SXSW Showcasing Artist of the Day

2017 SXSW Showcasing Artist Yussef Kamaal

We will be highlighting a different Showcasing Artist each weekday leading up to the 2017 SXSW Music Festival. As artists are posted on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram channels, they will be added to the top of the list here.

Keep up with the full list of showcasing artists and register to attend SXSW 2017 to see all of these acts and more.

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Week of December 5 | Week of November 28 | Week of November 21 | Week of November 14 | Week of November 7 | Week of October 31 | Week of October 24 | Week of October 17 | Week of October 10 | Week of October 3 | Week of September 26

Week of December 5

Robocobra Quartet (Belfast, UK-N. Ireland)

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2017 SXSW Showcasing Artist Robocobra Quartet

Between saxophone solos and expressive verses, there’s a lot to love about Belfast’s Robocobra Quartet. The group’s brooding bass and jazzy tones bring life to their hardcore and poetic lyrics, which are sung/spoken/hollered by drummer and vocalist Chris Ryan. Drawing inspiration from various genres, Robocobra Quartet fuses the intensity of punk, the brass of jazz, and the raw nature of contemporary together to create a sound like none other.

RIYL: Skinny Girl Diet, Marching Church

Robocobra Quartet photo by SCAN

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Week of November 28

STELLA (Bay Area, CA)

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2017 SXSW Showcasing Artist STELLA

Dreamlike and sultry, STELLA’s voice carries the style of classic R&B, but the young artist uses airy synths and percussion to modernize her soulful tunes. It’s impossible to not sway along to STELLA’s recent debut album, Selfish, a smoky collection of alluring rhythms and moody lyrics about recovering from heartbreak.

RIYL: The Weeknd, Sinead Harnett

STELLA photo by Alexander Black

Tunde Olaniran (Flint, MI)

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2017 SXSW Showcasing Artist Tunde Olaniran

Flint, Michigan native Tunde Olaniran shatters the boundaries of genre with his spectrum of musical talents. A brilliant rapper and singer, Olaniran effortlessly switches between different vocals and styles within a song, activating a powerful R&B falsetto one moment and then delivering sick, meaningful hip-hop lyrics in the next. His 2015 album, Transgressor, features an intelligent mix of electronic, punk, rap, and R&B, with a song for every emotion.

RIYL: Lizzo, Big Grams

Tunde Olaniran photo by Timothy Jagielo

Billie Eilish (Highland Park, CA)

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2017 SXSW Showcasing Artist Billie Eilish

While she may be 14 years old, Billie Eilish has a mature and almost haunting sound that defies her age. Her mellow yet powerful voice, combined with simple electric vibes and emotional lyrics, co-written by her brother Finneas O’Connell, has brought in a large fanbase and set the stage for success. Billie first captivated listeners with her dynamic single, “Ocean Eyes”, which she posted herself on Soundcloud, and we’re all eager to see what the young indie pop sensation will accomplish next.

RIYL: Aurora, Glades

Billie Eilish photo by Jack McKain

Yussef Kamaal (London, UK-England)

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2017 SXSW Showcasing Artist Yussef Kamaal

For the first time in decades, jazz music in the UK is thriving, and the duo of Yussef Dayes and Kamaal Williams – known collectively as Yussef Kamaal – is at the heart of it all. Following positive coverage from the likes of Clash and OkayAfrica earlier this year, Yussef Kamaal released their debut LP, titled Black Focus, at the beginning of November. They’re currently on tour in Europe and will be heading to Austin for their first performance at SXSW in March.

RIYL: BadBadNotGood, Moses Boyd

Yussef Kamaal photo courtesy of the artist

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever (Melbourne, Australia)

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2017 SXSW Showcasing Artist Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever

The music of Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever is perfectly synonymous with their name. Starting with a solid base of upbeat rock, the recent Sub Pop-signing incorporates elements of surf, psych, and pop throughout their tunes. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever released a mini LP earlier this year (Talk Tight), which earned praise from Pitchfork and Stereogum, and are readying a follow-up EP and debut LP for release in 2017.

