Cigar City Management Artists at SXSW 2018

Cigar City Management Artists at SXSW 2018

Cigar City Management is proud to announce that we are an Official Presenter for SXSW 2018. More details about our Official Showcase and other parties will be announced soon.

Today, we are sharing a list of the members of the Cigar City Management Family who are Official Showcasing Artists for SXSW 2018.

 

ARTISTS AT SXSW

​​Death Hags

 
 
DEATH HAGS is the solo project of L.A musician Lola G. Influenced by post-punk, avant-pop and French chanson, her sound goes from hushed melodies to noise like fuzzy doom pop traveling between worlds. She has been compared to “Françoise Hardy meets Wire,” Patti Smith and Spacemen 3. Lola performed shows in the U.S. this November and toured Europe in December as DEATH HAGS. She released the single “Metal Teeth” ahead of her upcoming debut LP with Burger Records.
 
“There’s a certain ‘doom’ element to this track, fueled by a palpable feminine and feminist rage that speaks, only too perfectly I think, to the times.”
– Atwood Magazine
 
“There’s just enough prettiness in her vocals to soothe savage beasts, but Lola’s venom comes through and wreaks plenty of wonderful havoc.”
– Logic Fuzzy
 
“Death Hags is what all Sonic Youth fans have been waiting for since the 90’s.”
IndieBerlin
 

Ex-Girlfriends

 
 
Precocious as hell and driven by raw desire, nothing (except maybe a hangover) is going to hold back Ex-Girlfriends. Take the Spice Girls, add a little Brooklyn, some visceral vocals and glittery-gutsy lyrics, and you’ll begin to have an idea of what this group is about. Always on the road, Ex-Girlfriends has shared the stage with bands like L.A. Witch, Thelma and the Sleaze, Birdcloud, Kino Kimino, and Sharkmuffin, and performed at SXSW and other festivals. They’re currently writing the follow-up to their debut EP, You’re Next, which the band released on Little Dickman Records.
 
“The all-girl supergroup exists like The Craft coven with five Nancys, showcasing boozey, brazen babes who don’t give a fuck.”
Paste Magazine
 
“Aside from being a band of straight talking, plain speaking badass women…You’re Next is loud as hell.”
Alt Citizen
 
They aren’t afraid to get in your face and tell you what they think while forcing you to involuntarily move to their music.”
CoolDad
 

​Fruit & Flowers

 
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Deemed one of “NYC’s Hardest Working Bands” by Oh My Rockness, Fruit & Flowers spent most of 2017 on the road in support of their debut EP Drug Tax, which the band premiered exclusively on TIDAL. Ana Becker’s angular, expressive guitar style and Lyzi Wakefield’s gritty rhythmic backbone merge a post-punk heaviness with psychedelic warmth. Committed and charismatic front woman Caroline Yoder summons a fervent energy, surrounded by distinct, warm and refreshing three part harmonies, the bedrock of Fruit and Flowers’ sound.

“Surf rock with a side of gloom, Drug Tax is the perfect record for warring with sticky subway seats (“Subway Surfer”) hanging at the beach under a black umbrella (“Dark Surf”) and just generally sweating out the summer sans AC (“Pick Fairy”).”
TIDAL

“Subway Surfer” is a straight up punk stomper.”
– She Shreds

“…the perfect soundtrack for slowly slinking through NYC’s July haze, while possibly spotting a UFO over the Manhattan skyline.”
Bandsintown

 

Kino Kimino

 
 
The solo project of Kim Talon, Kino Kimino recorded her debut album Bait Is for Sissies at Sonic Youth’s Echo Canyon West studio, with Lee Ranaldo on guitar and Steve Shelley on drums, along with Melinda Holm on bass. Talon met Ranaldo and Shelley through John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr., Kurt Vile), who produced. The album’s lead single “Passion” premiered on Pitchfork, charted in the Top 10 on the FMQB Singles Chart and the debut music video premiered on Stereogum.
 
