loading
.

menu
shuffle

The Music Bloggers Guide to SXSW 2018

For some, music is a requisite need; for others, it is simply a soundtrack playing behind their day-to-day routine. No matter how casual or invested one’s relationship with music is, we have all had “Who’s this?” moments.

 

It is our hope that The Music Blogger’s Guide To SXSW will spark a few for you.

 

I would like to give a huge thanks to all of our contributing bloggers for shining a light on their favorite up-and-coming artists from this year’s festival.

James Minor

Head of SXSW Music Festival

 

MNKYBSNSS

MNKYBSNSS

Bad Gyal

Bad Gyal

Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish

Mallrat

Mallrat

Juanita Stein

Juanita Stein

Gatecreeper

Gatecreeper

Kydd Jones

Kydd Jones

U.S. Girls

U.S. Girls

Anna Wise

Anna Wise

Tedy Andreas

Tedy Andreas

Shamir

Shamir

Tracy Bryant

Tracy Bryant

BOYTOY

BOYTOY

Boy Harsher

Boy Harsher

Omni

Omni

Buddy

Buddy

Crush

Crush

RVG

RVG

Double Ferrari

Double Ferrari

Yamantaka // Sonic Titan

Yamantaka // Sonic Titan

Odetta Hartman

Odetta Hartman

Public Access T.V.

Public Access T.V.

Zara McFarlane

Zara McFarlane

Tristen

Tristen

The Magnettes

The Magnettes

Now, Now

Now, Now

Gaz Coombes

Gaz Coombes

Gus Dapperton

Gus Dapperton

Flyte

Flyte

Leyya

Leyya

Pale Waves

Pale Waves

Shopping

Shopping

Catholic Action

Catholic Action

Becca Mancari

Becca Mancari

Nnamdi Ogbonnaya

Nnamdi Ogbonnaya

CIFIKA

CIFIKA

Noah Slee

Noah Slee

Moonlight Breakfast

Moonlight Breakfast

Soccer Mommy

Soccer Mommy

Stop Light Observations

Stop Light Observations

Quin NFN

Quin NFN

Death Bells

Death Bells

ShitKid

ShitKid

The Marías

The Marías

The Homesick

The Homesick

WILSN

WILSN

THICK

THICK

Lido Pimienta

Lido Pimienta

Partner

Partner

Lo Moon

Lo Moon

YBN Nahmir

YBN Nahmir

Palm

Palm

Ness Nite

Ness Nite

Kino Kimino

Kino Kimino

Goat Girl

Goat Girl

Jay Park

Jay Park

Ed Schrader’s Music Beat

Ed Schrader’s Music Beat

Ought

Ought

BODEGA

BODEGA

Jade Bird

Jade Bird

Mobley

Mobley

SYML

SYML

El Mató A Un Policia Motorizado

El Mató A Un Policia Motorizado

Combo Chimbita

Combo Chimbita

Charlie Faye & the Fayettes

Charlie Faye & the Fayettes

Rat Fancy

Rat Fancy

No Vacation

No Vacation

Hinds

Hinds

Corridor

Corridor

Suzi Wu

Suzi Wu

Stella Donnelly

Stella Donnelly

Magna Carda

Magna Carda

MINT FIELD

MINT FIELD

David Ramirez

David Ramirez

Bully

Bully

Lomelda

Lomelda

Hatchie

Hatchie

Cut Worms

Cut Worms

Amy Shark

Amy Shark

Molly Burch

Molly Burch

Gordi

Gordi

The Weather Station

The Weather Station

Centavrvs

Centavrvs

NoMBe

NoMBe

Superorganism

Superorganism

Gothic Tropic

Gothic Tropic

Liza Anne

Liza Anne

Otzeki

Otzeki

The Shacks

The Shacks

Frigs

Frigs

Hypoluxo

Hypoluxo

Gang of Youths

Gang of Youths

Hovvdy

Hovvdy

The Teskey Brothers

The Teskey Brothers

Curtis Roush

Curtis Roush

Juan de Fuca

Juan de Fuca

Vundabar

Vundabar

Sun Seeker

Sun Seeker

Mt Joy

Mt Joy

Faith Healer

Faith Healer

Duckwrth

Duckwrth

Anna Burch

Anna Burch

LNG/SHT

LNG/SHT

Annie Hart

Annie Hart

Kemba

Kemba

Sassy 009

Sassy 009

Common Holly

Common Holly

Caroline Rose

Caroline Rose

French Vanilla

French Vanilla

Girl Ray

Girl Ray

0/110

Artists Discovered

Shuffle & start over See who you missed

Tell your friends about
The Music Bloggers Guide to SXSW 2018

Listen to us on Spotify

Listen to us on Apple Music

Visit SXSW.com

Liked sort
Artist sort
Author sort
Genre sort
Viewed sort
Sort by Random select
Liked
Artist
Author
Genre
Viewed
MNKYBSNSS
Raj Rudolph, EQ Music
Electronic
unseen
Bad Gyal
Marcos Hassan, Remezcla
Hip-Hop / Rap
unseen
Billie Eilish
Grant Owens, We Found New Music
Pop
unseen
Mallrat
Brandon Bogajewicz, The Burning Ear
Pop
unseen
Juanita Stein
Lisa Wright, DIY Magazine
Americana
unseen
Gatecreeper
Ben Umanov, MetalSucks
Metal
unseen
Kydd Jones
Brandon Caldwell, Day & A Dream
Hip-Hop / Rap
unseen
U.S. Girls
Adam Rothbarth, Tiny Mix Tapes
Rock
unseen
Anna Wise
Brandon Caldwell, Day & A Dream
R & B
unseen
Tedy Andreas
Brandon Caldwell, Day & A Dream
Hip-Hop / Rap
unseen
Shamir
Lisa Wright, DIY Magazine
Rock
unseen
Tracy Bryant
Joshua Chiang, Control + Alt + Delight
Rock
unseen
BOYTOY
Elena Childers, Alt Citizen
Rock
unseen
Boy Harsher
Beca Arredondo, We Are: The Guard
Electronic
unseen
Omni
Nathan Lankford, Austin Town Hall
Rock
unseen
Buddy
Grant Brydon, CLASH Magazine
Hip-Hop / Rap
unseen
Crush
Chris Park, Korean Indie
R & B
unseen
RVG
Nathan Lankford, Austin Town Hall
Rock
unseen
Double Ferrari
Ben Umanov, MetalSucks
Metal
unseen
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan
Amanda Hatfield, BrooklynVegan
Rock
unseen
Odetta Hartman
Lauren McKinney, The Wild Honey Pie
Folk
unseen
Public Access T.V.
Stasia de Tilly, Alt Citizen
Rock
unseen
Zara McFarlane
Reese Hayward, CONTROL+ALT+DELIGHT
Jazz
unseen
Tristen
Lauren McKinney, The Wild Honey Pie
Rock
unseen
The Magnettes
Raj Rudolph, EQ Music
Pop
unseen
Now, Now
Peter Bowman, All Things Go
Pop
unseen
Gaz Coombes
Justin Spicer, Tiny Mix Tapes
Rock
unseen
Gus Dapperton
Jacob Moore, Pigeons & Planes
Pop
unseen
Flyte
Will Oliver, We All Want Someone To Shout For
Pop
unseen
Leyya
Mary Chang, There Goes The Fear
Avant / Experimental
unseen
Pale Waves
Grant Owens, We Found New Music
Rock
unseen
Shopping
Sophia Gragg, mxdwn
Punk
unseen
Catholic Action
Mary Chang, There Goes The Fear
Rock
unseen
Becca Mancari
Andrew Sacher, Brooklyn Vegan
Bluegrass
unseen
Nnamdi Ogbonnaya
Kevin McStravick, Operation Every Band
Hip-Hop / Rap
unseen
CIFIKA
Chris Park, Korean Indie
Electronic
unseen
Noah Slee
Donna Arendse, Majestic Casual
unseen
Moonlight Breakfast
Mary Chang, There Goes The Fear
Pop
unseen
Soccer Mommy
Nikki Barnhart, Alt Citizen
Rock
unseen
Stop Light Observations
Cassie Morien, Indie Shuffle
Rock
unseen
Quin NFN
Jake Markow, Dirty Glove Bastard
Hip-Hop / Rap
unseen
Death Bells
Reese Hayward, CONTROL+ALT+DELIGHT
Rock
unseen
ShitKid
Alexandra Berenson, Vinyl Me, Please
Rock
unseen
The Marías
Marcos Hassan, Remezcla
Pop
unseen
The Homesick
Derek Robertson, Drowned In Sound
Rock
unseen
WILSN
Nastassia Baroni, Music Feeds
Pop
unseen
THICK
Elena Childers, BTRtoday
Rock
unseen
Lido Pimienta
Kevin McStravick, Operation Every Band
Electronic
unseen
Partner
Andrew Karpan, All Things Go
Rock
unseen
Lo Moon
Katey Ceccarelli, EARMILK
Rock
unseen
YBN Nahmir
Jake Markow, Dirty Glove Bastard
Hip-Hop / Rap
unseen
Palm
Virginia Croft, Alt Citizen
Rock
unseen
Ness Nite
Alexandra Berenson, Vinyl Me, Please
Hip-Hop / Rap
unseen
Kino Kimino
Kellie MacDougall, mxdwn
Rock
unseen
Goat Girl
Derek Robertson, Drowned In Sound
Rock
unseen
Jay Park
Katey Ceccarelli, EARMILK
Pop
unseen
Ed Schrader’s Music Beat
Colin Gallant, BeatRoute
Rock
unseen
Ought
Lisa Wright, DIY Magazine
Rock
unseen
BODEGA
Elena Childers, BTRtoday
Punk
unseen
Jade Bird
Grant Owens, We Found New Music
Singer-Songwriter
unseen
Mobley
Bill Tucker, The Austinot
Pop
unseen
SYML
Amy Huang, I Heart Moosiq
Singer-Songwriter
unseen
El Mató A Un Policia Motorizado
Sopitas, Sopitas
Latin Indie
unseen
Combo Chimbita
Elena Childers, BTRtoday
Latin Rock
unseen
Charlie Faye & the Fayettes
Bill Tucker, The Austinot
Americana
unseen
Rat Fancy
Nathan Lankford, Austin Town Hall
Rock
unseen
No Vacation
Amy Huang, I Heart Moosiq
Rock
unseen
Hinds
Matt Matasci, mxdwn
Rock
unseen
Corridor
Bill Pearis, BrooklynVegan
Rock
unseen
Suzi Wu
Jacob Moore, Pigeons & Planes
Pop
unseen
Stella Donnelly
Tim Dickinson, The Blue Walrus
Folk
unseen
Magna Carda
Bill Tucker, The Austinot
Hip-Hop / Rap
unseen
MINT FIELD
Marcos Hassan, Remezcla
Rock
unseen
David Ramirez
Lauren McKinney, The Wild Honey Pie
Americana
unseen
Bully
Andrew Karpan, All Things Go
Rock
unseen
Lomelda
David Nadelle, Tiny Mix Tapes
Folk
unseen
Hatchie
Amy Huang, I Heart Moosiq
Pop
unseen
Cut Worms
Nate Rogers, FLOOD Magazine
Folk
unseen
Amy Shark
Ingrid Rosales, We Are: The Guard
Pop
unseen
Molly Burch
Will Oliver, We All Want Someone To Shout For
Singer-Songwriter
unseen
Gordi
Beca Arredondo, We Are: The Guard
Pop
unseen
The Weather Station
Brian Furman, mxdwn
Singer-Songwriter
unseen
Centavrvs
Sopitas, Sopitas
Electronic
unseen
NoMBe
Brandon Bogajewicz, The Burning Ear
Rock
unseen
Superorganism
Derek Robertson, Drowned In Sound
Pop
unseen
Gothic Tropic
Derek Robertson, Drowned In Sound
Rock
unseen
Liza Anne
Cassie Morien, Indie Shuffle
Rock
unseen
Otzeki
Mary Chang, There Goes The Fear
Electronic
unseen
The Shacks
Joshua Chiang, Control + Alt + Delight
Rock
unseen
Frigs
Colin Gallant, BeatRoute
Rock
unseen
Hypoluxo
Brandon Bogajewicz, The Burning Ear
Rock
unseen
Gang of Youths
Nastassia Baroni, Music Feeds
Rock
unseen
Hovvdy
Bill Tucker, The Austinot
Rock
unseen
The Teskey Brothers
Nastassia Baroni, Music Feeds
Soul
unseen
Curtis Roush
Cassie Morien, Indie Shuffle
Rock
unseen
Juan de Fuca
Nathan Lankford, Austin Town Hall
Rock
unseen
Vundabar
Ben Kaye, Consequence of Sound
Rock
unseen
Sun Seeker
Kevin McStravick, Operation Every Band
Rock
unseen
Mt Joy
Brandon Bogajewicz, The Burning Ear
Folk
unseen
Faith Healer
Colin Gallant, BeatRoute
Rock
unseen
Duckwrth
Grant Brydon, CLASH Magazine
Hip-Hop / Rap
unseen
Anna Burch
Will Oliver, We All Want Someone To Shout For
Rock
unseen
LNG/SHT
Sopitas, Sopitas
Hip-Hop / Rap
unseen
Annie Hart
Tim Dickinson, The Blue Walrus
Pop
unseen
Kemba
Kevin McStravick, Operation Every Band
Hip-Hop / Rap
unseen
Sassy 009
Brandon Bogajewicz, The Burning Ear
Electronic
unseen
Common Holly
Colin Gallant, BeatRoute
Singer-Songwriter
unseen
Caroline Rose
Ben Kaye, Consequence of Sound
Rock
unseen
French Vanilla
Justin Bieggar, All Things Go
Punk
unseen
Girl Ray
Tim Dickinson, The Blue Walrus
Pop
unseen

For some, music is a requisite need; for others, it is simply a soundtrack playing behind their day-to-day routine. No matter how casual or invested one’s relationship with music is, we have all had “Who’s this?” moments.

 

It is our hope that The Music Blogger’s Guide To SXSW will spark a few for you.

 

I would like to give a huge thanks to all of our contributing bloggers for shining a light on their favorite up-and-coming artists from this year’s festival.

James Minor

Head of SXSW Music Festival

close
Artists About
Raj Rudolph

Raj Rudolph

EQ Music

Raj Rudolph has been an pop music obsessive ever since he heard Madonna’s iconic debut album. When he couldn’t stop playing “Music For The Masses” by Depeche Mode, he instantly knew that electronic and pop music would be his life-long passion. Raj is American born, but has lived in London since 2000. He created EQ Music Blog as a passion project from the ground up having interviewed some of the biggest names in pop like Gaga, Sia, Mika, Kelis, Robyn and every member of the Scissor Sisters. EQ Music is one of the UK’s longest running influential pop blogs, voting in BBC Sound and regularly hosting showcase nights for emerging electronic pop acts in the British capital. Raj is also a Program Manager for MTV/Viacom’s Global Entertainment Group as has freelanced as a digital producer for the likes of Google, Huffington Post, Vogue, GQ and WIRED.

close
Marcos Hassan

Marcos Hassan

Remezcla

Marcos Hassan is a culture journalist and musician based in Mexico City. Currently, he is a regular contributor to Remezcla and Noisey En Español. Since 2007, his work has appeared on Noisey, Tiny Mix Tapes and Daily Bandcamp as well as Mexican publications like Warp, Indie Rocks, Chilango, and Letras Libres, among others. He also records and plays music as Caos Del Té.

close
Grant Owens

Grant Owens

We Found New Music

WE FOUND NEW MUSIC is an artist discovery platform dedicated to introducing exceptional artists to music industry leaders and organizations. In the past 4 years, we have helped introduce artists through performance & interview sessions, blogs, radio shows, Concerts & DJ sets with today’s most relevant artists, including Billie Eilish, Kim Petras, FRENSHIP, and Bishop Briggs. We book the artists we discover at LA’s live music concept, The Peppermint Club. This will be WE FOUND NEW MUSIC’s fourth time presenting an official showcase at SXSW, this time, teaming up with The Peppermint Club, to create a unique 12 band lineup at The Palm Door on Sixth Street, on the evening of March 15th.

close
Brandon Bogajewicz

Brandon Bogajewicz

The Burning Ear

For over 9 years Brandon Bogajewicz has been rambling about music he like on The Burning Ear. One of his favorite things in the world is connecting people with bands and songs that deserve more attention. Over the years The Burning Ear has hosted numerous showcases at SXSW, a series of live shows in Los Angeles, and even made a few t-shirts. More recently the website has evolved into an analog counterpart called Vinyl Moon which presses the bands he loves most on vinyl every month. He’s been lucky to work with all 5 of the bands he writes about in this booklet, and releases their music on vinyl. Brandon’s favorite part of the music industry is creating a small but happy family of music makers and music cheerleaders.

close
Lisa Wright

Lisa Wright

DIY Magazine

Lisa Wright is a London-based music journalist and gig promoter. Having written for NME between the years of 2009-2015, she now works as a staff writer for UK indie magazine DIY with additional bylines in the likes of Time Out, Noisey, The Guardian, The Independent and more. She also curates live events for DIY and runs longstanding club night Antidotes which has seen early shows from the likes of Wolf Alice, Slaves, Fat White Family and more.

close
Ben Umanov

Ben Umanov

MetalSucks

Co-founder and co-editor-in-chief of MetalSucks

close
Brandon Caldwell

Brandon Caldwell

Day & A Dream

Brandon Caldwell is the editor-in-chief of Day & A Dream, a Houston music & culture website. His work has been featured in Complex, Billboard, VIBE, UPROXX, the Houston Press, Village Voice, DJBooth and more.

close
Adam Rothbarth

Adam Rothbarth

Tiny Mix Tapes

Adam Rothbarth is a music critic and journalist based in St. Louis, MO. After completing his M.A. in Musicology, he joined Tiny Mix Tapes as a staff writer and has been a regular album review contributor to Apple Music; his work on music and film has appeared a number of leading publications and radio stations, including Pitchfork, Spin, Vice, KEXP, and Gimme Radio. Recently, the BBC noted his review of Arcade Fire’s album Everything Now as one of the 7 most scathing record reviews of 2017. Outside of writing, Adam’s interests include baking, classical music, philosophy, Kanye West, and vegan food.

close
Brandon Caldwell

Brandon Caldwell

Day & A Dream

Brandon Caldwell is the editor-in-chief of Day & A Dream, a Houston music & culture website. His work has been featured in Complex, Billboard, VIBE, UPROXX, the Houston Press, Village Voice, DJBooth and more.

close
Brandon Caldwell

Brandon Caldwell

Day & A Dream

Brandon Caldwell is the editor-in-chief of Day & A Dream, a Houston music & culture website. His work has been featured in Complex, Billboard, VIBE, UPROXX, the Houston Press, Village Voice, DJBooth and more.

close
Lisa Wright

Lisa Wright

DIY Magazine

Lisa Wright is a London-based music journalist and gig promoter. Having written for NME between the years of 2009-2015, she now works as a staff writer for UK indie magazine DIY with additional bylines in the likes of Time Out, Noisey, The Guardian, The Independent and more. She also curates live events for DIY and runs longstanding club night Antidotes which has seen early shows from the likes of Wolf Alice, Slaves, Fat White Family and more.

close
Joshua Chiang

Joshua Chiang

Control + Alt + Delight

Joshua Chiang’s music appreciation runs the gamut. The uniqueness of any and all sounds finds a place within his ears. He is, however, more inclined to the gloomier, moodier, and darker corners of music. As a writer, photographer, and underground promoter, he spends much of his time keeping his eyes and ears on the next big thing as well as what has been under everyone’s noses the whole time.

close
Elena Childers

Elena Childers

Alt Citizen

Elena Childers was born & raised in Pittsburgh, PA, by a punk rock drummer from the mountains of Kentucky and a rebellious scientist from the capital of Chile. Now living in Brooklyn, NY—she’s a rebel with no cause needed and a podcast host/ music journalist for BTRtoday and Alt Citizen. Catch her backstage at all the coolest underground shows in NYC.

close
Beca Arredondo

Beca Arredondo

We Are: The Guard

For Beca Arredondo, music has always been a part of her life. She’s been fortunate enough to be in a career that she loves, where discovering artists, writers, and working with amazing, talented people fuels her blood each and every day. You bet, she’s on the hunt for the next big thing.

close
Nathan Lankford

Nathan Lankford

Austin Town Hall

Nathan Lankford is a 8th Grade teacher by day, and a music writer/record label owner by night. He has been active in the music community both in Austin and beyond since 2002, always trying to promote the music that’s near and dear to him. Nathan fashions himself as a fan of the best unpopular music around.

close
Grant Brydon

Grant Brydon

CLASH Magazine

When he’s not working on his falsetto in the shower and trying to win rings for the Raptors on 2K, UK-based writer Grant Brydon is Hip-hop editor of CLASH Magazine. Over the past twelve months his adventures have included a late-night drive through Houston with Travis Scott and an afternoon on an Irish golf course with Gucci Mane, both of which graced the cover of the magazine. He also curates CLASH’s Spotify and Apple Music playlists, which will get your thumbs stretching for the fire emoji.

close
Chris Park

Chris Park

Korean Indie

Chris Park is an Editor at Large for Korean Indie. He has been writing about Korean independent music since 2008 and continues to try and introduce new artists and bands to audiences around the world.

close
Nathan Lankford

Nathan Lankford

Austin Town Hall

Nathan Lankford is a 8th Grade teacher by day, and a music writer/record label owner by night. He has been active in the music community both in Austin and beyond since 2002, always trying to promote the music that’s near and dear to him. Nathan fashions himself as a fan of the best unpopular music around.

close
Ben Umanov

Ben Umanov

MetalSucks

Co-founder and co-editor-in-chief of MetalSucks

close
Amanda Hatfield

Amanda Hatfield

BrooklynVegan

Amanda Hatfield is a photographer and writer from New Jersey. She’s contributed to BrooklynVegan in a variety of roles since 2010, and currently as photo editor and social media manager.

close
Lauren McKinney

Lauren McKinney

The Wild Honey Pie

One of The Wild Honey Pie’s founding members, Lauren has spent the past seven years winding her way through the world of music journalism and marketing. In addition to being a longtime contributor and editor for the site, she has taken on roles within artist management – previously at Red Light Management and currently at Foundations Music, leading their in-house marketing team. All the while, she’s stayed true to The Wild Honey Pie’s ethos of music discovery, promoting up-and-coming artists from across the musical spectrum and absorbing songs and sounds from as many genres as possible.

close
Stasia de Tilly

Stasia de Tilly

Alt Citizen

Stasia de Tilly is an audio-visual artist and contemporary arts academic who also loves music journalism. She grew up in Hong Kong and moved to NYC in 2015. She writes for Alt-Citizen as well as for herself in her bedroom late at night.

close
Reese Hayward

Reese Hayward

CONTROL+ALT+DELIGHT

Born on the East Coast with a childhood forged in California, Reese Hayward can mostly be found brunching when he’s not watching kung-fu movies. He’s been a music writer for 3 years and counting and will literally go to any show as long they serve mojitos.

close
Lauren McKinney

Lauren McKinney

The Wild Honey Pie

One of The Wild Honey Pie’s founding members, Lauren has spent the past seven years winding her way through the world of music journalism and marketing. In addition to being a longtime contributor and editor for the site, she has taken on roles within artist management – previously at Red Light Management and currently at Foundations Music, leading their in-house marketing team. All the while, she’s stayed true to The Wild Honey Pie’s ethos of music discovery, promoting up-and-coming artists from across the musical spectrum and absorbing songs and sounds from as many genres as possible.

close
Raj Rudolph

Raj Rudolph

EQ Music

Raj Rudolph has been an pop music obsessive ever since he heard Madonna’s iconic debut album. When he couldn’t stop playing “Music For The Masses” by Depeche Mode, he instantly knew that electronic and pop music would be his life-long passion. Raj is American born, but has lived in London since 2000. He created EQ Music Blog as a passion project from the ground up having interviewed some of the biggest names in pop like Gaga, Sia, Mika, Kelis, Robyn and every member of the Scissor Sisters. EQ Music is one of the UK’s longest running influential pop blogs, voting in BBC Sound and regularly hosting showcase nights for emerging electronic pop acts in the British capital. Raj is also a Program Manager for MTV/Viacom’s Global Entertainment Group as has freelanced as a digital producer for the likes of Google, Huffington Post, Vogue, GQ and WIRED.

close
Peter Bowman

Peter Bowman

All Things Go

Peter is a video producer and contributing writer based in Charlotte, NC.

close
Justin Spicer

Justin Spicer

Tiny Mix Tapes

Justin Spicer has been a music journalist for 15 years, writing and editing for various websites, including Tiny Mix Tapes (Cerberus), KEXP, Bandcamp, and Brainwashed. When not writing about music, Justin covers games (video and board) and is currently chasing a Masters degree in Learning Design and Technology. He also has two young daughters sure to grace a SXSW showcase stage one day if their current songwriting acumen pans out, and a lovely wife who puts up with his many varied hobbies and pursuits. Justin would also like to take this opportunity to thank the myriad bands who are helping to redefine the music business in the 21st Century, especially those that continually send him their LPs, cassettes, CDs, and digital links. Justin would not be able to contribute to great happenings such as SXSW without the many musicians who keep his passion for music alive and well.

close
Jacob Moore

Jacob Moore

Pigeons & Planes

Jacob Moore started Pigeons & Planes in his bedroom in October of 2008. He ran the website independently for years before joining Complex and running the site as an owned and operated property. Pigeons & Planes is a music brand that focuses on discovery, produces live shows, and creates original editorial, video, and social content around new music.

close
Will Oliver

Will Oliver

We All Want Someone To Shout For

Will Oliver is photographer and writer based in New York City that founded music blog We All Want Someone To Shout For. He started the blog 10 years ago as a way to share new music discoveries with his friends and it has turned into something much more in recent years.

close
Mary Chang

Mary Chang

There Goes The Fear

Mary Chang has been the owner and editor-in-chief of There Goes the Fear since 2010. Deeply passionate about spreading the word on good music, she has broadened TGTF’s original focus on UK artists, with the Web site now exploring acts from America, Ireland, Australia, Scandinavia, and more. Although based in Washington, DC, Mary has covered gigs and music festivals on three continents, relishing travel to discover music and experience live performances with the locals. She previously wrote for PopWreck(oning), quickly becoming their British music expert; DIY; and ClickMusic. Her favorite interviewee to date? Tom Chaplin. Mary’s day job is in scientific publishing.

close
Grant Owens

Grant Owens

We Found New Music

WE FOUND NEW MUSIC is an artist discovery platform dedicated to introducing exceptional artists to music industry leaders and organizations. In the past 4 years, we have helped introduce artists through performance & interview sessions, blogs, radio shows, Concerts & DJ sets with today’s most relevant artists, including Billie Eilish, Kim Petras, FRENSHIP, and Bishop Briggs. We book the artists we discover at LA’s live music concept, The Peppermint Club. This will be WE FOUND NEW MUSIC’s fourth time presenting an official showcase at SXSW, this time, teaming up with The Peppermint Club, to create a unique 12 band lineup at The Palm Door on Sixth Street, on the evening of March 15th.

close
Sophia Gragg

Sophia Gragg

mxdwn

Sophia Gragg is currently a features writer at mxdwn, social media intern at Fearless Records and a writer for her university’s newspaper The Daily Trojan (USC). She has always had a passion for music and plans to work in the industry. Sophia is always going to concerts, finding new artists to fall in love with, and likes to make monthly playlists that her friends listen to. She listens to a large variety of music genres, but her roots will forever be in indie and rock music.

close
Mary Chang

Mary Chang

There Goes The Fear

Mary Chang has been the owner and editor-in-chief of There Goes the Fear since 2010. Deeply passionate about spreading the word on good music, she has broadened TGTF’s original focus on UK artists, with the Web site now exploring acts from America, Ireland, Australia, Scandinavia, and more. Although based in Washington, DC, Mary has covered gigs and music festivals on three continents, relishing travel to discover music and experience live performances with the locals. She previously wrote for PopWreck(oning), quickly becoming their British music expert; DIY; and ClickMusic. Her favorite interviewee to date? Tom Chaplin. Mary’s day job is in scientific publishing.

close
Andrew Sacher

Andrew Sacher

Brooklyn Vegan

Andrew Sacher has been writing about music at BrooklynVegan since 2010, but he’s been obsessing over it since hearing The Beach Boys at age 6. In addition to writing, he’s helped curate events and playlists. He has represented BrooklynVegan at SXSW for the past five years, as well as at music festivals like Firefly and Lockn’, and on BBC Radio 1. He is currently a senior editor at BV and living in New York City.

close
Kevin McStravick

Kevin McStravick

Operation Every Band

Kevin McStravick started Operation Every Band in 2010, a site dedicated to reviewing every showcasing SXSW artist before the conference kicks off each March. Pairs well with spreadsheets, headphones and soul.

close
Chris Park

Chris Park

Korean Indie

Chris Park is an Editor at Large for Korean Indie. He has been writing about Korean independent music since 2008 and continues to try and introduce new artists and bands to audiences around the world.

close
Donna Arendse

Donna Arendse

Majestic Casual

“Donna Arendse is lover of the finer things in life, such as Rooibos tea, digestive biscuits, and golden retrievers. She holds a Bachelor degree in Communication from The University of Newcastle (Australia), with a major in Public Relations.

Donna joins her love of music and PR with agency Lekker Collective, where she harnesses her skills to conduct digital campaigns for new music releases, and provide management services and support for emerging artists. Since the birth of Lekker, it has branched out into curating intimate soul events, artist development, and playlist curation.

Donna also creates music in her future-soul project, The Septembers, writes for publications Indie Shuffle and C-Head Magazine, and works as a product and community manager at tastemaker label and curator platform Majestic Casual.”

close
Mary Chang

Mary Chang

There Goes The Fear

Mary Chang has been the owner and editor-in-chief of There Goes the Fear since 2010. Deeply passionate about spreading the word on good music, she has broadened TGTF’s original focus on UK artists, with the Web site now exploring acts from America, Ireland, Australia, Scandinavia, and more. Although based in Washington, DC, Mary has covered gigs and music festivals on three continents, relishing travel to discover music and experience live performances with the locals. She previously wrote for PopWreck(oning), quickly becoming their British music expert; DIY; and ClickMusic. Her favorite interviewee to date? Tom Chaplin. Mary’s day job is in scientific publishing.

close
Nikki Barnhart

Nikki Barnhart

Alt Citizen

Nikki Barnhart lives and writes in New York City, where she works in book publishing, and reminisces about her glory days as the music director of her college radio station.

close
Cassie Morien

Cassie Morien

Indie Shuffle

Austin-based journalist Cassie Morien has been covering music since 2002. After graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Central Florida, Morien served as an editor for Boca Raton magazine until she couldn’t stand one more second of Florida’s swamps and sunburns. She finally escaped to Texas in 2013.

Morien is a staff writer for Indie Shuffle and contributing writer for Teeth Magazine. She also serves as the official blogger for SunFest Music Festival. When she’s not damaging her eardrums, Morien can be found tweeting for tech giants at INK Communications Co. She is madly in love with hashtags, music festivals, milkshakes, synth-pop, and the human race.

close
Jake Markow

Jake Markow

Dirty Glove Bastard

Jake Markow is a junior at the University of Houston majoring in Public Relations. He currently writes for Elevator and Dirty Glove Bastard, focusing on up and coming hip-hop artists. Born in California, he got his start in music through playing and tour managing bands. After moving to Texas for college, Jake transitioned into producing for rap artists. Jake’s favorite artists are John Mayer and Young Thug, and he was voted “Most Likely To Be In Your Bae’s Headphones’ in high-school.

close
Reese Hayward

Reese Hayward

CONTROL+ALT+DELIGHT

Born on the East Coast with a childhood forged in California, Reese Hayward can mostly be found brunching when he’s not watching kung-fu movies. He’s been a music writer for 3 years and counting and will literally go to any show as long they serve mojitos.

close
Alexandra Berenson

Alexandra Berenson

Vinyl Me, Please

Alexandra Berenson works as the A&R for Vinyl Me, Please. She runs the Rising Program and currently lives in Denver, CO.

close
Marcos Hassan

Marcos Hassan

Remezcla

Marcos Hassan is a culture journalist and musician based in Mexico City. Currently, he is a regular contributor to Remezcla and Noisey En Español. Since 2007, his work has appeared on Noisey, Tiny Mix Tapes and Daily Bandcamp as well as Mexican publications like Warp, Indie Rocks, Chilango, and Letras Libres, among others. He also records and plays music as Caos Del Té.

close
Derek Robertson

Derek Robertson

Drowned In Sound

Derek Robertson is a freelance music writer, editor, and digital journalist with over ten years’ experience contributing to a variety of publications, both in print and online. Having written for the likes of the Guardian, the Independent, the Quietus, Clash, Loud & Quiet, and Le Cool, as well as a three-year stint as the English Editor of PERDIZ magazine, he is now Editor In Chief at Drowned In Sound, where he oversees editorial direction and is involved in digital strategy. He also contributes to Subbacultcha, a Dutch independent music and art platform devoted to emerging artists, and provides content for several internationally renowned festivals.

close
Nastassia Baroni

Nastassia Baroni

Music Feeds

Nastassia Baroni is a Sydney-based music journalist and Head of Content for Evolve Media Australia, parent company of Australian music website Music Feeds. She’s passionate about homegrown Australian music, The West Wing and defending the merits of the Eurovision Song Contest.

close
Elena Childers

Elena Childers

BTRtoday

Elena Childers was born & raised in Pittsburgh, PA, by a punk rock drummer from the mountains of Kentucky and a rebellious scientist from the capital of Chile. Now living in Brooklyn, NY—she’s a rebel with no cause needed and a podcast host/ music journalist for BTRtoday and Alt Citizen. Catch her backstage at all the coolest underground shows in NYC.

close
Kevin McStravick

Kevin McStravick

Operation Every Band

Kevin McStravick started Operation Every Band in 2010, a site dedicated to reviewing every showcasing SXSW artist before the conference kicks off each March. Pairs well with spreadsheets, headphones and soul.

close
Andrew Karpan

Andrew Karpan

All Things Go

Andrew Karpan is a writer based in New York. He believes Pavement was the last good boy band.

close
Katey Ceccarelli

Katey Ceccarelli

EARMILK

Katey Ceccarelli is the dance/electronic editor for the online music publication EARMILK.

close
Jake Markow

Jake Markow

Dirty Glove Bastard

Jake Markow is a junior at the University of Houston majoring in Public Relations. He currently writes for Elevator and Dirty Glove Bastard, focusing on up and coming hip-hop artists. Born in California, he got his start in music through playing and tour managing bands. After moving to Texas for college, Jake transitioned into producing for rap artists. Jake’s favorite artists are John Mayer and Young Thug, and he was voted “Most Likely To Be In Your Bae’s Headphones’ in high-school.

close
Virginia Croft

Virginia Croft

Alt Citizen

Virginia has been writing since her freshman year of college, penning her admiration for Best Coast and Leslie Knope via online zine Pop Culture Puke. Her work has appeared in Treble Zine, The Le Sigh, Westchester Magazine, and Paste Magazine. She is a staff writer at Impose Magazine. In October, she rewatched the Office and documented every use of Wegman’s products, which you can find on her twitter.

close
Alexandra Berenson

Alexandra Berenson

Vinyl Me, Please

Alexandra Berenson works as the A&R for Vinyl Me, Please. She runs the Rising Program and currently lives in Denver, CO.

close
Kellie MacDougall

Kellie MacDougall

mxdwn

Kellie MacDougall is a 21 year-old artist living in East Nashville, Tennessee. She moved there from Boston in 2015 to pursue an education in audio engineering and have since graduated with an Associate’s degree. She volunteers at DIY punk venues around the local scene and works as a stagehand setting up at arena concerts. She came into music journalism through zines and live photography. Some artists that inspire her work are Joan Didion, Kathleen Hanna, and Bob Gruen. In her spare time she paints, plays electric guitar, and works part-time as a dog walker.

close
Derek Robertson

Derek Robertson

Drowned In Sound

Derek Robertson is a freelance music writer, editor, and digital journalist with over ten years’ experience contributing to a variety of publications, both in print and online. Having written for the likes of the Guardian, the Independent, the Quietus, Clash, Loud & Quiet, and Le Cool, as well as a three-year stint as the English Editor of PERDIZ magazine, he is now Editor In Chief at Drowned In Sound, where he oversees editorial direction and is involved in digital strategy. He also contributes to Subbacultcha, a Dutch independent music and art platform devoted to emerging artists, and provides content for several internationally renowned festivals.

close
Katey Ceccarelli

Katey Ceccarelli

EARMILK

Katey Ceccarelli is the dance/electronic editor for the online music publication EARMILK.

close
Colin Gallant

Colin Gallant

BeatRoute

Colin is a writer, editor, show-booker and not-for-profit worker from Calgary, AB.

While he hates writing about himself, he loves coming up with nice words to say about other people, facilitating opportunities for developing artists, and boosting others up on his surprisingly broad shoulders.

