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Monday, January 20, 2014

A SXSW Primer + Any Orlando bands headed to SXSW?

Posted By on Mon, Jan 20, 2014 at 4:45 PM

I'm excited to announce that Orlando Weekly will be going to South By Southwest this year to see what bands there are to be discovered, and equally as cool, to see how Orlando bands make their mark with official or unofficial showcases. SXSW takes place March 7-16, 2014, and I've already noted that Orlando Street Smart rapper Wes Fif and DeLand rising stars Roadkill Ghost Choir will be representing, as well as Jacksonville's Sunbears! and Orlando ex-pats Alligator Indian, but I'm curious who else is headed that direction to take advantage of the massive gathering of music lovers?

If you're planning to bring your band to Austin for SXSW, please comment below or email abelanger@orlandoweekly.com. But if you're planning on simply attending SXSW, I am insanely jealous, because after poring over the entire lineup, there's the dependably fantastic mix of old talents (Bob Mould) and up-and-comers (Mutual Benefit). I also noted a number of artists who we heavily discussed over the course of last year, many of which we actually got to see. Here are some links for those priming for SXSW:

Singer-songwriter Angel Olsen lets the frayed ends show

Album review: Charli XCX's 'True Romance'

Stark emotion of Gambles’ ‘Trust’ is revelatory

Gary Numan joins Nine Inch Nails at Amway Center on Halloween

The hand that feeds

photos from Nine Inch Nails and Gary Numan at Amway

His Electro Blue Voice delivers one of the most eye-popping debuts in ages

Jacuzzi Boys play Rollins’ Fox Fest, free and open to public

Japanther performs at Total Bummer 4Ever

Experimental chamber-pop musician Kishi Bashi plays the Social

Band's labyrinth: Into the woods with Cleveland duo Mr. Gnome

Packed House for Perfect Pussy, Ex-Breathers and Wet Nurse

Album Reviews: Teith, Pissed Jeans, Warm Soda

Atlanta’s Whores are one of the most underrated noise-rock bands around today (There are actually a considerable number of Atlanta and Athens bands going to SXSW this year.)

Yamantaka // Sonic Titan deliver us into a knife-sharp sonic world on their sophomore album

That should be enough to get you started, and keep an eye out on March 21 for another showcasing artist at SXSW who will roll through town shortly after the conference/festival ends: The Casket Girls play Will's Pub on March 21, and we'll feature an interview with the band on the issue out March 19. Listen to their freak-pop 2012 release Sleepwalking now:


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