CJLO is Going to South by South West!

CJLO is going to South by Southwest! From March 14-17, four of our music directors will be in Austin, TX, to attend an incredibly wide variety of concerts and events. Here's what they're expecting from the 2019 SXSW experience.


Zach Carriere, a.k.a. Zakary Slax, is CJLO's Head Music Director, and hosts Slax Trax, every Tuesday from 5 to 6 PM.

SXSW has an endlessly sprawling lineup, so here’s just a tiny taste of exceptionally rad performers in the rock/alt/punk vein that will be hitting stages when the wave of the fest crests towards the end of it’s second week.

Opening the Damnably Showcase on the 13th is Construction & Destruction, making the trip to Texas all the way from the remote maritime village of Port Greville. They’re a truly impressive duo who have been making high quality artful indie rock for years, and will be in fine company at this eclectic exposition. Damnably specializes in international talent – not least of which is headliners Otoboke Beaver who are like Shonen Knife if they were influenced more by Black Flag than the Ramones.

Levitation has an absolutely monstrous lineup this year, co-presented by CREEM magazine who are drumming up publicity as the subject of a new documentary that will also be screened at the fest. The stages at Hotel Vegas will be lit all day and night on March 14th, with acts like Amyl & The SniffersOh SeesEmpath, AnemoneViagra BoysDead Meadow, and Flying Nun legends The Chills, just to name a few.

In recent years it’s rare for labels that retain any real 'punk cred' to have anything to do with SXSW, so to have a Goner showcase at the fest in 2019 is a thrilling anomaly. Checking out NotsSick Thoughts, and an array of Memphis’ wildest and weirdest on March 15th @ Beerland is sure to be a highlight for the raw-minded. The very same night is another happening for the punkish peoples and noiseniks; head down to the Hotel Vegas Annex for the Wharf Cat Records showcase, featuring the legendary Bush Tetras, as well as PalbertaPublic PracticeBambara and more. 

Of course I would be amissed to not mention all the captivating Canadians making the trip – once again POP Montreal will take over Swan Dive for a stacked showcase featuring Yves JarvisTiKALes LouangesPottery, and Emilie Kahn. The patio at swan dive will also be bumpin’, with acts like Hubert Lenoir, Odonis Odonis, and Graham Van Pelt. Beyond this you can check out Canada House from March 10-15 for all sorts of content from the great white north including music, film, food, and tech, not to mention an Arts & Crafts showcase featuring Broken Social Scene, and a BreakOut West showcase featuring Tunic.

Oh yeah and you should probably go see Swervedriver.


Andrew Wieler is CJLO’s Metal Music Director, and hosts Grade A Explosives, every Sunday from 4 to 6 PM.

After looking at the schedule again this year, SXSW's official stance on metal appears to be, "Yeah sure, we have some of that." One such official showcase is the Black Smoke Conjuring show featuring doomy, stonery stuff from Castle, Toke, Greenbeard, and the Munsens at Maggie Mae's on March 13th.

On the unofficial side of loud comes the annual SX Stoner Jam at the Spider House Cafe on March 14 featuring 40 bands performing on 3 stages, including Backwoods Payback, Zed, La Chinga, and Montreal’s own The Hazytones and Lüger.

Of course, at the same time at the Lost Well, is Big Daddy's Hot Sauce showcase with Goatwhore, Witchcryer, Destroyer of Light and more. Plus, hot sauce, so it's all win.

Then on Friday and Saturday will be Northwest Hesh Fest and Austin Terror Fest where over two days at The Lost Well, you can catch such bands as Conan, American Sharks, Necrot, Eagle Claw, Nerveshatter, and Blood Incantation.
Day 1 - https://www.facebook.com/events/582548982189364/
Day 2 - https://www.facebook.com/events/374882886612102/

And, last if you want more things ending in "core" you can check out Metal Monsters of Texas happening Saturday night at Dirty Dog Bar, with such bands as Death of a Dream, Critical Assembly, and The Bvtcher. This is not a repeat from 2018.


Amrew Weekes, a.k.a. DJ Lady Oracle, is CJLO’s Hip Hop Director, and hosts The Limelight, every Saturday from 6 to 8 PM.

I’m so happy to be going to back to the beautiful and vibrant city that is Austin Texas. This year’s SXSW, I’m looking forward to checking out local acts from Austin. The city is so artistic and full of talented musicians, I am curious to find out how it is expressed in the Hip Hop culture.
There are so many artists and DJs from Austin that will be representing at the festival. Some of the artists are Abhi The Nomad, Ben Buck, Blackillac, trap artist Cece Hustle, Country Cousins, Deezie Brown who I had the pleasure of interviewing last year, DJ Confucius Jones, DJ Grip, Dr Prince, White Side, The Teeth, and Sydicate Same Ol.
Of course, at a music festival you hope to see some of your favourite artists. This year De La Soul will be at SXSW and I have been a fan since 3 Feet High and Rising. Last year I saw Rico Nasty perform at an all female Hip Hop show. It was the first time I heard of her, but she put on such a good show and I loved her music, so safe to say I’m now a fan. She will be performing this year again. Another show I want to see is the Dungeon Family which includes Big Boi from Outkast.
Finally I’m looking forward to connecting with our music reps and spending time with my CJLO fam. The best days are always the ones where we’re walking around checking out fun sponsored events.


Kelly Belfo is CJLO’s World Music Director, and hosts Flat Cola Presents: Mother Tongue, every Monday from 6 to 7 PM, and co-hosts Beat The World, every Saturday from noon to 2 PM.

As World Music Director and SXSW 2019 music badge holder, my focus will be on networking with fellow peers as well as exploring and discovering local and international world music artists including latin, psychedelic, hip hop and jazz artists performing at SXSW Conference & Festivals 2019.

Furthermore, being a female working in the music industry, it has become increasingly important for me to discover and support female artists. A woman’s perspective is invaluable in music. Get ready to be blown away by international and emerging artists such as Karol Conka, Combo ChimbitaBody TypeDuo Bud, and Aramide.

Watch out for “She Shreds x NYLON Presents: Official SXSW Showcase” featuring cumbia/rock/experimental outfit, Combo Chimbita (Brooklyn, NY) on Thursday, March 14th as well as the highly anticipated “globalFEST at SXSW 2019 Showcase” featuring prominent Brazilian rapper and producer, Karol Conka. 

If that is not enough, world renowned Duo Bud, made up of percussionist, Sora Kim and gayageum player, Jihye Lim, will submerge itself into your soul, “embracing elements of jazz and rock while preserving the intrinsic style and beauty of Korean folk simultaneously” (SXSW.com) performing on Wednesday, March 13th, International Day Stage at The Austin Convention Center.

CJLO will be on the noisy SXSW streets for 4 days filled with unidentifiable street-meat, police blockades, and taxi bikes collecting countless promo flyers from emerging artists trying to make their way in this demanding and often cruel profession. We are here to help.

Listen for more on this and specially selected SXSW 2019 discoveries on CJLO’s “Flat Cola Presents: SXSW 2019” and be sure to look out for us everywhere #sxswcjlo


globalFEST event: www.facebook.com/events/2015485552085319

She Shreds x NYLON event: www.facebook.com/events/1285605624912249

Duo Bud: www.facebook.com/DUOBUD