Four on the Floor: SXSW First-Timers (2016 Round Three)

Written by Amy Fennie | Wednesday, Jan 13, 2016

One of the highlights of SXSW is checking out new bands from all over the world. Here a few of the newcomers from yesterday’s Round Three announcement that will be making their SXSW debuts in March!

Montana of 300 (Chicago, IL)
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2016 SXSW Showcasing Artist Montana of 300. Photo courtesy of the artist. The crazy buzz around independent rapper, Montana of 300, is not to be taken lightly. The “Rap God” has over 100 million views on YouTube and dropped a new album, Gunz and Roses, with rapper Talley of 300 in early December to rave reviews from his fans. In early September, Montana posted a video of himself on Facebook in the studio with Kanye West and Def Jam co-founder Rick Rubin, and hinted at a collaboration with West, Lil Wayne and Jay-Z in another post that has since been deleted. West is known for mentoring up-and-coming Chicago rappers, and we hope we will get to hear Yeezy’s influence on Montana’s soon-to-be-released solo album Fire In the Church.
RIYL: Chief Keef, Lil Durk

The Moonlandingz (London, UK-England)
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2016 SXSW Showcasing Artist The Moonlandingz. Photo courtesy of the artist. Sean Lennon and Kemp Muhl of The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, vocalist Lias Saoudi and guitarist Saul Adamczewski of Fat White Family, and Adrian Flanagan and Dean Honer of Eccentronic Research Council have come together to form the fictional rock band, The Moonlandingz. The band’s inception came out of a “psychedelic ouija pop” collaboration record Johnny Rocket, Narcissist & Magic Machine, I’m Your Biggest Fan between Fat White Family and Eccentronic Research Council. The band has now been brought to life with the October release of an EP Expanded, and a promised heavy-hitting pop album on the way.
RIYL: The Flaming Lips, of Montreal

De Mónaco (Santiago, Chile)
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2016 SXSW Showcasing Artist De Mónaco. Photo by Felipe Bascunan Valdes. Not many bands can say that their debut performance was to a packed audience, but that’s exactly what makes the electro/pop band, De Mónaco, stand out. The band, formed in 2013, had a vision to create colorful and vibrant music and found fame quickly with their first single “Celestia” from their 2014 EP Umbrales. De Mónaco started recording their first LP in April and has since signed with Jungla Music, a Latin indie label. The band is currently on a national tour that runs until February 10, and their LP will be released in late 2016. Check out their latest single, “Decido Ser,” which took the #7 spot in Spotify’s “Chile’s Viral 50” above.
RIYL: Passion Pit, The Naked and Famous

Astronauts, Etc. (Oakland, CA)
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2016 SXSW Showcasing Artist Astronauts, etc. Photo by Ginger Fierstein. Anthony Ferraro was touring with Toro Y Moi as their keyboardist and studying music at The University of California, Berkley when he began the side project, Astronauts, etc. He recorded and released two EPs on his laptop in 2012 and 2014, but brought friends, who conveniently happened to be jazz musicians, to a studio to record his debut LP, Mind Out Wandering Now. The low-key LP, released in September, is full of silky vocals and light, funky tunes.
RIYL: Bee Gees, Bon Iver

Register to attend the 30th annual SXSW Music Festival, March 15-20, 2016 in Austin. And keep up with the list of showcasing artists here.

Photo credits:
Montana of 300 photo courtesy of the artist
The Moonlandingz photo courtesy of the artist
De Mónaco photo by Felipe Bascunan Valdes
Astronauts, etc. photo by Ginger Fierstein