RIYL: The Fresh & Onlys, Twerps

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever photo by McLean Stephenson

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Week of November 21

Noga Erez (Tel Aviv, Israel)

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2017 SXSW Showcasing Artist Noga Erez

Israeli singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Noga Erez only recently came out with her first single “Dance While You Shoot,” yet her sophisticated themes and dynamic electronic sounds are already putting her on the map. She effortlessly mixes her political edge with escapism to produce creative and metallic beats that will make anyone dance.

RIYL: New Gen, Adam Vida

Noga Erez photo by Tonje Thilesen

His Clancyness (Bologna, Italy)

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2017 SXSW Showcasing Artist His Clancyness

Dreamy, alternative melodies define His Clancyness. Led by guitarist and vocalist Jonathan Clancy, the indie group carries the essence of ‘70s rock and roll with their levitating tunes. Their recent album, Isolation Culture, radiates of pleasant and romantic grooves, and we can’t wait to see what psychedelic ride their sounds will take us on next.

RIYL: No Joy, Tamaryn

His Clancyness photo by Giulia Mazza

Apache (Caracas, Venezuela)

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2017 SXSW Showcasing Artist Apache

Apache has been representing Venezuelan hip-hop since 1999, when he was a member of the group Cuarto Poder. Ever since he went solo in 2008, Apache has released five albums, such as Sin A Nar Mucho and Anando. His smooth, clever lyrics are a perfect blend of playful and serious, drawing attention to the corruption in his country while simultaneously guaranteeing a good time for anyone who’s listening.

RIYL: Lil Supa, Canserbero

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Week of November 14

Bridgit Mendler (Washington, DC)

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2017 SXSW Showcasing Artist Bridgit Mendler

Singer and actress Bridgit Mendler is paving the way with soulful and rhythmic sounds as she explores her emotional depths. Over the past four years since her upbeat 2012 album, Hello My Name Is…, heartbreaks and a renewed sense of self have fueled a new style for Mendler. These bittersweet beats, infused with pop, R&B, and indie rock, can be heard in her recent single “Atlantis,” as well as in her new EP, Nemesis, which comes out today (November 18).

RIYL: Hayley Kiyoko, Zendaya

Bridgit Mendler photo by Myriam Santos

Oliver Heldens (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

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2017 SXSW Showcasing Artist Oliver Heldens

Dutch producer and DJ Oliver Heldens is catching the attention of legends throughout the music industry. The 21-year-old was first noticed by Tiësto back in 2013 and he’s since gone on to produce several top 10 singles. Heldens is now focusing on expanding his repertoire beyond club hits, underscored by a recent collaboration with video game developer Ubisoft and an unreleased project with 2017 SXSW Keynote Speaker Nile Rodgers.

RIYL: Disclosure, Green Velvet

Oliver Heldens photo by Piper

Cherry Glazerr (Los Angeles, California)

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2017 SXSW Showcasing Artist Cherry Glazerr

Eccentric, hard-hitting, and catchy, Cherry Glazerr is known for their off-kilter tunes that aren’t only fun, but also full of thoughtful and progressive lyrics. Though the trio, named after NPR radio reporter Chery Glaser, has had time to grow since their 2014 album, Haxel Princess, their sound is as intoxicating as ever. Now, drummer Tabor Allen, multi-instrumentalist Sasami Ashworth, and vocalist Clementine Creevy are carrying Cherry Glazerr into 2017, when their newest and best album yet, Apocalipstick, will make its debut.

RIYL: Bleached, Peach Kelli Pop

Cherry Glazerr photo by Felisha Tolentino

Roosevelt (Cologne, Germany)

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2017 SXSW Showcasing Artist Roosevelt

Roosevelt is a multi-instrumentalist singer, songwriter and producer hailing from Cologne. With 2015’s EP Night Moves/Hold On following on from his acclaimed debut Elliot, Roosevelt merges warm beats, hypnotic psychedelia and streamlined pop songwriting, continuing to create dance music that balances escapism and wistfulness. His long-awaited self-titled debut LP was released in August to favorable reviews from Pitchfork, Paste, and more.

