It’s Februrary, which means SXSW is right around the corner. Over the last few weeks, SXSW has been quietly adding artists to their official lineup. Notable additions include Action Bronson, The Polyphonic Spree, Shiny Toy Guns, Andrew WK, Diane Birch, Far East Movement, Diiv, Gregory Alan Isakov, The Pharcyde, Teddy Geiger, Riff Raff, Paul Oakenfold, Wolfgang Gartner, Skream and Balmorhea. Check out the full piece on Consequence of Sound to see the entire list of bands added.
Unfortunately, it appears Seattle hip-hop star and chart-topper Macklemore has been pulled from the lineup, as well as indie rock stars Cold War Kids. Keep an eye on SXSW’s lineup for additional changes, or just follow me and RSVPster on Twitter for updates.
In rumor news, famed Canadian interviewer Nardwuar asked rising hip-hop star Joey Bada$$ via Twitter if he could interview him at SXSW, and Joey agreed. While nothing has been confirmed officially yet, this heavily implies that Joey Bada$$ will be there.
Sound City Players, which consists of Dave 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, are screening a documentary at SXSW Film. Many sources are saying that a performance is likely.
SXSW Film will also have documentaries following Snoop Dogg (or Lion, whatever) and Green Day. No word on whether or not these artists will be present, but Snoop has been coming to SXSW for the last 3 years, so it would not be unexpected.
It has been confirmed through multiple sources that Wiz Khalifa will be in attendance at SXSW, but whether or not he’s performing is still TBD. Last year, Wiz performed at the free Illmore showcase, and in 2011 he performed at Fader Fort.
Aesop Rock posted new tour dates yesterday. He will be in Dallas on 3/10 with a long gap in his schedule afterwards, so be on the lookout for SXSW performances being announced soon.
Critically acclaimed rapper Killer Mike will be at 35 Denton, so a SXSW visit is expected.
The Strokes have announced a 3/26 release date for their new album Comedown Machine. As they are SXSW vets, this has caused many to speculate whether or not they will make a surprise appearance. Are we in for another Strokes riot like SX ‘2011?
Canadian indie darlings Stars have a week long gap during SXSW on their tour with Milo Greene, so be on the lookout for that.
We also know that Tennis is currently in Austin recording (via Twitter) — maybe they’ll love Austin so much that they’ll come back for a SXSW appearance.
A new single right before SXSW? Can we guess that Washed Out might make play a show?
And in unlikely rumor news, there’s been some buzz that Frank Ocean and/or Earl Sweatshirt might make an appearance, but there has been little to no evidence to back that up. So cross your fingers, but don’t get your hopes up.
Finally, we found this tweet – no idea if there’s any truth or this, or who this guy is: