Warner Bros. Records has released the following schedule of SXSW 2016 artist showcases:
3/15 — TBD — SXSW Music Opening Party
3/18 — 7 pm — Culture’s Collide Guacamole Showdown @ Collide
3/19 — 8 pm — Showcase @ Cheer Up Charlie’s
3/18 — 3 pm — Spin’s 14th Annual Day Party @ Stubb’s
3/18 — 8 pm — ASCAP Showcase@ The Driskill Hotel
3/15 — 12:15 pm — Spotify House @ 1501 E. 6th St.
3/16 — 4 pm — MTV Woodies Festival @ 305 S Congress
3/17 — 9:30 am — KGSR SXSW Live Broadcast @ The W Austin
3/17 — 6:40 pm — YouTube’s Music Experience @ The Coopertank
THE HEAD AND THE HEART:
3/18 — 12 am — The SHOWTIME Roadies House @ Clive Bar
3/18 — 8:35 pm — Willie Nelson’s Luck Reunion @ Luck Ranch
3/19 — 2 pm — Rachael Ray’s Feedback @ Stubb’s
3/16 — 4 pm — YouTube’s Music Experience @ Coopertank
3/17 — 4:30 pm — The FADER FORT @ Pine St Station
3/18 — 8 pm — Hype Machine’s Hype Hotel @ Fair Market Bldg.
3/17 — 3:30 pm — Beautiful Buzz party @ The Brew Exchange
3/17 — 9:30 pm — Culture Collide Showcase @ The Container Bar
3/16 — 12 pm — Waterloo Records Day Party @ Waterloo Records
3/16 — 6 pm — SXSW 2nd Play Stage @ Hotel Van Zandt
3/16 — 8 pm — SXSW Paradigm Showcase @ Maggie Mae’s
3/18 — 3 pm — iHeart Showcase @ Maggie Mae’s
3/18 — 5:50 pm — Best Lil’ Big Fest @ Tiniest Bar in Texas
3/18 — 9 pm — Grammy Museum’s Homegrown @ Tap Room
3/15 — 5:30 pm — SXSW Casual Strangers Party @ Guero’s Taco Bar
3/16 — 5 pm — 93.7 KLBJ SXSW Day Party @ Shady Grove
3/16 — 7 pm — Austin Music Awards @ Austin Convention Center
3/17 — 12-6 pm — Residual Kid’s Biggest Little Day Party @ FRANK
3/18 — 11:10 pm — Old Flame Records Showcase @ Valhalla
THE WILD FEATHERS:
3/16 — 4:30 pm — Splendour In The Grass Day Party @ The Sidewinder
3/17 — 4 pm — 88.5 KCSN SXSW Official Radio Day Stage Showcase
3/17 — 8:15 pm — Grammy Block Party @ Four Seasons Hotel
3/17 — 11:20pm — Musical Milestones: Tribute to The Ramones @ Maggie Mae’s Rooftop
3/18 — 8:30 am — KGSR SXSW Live Broadcast @ The W Austin
3/18 — 8 pm — Rachel Ray’s Feedback House @ The Chick Ranch
3/19 — 2:50 pm — Quantum Collective’s Southwest Invasion @ Whole Foods Rooftop
COLD FRONTS: Craig Almquist, the leader and constant force behind the Philadelphia-based band Cold Fronts. The legend of Cold Fronts goes like this: The band was playing an impromptu show in the streets of Austin at SXSW in 2012 when the legendary Sire Records co-founder Seymour Stein passed by. Liking what he heard, Stein asked Almquist for a CD. Almquist had no idea that his admirer was none other than the man who once signed the Ramones, Talking Heads, and Madonna, and only two weeks later did he understand his good fortune. A year later, Stein signed the band to Sire. Whatever, right? Forever Whatever is the title LP from the band released October 2015 on Sire Records. Cold Fronts have shared stages with The Cribs, The Vaccines, The Districts, and more.
DEFTONES: Deftones were one of the first groups to alternate heavy riffs and screamed vocals with more ethereal music and hushed singing – spawning a fair amount of imitators in their wake. The multiplatinum, Grammy-winning alternative rock band from Sacramento, CA, was founded in 1988. The band consists of Chino Moreno, Stephen Carpenter, Frank Delgado, Abe Cunningham, and Sergio Vega. Their current single “Prayers/Triangles” is off of their forthcoming eighth studio release Gore, coming out April 8th.
