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PopGun Presents SXSW

Pretty cool to see some familiar faces on this year’s SXSW schedule. Here are all the upcoming PopGun artists that are in Austin this week.



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22-year-old London MC Stormzy’s video for his track “Shut Up” epitomizes everything about what makes grime such an exciting genre: wit, humor, hardness, community, humility veiled by fiery drive to be the best. He has emerged from London’s deeply underground grime scene, a genre largely unrecognized by the UK musical establishment – no grime artists were nominated for BRIT awards this year. His huge success comes largely from his diehard Twitter fanbase and his ability to cross over genres by mixing R&B, top 40, and UK hip hop to create a sound more accessible outside the purely grime niche. And he’s just so likeable. (3/20 at Market Hotel)





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Oscar (née Oscar Scheller) is a 23-year-old indie pop artist from London. He’s emerged almost out of nowhere, soon to release an LP on Wichita Records and tour with Bloc Party. With a colorful aesthetic and a crooning baritone, Oscar is the next generation of the British new wave artists of the eighties. His music is incessantly catchy, the type of upbeat, bouncy electronic pop you can’t get out of your head even if you want to. He’s playing one of two U.S. dates at Baby’s All Right next week, after christening North America with a show with Colleen Green at The Echo in Los Angeles last week. (3/21 @ Baby’s All Right)






Yung is the latest in a series of notable Scandinavian musical exports – a series of artists that push the limits of their genres or defy genre classification completely. They are the logical next step forward from bands like Ice Age and Lower – approaching pop punk with a progressive, grungy touch that manages to push the genre forward while remaining accessible. DIY Mag attributes much of their cult success to their “hectic” live shows: “a guaranteed refuge for anyone seeking escape.” (3/25 at Shea Stadium)







Still without a debut album (though not for long), Yak’s notoriety across the UK’s musical landscape is something extraordinary. Purportedly, this is largely due to their live sets, which are something to behold. The band’s endless energy spills out into their music, electrifying the listener and pulling them deep into the scattered, loud world that it seems to personify. Their debut album, Alas Salvation, comes out on May 13 (Friday the 13th, to be exact). (3/29 at Saint Vitus)




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Open Mike Eagle has surfaced as one of the most notable names in L.A.’s alternative underground hip hop scene – sharing the company of other Project Blowed artists like Dumbfoundead and Nocando. Originally from Chicago, Open Mike Eagle approaches hip hop like a stand-up comedian, aiming his words so carefully as to perfectly harpoon whichever current event he aims to satirize. His track “Dark Comedy Late Show” reads almost like a Last Week Tonight monologue – you shake your head in anger, but chuckle the whole time. (4/13 at Baby’s All Right)




Also at SXSW: Bambara, Big White, Chad Valley, Diet Cig, Dilly Dally, George Clanton, Gold Class, Hiccup, Humans, L.A. Witch, LE1F. Muuy Biien, Operator, Palehound, PILL, Petite Noir, Savak, Slothrust, Waxahatchee


– Mandy Brownholtz & Carolyn Hanson

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