“SXSW Adds White Mystery to 2018 Music Line-Up,” Austin Chronicle

South by Southwest has released a second wave of showcasing music acts for the conference’s 2018 iteration, including rock & roll life coach Andrew W.K. and recent ACL Fest performers Tank & the Bangas, the New Orleans funk and soul tribe that won the 2017 NPR Tiny Desk contest.

Today’s announcement adds 166 artists to the fold for the March 12-18 madness. The news follows last month’s initial cull of 207 performers, as well as a bulletin announcing country superstar Keith Urban as a featured speaker. That brings the total to 373 of what will ultimately be over 2,000 featured acts.

Other artists of note include folk-tinged experimental indie rockers Mothers, veteran punk philistines the Dwarves, Houston rapper Rocky Banks, and brother/sister swagger rock duo White Mystery. Also on the docket for the 32nd annual industry gathering are indie Americana songman Rayland Baxter, NOLA noise-pop duo Caddywhompus, and thoughtful Bronx hip-hop artist Kemba, who went by YC the Cynicbefore changing his performance moniker with the release of his fascinating 2016 LP Negus.

While leaning more domestic than last month’s announcement, we tally the additions of 15 Aussies, 15 UK acts, six Taiwanese artists, and performers from many corners of the globe, including the lurching art-rock of Holy Motors from Estonia, Barcelona techno troubadour Joe Crepúsculo, and Afro-Columbian synth-pop artist Lido Pimienta, winner of Canada’s coveted Polaris Music Prize.

Homegrown talent draws heavily from mellow indie circles with Molly Burch, Alex Napping, and Hovvdyhighlighting the local list. Bright Light Social Hour frontman Curtis Roush, alt-pop daredevil Walker Lukens, and shoegazey rock trio Ume also join the party. Singer-songwriters Barbara Nesbitt and David Halley, dark experimental synth artist Lachane, and cosmic Americana band Stone Wheels round out Austin’s ranks.

Here’s the full list:

Acid Tongue (Seattle, WA.)

Ahi (Brampton, Canada)

Aka (Johannesurg, South Africa)

Alex Napping (Austin)

Ali aka Mind (Bogotá, Colombia)

Alice Ivy (Melbourne, Australia)

Andrew W.K. (New York, NY.)

Anemone (Montréal, Canada)

Annabel Allum (Guildford, England)

Anna Wise (Brooklyn, NY.)

Arin Ray (Cincinnati, OH.)

Autostrad Band (Amman, Jordan)

Barbara Nesbitt (Austin)

Basement (London, England)

Bat Fangs (Washington, D.C.)

Baum (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Beating Heart (London, England)

Better Person (Berlin, Germany)

The Black Sorrows (Melbourne, Australia)

Blackwulf (Oakland, Calif.)

The Blind Suns (Angers, France)

Bloods (Sydney, Australia)

Bodega (Brooklyn, NY.)

Bohemian Betyars (Miskolc, Hungary)

Boy Harsher (Northhampton MA)

Boytoy (Brooklyn, NY.)

Caddywhompus (New Orleans, LA.)

Candace (Portland, OR.)

Capitan Cobarde (Sevilla, Spain)

Catholic Action (Glasgow, Scotland)

Charles Fauna (Brooklyn, NY.)

Combo Chimbita (New York, NY.)

Curtis Roush (Austin)

David Halley (Austin)

Dead Horses (Milwaukee, WI.)

Didirri (Melbourne, Australia)

Doe (London, England)

Don Trip (Memphis, TN.)

Dwagie (Tainan City, Taiwan)

The Dwarves (San Francisco, Calif.)

The Elliotts (Melbourne, Australia)

Elsz (Sydney, Australia)

Eureka California (Athens, GA.)

Faith Healer (Edmonton, Canada)

Faux Ferocious (Nashville, TN.)

Floating Room (Portland, OR.)

The Fontaines (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Gordi (Canowindra, Australia)

Great Electric Quest (San Diego, Calif.)

The Greeting Committee (Kansas City, MO.)

Guts Club (New Orleans, LA.)

Haley Heynderickx (Portland, OR.)

Hazel English (Oakland, Calif.)

The Heart Collectors (Tyalgum, Australia)

Hex (Wellington, New Zealand)

Hiccup (Brooklyn, NY.)

Hollis Brown (Queens, NY.)

Holly Miranda (Detroit, NY.)

