First Big Round of SXSW Announcements & Rumors

We have been keeping an eye on various music blogs, reading press releases, and bugging a few booking agents to get an idea of the bands we should expect to see at SXSW 2009, taking place March 18-22. Legendary record producer Quincy Jones has been selected as the keynote speaker for the conference, with rumors swirling on appearances by the likes of Elton John, Katy Perry and The Faces. Here is the list of bands that have been confirmed or rumored thus far:

A-Trak (Montreal, Canada)
A Day To Remember (Ocala, FL)
Alela Diane (Portland, OR)
An Horse (Brisbane, AU)
Angus and Julia Stone (Sydney, AU)
Anni Rossi (Chicago, IL)
Autons (Portsmouth, UK)
B.o.B (Atlanta, GA)
Bart Davenport (Oakland, CA)
Beach House (Baltimore, MD)
Birds of Tokyo (Perth, AU)
Black Lips (Atlanta, GA)
Blue King Brown (Melbourne, AU)
Busy P (Paris, France)
Choo Choo (Bern, Switzerland)
Cotton Jones (Velvet Belt, MD)
Damaged Good$ (Dallas, TX)
Dappled Cities (Sydney, AU)
Dear and the Headlights (Phoenix, AZ)
Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele (Taylor, MI)
Devlin & Darko (Baltimore, MD)
Dirtblonde (Liverpool)
Dirty Projectors (Brooklyn, NY)
Drop The Lime (Brooklyn, NY)
Dry Spells (San Fransisco, CA)
Flosstradamus (Chicago, IL)
Franz Nicolay (New York, NY)
Future of the Left (Cardiff, UK)
Great Northern (Los Angeles, CA)
Handsome Furs (Montreal, QC)
Henry Clay People (Glendale, CA)
Hot Panda (Edmonton, Canada)
Hot Snakes (Seattle, WA)
Human Highway (Ontario, Canada)
Infusion (Sydney, AU)
Jason Isbell (Muscle Shoals, AL)
Jesse Rose (Berlin, Germany)
Josh Pyke (Sydney, SU)
Justin Townes Earle (Nashville, TN)
Kid Confucius (Sydney, AU)
Lukestar (Oslo, Norway)
Madeline (Athens, GA)
Matthew Dear (Detroit, MI)
Micachu (London)
Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson (Brooklyn, OR)
Mr. Lewis & The Funeral 5 (Austin, TX)
My Disco (Sydney, AU)
N.A.S.A. (Los Angeles, CA)
O’Death (Queens, NY)
Passion Pit (Cambridge, MA)
Past Lives (Seattle, WA)
Pivot (Sydney, AU)
Rademacher (Fresno, CA)
Red Riders (Sydney, AU)
Rogue Wave (Oakland, CA)
Rosie & The Goldbug (Cornwall, UK)
Royal Bangs (Knoxville, Tennessee)
Sage Francis (Providence RI)
Simian Mobile Disco (London)
St. Vincent (Dallas, TX)
Sugar & Gold (San Fransisco, CA)
Sweet Water (Seattle, MA)
Switch (United Kingdom)
The Airborne Toxic Event (Los Feliz, CA)
The Boat People (Brisbane, AU)
The Botticellis (San Fransisco, CA)
The Brothers Movement (Ireland)
The Coathangers (Atlanta, GA)
The Count & Sinden (London)
The Devil Wears Prada (Dayton, OH)
The Drones (Melbourne, AU)
The Fumes (Sydney, AU)
The Grates (Brisbane, AU)
The Invincible Kids (Minneapolis, MN)
The Juan Maclean (New York, NY)
The Pack A.D. (Vancouver, Canada)
The Rapture (New York, NY)
The Temper Trap (Melbourne, AU)
The Thermals (Portland, OR)
The Whip (Manchester UK)
These Arms Are Snakes (Seattle, WA)
VHS or Beta (Louisville, KY)
Vancougar (Vancouver, Canada)
Vetiver (San Fransisco, CA)
Virgin Passages (London)
White Lies (London, UK)
XRABIT (London)
Youth Group (Sydney, AU)
Z-Trip (Los Angeles, CA)
Zoroaster (Atlanta, GA)

A few of the big-name rumors right now:

Elton John
Billy Joel
Jesus Lizard
The Faces
Katy Perry

If you have more info, leave it in the comments so we can check it out!



December 22, 2008. sxsw.


  1. The Swagger Sticks replied:

    Congrats to Great Northern! I caught them at Spaceland about a year or so ago…they were an incredibly nice and talented group…I wish them the best.

  2. Anonymous replied:

    HOT SNAKES? will not be playing sxsw. they broke up. but their new band OBITS will be playing. Night Marchers also.

  3. » More SXSW Acts! Sonic Itch Music replied:

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  4. sxsw music replied:


    Round Table Knights
    St. Vincent
    Passion Pit
    Madi Diaz
    Toy Horses
    Oh Snap!
    Beach House
    The Chap
    Cashier No. 9


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  6. Will replied:

    Here are just a few more:

    Slim Cessna’s Auto Club
    Birds of Avalon
    Lymbyc System
    THE DODOS (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

  7. Alex replied:

    um…it says 2008 on that poster.

  8. Robert Baldwin replied:


  9. JR replied:

    Ben Mallott

  10. k-dawwwg replied:

    Which poster says 2008?

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  14. Anonymous replied:

    Morrissey is playing in Austin on April 12 – he headlined at SXSW in 2007 – I doubt he’ll be at SXSW this year.

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  16. Mat replied:

    Boats from Winnipeg… Confirmed for SXSW.

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