SXSW 2011 Performing Artists Lineup Announced + more [Unplugging]

Posted by Alison Bakker

It's time to check in on the world of music with this week's Unplugging column. This week we have news on the early announcement of SXSW 2011's artist lineup and much more!

Finally, the SXSW 2011 artist lineup has been announced for the huge music festival held in Austin, TX every spring. This year is particularly special because it marks the 25th anniversary of SXSW Music, even more of a reason to come out and celebrate. The lineup is huge (and still growing) and features bands from all over the world. Follow the link below to check out the current lineup.

Is Kid Cudi really done rapping? According to an exclusive interview with MTV, this news is true. Kid Cudi has announced his debut into the rock music scene with the creation of his new band, Wizard. Seeing is believing, so follow the link to watch the interview and see for yourself.

New music announcements this week include deadmau5 and G Love. The new electronic music sensation, deadmau5, will be releasing his album, 4x4=12, December 5th. Lots of new details about the album have just been released, including album art and track listing. Also, G Love has announced the release of his next album, Fixin’ to Die, out February 22. G Love and the Avett Brothers teamed up for this one  - the Avett Brothers both produced and performed on the record.

Both Lindstrom and Social Distortion announced tour dates this week. Lindstrom, a Norwegian group who rarely comes to the states, has announced three special shows in New York, San Francisco, and Chicago. Also, Social Distortion has announced a West Coast tour beginning early next year to support the release of their new album, Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes.

SXSW 2011 Artists Announced: Taking place March 16-20 and featuring over 1900 acts on stages, the lineup for SXSW 2011 has been announced. This year marks the 25th anniversary of SXSW Music, making it even more of a reason to celebrate. So far, the lineup includes A Place to Bury Strangers, Asobi Seksu, The Bees, Klaxons, MSTRKRFT and more. Follow the link for the full lineup.

Kid Cudi Is “Over Rapping”, And Is Moving On To The Rock Scene: Instead of continuing his career as a rapper, Kid Cudi has announced his debut in the rock scene with his new band Wizard. Follow the link to watch the exclusive interview with MTV about his decision to change his musical career.

deadmau5 To Release New Album December 6: deadmau5, the new electronic sensation, is releasing his new album, 4x4=12 on December 6th. Lots of new details about the album are now available. Follow the link to check out the album art, tour dates, and track listing.

G Love Reveals Album Details: G. Love has announced the release of his next album, Fixin’ To Die, out February 22 via Brushfire Records. G. Love teamed up with the Avett Brothers, who both produced and performed on the record. Follow the link to check out the album teaser video.

Lindstrom Announces US Shows, Remixed by Four Tet, and Featured in Cadillac Commercial: Norwegian group Lindstrom has announced three special show in the States, something that is a rarity. The group will be playing in New York, San Francisco, and Chicago. Follow the link to listen to a remixed track and watch the Cadillac commercial that it’s featured in.

Social Distortion Announces 2011 West Coast Tour Dates: Social Distortion has announced a West Coast tour beginning early next year to support their upcoming release, Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes. Follow the link for tour dates.