He wrote about excellent bands that are playing this year at SXSW, and would cry tears of joy if you made the time to go see them.

close
Lisa Wright

Lisa Wright

DIY Magazine

Lisa Wright is a London-based music journalist and gig promoter. Having written for NME between the years of 2009-2015, she now works as a staff writer for UK indie magazine DIY with additional bylines in the likes of Time Out, Noisey, The Guardian, The Independent and more. She also curates live events for DIY and runs longstanding club night Antidotes which has seen early shows from the likes of Wolf Alice, Slaves, Fat White Family and more.

close
Elena Childers

Elena Childers

BTRtoday

Elena Childers was born & raised in Pittsburgh, PA, by a punk rock drummer from the mountains of Kentucky and a rebellious scientist from the capital of Chile. Now living in Brooklyn, NY—she’s a rebel with no cause needed and a podcast host/ music journalist for BTRtoday and Alt Citizen. Catch her backstage at all the coolest underground shows in NYC.

close
Grant Owens

Grant Owens

We Found New Music

WE FOUND NEW MUSIC is an artist discovery platform dedicated to introducing exceptional artists to music industry leaders and organizations. In the past 4 years, we have helped introduce artists through performance & interview sessions, blogs, radio shows, Concerts & DJ sets with today’s most relevant artists, including Billie Eilish, Kim Petras, FRENSHIP, and Bishop Briggs. We book the artists we discover at LA’s live music concept, The Peppermint Club. This will be WE FOUND NEW MUSIC’s fourth time presenting an official showcase at SXSW, this time, teaming up with The Peppermint Club, to create a unique 12 band lineup at The Palm Door on Sixth Street, on the evening of March 15th.

close
Bill Tucker

Bill Tucker

The Austinot

Jerseyian turned Austinite Bill Tucker writes words for a number of sites and publications. He currently serves as Lead Blogger for The Austinot (hyper-local lifestyle blog), as a columnist for skirmishfrogs.com (retro gaming), and contributor to Texas Highways Magazine. His past credits include the Entertainment Weekly Blogging Community, and penning film reviews for a variety of sites and outlets. He enjoys video games, craft beer, Austin’s incredibly vibrant music scene, and convincing his friends “Dr. Strangelove” is one of the greatest films of all time.

close
Amy Huang

Amy Huang

I Heart Moosiq

Amy graduated with a master’s degree in comparative biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley before discovering how deep her passion for music ran. This never-ending obsession lead her to create I Heart Moosiq, a San Francisco based blog that accentuates exceptional new music and highlights noteworthy artists, bands, and producers from all across the genres. She spends a profuse amount of her time listening to and writing about music. A lot of her spare time is spent attending shows and concerts, particularly ones at intimate venues where emerging artists are showcased. I Heart Moosiq is a rewarding experience and a heartfelt endeavor she hopes to continue for much time to come.

close
Sopitas

Sopitas

Sopitas

We are a group of mexican guys in love of music, movies and tv shows (the good ones). We also write about music trends, and the best and worst of tv series, movies and videogames; some viral things too. Everything at Sopitas.com

close
Elena Childers

Elena Childers

BTRtoday

Elena Childers was born & raised in Pittsburgh, PA, by a punk rock drummer from the mountains of Kentucky and a rebellious scientist from the capital of Chile. Now living in Brooklyn, NY—she’s a rebel with no cause needed and a podcast host/ music journalist for BTRtoday and Alt Citizen. Catch her backstage at all the coolest underground shows in NYC.

close
Bill Tucker

Bill Tucker

The Austinot

Jerseyian turned Austinite Bill Tucker writes words for a number of sites and publications. He currently serves as Lead Blogger for The Austinot (hyper-local lifestyle blog), as a columnist for skirmishfrogs.com (retro gaming), and contributor to Texas Highways Magazine. His past credits include the Entertainment Weekly Blogging Community, and penning film reviews for a variety of sites and outlets. He enjoys video games, craft beer, Austin’s incredibly vibrant music scene, and convincing his friends “Dr. Strangelove” is one of the greatest films of all time.

close
Nathan Lankford

Nathan Lankford

Austin Town Hall

Nathan Lankford is a 8th Grade teacher by day, and a music writer/record label owner by night. He has been active in the music community both in Austin and beyond since 2002, always trying to promote the music that’s near and dear to him. Nathan fashions himself as a fan of the best unpopular music around.

close
Amy Huang

Amy Huang

I Heart Moosiq

Amy graduated with a master’s degree in comparative biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley before discovering how deep her passion for music ran. This never-ending obsession lead her to create I Heart Moosiq, a San Francisco based blog that accentuates exceptional new music and highlights noteworthy artists, bands, and producers from all across the genres. She spends a profuse amount of her time listening to and writing about music. A lot of her spare time is spent attending shows and concerts, particularly ones at intimate venues where emerging artists are showcased. I Heart Moosiq is a rewarding experience and a heartfelt endeavor she hopes to continue for much time to come.

close
Matt Matasci

Matt Matasci

mxdwn

Matt has written and edited for mxdwn since 2015, the same year he began his music journalism career. Previously (and currently) a freelance copywriter, Matt graduated with a degree in Communications from California Lutheran University in 2008. Born on the Central Coast of California, he is currently a few hundred miles south along the 101 in the Los Angeles area.

close
Bill Pearis

Bill Pearis

BrooklynVegan

A lifelong music geek, Bill has been writing for BrooklynVegan for nearly 10 years, having lived through electroclash, shitgaze, chillwave, seapunk and and other scenes he only sort of remembers. He is currently BV’s Senior Editor.

close
Jacob Moore

Jacob Moore

Pigeons & Planes

Jacob Moore started Pigeons & Planes in his bedroom in October of 2008. He ran the website independently for years before joining Complex and running the site as an owned and operated property. Pigeons & Planes is a music brand that focuses on discovery, produces live shows, and creates original editorial, video, and social content around new music.

close
Tim Dickinson

Tim Dickinson

The Blue Walrus

Tim is the editor of London-based new music blog The Blue Walrus, where he has spent more than a decade unearthing new and exciting bands from the UK and beyond. He also currently heads up the music section of new media publication The Descrier, and you will find him at gigs hunting for unicorns in and around the British capital.

close
Bill Tucker

Bill Tucker

The Austinot

Jerseyian turned Austinite Bill Tucker writes words for a number of sites and publications. He currently serves as Lead Blogger for The Austinot (hyper-local lifestyle blog), as a columnist for skirmishfrogs.com (retro gaming), and contributor to Texas Highways Magazine. His past credits include the Entertainment Weekly Blogging Community, and penning film reviews for a variety of sites and outlets. He enjoys video games, craft beer, Austin’s incredibly vibrant music scene, and convincing his friends “Dr. Strangelove” is one of the greatest films of all time.

close
Marcos Hassan

Marcos Hassan

Remezcla

Marcos Hassan is a culture journalist and musician based in Mexico City. Currently, he is a regular contributor to Remezcla and Noisey En Español. Since 2007, his work has appeared on Noisey, Tiny Mix Tapes and Daily Bandcamp as well as Mexican publications like Warp, Indie Rocks, Chilango, and Letras Libres, among others. He also records and plays music as Caos Del Té.

close
Lauren McKinney

Lauren McKinney

The Wild Honey Pie

One of The Wild Honey Pie’s founding members, Lauren has spent the past seven years winding her way through the world of music journalism and marketing. In addition to being a longtime contributor and editor for the site, she has taken on roles within artist management – previously at Red Light Management and currently at Foundations Music, leading their in-house marketing team. All the while, she’s stayed true to The Wild Honey Pie’s ethos of music discovery, promoting up-and-coming artists from across the musical spectrum and absorbing songs and sounds from as many genres as possible.

