Chaka Mpeanaji (formerly known as Jbro) and Tiger Lily are an award-winning husband-wife hip hop duo that operates from a boundless space and time. Their music and work, crafted from the funk, the SOURCE, and the gods of Hip Hop, is ready to take everyone it touches into a more powerful part of themselves.
Owing equally as much to Gram Parsons as The Replacements, Austin’s Guns of Navarone sing about the high and lonesome, and do so with enough whiskey-soaked bravado to convince you that they don’t spend too much time crying in their beers. There’s a punk’d-up energy and honesty that essentially mixes country-grit with indie-rock grammar.
Independent Brooklyn-based trio Pearl and the Beard is Jeremy Styles (guitar/vocals), Emily Hope Price (cello/vocals), and Jocelyn Mackenzie (percussion/vocals). All individual songwriters, they collaborate to create their genre-bending sound and have been compared to the likes of Mumford and Sons, The Avett Brothers, and Dirty Projectors all balled up into one. Performing and touring for 5 years, Pearl and the Beard has opened for the likes of Ingrid Michaelson and Ani DiFranco all over the east coast, mid-west and Canada.
The beauty of energetic MC from Hiram Clarke, TX is the internal passion and honesty in his music, which brims to the top with every hook, verse, and performance. Music has always been an ingredient of Chris “Propain” Dudley. In retrospect Propain believes that much of what has transpired in his career was due to being blessed, and partly lucky. DJ Don and Propain are childhood friends, who have been making music since they were in middle school. The duo separated a bit while Propain’s family relocated to Longview, Texas, but returned to making music when Propain return to Houston
It was thirty years ago today when the Saturday boy from Essex who would become Britain’s foremost political singer-songwriter released his first record, the mini-album Life’s a Riot With Spy Vs Spy. It contained seven songs, honed live and bashed out over three days on a punk rock electric guitar, and its utilitarian, single-colour sleeve bore the following legend: ‘Pay no more than £2.99.’ In the same week, you could buy the new album by Big Country or Paul Young for £3.99, and many punters did.
Eluding tidy categorization, Seattle multimedia ensemble Midday Veil combines haunting, dramatic vocals and kosmische synth work with Middle Eastern-influenced guitar tones and driving, hypnotic rock grooves.
Her particular style influenced by Afrocaribbean sounds, rhythms such as Champeta, Cumbia, Calypso, and Socca are blended in a contemporary sound with electronic layers and urban beats. A performance full of joy & Latin Flavor which immediately conducts to dance & celebration.
Hour Magazine wrote that "Delhi 2 Dublin is the United Nations of rock 'n' roll". The band challenges the definition of urban music and drags it to the intersection of Bhangra, Celtic, Dub Reggae, Rock and Electronica. Strong word-of-mouth for their live performances has helped them play several of the top festivals in Canada, the UK, the US, the Pacific Rim and Europe. Their new album, Turn Up The Stereo, signals that originality and evolution are still part of the Delhi 2 Dublin experience.
Southern Hospitality is a London-based, globally respected DJ collective, club promotions brand, record label and music website. Across the hip-hop, pop and electronic music worlds, Southern Hospitality has become renowned for breaking new artists, hosting some of London’s wildest club nights and events, and releasing hundreds of critically-acclaimed mixtapes and groundbreaking label releases from Danny Brown, Darq E Freaker, Sinden, Star Slinger, Lunice, ISSUE, Young L, Keyboard Kid and more. This is Southern Hospitality's third consecutive year at SXSW.
"I grew up in a house where speakers blasted female-fronted bands like Patti Smith, Kate Bush, Joan Jett, Stevie Nicks, and Debbie Harry. I always admired the way those artists made the statement that a chick could be in charge, get rowdy & rock, AND remain feminine and sweet at the same time. It's a powerful combo. I've ended up creating through my music, my own version of that combo.”