To be in Austin in the middle of March is to be overawed and overwhelmed by the sheer amount of music on offer, as South By South West 2019 enters its music week, and literally thousands of artists and bands come to be seen, to be heard, to make deals, and to hopefully break through.
The biggest new music festival and conference of its kind on the planet begins again next week, when the proudly “weird” Texan city fills its streets, bars, car parks and sidewalks with a full spectrum of competing talents, and once more, Clash have accepted the challenge to present THE stand-out showcase of the entire event.
Joining us on this triumphant evening will be: Kari Faux, Yung Baby Tate, Flohio, Novelist, yahyel, Oscar Jerome, Jerry Paper, and Squid.
This deliciously diverse and international line-up will be performing on Wednesday 13th March at Scratchouse (617 E 7th Street, Austin). Doors open at 8pm, and it’s free entry for SXSW badge and wristband holders.
Wanna know a little more about our handpicked stars of the future? Read on!
With the release of her ‘CRY 4 HELP’ just around the corner, Little Rock, Arkansas, native Kari Faux will have some brand new material to bless our SXSW showcase with during her headline set this year. Kari has been rising rapidly since she first broke through with 2014’s ‘No Small Talk’. She’s regularly collaborated with Donald Glover, most recently appearing on his acclaimed Childish Gambino album ‘Awaken My Love!’, as well as writing original music for Issa Rae’s award-winning HBO series, Insecure.
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YUNG BABY TATE
Atlanta singer, rapper and producer Yung Baby Tate has been making waves over the past few years with a trio of conceptual mixtapes; the latest being ‘Girls’, an entirely self-produced selection of 11 songs that see her exploring different alternate female identities. After standout sets at Miami's Rolling Loud and her hometown's A3C, we’re honoured to welcome the versatile and vital new talent to this year’s SXSW showcase.
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Brooklyn’s Flipp Dinero has established himself as one of New York rap’s most versatile new voices between his street certified mixtapes, ‘The Guala Way’ and ‘Guala See Guala’, as well as his infectious platinum single ‘Leave Me Alone’ and it’s follow up ‘Feelin Like’. Given how inescapable his singles have been, it’s unsurprising that Flipp has attracted the attention of celebrities and artists like Drake, Kim Kardashian, Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner, all of whom have co-signed his fluid melodic rap fusion.
Last Summer DJ Khaled personally signed him to a joint partnership between his own We The Best imprint, along with Cinematic Music Group and Epic Records. With an anticipated new project on the way this Spring, we’re honoured and excited to be announcing Flipp Dinero as an addition to Clash’s SXSW Showcase this year.
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Hailing from Lewisham, South London, 22-year-old Novelist has already secured his name as one of the UK’s most creative grime MCs and producers. His anticipated debut ‘Novelist Guy’ garnered a Mercury Prize nomination two years after he appeared on previous winner Skepta’s ‘Konnichiwa’. Having cut his teeth in London’s radio and rave scenes from an early age, his performance at this year’s SXSW showcase promises to be equally explosive and thought-provoking.
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Travelling all the way over from Tokyo is electropop outfit yahyel, whose dark, dystopian landscapes and accompanying twisted graphic visuals create a futuristic, stereotype-defining presence that is as alien as their name, when translated to English, suggests. Their second album, 2018’s ‘Human’, which won comparisons to bleak-beat genre titans The xx and James Blake, confirmed yahwel’s shadowy international promise, so catch them on this return trip to Austin for an audio-visual treat.
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Despite training first in classical guitar and then jazz at London’s Trinity Laban music school, Oscar Jerome’s music isn’t your typical conservatoire jazz fare. Anchored by his nonchalant baritone and soul-inflected grooves, and lifted by his rhythmically intricate guitar riffs, his works, which pull influence from West African, punk and hip-hop sounds, offer a glimpse into the intersections between introspective singer-songwriting and improvisatory jazz. Don’t miss out!
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LA-based songwriter/producer Jerry Paper (aka Lucas Nathan) is every bit the synth wizard. Coaxing a dreamy array of sounds to fuse a singularly kaleidoscopic brand of electronica, the BADBADBOTGOOD collaborator’s music is as playful as his theatrical stage presence, where capes, dresses, gowns and other shiny costumes reflect the surrealist nature of his bubbly soundscapes. Riding into Austin on the back of his sixth album, ‘Like A Baby’, the Clash showcase will also see Paper reunite with Kari Faux after his 2017 feature on ‘Gotta Know’.
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Brighton art-rock quintet Squid don’t seem to write songs, per se. By which we mean: when encountering their work, don’t expect the middle-eight to slot in to the right place, or the chorus to arrive in time. What we’re dealing with here is a group with vivid, highly idiosyncratic imaginations, whose contagious and futuristic post-punk workouts excite and enthrall, so expect the unexpected as they come and kick off proceedings at Clash’s official SXSW showcase.
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CLASH x Vero True Social Presents:
Official SXSW 2019 Showcase
Wednesday 13th March
617 E 7th Street, Austin, Texas, 78701
SXSW badge and wristbands welcome
Join us on Vero, as we get under the skin of global cultural happenings. Follow Clash Magazine as we skip merrily between clubs, concerts, interviews and photo shoots. Get backstage sneak peeks and a true view into our world as the fun and games unfold.