No matter how prepared I get, South by Southwest seems to sneak up on me. This year, though, preparedness is at a premium. As the festival balloons larger and larger each year, it brings with it a more bountiful harvest of talented artists along with it. In the spirit of getting ready to soak in ridiculous amounts of music over the next week and a half or so, I decided to put together a list of the bands, acts and artists that I am most excited to catch while down in Austin for my annual pilgrimage. Hit the jump for the full list. Continue reading Top Artists To Catch At SXSW 2014 + Spotify Playlist
As SXSW nears, there are few independent hip-hop artists coming out of Chicago with more of a foundation (and polka dots) than Treated Crew/LOD member ShowYouSuck, who showed his best work is still coming with his talented project to begin 2014, Dude Bro. The album was a culmination of the work he had done throughout his previous four-part “One Man Pizza Party” series and, although the subject matter stayed largely where it had been since his first project (couch surfing, slurpees and cartoons), things felt more matured. Continue reading |Video| ShowYouSuck: “Make Out King”
Why South By?
Given that SXSW’s industry influence is on the wane, are there still good reasons for upstart bands to brave the festival?
By Miles Raymer @milesraymer
click to enlarge Young Chicago garage rockers Twin Peaks prove that old-fashioned music-biz wheeling and dealing still happens at SXSW. Continue reading Why South By?