close
Andrew Karpan

Andrew Karpan

All Things Go

Andrew Karpan is a writer based in New York. He believes Pavement was the last good boy band.

close
David Nadelle

David Nadelle

Tiny Mix Tapes

David Nadelle is a record collector and writer for Tiny Mix Tapes. He lives with his family in Ottawa, Ontario.

close
Amy Huang

Amy Huang

I Heart Moosiq

Amy graduated with a master’s degree in comparative biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley before discovering how deep her passion for music ran. This never-ending obsession lead her to create I Heart Moosiq, a San Francisco based blog that accentuates exceptional new music and highlights noteworthy artists, bands, and producers from all across the genres. She spends a profuse amount of her time listening to and writing about music. A lot of her spare time is spent attending shows and concerts, particularly ones at intimate venues where emerging artists are showcased. I Heart Moosiq is a rewarding experience and a heartfelt endeavor she hopes to continue for much time to come.

close
Nate Rogers

Nate Rogers

FLOOD Magazine

Nate Rogers is the editor-in-chief of FLOOD Magazine. He lives in Los Angeles, where he was born and raised—and will truthfully likely die. He is the magazine’s foremost expert on Nicolas Cage and Guided by Voices, as well as the frequent, understated intersection of the two. He still hasn’t seen Joan Didion in person but he looks for her everyday.

close
Ingrid Rosales

Ingrid Rosales

We Are: The Guard

I’ve been covering the L.A. music scene for half a decade. When I’m not hunting down talent, I’m writing about it and talking about it.

close
Will Oliver

Will Oliver

We All Want Someone To Shout For

Will Oliver is photographer and writer based in New York City that founded music blog We All Want Someone To Shout For. He started the blog 10 years ago as a way to share new music discoveries with his friends and it has turned into something much more in recent years.

close
Beca Arredondo

Beca Arredondo

We Are: The Guard

For Beca Arredondo, music has always been a part of her life. She’s been fortunate enough to be in a career that she loves, where discovering artists, writers, and working with amazing, talented people fuels her blood each and every day. You bet, she’s on the hunt for the next big thing.

close
Brian Furman

Brian Furman

mxdwn

Brian Furman is a writer originally from the kingdom of hopeless optimism that is Cleveland, OH. He has been writing professionally for 10+ years with multiple pieces of Fiction published in multiple mediums. He currently lives in Tampa, FL with his beautiful, and patient, wife, two children, dog, and cat. He loves his family, David Bowie, and the Cleveland Browns.. not necessarily in that order.

close
Sopitas

Sopitas

Sopitas

We are a group of mexican guys in love of music, movies and tv shows (the good ones). We also write about music trends, and the best and worst of tv series, movies and videogames; some viral things too. Everything at Sopitas.com

close
Brandon Bogajewicz

Brandon Bogajewicz

The Burning Ear

For over 9 years Brandon Bogajewicz has been rambling about music he like on The Burning Ear. One of his favorite things in the world is connecting people with bands and songs that deserve more attention. Over the years The Burning Ear has hosted numerous showcases at SXSW, a series of live shows in Los Angeles, and even made a few t-shirts. More recently the website has evolved into an analog counterpart called Vinyl Moon which presses the bands he loves most on vinyl every month. He’s been lucky to work with all 5 of the bands he writes about in this booklet, and releases their music on vinyl. Brandon’s favorite part of the music industry is creating a small but happy family of music makers and music cheerleaders.

close
Derek Robertson

Derek Robertson

Drowned In Sound

Derek Robertson is a freelance music writer, editor, and digital journalist with over ten years’ experience contributing to a variety of publications, both in print and online. Having written for the likes of the Guardian, the Independent, the Quietus, Clash, Loud & Quiet, and Le Cool, as well as a three-year stint as the English Editor of PERDIZ magazine, he is now Editor In Chief at Drowned In Sound, where he oversees editorial direction and is involved in digital strategy. He also contributes to Subbacultcha, a Dutch independent music and art platform devoted to emerging artists, and provides content for several internationally renowned festivals.

close
Derek Robertson

Derek Robertson

Drowned In Sound

Derek Robertson is a freelance music writer, editor, and digital journalist with over ten years’ experience contributing to a variety of publications, both in print and online. Having written for the likes of the Guardian, the Independent, the Quietus, Clash, Loud & Quiet, and Le Cool, as well as a three-year stint as the English Editor of PERDIZ magazine, he is now Editor In Chief at Drowned In Sound, where he oversees editorial direction and is involved in digital strategy. He also contributes to Subbacultcha, a Dutch independent music and art platform devoted to emerging artists, and provides content for several internationally renowned festivals.

close
Cassie Morien

Cassie Morien

Indie Shuffle

Austin-based journalist Cassie Morien has been covering music since 2002. After graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Central Florida, Morien served as an editor for Boca Raton magazine until she couldn’t stand one more second of Florida’s swamps and sunburns. She finally escaped to Texas in 2013.

Morien is a staff writer for Indie Shuffle and contributing writer for Teeth Magazine. She also serves as the official blogger for SunFest Music Festival. When she’s not damaging her eardrums, Morien can be found tweeting for tech giants at INK Communications Co. She is madly in love with hashtags, music festivals, milkshakes, synth-pop, and the human race.

close
Mary Chang

Mary Chang

There Goes The Fear

Mary Chang has been the owner and editor-in-chief of There Goes the Fear since 2010. Deeply passionate about spreading the word on good music, she has broadened TGTF’s original focus on UK artists, with the Web site now exploring acts from America, Ireland, Australia, Scandinavia, and more. Although based in Washington, DC, Mary has covered gigs and music festivals on three continents, relishing travel to discover music and experience live performances with the locals. She previously wrote for PopWreck(oning), quickly becoming their British music expert; DIY; and ClickMusic. Her favorite interviewee to date? Tom Chaplin. Mary’s day job is in scientific publishing.

close
Joshua Chiang

Joshua Chiang

Control + Alt + Delight

Joshua Chiang’s music appreciation runs the gamut. The uniqueness of any and all sounds finds a place within his ears. He is, however, more inclined to the gloomier, moodier, and darker corners of music. As a writer, photographer, and underground promoter, he spends much of his time keeping his eyes and ears on the next big thing as well as what has been under everyone’s noses the whole time.

close
Colin Gallant

Colin Gallant

BeatRoute

Colin is a writer, editor, show-booker and not-for-profit worker from Calgary, AB.

While he hates writing about himself, he loves coming up with nice words to say about other people, facilitating opportunities for developing artists, and boosting others up on his surprisingly broad shoulders.

