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South by Southwest reveals 2012 music schedule

on January 16, 2012, 6:18pm

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We’re still two months away from South by Southwest 2012, but today the schedule for the music portion went live, adding a slew of new names to the bill. Previously confirmed acts include Built to Spill, The Magnetic Fields, Talib Kweli, Against Me!, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Cloud Nothings, and a keynote speech by Bruce Springsteen.

Update: As a number of readers have pointed out, several acts listed on the festival’s schedule yesterday have since disappeared, including Best Coast, ASAP Rocky, Dan Deacon, Zola Jesus, YACHT, Nicolas Jaar, Azari & III, Bear In Heaven, Caveman, Anika, Cerebal Ballzy, and Charlift. According to festival organizers, this is the result of a number of reasons, including incomplete paperwork. It’s also possible that an artist initially applied to play the festival, but has since changed its plans. As of now, it’s unclear which of the aforementioned acts will end up playing. Stay tuned to our Festival Outlook page for lineup additions and updates.

Now joining them are Best Coast, M. Ward, of Montreal, ASAP Rocky, Danny Brown, Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire, Dan Deacon, The Drums, Astronautalis, Bear In Heaven, Ceremony, Chairlift, Crystal Antlers, Little Boots, Deerhoof, Dragonette, Gossip, Matthew Dear, Miike Snow, SBTRKT, Sharon Van Etten, Zola Jesus, Nicolas Jaar, Oneohtrix Point Never, Thundercat, The War on Drugs, Youth Lagoon, and Tennis.

Also set to appear are Lana Del Rey, The Ting Tings, Action Bronson, Apparat, Buraka Som Sistema, Spank Rock, Corrosion of Conformity, Jimmy Cliff, Rye Rye, K’naan, YACHT, Band of Skulls, White Rabbits, Beth Jeans Houghton and The Hooves of Destiny, Supreme Dicks, Caveman, Cerebral Ballzy, Freelance Whales, Here We Go Magic, Free Energy,  Eleanor Friedberger, The Black Angels, Blondes, Busdriver, Ezra Furman, Friends, Memoryhouse, Mikal Cronin, Miniature Tigers, Zechs Marquise, and Purity Ring.

The massive bill also includes Counting Crows, Tommy Stinson, The Wedding Present, Andrew WK, Brendan Benson, Hot Water Music, Gauntlet Hair, Grieves and Budo, Imogen Heap, Ingrid Michaelson, Michael Franti and Spearhead, The Henry Clay People, Justin Townes Earle, The Love Language, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Micachu & the Shapes, The Fresh & Onlys, Gardens & Villa, P.O.S., Anika, And So I Watch You From Afar, Fake Problems, Azari & III, Sleepy Sun, Bahamas, Japanther, The Knux, Carter Tanton, Cassettes Won’t Listen, Jacuzzi Boys, CHALI 2NA, Cities Aviv, Is Tropical, Javelin, Kids These Days, Living Things, Scattered Trees, and Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin.

Update: Despite previously being on the lineup, The Polyphonic Spree are no longer slated to play the festival.

Check out the complete lineup at our Festival Outlook. And stay tuned for additional lineup news and updates — typically, the biggest acts aren’t revealed until just days prior to the festival.

The music portion of South by Southwest 2012 runs March 13-18th in Austin Texas. Registration is now ongoing, with various types of badges to chose from. Click here for all the details.


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January 17, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Would I need a badge to see all of these acts?

January 18, 2012 at 1:32 pm

I’m guessing no

Tom Cole
January 17, 2012 at 9:08 am

Why is it a ton of these bands are not actually on the official schedule? ASAP Rock, Bear in Heaven, Charli XCX,  Eleanor Friedberger, Zola Jesus, Andrew WK, just to name a few. Did SXSW actually post all these acts and then pull them down, or did you get this information from somewhere else?

Alex Young
January 17, 2012 at 9:26 am

Strange. I pulled all those acts from the SXSW website. I reached out to the festival to see the deal and will let you know what they say.

January 17, 2012 at 10:32 am

It looks like dates/venues haven’t been assigned to “showcases” yet…only panels, keynotes, etc

Alex Young
January 17, 2012 at 4:27 pm

See the update.

Tom Cole
January 17, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Ha! I went through the entire list and came up with roughly 167 bands from the Outlook list that weren’t on the official page. It appears you caught most of them and pulled them off now. But I’m seriously bummed because many of the excised names were the artists I was really stoked to see. Hopefully most will get added back.

Alex Young
January 17, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Ya believe me, that was not a fun task. I’m sure a majority of them will be back — having seen the available acts list for our own events down there. So don’t worry.

In the meantime, who did you find no longer on the official page that is still on Outlook?

Tom Cole
January 17, 2012 at 5:05 pm

I may be wrong on all of these, as I pulled off this audit pretty quick-like, but you might want to double check these (and if I’m wrong, I apologize for the extra work): Breathe Carolina, Chuck Prophet, Delicate Steve, Exitmusic, Gossip, Grupo Fantasma, Howlin’ Rain, Jimmy Cliff, Miniature Tigers, Mystery Jets, Neon Indian, The Knocks, The Knux, The Nerves, Thundercat, TWO GALLANTS. There might be others. I’ve wasted too much time on this today already. Also, it seems like there are quite a few official bands that haven’t made your list, but that may be because you’re focusing on some of the major ones.

Alex Young
January 18, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Cool, thank you, Tom!


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