One of the highlights of SXSW this year didn’t come as a surprise performance or corporate-sponsored free booze and food orgy. It was a scheduled panel with George Clinton, Bootsy Collins and keyboardist Bernie Worrell.
From the amazing BBQ to the rocking parties at Hype Hotel and Fader Fort, and performances by everyone from Skrillex to Bruce Springstein, SXSW in Austin was a pretty honky-tonk good time. While there were just too many good shows to name, here are six of our favorite new artists.
The debut video from Minneapolis, Minnesota’s Gigamesh shows a fantasy club performance in his typical nu-disco indie dance style. He brings that upbeat, poppy vibe to the dancefloor at SOM on Friday, March 9 while spinning his large catalog of hits and remixes.
Oakland cloud rap duo Main Attrakionz released a new single today “Focalin” while also announcing U.S. tour dates including a SXSW run.
Not only does local wordsmith and producer K.Flay have chops in the studio and on stage, she’s flossing duel degrees in sociology and psychology from Stanford. After grinding on the small clubs circuit she’s finally getting a some breaks with summer festivals. She recently had a slot at Live 105′s BFD festival and she opens Outside Lands on Friday.
Talented musicians are generally well-rounded artists express their creativity in a number of ways. Lately many performers have begun spinning DJ sets, showcasing their talents in superb song selection and energizing the crowd. The latest to join in this trend, RnB crooner Erykah Badu, performs Wednesday night at Ruby Skye.
While bounce music may be vaguely heard outside of New Orleans, Big Freedia is about to change that while taking the world by storm with her vibrant energy and personable charm. She’ll be hitting San Francisco this Thursday with a live performance at Public Works that is certain to turn the dance floor upside down.