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sxsw09 Mon Feb 09 2009

Chicago Bands at SXSW 2009

sxsw 2009 music chicagoSXSW, the country's largest music festival, is featuring more than a dozen local bands at its official showcase concerts, plus many more from the region. Here's the full list of confirmed bands so far; more will no doubt be added closer to the festival, which runs March 18-22 (and a couple unofficial days before and after) in Austin, TX. See a list of confirmed local bands after the jump.

Chicago Bands performing at SXSW 2009:
Pugz Atomz
Andrew Bird
The Enright House
Jon Langford And The Pine Valley Cosmonauts
Joe Pug
Vince P
Rabid Rabbit
Red Red Meat
Anni Rossi
Scotland Yard Gospel Choir
Tom Schraeder and His Ego

An "official" list posted on Stereogum and elsewhere also lists Kid Sister and Willy Joy, and Blueblood claims they're confirmed, but as of yet none is on SXSW's site.

Bands from within three or four hours' driving distance include:
Absinthe Minds (Madison WI)
Alash (Milwaukee)
Dead Luke (Madison WI)
Diplomats of Solid Sound (Iowa City IA)
Grampall Jookabox (Indianapolis)
Ohtis (Bloomington IL)
Jason Reeves (Iowa City IA)
Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band (Nashville, IN)
Zola Jesus (Madison WI)

We're also on the lookout for local bands playing at one (or more) of the dozens of "unofficial" showcases at SXSW. If your band is headed down, please let us know in the comments. And, of course, stay tuned for coverage from the festival itself in March.

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pete / February 10, 2009 2:54 PM

tight phantomz, posion arrows, and head of skulls will be performing at the radio room on saturday march 21

awesome / February 11, 2009 6:10 PM

i believe THE YOLKS are playing some shows somewhere during sxsw?

Blueblood / February 11, 2009 10:43 PM

Blueblood will be playing Friday, March 20th at Back Alley Social (Day) and March 21st at Jackalope (Day). More to come.


anne / February 13, 2009 4:56 PM

Another to add: Tom Schraeder and his Ego

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

Our Final Transmission Days

By The Gapers Block Transmission Staff

Transmission staffers share their most cherished memories and moments while writing for Gapers Block.

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  Chicago Music Media

Alarm Magazine
Big Rock Candy Mountain
Boxx Magazine
Brooklyn Vegan Chicago
Can You See The Sunset From The Southside
Chicago Reader Music
Chicagoist Arts & Events
Chicago Music Guide
Chicago Singles Club
Country Music Chicago
Cream Team
Dark Jive
The Deli Chicago
Jim DeRogatis
Fake Shore Drive
Gowhere Hip Hop
The Hood Internet
Jaded in Chicago
Largehearted Boy
Little White Earbuds
Live Fix Blog
Live Music Blog
Loud Loop Press
Oh My Rockness
Pop 'stache
Pop Matters
Resident Advisor
Sound Opinions
Sun-Times Music Blog
Theft Liable to Prosecution
Tribune Music
UR Chicago
Victim Of Time
WFMU's Beware of the Blog
Windy City Rock


Abbey Pub
Andy's Jazz Club
Aragon Ballroom
Auditorium Theatre
Beat Kitchen
Bottom Lounge
Buddy Guy's Legends
The Burlington
California Clipper
Concord Music Hall
Congress Theater
Cubby Bear
Double Door
Elbo Room
Empty Bottle
Green Mill
The Hideout
Honky Tonk BBQ
House of Blues
Kingston Mines
Lincoln Hall
Logan Square Auditorium
Mayne Stage
The Mutiny
Old Town School of Folk Music
Park West
The Promontory
Red Line Tap
Reggie's Rock Club & Music Joint
The Riviera
Thalia Hall
The Shrine
Symphony Center
Tonic Room
Uncommon Ground
The Vic
The Whistler

  Labels, Promoters
  & Shops:

Alligator Records
Beverly Records
Bloodshot Records
Dave's Records
Delmark Records
Drag City
Dusty Groove
Flameshovel Records
Groove Distribution
He Who Corrupts
Jam Productions
Jazz Record Mart
Kranky Records
Laurie's Planet of Sound
Minty Fresh
Numero Group
mP Shows
Permanent Records
Reckless Records
Smog Veil Records
Southport & Northport Records
Thick Records
Thrill Jockey Records Touch & Go/Quarterstick Records
Victory Records

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