RIYL: Jagwar Ma, STRFKR

Roosevelt photo by Brian Vu

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Week of November 7

Supermoon (Vancouver, Canada)

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2017 SXSW Showcasing Artist Supermoon

Indie pop group Supermoon is one of Vancouver’s up-and-coming artists, and they’re bringing their quick riffs, drumming bass, and cool energy to the table this year. Their 2016 album, Playland, showcases swift and smooth melodies, backed by moody lyrics and alluring vocals which suggest a darkness behind their sugar-coated sounds. All in all, an excellent soundtrack to accompany the supermoon on November 14th – the biggest one in over seven decades!

RIYL: Speedy Ortiz, Beverly

Supermoon photo by Adrienne LaBelle

Imarhan (Tamanrasset, Algeria)

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2017 SXSW Showcasing Artist Imarhan

All the way from Southern Algeria, this desert groove band began creating their mesmerizing sounds in 2008, and they just released a self-titled album in April of 2016. True to their name, which translates to “the ones I care about,” Imarhan’s music is a celebration incorporating a variety of elements, from traditional Tuareg rhythms to the soulful tones of jazz to the intricate and funky guitar riffs of modern rock. Fresh and intimate, their tunes embody the heart of the Sahara in a poetic way which speaks to listeners of all backgrounds.

RIYL: Tinariwen, Songhoy Blues

Imarhan photo by BEN PI

Sammus (Ithaca, New York)

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2017 SXSW Showcasing Artist Sammus

In the middle of working towards her Ph.D. at Cornell, rapper and producer Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo, aka Sammus, found time to release a new album last month (Pieces In Space) via Don Giovanni Records. The LP, which bridges the gap between empowering hip-hop and nerdcore, just entered three Billboard charts this week.

RIYL: Junglepussy, Lizzo

Sammus photo by Zoloo Brown

C.W. Stoneking (Melbourne, Australia)

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2017 SXSW Showcasing Artist C.W. Stoneking

Hailing from Down Under, C.W. Stoneking is a true blues man. Armed with a steel guitar and heavily influenced by styles ranging from Mississippi Delta and Chicago blues to ragtime and gospel, Stoneking has garnered critical praise from the likes of NPR and The Village Voice. This year, he released arguably the best work of his career, “Gon’ Boogaloo.”

RIYL: Lead Belly, Robert Johnson

C.W. Stoneking photo courtesy of the artist

The Dumplings (Zabrze, Poland)

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2017 SXSW Showcasing Artist The Dumplings

Electronic pop duo The Dumplings have quickly become one of Poland’s best young artists. The pair of Justyna Święs and Kuba Karaś has released two acclaimed full-length albums through Warner Music Poland, and they’ve recently released a deluxe version of their second album with new material. Their latest single, “Kto Zobaczy,” stands at 230k-plus plays after just one month.

RIYL: Sylvan Esso, Purity Ring

The Dumplings photo by Bartek Wieczorek

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Week of October 31

Lincoln Durham (Austin, TX)

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2017 SXSW Showcasing Artist Lincoln Durham

Armed with old bastardized mid-century guitars, hand-me-down fiddles and banjos, home-made contraptions with just enough tension on a string to be considered an instrument and any random percussive item he can get his claws or hooves on, Lincoln Durham is an amped up Southern-Gothic Psycho-Blues Revival-Punk One-Man-Band preaching the good word of depravity.

RIYL: Hayes Carll, Shinyribs

Lincoln Durham photo by Jay Trevino

Trill Sammy (Houston, TX)

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2017 SXSW Showcasing Artist Trill Sammy

Trill Sammy – along with frequent collaborator Dice Soho, who we covered a couple weeks ago – represent the new generation of Houston hip-hop. Sammy is finishing up a big year with massive streaming plays, recent coverage from FADER, and a couple of new mixtapes on the way.