Following the album release, Kim formed a live band with Tarra Theissen (Sharkmuffin) and Jordyn Blakely (Stove). Known for their raucous live shows, the Brooklyn based three piece band completed five tours throughout the U.S. and U.K., including a supporting tour with Wavves and a “March to Washington Tour” for Planned Parenthood. They also performed at a Google Talk. Kim is currently working on Kino Kimino’s sophomore record due out Fall 2018.
 
“Kino Kimino, the whimsical quirky brainchild of punk eccentric Kim Talon, is mostly known for sweet-and-sour rock with matching quirky art-student-esque videos.”
SPIN Magazine
 
“Get ready to feel fighty and full of it. Full of life, full of fury, full of wanting to never compromise.”
– Noisey
 
“Brooklyn darlings Kino Kimino serve up gutsy, garage-y pop with a serious side of post punk.”
– The Deli NYC
 

​Parrot Dream

 
 
Originally formed in Santiago, Chile, Christina Appel and Gonzalo Guerrero brought their hazed, dreamy sound to Brooklyn, NY, where Parrot Dream was quickly named one of the “Best New Bands” by Mute Magazine and listed amongst the “Best Indie Bands from NYC” by The Deli Magazine. Their debut EP Set Sail Someday was released on the Chilean label Beast Discos. The following year, Parrot Dream released the Side A/Side B Single “Jungle”, which was featured on Spotify’s undercurrents playlist. Currently, Parrot Dream is in post production on their first full length record.
 
“The Chilean bred group has only been in our fair city for a few years now, but have already won the hearts of many with their dream-pop stylings.”
Pancakes & Whiskey
 
“From Santiago, Chile, to Brooklyn, New York, indie rock group Parrot Dream has come a long way in more ways than one.”
– TIDAL
 
“Wistful vocals and airy synths give Parrot Dream their — well, dreaminess.”
Village Voice
 

​SEND MEDICINE

 
 
Led by the duo of Uncle Jules and Grandma Ryan, Los Angeles’ Send Medicine makes a woozy, psychedelic rock that combines a liberal mix of surf, folk, and blues sounds. In 2016, the band released their debut album, Scary Aquarius Daughter featuring the singles “July Eyes” and “Tall Flowers.” Featured on Spotify’s Modern Psychedelia and New Indie Mix playlists, Send Medicine has released singles “Translucent” and “She Believes in the Devil” while working on their follow-up LP.
 
“Send Medicine crafts modern psychedelic pop with an eye and an ear to the past, effortlessly evoking more nostalgia in one three minute song than most bands can encapsulate in an entire album.”
– Earmilk
 
“Tribal percussion, whispery vocals, twangy guitar, and subtle electronics gel to give the tune an unorthodox pop sensibility.”
– PopMatters
 
“For a laid back listen filled with ear-worm guitar and poetically beguiling lines…give Send Medicine a try. It goes down easy.”
– LA Record
 

​The Fantastic Plastics

 
 
Describing themselves as “The Future of The Future”, The Fantastic Plastics mix new wave, synth punk, and electro elements with Orwellian and Sci-Fi inspired lyricism. The band is a two piece live act, consisting of Miranda Plastic on Moog Synth/Theremin, and Tyson Plastic on Guitar, as well as video installations, custom costumes, and more. Following a stint in Brooklyn, where they made an impact at stages like the CMJ Music Marathon, Northside Festival, the Chris Gethard Show, and the Kotaku/io9 Cosplay Ball, The Fantastic Plastics spent the summer of 2017 on VANS Warped Tour. They will return to earth to perform at SXSW and record the follow up to their album, Devolver and EP Invasion.
 
“The Brooklyn duo describe themselves as “the future of the future” with their dystopian lyrics and synth-punk sensibilities.”
– Alt Press
 
“The poppy, electronic new wave song sounds a lot more like an 80s vision of what the future looks like, both in sound and content.”
– All Things Go
 
“Crank the charming “We Are Obsolete,” whose keyboard calisthenics would make even a robot break a sweat.”
– Las Vegas Weekly

 

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