ANGELICA GARCIA: Singer and songwriter Angelica Garcia’s journey “down the rabbit hole” began when she moved to Accomac, Virginia. Graduating from Los Angeles School for the Arts, the 17-year-old native Angeleno found herself living in a 200-year-old gothic brick home encircled by magnolia trees and under a blanket of bright stars. Isolated and alone, Angelica locked herself in the parish house and fashioned a musical world that veers between ghostly gorgeous countrified blues and sly swamp Americana. With a childlike whimsy, quirky sense of humor, and dynamic delivery, it could easily soundtrack an apparitions’ ball in some Faulknerian mansion. Upon first listen, it entranced Warner Bros. Records. Recorded by Charlie Peacock [The Civil Wars, Switchfoot] in Nashville, her full-length debut will unlock this world for everyone in 2016.
LUKAS GRAHAM: Breakout artist Lukas Graham combines soul, pop, and alternative and is topping charts all over the world with their debut single “7 Years,” which has been streamed over 200M times globally and is #9 on the Billboard Hot 100. Hailing from Denmark, Lukas Graham will release their self-titled debut album this spring before embarking on a rapidly selling out U.S. headline tour.
DUA LIPA: Every facet of Dua Lipa’s music – the way she pulls from contemporary hip-hop, classic soul, and pop and reshapes them into her own crimson sound – accentuates the visual world that’s naturally building around her. Welcome to Planet Dua. “Soaring pop melodrama that gives daytime radio a good name” GUARDIAN MUSIC ONLINE. “The real draw is her smoky voice” FADER. “She may well get very, very big” GIGWISE.
THE HEAD AND THE HEART: Formed in Seattle, The Head and the Heart released their self-titled debut album on Sub Pop Records in 2011, which went on to become one of the label’s best-selling debut releases. The band’s sophomore release Let’s Be Still followed in 2013, with the two records totaling more than 500,000 sold in the U.S. alone. The Head and the Heart has become an internationally celebrated band, having built a loyal fan base and becoming known for their raucous and energetic live shows. The band is currently recording, with new music expected for release in the coming year.
JENNY LEWIS: Jenny Lewis has been on the road behind her critically acclaimed 2014 album, The Voyager, which gave the L.A.-based singer-songwriter her first Top 10 album and highest chart debut yet, earning ‘Best of the Year’ accolades from Rolling Stone, TIME, NPR, Spin, Billboard, The Guardian, American Songwriter, Stereogum, Paste, and many more, while “She’s Not Me” and “Just One of the Guys” appeared on Top Song lists from The New York Times, Slant, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Pitchfork, and more. Lewis also released a ten-year anniversary reissue of her debut solo album, ‘Rabbit Fur Coat,’ and performed a handful of instantly sold out dates across the country.
MYSTERY SKULLS: A mastermind electronic artist, producer, and singer, Mystery Skulls is the adopted stage name for Luis Dubuc, a self-taught musician from Dallas. He blazed up the electronic charts with his 2014 debut Forever and collaborated with pop icons Nile Rodgers and Brandy on the standout single “Magic,” earning love from Noisey, NYLON Guys, Earmilk and more for his retro electro-pop stylings. Mystery Skulls is on a co-headline tour with French Horn Rebellion through early April, with more news to come soon.
PHASES: Los Angeles-basedPHASES (formerly JJAMZ) is Z Berg (The Like), Jason Boesel (Rilo Kiley/Bright Eyes), Alex Greenwald (Phantom Planet), and Michael Runion. Their single “I’m In Love With My Life” is NYLON’s ‘Morning Mantra,’ Buzzfeed’s ‘Pop Song You Can’t Miss,’ andhas found fans in Amy Schumer, Sia, and Mark Ronson, among others. They toured with BØRNS behind their debut, For Life, and will play Coachella before heading on tour with Maroon 5.
RESIDUAL KID: Austin-based teenage trio Residual Kid has been called “the bad ass band that might just save rock” by the Huffington Post. With Salsa – their debut EP for Sire Records – the world will finally get to hear what the Huffington Post was talking about. Lead track “Scentless Princess” offers a subtle tip of the cap to Nirvana with its classic loud-quiet-loud grunge formula, while tracks like “Chill” display a maturity and sonic vision well beyond the band’s years. Having already appeared at festivals in Europe and opening for legendary groups, Residual Kid will take center stage in America in 2016.
THE WILD FEATHERS: The Wild Feathers are one of the hardest-working bands on the circuit, having toured the world nearly non-stop over the past 3 years. Apart from headlining tours, they have performed with Bob Dylan, Gary Clark Jr, and Willie Nelson plus appeared at almost every major music festival. They have won the hearts of fans and critics everywhere due to their unique and heartfelt take on modern American rock ‘n’ roll. Their eagerly awaited second album Lonely Is A Lifetime (produced by Jay Joyce, mixed by D. Sardy), will be released by Warner Bros. Records on March 11th.
Cover photo of Chino Moreno / Deftones by Scott W. Coleman, used with permission.