The SXSW Music Festival has announced some new additions to the schedule, including rapper-turned-actor Ice Cube, garage-rock enigmas The Vines, harder-than-heavy rock band High on Fire, and more hip new bands than you can possibly handle. Austin Powell breaks it down for The Austin Chronicle:
R.E.M., Dolly Parton, Thurston Moore, and Jim James (solo and with My Morning Jacket) are in, along with new additions the Vines and Ice Cube. Don’t get too excited about High on Fire listed alongside Sleep. The latter refers to a Portland-based hip-hop group, not Matt Pike’s seminal doom-metal outfit. Likewise, Kevin Shields isn’t My Bloody Valentine, but rather the alias of noise specialist Eva Aguila.
There’s no shortage of metal, though, thanks to Genghis Tron, Norway’s Shining, and J Mascis’ Witch. Or mettle for that matter, with Mick Jones’ Carbon/Silicon, L7’s Donita Sparks, and a Naked Raygun reunion. From 71-year-old San Antonio tenor saxophonist Vernon “Spot” Barnett and New York-based Wu-Tang collaborator and trumpeter Christian Scott to new-world visionaries (Santogold, Sia, Robyn) and indie buzz bands (Vampire Weekend, Sea Wolf, Lightspeed Champion, and Dead Oceans’ most recent signee, Bowerbirds), the near 1,600-act list has a little something for everyone.
Local representatives account for just about every hue in the color wheel (White Ghost Shivers, Yellow Fever, Brownout, Pink Nasty), but none more so than black (the Black, the Black & White Years, the Black Angels, Black Earth, Blackholicus, Black Joe Lewis & the Honey Bears). Nearly one-third of the roster – to be spread across a record-high 79 stages – are imports, led by an unsurprisingly strong Canadian contention (Black Mountain, Destroyer, the Weakerthans) and a surge of Latin American artists.
To get the full list of artists confirmed at this point, click here.