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UPDATED: Minnesota artists heading to SXSW 2018

Now, Now perform at the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand in 2017. (Darin Kamnetz for MPR)

At least eight acts from Minnesota are heading to SXSW this March. Aero Flynn and Now, Now were two of the first acts announced as performers at the Austin festival. Since that announcement, several more local acts have been added: Low, Kristoff Krane, BdotCroc, Nadine, Moodie Black, and Step Rockets. The festival, which runs from March 9-18, features music, comedy, film and more.

Aero Flynn are originally from Eau Claire, but frontman Josh Scott now lives in Minnesota. Scott was in a college band that rivaled Justin Vernon’s and even shared band members at one point.

Now, Now are another band that will be making the journey to Austin. They are an indie pop-rock band that have been active since 2003. They’ve toured with artists including Paramore and fun., and they’re currently on the road with X Ambassadors. Before heading to Texas, they’ll play The Current’s birthday party at First Avenue on Jan. 19.

Low are one of the best-known indie groups to come out of Minnesota in the past two decades. The Duluth trio have long been hailed for their intense, minimalist sound; their most recent album, Ones and Sixes, was widely acclaimed as one of the best Minnesota albums of 2015. Later this month, the band will participate in the annual Drone Not Drones concert at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis.

Kristoff Krane and BdotCroc are two of the most popular rappers on the Twin Cities’ busy hip-hop scene. Krane, a longtime standby of the scene, released the first section of his two-part album Kairos last year. BdotCroc is another established artist, consistently busy on tour and in her home town of Minneapolis.

Nadine are a trio hailing from Minneapolis and New York. Reviewing their new single “Not My Kinda Movie,” Pitchfork wrote that “singer Nadia Hulett glides through the track with a plush delivery that seeps into light drums and jazzy piano interludes befitting a gilded cocktail lounge.”

Moodie Black call themselves “pioneers of the new era noise rap scene.” They’ve moved around over the years, and are currently based in Minneapolis.

Step Rockets play accessible and energetic rock; you’ve heard them on The Current as well as other local stages and stations.

A couple of other artists with Minnesota ties are among the acts playing official showcases. Tancred are led by former Minnesotan Jess Abbott; and Tyler Thompson, bassist for Los Angeles band WILD, originally hails from Minneapolis.

Twin Ports band Black River Revue say they’re heading to Austin as well. The full schedule for SXSW has not been posted yet. Are you a Minnesota artist heading to SXSW? We want to hear from you! Comment and let us know.

Britt Daniel joins Jade at SXSW

Britt Daniel of Spoon chats with Jade at SXSW. Keep an eye out for the wiley Har Mar Superstar, who makes a special guest appearance.

Posted by The Current on Tuesday, March 14, 2017

  • Scotty Herold

    Rock the Cause & High School for Performing Arts are hosting an official SXSW Edu workshop on HIP-HOP pedagogy. An hour long concert featuring HSRA student performances will follow the workshop TBA.