More information has been coming in about who from the Emerald City is making their way to the Lone Star State to perform at SXSW. The festival has been hot spot for the music industry with labels, producers, and distributors from around the world hoping to find the next big artist. For six days, the city of Austin, TX will be inundated with bands hailing from every corner of the globeand Seattle has great representation among the showcases. Among the heavy hitters, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and Allen Stone will be sharing the stage with the likes of 50 cent and Iggy Pop. Though big name artists come to perform, the festival is geared toward giving up-and-coming bands an opportunity to get picked up by a label. Seattle takes pride in its musical heritage and the list of local independent bands at the festival is impressive. Neumos and Chop Suey held send-off shows earlier this week for groups like Lemolo, The Pharmacy, and Spac3man. Fin Records is even hosting a Seattle showcase at the festival with Seacats, Rose Windows, and Lychee on the bill. Our city boasts such amazing talent and it’s great to see it being represented at one of the world’s largest and most prestigious festivals. Below is a compiled list of artists on their way to rock Texas Seattle style!
Two Northwest indie favorites will help Neumo’s celebrate its five-year anniversary with a free show on Thursday: The Helio Sequence, from Portland, and Seattle band Grand Hallway. The Helio Sequence’s sound was in part determined by the journey of the band. After strenuous touring, lead singer Brandon Summers’ vocal chords were shredded, so he taught himself how to sing again. The result: indie electronica with a refreshing earnestness. Grand Hallway fills out its sound with violins, piano, pedal steel, accordion and a marimba.