RIYL: Migos, Riff Raff

Trill Sammy photo courtesy of the artist

Carnival Youth (Riga, Latvia)

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2017 SXSW Showcasing Artist Carnival Youth

Already gaining a reputation as one of the most successful indie rock bands from Latvia, and the Baltic region as a whole, ever after winning The European Border Breakers award at Eurosonic 2016. Since getting started in 2012, the band have performed all over the world, released two full-length albums, and earned acclaim from Noisey, BBC, and more. Their second album, Propeller, was released in the States this fall.

RIYL: Arctic Monkeys, The Killers

Carnival Youth photo by Martins Cirulis

Emily Wolfe (Austin, TX)

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2017 SXSW Showcasing Artist Emily Wolfe

If you haven’t heard Emily Wolfe yet, it’s likely you will soon. The Austin-based rocker has been working hard since she started performing back in 2012, with recent accolades coming from NPR and UPROXX. With opening slots for the likes of Gary Clark Jr. and Heart under her belt, and new music coming in time for SXSW 2017, Wolfe is poised for a huge year.

RIYL: Jenny Lewis, Jack White

Emily Wolfe photo by Whitney Hensley

Pastel Ghost (Brooklyn, NY)

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2017 SXSW Showcasing Artist Pastel Ghost

While critics may struggle to define Pastel Ghost’s music with tidy descriptors like witch-rave or blog-house, it’s evident thatthe Brooklyn-based artist is creating sounds that take flight beyond any genre boundaries. On her debut LP ABYSS (80s Ladies Records), Pastel Ghost laces elements of dream-pop, post-punk, and electronica to create sounds that can only be described as otherworldly.

RIYL: My Bloody Valentine, Ritualz

Pastel Ghost photo by Chad Kamenshine

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Week of October 24

SWEAT (London, UK-England)

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2017 SXSW Showcasing Artist SWEAT

Following in the footsteps of fellow Londoners Pumarosa, SWEAT are the next indie dance crossover act already building a strong reputation with their psyched-tinged music. Their latest single, “PLW VIP,” is an epic 6 minute journey across a plethora of genres, culminating in a pulsing synth bassline that everyone from DIY to NME to The Line of Best Fit are raving about.

RIYL: Jungle, Let’s Eat Grandma

SWEAT photo by Beatrix Blaise

IDER (London, UK-England)

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2017 SXSW Showcasing Artist IDER

With only three songs to their name, IDER have certainly made an immediate big splash, bringing their own distinct style to a congested electro-pop scene. If first single, “Sorry,” highlighted IDER’s knack for harmonies and stripped back production, their latest effort, “King Ruby,” shows their sharp eye for catchy pop hooks. No wonder SXSW alumni Shura is a megafan.

RIYL: London Grammar, Låpsley

IDER photo by Lottie Turner

PAWS (Glasgow, UK-Scotland)

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2017 SXSW Showcasing Artist PAWS

Glaswegians PAWS know how to play, and their fast paced punk tunes, reminiscent of early 2000s pop-punk, make for a raucous live show. Combine that with their recent killer third LP, No Grace, released on the excellent Brighton-based FatCat Records, and it’s clear to see why they’re getting so much attention. After playing two packed out shows at SXSW 2013, it’s about time for them to come back and show Austin why the Scottish punk scene is so healthy right now.

RIYL: The Spook School, Cloud Nothings

PAWS photo by Phillip Taylor

VANT (London, UK-England)

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2017 SXSW Showcasing Artist VANT

Politically charged indie rockers VANT continue to demonstrate why their upcoming debut album has so many people counting the days until its February 17 release. Currently supporting You Me At Six on a massive UK tour, VANT are now set to bring their anthemic rock songs stateside.

RIYL: Spring King, PARTYBABY

VANT photo by Tom Beard

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Week of October 17

Mozart’s Sister (Montreal, Canada)

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2017 SXSW Showcasing Artist Mozart's Sister

I actually got turned on to Calia Thompson Hannat, aka Mozart’s Sister, prior to her performance on the Pop Montreal showcase for SXSW 2013. The Quebecois pop songstress is big on energy and anyone who claims Ace of Base as an influence is a winner in my book.