He wrote about excellent bands that are playing this year at SXSW, and would cry tears of joy if you made the time to go see them.

close
Brandon Bogajewicz

Brandon Bogajewicz

The Burning Ear

For over 9 years Brandon Bogajewicz has been rambling about music he like on The Burning Ear. One of his favorite things in the world is connecting people with bands and songs that deserve more attention. Over the years The Burning Ear has hosted numerous showcases at SXSW, a series of live shows in Los Angeles, and even made a few t-shirts. More recently the website has evolved into an analog counterpart called Vinyl Moon which presses the bands he loves most on vinyl every month. He’s been lucky to work with all 5 of the bands he writes about in this booklet, and releases their music on vinyl. Brandon’s favorite part of the music industry is creating a small but happy family of music makers and music cheerleaders.

close
Nastassia Baroni

Nastassia Baroni

Music Feeds

Nastassia Baroni is a Sydney-based music journalist and Head of Content for Evolve Media Australia, parent company of Australian music website Music Feeds. She’s passionate about homegrown Australian music, The West Wing and defending the merits of the Eurovision Song Contest.

close
Bill Tucker

Bill Tucker

The Austinot

Jerseyian turned Austinite Bill Tucker writes words for a number of sites and publications. He currently serves as Lead Blogger for The Austinot (hyper-local lifestyle blog), as a columnist for skirmishfrogs.com (retro gaming), and contributor to Texas Highways Magazine. His past credits include the Entertainment Weekly Blogging Community, and penning film reviews for a variety of sites and outlets. He enjoys video games, craft beer, Austin’s incredibly vibrant music scene, and convincing his friends “Dr. Strangelove” is one of the greatest films of all time.

close
Nastassia Baroni

Nastassia Baroni

Music Feeds

Nastassia Baroni is a Sydney-based music journalist and Head of Content for Evolve Media Australia, parent company of Australian music website Music Feeds. She’s passionate about homegrown Australian music, The West Wing and defending the merits of the Eurovision Song Contest.

close
Cassie Morien

Cassie Morien

Indie Shuffle

Austin-based journalist Cassie Morien has been covering music since 2002. After graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Central Florida, Morien served as an editor for Boca Raton magazine until she couldn’t stand one more second of Florida’s swamps and sunburns. She finally escaped to Texas in 2013.

Morien is a staff writer for Indie Shuffle and contributing writer for Teeth Magazine. She also serves as the official blogger for SunFest Music Festival. When she’s not damaging her eardrums, Morien can be found tweeting for tech giants at INK Communications Co. She is madly in love with hashtags, music festivals, milkshakes, synth-pop, and the human race.

close
Nathan Lankford

Nathan Lankford

Austin Town Hall

Nathan Lankford is a 8th Grade teacher by day, and a music writer/record label owner by night. He has been active in the music community both in Austin and beyond since 2002, always trying to promote the music that’s near and dear to him. Nathan fashions himself as a fan of the best unpopular music around.

close
Ben Kaye

Ben Kaye

Consequence of Sound

Ben Kaye is News Editor for Consequence of Sound, a leading online magazine covering the latest in music, film, and television. Raised just outside Boston, educated on Long Island (Hofstra University), and living in Brooklyn, Ben has been covering music for some seven years now. In addition to helping run CoS’ daily news section, he contributes heavily to live coverage and features with both his pen and his camera. He has also worked in comic book journalism and owns what some would call an obscene amount of comics and memorabilia.

close
Kevin McStravick

Kevin McStravick

Operation Every Band

Kevin McStravick started Operation Every Band in 2010, a site dedicated to reviewing every showcasing SXSW artist before the conference kicks off each March. Pairs well with spreadsheets, headphones and soul.

close
Brandon Bogajewicz

Brandon Bogajewicz

The Burning Ear

For over 9 years Brandon Bogajewicz has been rambling about music he like on The Burning Ear. One of his favorite things in the world is connecting people with bands and songs that deserve more attention. Over the years The Burning Ear has hosted numerous showcases at SXSW, a series of live shows in Los Angeles, and even made a few t-shirts. More recently the website has evolved into an analog counterpart called Vinyl Moon which presses the bands he loves most on vinyl every month. He’s been lucky to work with all 5 of the bands he writes about in this booklet, and releases their music on vinyl. Brandon’s favorite part of the music industry is creating a small but happy family of music makers and music cheerleaders.

close
Colin Gallant

Colin Gallant

BeatRoute

Colin is a writer, editor, show-booker and not-for-profit worker from Calgary, AB.

While he hates writing about himself, he loves coming up with nice words to say about other people, facilitating opportunities for developing artists, and boosting others up on his surprisingly broad shoulders.

He wrote about excellent bands that are playing this year at SXSW, and would cry tears of joy if you made the time to go see them.

close
Grant Brydon

Grant Brydon

CLASH Magazine

When he’s not working on his falsetto in the shower and trying to win rings for the Raptors on 2K, UK-based writer Grant Brydon is Hip-hop editor of CLASH Magazine. Over the past twelve months his adventures have included a late-night drive through Houston with Travis Scott and an afternoon on an Irish golf course with Gucci Mane, both of which graced the cover of the magazine. He also curates CLASH’s Spotify and Apple Music playlists, which will get your thumbs stretching for the fire emoji.

close
Will Oliver

Will Oliver

We All Want Someone To Shout For

Will Oliver is photographer and writer based in New York City that founded music blog We All Want Someone To Shout For. He started the blog 10 years ago as a way to share new music discoveries with his friends and it has turned into something much more in recent years.

close
Sopitas

Sopitas

Sopitas

We are a group of mexican guys in love of music, movies and tv shows (the good ones). We also write about music trends, and the best and worst of tv series, movies and videogames; some viral things too. Everything at Sopitas.com

close
Tim Dickinson

Tim Dickinson

The Blue Walrus

Tim is the editor of London-based new music blog The Blue Walrus, where he has spent more than a decade unearthing new and exciting bands from the UK and beyond. He also currently heads up the music section of new media publication The Descrier, and you will find him at gigs hunting for unicorns in and around the British capital.

close
Kevin McStravick

Kevin McStravick

Operation Every Band

Kevin McStravick started Operation Every Band in 2010, a site dedicated to reviewing every showcasing SXSW artist before the conference kicks off each March. Pairs well with spreadsheets, headphones and soul.

close
Brandon Bogajewicz

Brandon Bogajewicz

The Burning Ear

For over 9 years Brandon Bogajewicz has been rambling about music he like on The Burning Ear. One of his favorite things in the world is connecting people with bands and songs that deserve more attention. Over the years The Burning Ear has hosted numerous showcases at SXSW, a series of live shows in Los Angeles, and even made a few t-shirts. More recently the website has evolved into an analog counterpart called Vinyl Moon which presses the bands he loves most on vinyl every month. He’s been lucky to work with all 5 of the bands he writes about in this booklet, and releases their music on vinyl. Brandon’s favorite part of the music industry is creating a small but happy family of music makers and music cheerleaders.

close
Colin Gallant

Colin Gallant

BeatRoute

Colin is a writer, editor, show-booker and not-for-profit worker from Calgary, AB.

While he hates writing about himself, he loves coming up with nice words to say about other people, facilitating opportunities for developing artists, and boosting others up on his surprisingly broad shoulders.

He wrote about excellent bands that are playing this year at SXSW, and would cry tears of joy if you made the time to go see them.

close
Ben Kaye

Ben Kaye

Consequence of Sound

Ben Kaye is News Editor for Consequence of Sound, a leading online magazine covering the latest in music, film, and television. Raised just outside Boston, educated on Long Island (Hofstra University), and living in Brooklyn, Ben has been covering music for some seven years now. In addition to helping run CoS’ daily news section, he contributes heavily to live coverage and features with both his pen and his camera. He has also worked in comic book journalism and owns what some would call an obscene amount of comics and memorabilia.

close
Justin Bieggar

Justin Bieggar

All Things Go

Justin Bieggar is a music journalist and photographer based in Southern California, currently working as Associate Editor for All Things Go and Creative Producer for Fox Theater Pomona.

close
Tim Dickinson

Tim Dickinson

The Blue Walrus

Tim is the editor of London-based new music blog The Blue Walrus, where he has spent more than a decade unearthing new and exciting bands from the UK and beyond. He also currently heads up the music section of new media publication The Descrier, and you will find him at gigs hunting for unicorns in and around the British capital.

close