Holy Motors (Tallinn, Estonia)

Hovvdy (Austin)

I Am Waiting for You Last Summer (Ryazan, Russia)

India Ramey (Nashville, TN.)

Jiggy Drama (San Andres Island, FL.)

Joasihno (Munich, Germany)

Joe Crepúsculo (Barcelona, Spain)

John Grvy (Madrid, Spain)

José Biggs (Santiago, Chile)

Joshua Burnside (Belfast, Ireland)

Kari Faux (Little Rock, AR.)

Kemba (Bronx, NY.)

Kino Kimino (New York, NY.)

Knox Fortune (Chicago, IL.)

Kyle Avallone (New York, NY.)

Lachane (Austin)

Leon of Athens (Athens, Greece)

Leyya (Vienna, Austria)

Lido Pimienta (Toronto, Canada)

Liza Anne (Nashville, TN.)

Liz Cooper & the Stampede (Nashville, TN.)

Lois (Madrid, Spain)

Lucy Spraggan (Manchester, England)

Madison Cunningham (Orange County, Calif.)

The Magic Gang (Brighton, England)

Makana (Honolulu, HI.)

Makeness (London, England)

Mal Blum & the Blums (Brooklyn, NY.)

Mallrat (Brisbane, Australia)

Mantra (London, England)

Mary Ocher (Berlin, Germany)

Men I Trust (Montreal, Canada)

Miss Eaves (Brooklyn, NY.)

Moaning (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Mokoomba (Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe)

Molly Burch (Austin)

Moon King (Detroit, MI.)

Mothers (Athens, GA.)

Mozart La Para (Las Minas, Dominican Republic)

Nadia Rose (London, England)

Nat Simons (Getafe, Spain)

Nea Agostini (Saniago, Chile)

Nilüfer Yanya (London, England)

Novella Inc (Santiago, Chile)

Now, Now (Minneapolis, MN.)

The Nude Party (Livingston Manor, NY.)

Núria Graham (Barcelona, Spain)

Otzeki (London, England)

Palm (Philadelphia, PA.)

Pardoner (San Francisco, Calif.)

Pedro Menendez Fusion Ensemble (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Peter Oren (Columbus, IN.)

Pia Fraus (Tallinn, Estonia)

Playa Gótica (Santiago, Chile)

Pommez Internacional (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Poetek (Taipei, Taiwan)

Porches (New York, NY.)

Pure Bathing Culture (Portland, OR.)

The Qualitons (Budapest, Hungary)

Queen of Jeans (Philadelphia, PA.)

Quiet Slang (Philadelphia, PA.)

Rapsody (Snow Hill, NC.)

Rat Fancy (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Rayland Baxter (Nashville, TN.)

Rocky Banks (Houston)

Ronnie Heart (Fort Worth)

Ruby Fatale (Taipei, Taiwan)

Ruby Haunt (Laguna Beach, Calif.)

Sam Fender (Newcastle Upon Tyne, England)

Sangpuy (Taitung, Taiwan)

Shame (London, England)

Small Island Big Song (Melbourne, Australia)

Snst (Chicago, IL.)

Sonia Calico (Taipei, Taiwan)

Soviet (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Spendtime Palace (Costa Mesa, Calif.)

Starlito (Nashville, TN.)

Stone Wheels (Austin)

Sudan Archives (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Sweet Crude (New Orleans, LA.)

Tancred (New England, ME.)

Tank & the Bangas (New Orleans, LA.)

Tedy Andreas (Houston)

Ten Bears (Madrid, Spain)

The Teskey Brothers (Melbourne, Australia)

Thandi Phoenix (Sydney, Australia)

Thunder Dreamer (Evansville, IN.)

Tino Drima (San Francisco, Calif.)

Tori Forsyth (Congewai, Australia)

Ume (Austin)

Uncle Meg (Brooklyn, NY.)

Vacations (Newcastle, Australia)

Van Ness Wu (Los Angeles, Taiwan)

Varsity (Chicago, IL.)

Vita & the Woolf (Philadelphia, PA.)

Vundabar (Boston, MA.)

Walker Lukens (Austin)

Wallows (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Wesley Jensen & the Penny Arcade (Denton)

White Mystery (Chicago, IL.)

Wild (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Wilsn (Melbourne, Australia)

Wrongonyou (Rome, Italy)

Yahyel (Tokyo, Japan)

Ybn Nahmir (Birmingham, AL.)

Yonaka (Brighton, England)

Zara McFarlane (Dagenham, England)

Zenizen (Brooklyn, NY.)

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