RIYL: Austra, TOPS

Mozart’s Sister photo by Rebecca Storm

Middle Kids (Sydney, Australia)

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2017 SXSW Showcasing Artist Middle Kids

Being the youngest, I don’t have first-hand experience with middle kid syndrome, but if it is what compelled these young Aussies together, then I’m happy it’s a thing. They make a fantastic mix of indie-pop rock with a touch of Americana (the slide guitar is perfection) and the added excitement of booming anthemic sing-a-long choruses.

RIYL: Julia Jacklin, Future Generations

Middle Kids photo courtesy of the artist

Mothers (Athens, GA)

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2017 SXSW Showcasing Artist Mothers

Kristine Leschper is not short of talents, lemme tell you that. A visual artist, self-taught songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, her voice is lilting and vulnerable while simultaneously powerful and controlled, bringing something fresh to her aughts-inspired indie rock expressions. Mothers had huge success with their SXSW 2016 debut and I’m excited for them to come back in March.

RIYL: Whitney, Mitski

Mothers photo by Erez Avissar

La Dame Blanche (Pinar Del Rio, Cuba)

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2017 SXSW Showcasing Artist La Dame Blanche

Coming to SXSW for the first time in 2017, Cuban rapper, singer, and multi-instrumentalist La Dame Blanche channels immense passion into her work. She had a big year in 2016, with a lot of momentum off her performance at LAMC this summer, and she’s poised for an even bigger year in 2017. La Dame Blanche is currently writing music for her next album.

RIYL: Ana Tijoux, Bomba Estéreo

La Dame Blanche photo by Victor Delfim

Tasha the Amazon (Toronto, Canada)

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Tasha the Amazon

One of the hottest new rappers out of Toronto’s burgeoning hip-hop scene, Tasha the Amazon will bring her gritty, modern style back to Austin for SXSW next March. She’s had a couple of online hits earlier this year, most recently “Prayer,” and will be featured on the official Broad City soundtrack dropping later this month.

RIYL: Jazz Cartier, Young M.a.

Tasha the Amazon photo by James Ellis

Lng/SHT (Cancún, Mexico)

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2017 SXSW Showcasing Artist Lng/SHT

Lng/SHT returns to SXSW in 2017 as one of the most exciting and hard-working young rappers out of Mexico. Whether he’s rapping over punk and hardcore samples or easy-going funk tracks, his flow is steady, earning accolades from GQ and Remezcla over the years. Lng/SHT will be heading to SXSW with some new songs ready to go.

RIYL: Molotov, People Under the Stairs

Lng/SHT photo by Daniel Patlán

Dice Soho (Houston, TX)

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2017 SXSW Showcasing Artist Dice Soho

Dice Soho began his rap career at the age of nine, building a steady buzz in Houston’s famous hip-hop scene over the past 10+ years. Now aged 21, Dice, along with frequent collaborator Trill Sammy (who we’ll tell you about later), recently earned acclaim from FADER for pushing Houston rap beyond what it’s been known for on their latest track “No Reason.” He’s currently working on a pair of mixtapes, which will be out in time for SXSW 2017.

RIYL: Kirko Bangz, Rich Homie Quan

Dice Soho photo courtesy of the artist

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Week of October 10

Native Young (Cape Town, South Africa)

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2017 SXSW Showcasing Artist Native Young

Afro-folk project Native Young was started by South African producer and songwriter Yannick Meyer a few years back before evolving into a full band in 2014. The group released their debut album, Kings, via Rootspring in May before embarking on a successful European tour over the summer. Native Young is poised to gain new fans when they bring their music to the States in the spring.

RIYL: alt-J, Vampire Weekend

Native Young photo by Adam Wiest

Kweku Collins (Evanston, IL)

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2017 SXSW Showcasing Artist Kweku Collins

Hailing from a city mere miles north of Chicago, 20-year-old rapper Kweku Collins has received heavy praise from the likes of Pitchfork, Noisey, and others for his left-field debut album Nat Love, which dropped back in April. He’s followed it up with a busy schedule: the Closed Sessions artist is currently finishing up a US tour before heading to Europe for a show on the Pitchfork Music Festival in Paris.

