Astronautalis

Showcase: 3/17 @ Easy Tiger 11:00 p.m.

Party: 3/19 @ Rumbler Lounge 5:20 p.m. (Axis of Audio Day Party)

CoS Says: Astronautalis is among the most original and exciting new artists of this century. His artful storytelling and lyrical prowess combined with musical influences far beyond the hip-hop norm, create the sort of music you keep the words “unique” and “visionary” saved for. His 2008 album, Pomegranate, made it into CoS' top 100 albums of the last decade and his live show is not to be missed. You have never seen a freestyle until you've seen Astronautalis freestyle and this tour he has brought along a full band to back him. His next full length album is on the way as is a collaborative EP with P.O.S. Both these rappers will be spitting their latest, yet to be released verses at SXSW this year.