Artists to Watch at SXSW 2017; Anna Wise, GGOOLLDD, Knox Hamilton, Lou Adler, Magic Giant, Michael Blume, Michigan Rattlers, Potty Mouth, Sundara Karma


3/14     Empress: bossbabesATX x Girlfriend Showcase @ Cheer Up Charlies – 3:30pm

3/14     SXSW Official Showcase @ Swan Dive – 8:00pm


GRAMMY winner Anna Wise (who was awarded the golden gramophone for her collaboration work on Kendrick Lamar‘s “These Walls”) has just released her soulful R&B EP, The Feminine: Act II, to critical acclaim, which features single “Coconuts.” Wise has garnered a dedicated following amongst musicians and music fans alike ever since her collaborations with Kendrick Lamar on Good kid, m.A.A.d city (“Real,” “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe,” “Money Trees”) and To Pimp a Butterfly (“These Walls,” “Institutionalized”). Wise‘s own alt-pop music has received high praise from notable publications like Buzzfeed, Pitchfork, The FADER, NME, Nylon, Brooklyn Vegan and more.

Read more about Anna Wise here. 

PRESS HERE to watch the “Coconuts” video. 


3/13     The Onion/A.V. Club “Just Another Manic Monday” Party @ Mohawk – 6:30pm

3/14     “New Dutch Wave” Official SXSW showcase @ Swan Dive – 9:00pm

3/16     Quantum Collective Southwest Invasion @ Whole Foods Rooftop Plaza – 12:00pm

3/16     113 Main Music & TipCow present “Next Big Thing” Showcase @ Cheers – 6:00pm


Female-fronted band GGOOLLDD have shared the stage the likes of: Blondie, Passion Pit, The Kooks, Yelle, Death From Above 1979, Yacht, Sylvan Esso, Alvvays, Har Mar Superstar, and The Polyphonic Spree, among others. Late 2016, the Milwaukee-based band released their latest single “Undercovers,” which was co-produced and mixed by Ben H. Allen (Animal Collective, Gnarls Barkley, Walk The Moon). 2017 brings their own headlining tour and multiple festivals.

PRESS HERE to watch the video for “Undercovers.”


3/16     NoiseTrade and PledgeMusic present FryeDays @ The Blackheart – 1:30pm

3/16     Acoustic performance @ Hotel Van Zandt – 6:00pm


On March 10, Arkansas based Knox Hamilton will released their debut full-length, The Heights. The album, which Consequence of Sound says “strikes the ideal balance between sweet and not-too-sugary, with songs that sound like they could fill arenas but never sound like they’re trying to fill arenas” features singles “Washed Up Together,” “Pretty Way To Fight” and “Never My Love,” a cover of The Association’s 1968 hit. The campaign has gathered the praise of Katy Perry, The Beach Boys and gained major support from Sirius XM’s Alt Nation, Billboard, Marie Claire, US Weekly and Baeble. The band’s hometown paper, Arkansas Democrat Gazette said “It’s an album of arena-ready pop-rock reminiscent of bands such as Coldplay and Vampire Weekend, loaded with sugary bombast, and perfect for fist pumping singalongs.”

PRESS HERE to listen to Never My Love.


3/17       Grammy Presents – From Monterey Pop to Coachella: Conversation with Lou Adler and Paul Tollett @ Austin Convention Center, Room 12ab – 3:30pm



Monterey Pop co-founder and GRAMMY Award winning producer, Lou Adler is a man of many trades – a record producer, music executive, talent manager, songwriter, film director, film producer, and many more. Adler is known for producing the longest-running theatrical film in history, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, as well as having produced many iconic musical artists – including Carole King, The Mamas & the Papas, and The Grass Roots. In 1967, he made music festival history when he co-founded Monterey Pop, a Northern California music festival that laid the groundwork for all music festivals to follow.


3/14       Brands Build Culture DC Event Official Showcase @ ACL Live at the Moody Theater – TBD

3/15       Culture Collide Showcase for Showtime @ Clive Bar – 9:00pm


LA-based trio, Magic Giant, puts a unique spin on the alt-folk music scene. Austin Bisnow (lead vocals), Zambricki Li (banjo, violin, harmonica), and Zang (acoustic guitar, cello) converted a shuttle bus into a solar powered mobile recording studio and used it to record their debut album, In the Wind, in various nature settings, such as a Redwood tree in California and a daisy field near Crested Butte. In the Wind will be released on May 19 via Washington Square/Razor&Tie. The album threads together a musical cartography of alternative, pop, and folk.

Their hit single, “Set on Fire” reached #4 on Spotify’s US Viral Chart and has amassed over 4 million streams in less than one year.


