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SXSW Wed Feb 17 2010
Chicago at SXSW: Showcases and an Updated Band List
It seems my claim that Chicago would be underrepresented at SXSW this year was a bit premature. We've since received word about several showcases by Chicago labels, venues and promoters, and acts have come out of the woodwork to let us know they're heading down to Austin to play off-festival gigs. To top it off, just this Tuesday SXSW posted its showcase grid, finally providing an easy way to track down local acts -- and revealing quite a few more Chicagoans in official showcases.
So, here's the latest on Chicago at SXSW:
Official SXSW Showcases
Here are local and regional acts performing in official SXSW showcases, according to the massive grid posted today. Links go to the acts' SXSW profiles. For the regional list, I pulled it back in to our usual three-ish hour radius -- sorry, Detroit.
The Atlas Moth
The Cool Kids
The Hood Internet
Joan of Arc
Joe Pug (whose album Messenger came out Tuesday)
Kidz In The Hall
Led Zeppelin 2
Love of Everything
Maps & Atlases
Mittens on Strings
Plastic Crimewave Sound
The BoDeans (Waukesha, WI)
Cheap Trick (Rockford)
Chase Coy (Greenwood, IN)
Common Loon (Champaign)
DM Stith (Bloomington, IN)
The Forecast (Peoria)
French Horn Rebellion (Milwaukee)
The Gates of Slumber (Indianapolis)
Freddie Gibbs (Gary)
Kelsey Wild (Byron)
Kings Go Forth (Milwaukee)
Murder By Death (Bloomington, IN)
Native (Valparaiso, IN)
Other Showcases, Parties, Etc.
Bloodshot Records has multiple events going on. On Friday, March 19 from noon to 6pm, the label holds its 15th annual Bloodshot Records Party at Yard Dog Gallery, with Justin Townes Earle, Scott H. Biram, Ha Ha Tonka, Waco Brothers, Exene Cervenka, Ben Weaver, Rosie Flores and Whitey Morgan & the 78s performing. Label acts play a bunch of showcases Friday and Saturday, and Bloodshot's official showcase is Saturday, March 20 from 8pm on at Red Eyed Fly, where Scott H. Biram, Ha Ha Tonka, Waco Brothers, Exene Cervenka and Whitey Morgan & the 78s will perform again.
Schubas and Lincoln Hall team up with Threadless for their 14th annual SXSW Round-Up at Yard Dog Gallery on Thursday, March 18 starting at noon, with Born Ruffians, Freelance Whales, The Hood Internet, Japandroids, Maps & Atlases, The Rural Alberta Advantage, The Smith Westerns, We Were Promised Jetpacks, plus sets by Sharon Van Etten, Only Children, and Diane Izzo.
Lawyer4Musicians.com is presenting a showcase featuring several local acts on Saturday, March 20. At Aces Lounge from 1 to 5pm, catch Rakaa from Dilated Peoples, Kidz in the Hall, Hey Champ, Bad Rabbits, French Horn Rebellion and Cool Calm Pete, plus special guests.
Reggie's Live is hosting a showcase at the Jackalope from 2pm to 7:30pm on Friday, March 19, featuring Deadtown Revival, Blacklist Royals, The Last Vegas (tentative), The Zut Alors, The Minneapolis Henrys and Paperbear, with more to come.
Chicago.com/Music is hosting a "Chicago Beats" showcase on March 19, featuring A Lull, Breakers Broken, Yawn, The Loyal Divide, The Down Feathers, Danny Chaimson, The Giving Tree Band, Kellen & Me, Remington Pettygrove, Scott Wesley Band and Matt Kelly.
Pretty Good Dance Moves spin at showcases and parties March 16-20 and possibly 21; check their site for details, because that's all we've got.
If you know of anything we missed, let us know in the comments.
If you're headed down and actually attending panels, Smog Veil Records' Frank Mauceri will be part of a panel discussing how bands can promote themselves paperlessly, Jon Langford talks about packaging design, and Invisible Records owner and industrial music stalwart Martin Atkins presents his deftly named "Welcome to the Music Business - You're Fucked." Alligator Records' Tom Kolleth and Marc Lipkin and IndieCollision's Carlo Navarro are participating in the mentor session series.