project Divine Fits. This was posted accidentally on SXSW’s schedule last week but then removed, but you can still find it through Google cache (they will likely be officially revealing this tomorrow anyway).
As mentioned a few times before, there’s been rumor of a GOOD Music showcase returning, a show put on by Kanye West in 2011 and 2009. With Hit-Boy being added to the schedule, Travi$ Scott being confirmed a few weeks ago, and Pusha T being all-but-confirmed at this point, it’s seems to becoming more and more likely. To add fuel to the fire, The Night Supply posted a few supposed leaks on their Facebook page of their lineup, one of them being Big Sean. Is there any truth to these rumors? My sources say yes, but nothing is concrete yet, so we’ll just have to wait and see.
The Postal Service has added a number of tour dates to their schedule. Nothing specific to indicate that they’re coming to SXSW besides the speculation mentioned in previous posts, but a man can dream can’t he?
Phoenix, which has been rumored before, have also added a few additional dates to their tour. They’re touring with Mac Demarco, who is a SXSW showcasing artist this year.
Dylan Baldi is doing a DJ set on 3/15, so the possibility of Cloud Nothings performing in some capacity seems likely.
EDM artist 12th Planet has been added to the official lineup. 12th Planet has been known to bring out Skrillex before at his shows, and with Skrilly having a convenient gap in his tour schedule, it seems that a SXSW performance might happen.
Com Truise is playing 35 Denton, so a return to SXSW seems likely.
Lydia and From Indian Lakes begin touring a few days after SXSW, starting in Dallas, so a SXSW appearance could be in the works.
And finally, one of the strangest SXSW mysteries I’ve come across is one pointed out by OperationEveryBand. On Tuesday March 12th, SXSW Music’s opening day, there’s only one artist scheduled to play at The Main (former Emo’s outside on 6th), a funk band named We Are A Sad Band. This group is seemingly non-existent. Their location is “Sadville, TX,” a place that doesn’t exist, and their website is listed as “sxsw.com.” Googling them brings up nothing, and as SXSW pointed out in their Reddit AMA last week, they only choose artists who tour extensively and/or have a strong social media presence. Clearly something fishy is going on, but what does it mean? OperationEveryBand writer Nate Headden has made a case that it could be a secret show for Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke’s new side-project, Atoms for Peace. Whether it’s Thom or not is still up for speculation, but something very strange is going on and there’s a reason SXSW is keeping it secret, so odds are it’s something big.