RIYL: Anderson .Paak, Chance the Rapper

Kweku Collins photo by Andrew Zeiter

ALMA (Helsinki, Finland)

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2017 SXSW Showcasing Artist ALMA

Finnish singer ALMA has quickly risen to stardom in her home country with a dynamic voice which perfectly captures her determined attitude. The first track she released, “Karma,” peaked at #5 on Finland’s singles chart, and she has plans to follow it up with her debut EP this fall and full-length album next year.

RIYL: MØ, Banks

ALMA photo courtesy of PME Records

Biznaga (Madrid, Spain)

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2017 SXSW Showcasing Artist Biznaga

Ending today’s Four on the Floor post with a bang, meet Spanish garage-rockers Biznaga. There’s plenty of buzz surrounding these guys as they ready their next album for release in early 2017 via Slovenly Records, just in time for what’s sure to be a rowdy debut at SXSW in March.

RIYL: WALL, Juventud Juché

Biznaga photo by María Díaz

Agnes Obel (Berlin, Germany)

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2017 SXSW Showcasing Artist Agnes Obel

Drawing from a diverse set of influences, ranging from Chopin to PJ Harvey, Danish singer-songwriter Agnes Obel recently returned with a few captivating singles, including “Golden Green,” ahead of the release of her third studio album, Citizen of Glass, on October 21. Later this month, Obel will take her alluring, atmospheric ballads on the road for a month-long European tour before returning to the US for SXSW 2017.

RIYL: Laura Marling, José González

Agnes Obel photo courtesy of the artist

Yoke Lore (Brooklyn, NY)

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2017 SXSW Showcasing Artist Yoke Lore

A native Brooklynite, Adrian Galvin has been an artist his entire life, digging into painting, photography, modern dance, and, of course, music. The former member of Yellerkin is making waves with his solo indie folk project Yoke Lore. He released his debut EP Far Shore in May and is planning a new release for early 2017 ahead of his first solo appearance at SXSW.

RIYL: Animal Collective, Dirty Projectors

Yoke Lore photo by DeSean McClinton-Holland

Alex Lahey (Melbourne, Australia)

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2017 SXSW Showcasing Artist Alex Lahey

One of the founding members of Aussie indie pop band Animaux, Alex Lahey has gone solo with fuzzy rock singles like “Let’s Go Out” and “You Don’t Think You Like People Like Me,” both of which have earned her critical acclaim from DIY and Pitchfork. Her debut EP B-Grade University, which she funded by selling her car, was released over the summer.

RIYL: Courtney Barnett, Diet Cig

Alex Lahey photo courtesy of the artist

Adam Torres (Austin, TX)

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2017 SXSW Showcasing Artist Adam Torres

The desert-folk sounds of Austin-based Adam Torres are catching the ears of quite a few music fans and press outlets, with praise on his new album (Pearls To Swine) coming from Stereogum, NPR Music, and others. Torres is right in the middle of a long North American tour, so you might be able to catch before his first official performance at SXSW next March.

RIYL: Iron & Wine, The Tallest Man on Earth

Adam Torres photo by Bryan C. Parker

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Week of October 3

Wafia (Brisbane, Australia)

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2017 SXSW Showcasing Artist Wafia

Australia-based and Netherlands-born electronic pop artist Wafia burst onto the scene in fall 2013, when her single “Breathe In” made it onto the soundtrack for Zach Braff’s feature film Wish I Was Here. Over the past few years, Wafia toured with acts like Daughter and Sylvan Esso, and she most recently lent her soothing voice to a collaboration with Future Classic label mate Ta-ku which has so far earned accolades from outlets like Pitchfork and FADER.