3/16     Sensu Music Artist Showcase & Day Party @ Old School Bar & Grill – 3:30pm

3/17     Paradigm Showcase @ Stubb’s BBQ (indoor) – 9:10pm

3/17     BMI Brunch @ Four Seasons Hotel Lawn – TBD


Michael Blume delivers his music with an unbridled passion and soul-baring rawness that has been captivating listeners around the country. His debut EP When I Get It Right (S-Curve Records) teems with honeyed vocals, soulful scatting and thoughtful, socially conscious lyrics that are both intimate and universal. With his signature mix of R&B, neo-soul, hip-hop, jazz, and electronica, Blume enchants audiences with confessional and inspirational live performances. Recently selling out NYC’s Bowery Ballroom, Blume has garnered praise from the likes of Rolling Stone, ABC, Pigeons and Planes, Okayplayer, Earmilk and more! He will be performing at major festivals this summer including Governor’s Ball, Firefly and another major festival that still has yet to be announced. The summer will also bring forth Blume’s debut full length album, due out June 2017.


3/10     Michigan Rattlers @ Craftsman – 9:30pm

3/13     Strange Brew 6 @ Hotel Vegas – 9:30pm

3/15     Conscious Immaturity @ Shiner’s – 4:00pm

3/17     Dillo Mixer Day Party @ Threadgill’s World Headquarters – 4:20pm

3/17     Austin Taco Project @ Hilton Austin – 7:00pm

3/17     GRAMMY Museum’s Homegrown Showcase @ Tap Room at The Market – 12:00am

3/18     Second Play Stage @ Hilton Austin – 6:00pm


Rising Americana duo, Michigan Rattlers, were recently named one of Rolling Stone’s 10 New Country Artists You Need To Know, and are slated to open for the legendary Gregg Allman on select dates in summer 2017. The twosome (Graham Young and Adam Reed) recently released their self-titled debut EP to critical acclaim, and are scheduled to put out an album next year.


3/14     Part Time Punks @ Barracuda – 12:00am

3/15     Paradigm Showcase @ Mohawk – 2:00pm

3/16     That’s What She Said @ French House Cooperative – 5:40pm

3/17     SPIN Showcase @ Mazda Studio at The Empire – TBD


Potty Mouth is one of today’s most exciting punk-pop bands on the DIY scene. After touring this past year with Against Me! And CHVRCHES, the band is currently on their North American headlining tour with supporting acts from PARTYBABY and Tennis Systems. Potty Mouth will be bringing their effervescent and transfixing live sets to Denver, LA, Brooklyn, DC, Boston and more! Potty Mouth is currently recording their follow up album to the band’s critically acclaimed, self-titled EP (out now on Planet Whatever Records) that received high-praise from tastemaker outlets such as NPR, Stereogum, Rookie, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, i-D and Nylon.


3/15     Culture Collide/Stubhub Showcase @ Bangers Sausage House and Beergarden – TBD

3/16     Austin City Limits Bloody Mary Morning Party, presented by NME @ GSD&M – 11:10am

3/16     Paradigm HOV/Mohawk Showcase @ Mohawk – 3:00pm

3/17     Paradigm Showcase @ Stubb’s – 7:30pm

3/17     Neon Gold x New Shapes Daytime Party @ Sidewinder – TBD

3/17     Clash Magazine Party @ Latitude 360 – TBD

3/18     Whole Foods Stage @ Whole Foods Rooftop Plaza – 4:30pm

3/18     BBC Showcase @ British Embassy – 12:00am


Sundara Karma is the band to watch in 2017! DIY named them “Breakthrough Band of the Year” of 2016, NME declared them a “Best New Band of 2017,” and they are currently on the cover of Dork Magazine. Clash, BCC Radio 1, Brooklyn Vegan, Under the Radar, Harper’s Bazaar, The 405, etc. raving about their magnetic live presence, lush alt-rock sound, and undeniable style. With debut album Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect released January 6, they are already starting to dominate Alternative Radio with Top 30 hit Loveblood.” Collectively, the LP’s singles have hit 10+ million streams on Spotify. Last year, they debuted on the main stage of the UK’s biggest music festival, Reading & Leeds 2016, and co-headlined a run of US dates on the first ever BBC Music Presents US tour.

Following a sold out UK headline tour and a run of UK shows with Two Door Cinema Club this year, they will return for a select run of North American dates in April and May on Alt Nation’s Advanced Placement Tour.

PRESS HERE to watch the official music video for “She Said”

PRESS HERE to watch Sundara Karma‘s video for “LoveBlood”


3/10     Pinterest + VÉRITÉ SXSW event @ Lustre Pearl, Rainey Street – 8:30pm


VÉRITÉ will release her highly anticipated debut album on Kobalt this Summer 2017, after her back-to-back acclaimed EPs (Living, Sentiment, Echo) garnered the alt-pop songstress multiple Hype Machine #1 hits, a sold-out headline North American tour and praise from Buzzfeed, Time, Interview, Harper’s Bazaar, W Magazine, V Magazine, SPIN and more. A Spotify darling, VÉRITÉ‘s recent cover of The 1975’s “Somebody Else” has over 58+ million streams and counting at this time.  Watch the video for “Phase Me Out”

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