Tori Amos, PJ Harvey, Katy Perry Added to SXSW 2009

by mattdentler
February 13, 2009 2:46 AM
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Total coincidence that three of the big headliners added to the SXSW Music Festival lineup are: Tori Amos, PJ Harvey, and Katy Perry? Three women, three eras of rock/pop, and three similar approaches to singing about gender. Of course, throwing in an Alanis Morissette would help even out the timeline a bit. Anyway, the annual music festival has announced its almost complete lineup of performers. The music festival runs March 18-22.

The latest highlights, in my opinion, would include: Lil Jon, Gomez, Andrew Bird, Bishop Allen, Annuals, Dan Auerbach, Martina Topley Bird, Busdriver, Cut Off Your Hands, Keegan DeWitt, Dirty Projectors, Echo and the Bunnymen, Explosions in the Sky, Glasvegas, The Grates, Great Northern, Grizzly Bear, Handsome Furs, The High Dials, The Knux, Erin McCarley, New York Dolls, No Age, Okkervil River, Razorlight, Riverboat Gamblers, Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson, Shearwater, Silversun Pickups, St. Vincent, Richard Swift, Titus Andronicus, Viva Voce, M. Ward, We Are Standard, Wheat, Young Galaxy. It's gonna be a fun time, to say the least.

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  • Caro | March 10, 2009 12:25 PMReply

    I completely agree with H Davis.
    I think it isn't very coherent grouping Polly with Katy Perry.
    Katy is pure trash pop industry.
    She didn't even make an interesting pop.
    Polly is a queen, The Queen.
    I haven't heard too, Tori but I think her work is respectable.
    My English is not very good because I left years ago to study and speak English. I'm a fan of PJ since always
    Greetings from Argentina

  • mattdentler | February 13, 2009 6:48 AMReply

    I knew the music blog commenters would be out in full force on that one... I know Polly Jean and Tori came to prominence in the same era, but was a poor choice of words. What I meant to say was, three different perspectives/dynamics, etc. While there is plenty of overlap between PJ Harvey and Tori Amos' style and career, they are undoubtedly two very different kinds of female singer/songwriters. And, like it or not, Katy Perry is their cultural descendant.

  • Michael | February 13, 2009 6:02 AMReply

    Tori Amos's first album came out in 1992. PJ Harvey's first album came out in 1992. Tori Amos was most famous and had the most 'cred' in the mid-90's. Ditto PJ. PJ began experimenting with atmospheric electronics on her 4th album in 1998. Tori Amos began experimenting with atmospheric electronics on her 4th album in 1998.

    How are they representative of different eras?

  • H. Davis | February 13, 2009 5:37 AMReply

    Um. What does Katy Perry have to do with Tori Amos and PJ Harvey? Furthermore, Tori Amos and PJ Harvey are from the same era. Both released their first albums in 1992, as I recall. (With the exception of Tori's failed album Y Kant Tori Read in 1998).

    Anyway, lumping Katy Perry in with aritists with actual talent is pretty offensive and extremely lazy.

  • Joe Bowman | February 13, 2009 3:17 AMReply

    PJ Harvey! I need to get my ticket.