Austin Hip-Hop: Tuk Da Gat & S. Dot

Austin natives and League of Extraordinary Gz members Tuk Da Gat and S. Dot have been a strong part of the LOEGz’s domination of the Austin hip-hop scene over the past few years. The duo have a couple performances during SXSW, along with a showcase with LOEGz. Tuk Da Gat and S. Dot will be performing March 17 at Flamingo Cantina and March 21 at The Palm Door. They also have new material out with rising Austin hip-hop producer Eric Dingus. Tuk Da Gat and S. Dot’s “Raw Pt. 2” featuring LOEGz affiliate Lil’ J and produced by Dingus can be streamed below.

SXSW 2015 Hip-Hop: Rae Sremmurd

Rae Sremmurd (pronounced RAY SHREM-URD) are two young guys from Tupelo, Mississippi that seemingly came out of nowhere in 2014 with two hit songs (“No Flex Zone” and “No Type”). Rae Sremmurd makes feel good party music and they are clearly having fun doing it. While it seems like Rae Sremmurd might goof around a lot, there is definitely a method to the madness. An interesting side note is that they also have a safe sex party anthem called “Safe Sex and Pay Checks”. Rae Sremmurd has one of the more energetic record and stage presences around. They have already confirmed four shows during SXSW and will most likely be performing more than that.

SXSW 2015 Hip-Hop: FREEWAY

FREEWAY came to prominence as a member of Rocafella Records during the label’s heyday. Since parting ways with the label FREEWAY has independently released a series of albums, mixtapes, and collaborative EPs, including an unexpected collaborative EP with Girl Talk in 2014. FREEWAY has an energetic stage presence that matches his well-known brand of aggressive lyrical delivery and is a show worth seeing. FREEWAY is confirmed to perform at Trinity Hall on Friday, March 20. FREEWAY’s collaborative EP with Girl Talk, Broken Ankles, can be streamed or downloaded for free via DJ Booth. The lead single from the EP can be viewed below.

SXSW 2015 Hip-Hop: Freddie Gibbs

freddie-gibbs-usa-flag-grungecake-thumbnailWhen Freddie Gibbs first gained attention outside of his native Gary, Indiana with his mixtape The Miseducation of Freddie Gibbs, he seemed destined for stardom. Five years, a couple EPs, and an independent album later Gibbs seems to be nowhere near the stardom some expected from him. There’s no doubt that the mainstream music audience noticed him; a member of the 2010 XXL Freshman class, a highly publicized friendship and then falling out with rapper Jeezy. So, why is Gibbs making EPs with lesser known artists like Statik Selektah and Madlib? Why did he only have mostly little known guest rappers on his album? Because he likes his specific brand of music and is clearly only interested in mainstream success if it means not compromising his artistry. Expect an authentic show to compliment his incredible delivery at his SXSW 2015 performance.  Follow the jump for video.

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SXSW 2015 Hip-Hop: Scotty ATL

scotSince debuting in 2011, Atlanta-based rapper Scotty ATL has released six mixtapes and one EP, and is showing no signs of slowing down in 2015. The blend of his thick southern draw and sometimes gritty, sometimes soulful beats should provide for an authentic Atlanta hip-hop live show. Scotty ATL has confirmed a couple performances during SXSW, though specifics are still TBA. Scotty ATL’s project OTR2SJ, released last summer as part of Scion AV’s hip-hop series, can be streamed or downloaded via LiveMixtapes. The lead song off of OTR2SJ is below.

SxSW Wristbands Tomorrow!

sxsw-music-logoYou can get your SxSW Music wristbands tomorrow. Same rules as usual – Austin area billing zip code for your plastic, you can buy two wristbands but have to provide the names, you’ll need photo IDs to pick up your wristband which will get snapped on at the start of the conference.

For your $169, you will get access to any venue not at capacity aside from the few showcases that are badge only. I used a wristband last year to get away from FOMO and it was bliss. Go check out someone you have never seen instead of getting barraged by Dorito Taco Loco.

On sale January 22nd at 10am (ATX time), Click here.

SxSW Announces More Artists

sxsw-music-logoIn case you missed your friends facebook post about their band getting confirmed for SxSW, I have the full list of bands after the read more.

I will freely admit to being pretty stoked for many friends and faves of the ATH. A. Sinclair, Grapet St, Shivery Shakes, Ramesh, Hundred Visions, Think No Think, Gal Pals, Moonlight Towers and Roger Sellers. I mean, it is Austin’s year to take this conference back from the invaders. However, they will have to contend with artists like Best Coast, Futurebirds, Diarrhea Planet, Beacon, Broncho, Palma Violets, Joywave and Jeff the Brotherhood, as well as all the big names already announced.

Start girding those loins….

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Second Round of SxSW Music Artists

sxsw-music-logoIt is time to share the next big batch of bands and people and things that the masses will be chasing from venue to venue and between day-party tents during SxSW.

It still feels too far away to get excited, yet I get a flutter. THere are some pretty good names on the list, including local faves, ATH faves and some good touring acts that otherwise may not be in town. In no particular (alphabetical), here are some highlights: Beat Connection, The Cribs, The Districts, EX-Cult, Gang of Four, King TUff, Nikki Lane, Mirror Travel, My Jerusalem, Pujol, Sophie, Surfer Blood, SURVIVE, Ting Tings, Twin Shadow, Yukon Blonde and Yumi Zouma. One kind of cool thing SxSW is doing now is SxSW fm and they have a “podcast” on Soundcloud as a preview of this round of artists. Check it out below and head past the break for the full list. #itisaconference #notafestival

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SxSW Music Announces First Round

sxsw-music-logoHere we go. It has begun. #soonereveryyear

SxSW has released the first round of accepted artists. A few highlights, Courtney Barnett, The Church, Civil Twilight, The Dodos, Natural Child, Royal Teeth, Thee Oh Sees, Twerps and so many local favorites that one might think we booked them.

Check the full list after the break.

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