RIYL: BANKS, The xx

Wafia photo by Claire Wakeford

Throttle (Melbourne, Australia)

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Throttle

Inspired by Earth, Wind and Fire and disco’s heyday, young Australian producer Throttle is a pioneer in the “Dirty Disco” scene. His tracks have been charting high on Hype Machine and Beatport since he began releasing hits in 2013, garnering support from Rolling Stone and other tastemakers. Just this year, the DJ and producer signed an exclusive deal with Spinnin Records, collaborated with Oliver Heldens, and released a follow-up single (“Money Maker”) which is still gaining a lot of steam.

RIYL: Pharrell Williams, Cut Copy

Throttle photo courtesy of the artist

Running Touch (Melbourne, Australia)

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2017 SXSW Showcasing Artist Running Touch

Australian producer Running Touch brings a progressive electronic sound to the table while overseeing every aspect of his celestial, forward-thinking compositions, all the way down to playing all of the instruments himself and directing his own music videos. With earnest support from triple j and recent signing of a global deal with Universal Music Group, Running Touch is ready to enter the US market at SXSW 2017. Look for his debut album in the spring.

RIYL: Louis The Child, Zayn

Running Touch photo by Shevin D. Photography

Vera Blue (Forbes, Australia)

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2017 SXSW Showcasing Artist Vera Blue

While Vera Blue’s sweet, soaring voice has always been the focal point of her tracks, her music has evolved from stripped-back acoustic guitar songs into flourishing folk-electronica productions. Her candid debut EP, Fingertips, has really taken off on Spotify, putting her in prime position to make new fans when she performs in the US for the first time at SXSW 2017.

RIYL: Lana Del Rey, Carly Rae Jepsen

Vera Blue photo courtesy of the artist

Forth Wanderers (Montclair, NJ)

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Forth Wanderers

The easy-going indie pop sounds of Forth Wanderers were born from the hallways of a high school in Montclair, New Jersey. All five members of the band, led by vocalist Ava Trilling, are not yet old enough to legally drink in the US, yet their refined songs make it seem like they’ve been at it for a while. Look for a new EP, titled Slop, this November while they continue to work on their full-length debut.

RIYL: Mitski, Bully

Forth Wanderers photo by Grace Rossi-Conaway

Hoops (Bloomington, IN)

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2017 SXSW Showcasing Artist Hoops

Hoops grew from founding member Drew Auscherman’s ambient project into a breezy psych-pop quartet in 2014. The band earned props from outlets like FADER and Gorilla vs. Bear before even signing a deal with Fat Possum. Recently, Hoops released their debut EP on the label and the first single from the record (“Cool 2”) hit #2 on Spotify’s US and Global Viral 50 charts.

RIYL: Wild Nothing, The Amazing

Hoops photo by Daniel Topete

Chain of Flowers (Cardiff, UK-England)

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2017 SXSW Showcasing Artist Chain of Flowers

We’re kicking things up a notch with the raw power and energy of UK band Chain of Flowers. The six-piece received praise from Stereogum, Noisey, and others for their raucous debut, Alter, following its release last fall; they even netted a KEXP “Song of the Day” for “Death’s Got A Hold On Me” this past May. The band is currently readying their second full-length album for a spring 2017 release.

RIYL: Preoccupations, Bloody Knives

Chain of Flowers photo courtesy of the artist

Chelou (London, UK-England)

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2017 SXSW Showcasing Artist Chelou

London singer-songwriter Chelou, who represents the more mellow side of the indie rock spectrum we’re highlighting today, seems poised for a breakthrough in 2017. So far, Chelou has taken his chilling, spacious songs to festivals in Europe and Asia, opened up for Bloc Party and Natalie Prass, and has been hard at work on music for his full-length debut next spring.

RIYL: Bon Iver, Local Natives

Chelou photo by Fiona Garden

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Week of September 26

Hard Proof (Austin, TX)

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2017 SXSW Showcasing Artist Hard Proof

This instrumental 10-piece Afro-funk band has been known around town for its energetic live shows for the better part of a decade, winning the 2014 and 2015 Austin Music Awards for “Best World Music Band” in the process. Before Hard Proof gets the crowd moving at SXSW 2017, they’ll be releasing a new LP on Modern Outsider in January.

