The St. Louis presence at SXSW this year won't be as pronounced as it has been in years past. However, the quality of artists in attendance — not to mention the diversity of genres represented — is unparalleled. Below, a rundown of who will be heading to Austin, Texas, next week.
Although So Many Dynamos is a perennial attendee of/performer at SXSW, the quartet finally has an official showcase this year on Thursday, March 18, at Emo's Jr (603 Red River Street), alongside highly touted Canadians DD/MM/YYYY. With new guitarist Nathan Bernaix in tow, the group just returned from its first trip overseas, where it played Scotland, Belgium, England and France. Writing (and hopefully recording) new music is in the cards for the band later this year.
On Saturday night local Christian artists J.R. and FLAME will be doing back-to-back sets at the Carver Museum Boyd Vance Theater (1165 Angelina Street). The former's new project, Liberation, is coming soon. In the meantime, the hip-hop/soul artist will be performing at this year's Cornerstone Festival, the nation's premier gathering of Christian artists/bands. Rapper FLAME is a decorated musician who has received Dove and Grammy Award nominations and released several albums on the national label Cross Movement Records. Our World Redeemed is his latest effort.
The RFT's official delegate at SXSW, Rockwell Knuckles, is performing on Wednesday, March 17, at the Independent (501 North IH-35), in a plum spot just before Kosha Dillz. The hip-hop vet is poised to have a breakout year, with the impending release of Choose Your Own Adventure, his highly anticipated album. Click here for a new song Knuckles recorded with fellow St. Louis hip-hop artist Tef Poe.
Speaking of Rockwell Knuckles and Tef Poe: The two will also be performing Friday, March 19, at the Creekside Lounge (606 East Seventh Street) at a show with the biggest St. Louis music contingent in Austin. The night features appearances from most of the local hip-hop artists who have united as a collective known as the Force. Black Spade, Corey Black, Wafeek, Vandalyzm, Nato Caliph, Tech Supreme, Gotta Be Karim and DJ Trackstar will all be in attendance.
Twangfest, in conjunction with KDHX (88.1 FM) and Saint Louis University's Billiken Club, is again hosting two day parties at Jovita's (1617 South First Street) on Thursday and Saturday. Gordon Gano & the Ryans, Diplomats of Solid Sound, the Wooden Sky, These United States and the Waco Brothers will all be appearing. The local representative at the afternoon shindigs will be Brothers Lazaroff. David Lazaroff moved back from Austin in recent years, and the band is in the process of recording songs for a new album, due out this summer.
Euclid Records will be at the annual SXSW record fair on Friday and Saturday. At 2 p.m. Saturday, native Austinite Ian McLagan will hold a signing at the Euclid booth, to go along with the release of his Euclid Sessions seven-inch single.