RIYL: Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Menahan Street Band

Hard Proof photo by Stevan Alcala

Akina Adderley & The Vintage Playboys (Austin, TX)

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2017 SXSW Showcasing Artist Akina Adderley & The Vintage Playboys

Another regular fixture of Austin’s vibrant music scene, Akina Adderley & The Vintage Playboys are a sonic force to be reckoned with. The band has perfected their ‘60s- and ‘70s-inspired soul/funk fusion sound, led by Akina’s soaring voice, and are currently working on a new album for release in 2017. We’re excited to (hopefully) hear some new material at SXSW!

RIYL: The Supremes, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

Akina Adderley & The Vintage Playboys photo by Shana Berenzweig

Tameca Jones (Austin, TX)

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Tameca Jones FOTF

Tameca Jones has been at it for a while, first starting out in Austin band 8 Million Stories in 2005 before going solo a few years later, but the singer is starting to build momentum, and once you hear her smooth voice you’ll begin to see why. Her music is focused yet diverse in style, a tight mixture of soul, pop, and rock, all showcased on her new EP Naked. With fans like Gary Clark Jr., Billboard, and more, Tameca seems poised for a big 2017.

RIYL: The Suffers, Macy Gray

Tameca Jones photo by Eryn Brooke

Miss Lavelle White and the L Men (Austin, TX)

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Miss Lavelle White and the L Men

Miss Lavelle White is truly a living legend. She began her career in the 1950s on the prolific Houston label Duke Records, growing to become a queen of blues and soul while sharing the stage with legendary acts such as Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Buddy Guy, Aretha Franklin, and more over the decades. She has served as the house singer at the Kingston Mines in Chicago and held a residency at Antone’s here in Austin in the 1980s, before releasing the first of three solo albums in 1994.

RIYL: Lou Ann Barton, Patti LaBelle

Miss Lavelle White and the L Men photo courtesy of the artist

Polarheart (Sydney, Australia)

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2017 SXSW Showcasing Artist Polarheart

The dreamy sounds of this Sydney duo have been steadily gaining steam since Mary and Chris formed Polarheart in 2013, and things have really taken off over the past year. Prior to releasing their debut self-titled EP over the summer, the lush soundscapes and vocals of “Dystopia” quickly spread from rotation on triple j to radio spins in the US and Europe, earning them several hundred thousand plays on Spotify. Their music was recently used in the new Showtime series Roadies.

RIYL: XYLØ, Halsey

Polarheart photo by Alex Leeway

Trudy and the Romance (London, UK-England)

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2017 SXSW Showcasing Artist Trudy and The Romance

This track’s tag (“Mutant 50’s Pop”) perfectly describes the sound of UK trio Trudy and the Romance: the band strikes a wonderful balance between polished and gritty elements incorporated into short, boisterous rock ‘n’ roll songs. The handful of singles released so far have earned praise from Pigeons and Planes, DIY, Consequence of Sound and others.

RIYL: Mac Demarco, Timber Timbre

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Rocky Banks (Houston, Texas)

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2017 SXSW Showcasing Artist Rocky Banks

Rocky Banks proves Houston, Texas is still a hotbed for hip-hop. He’s been at it for a few years, but the buzz around Banks has started to hit its stride this year with the release of his “In Other News I Don’t Do Drugs Anymore” project and another single (“Hi And Bye”) earning support from Fader and L.A. Leakers.

RIYL: Kendrick Lamar, Que

Rocky Banks photo by Hector Mendoza

Chain Wallet (Bergen, Norway)

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2017 SXSW Showcasing Artist Chain Wallet

Norwegian psych-pop trio Chain Wallet are extremely new to the scene, but they’ve already honed their sound. The recent Jansen Plateproduksjon-signing has received praise from the likes of Clash and Nylon for their 2016 singles “Muted Colors” and “Faded Fight”. Look for their self-titled debut album on October 7.

RIYL: The Mary Onettes, Real Estate

Chain Wallet photo by Synne Sofi Bønes

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