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SXSW Wed Feb 17 2010

Chicago at SXSW: Showcases and an Updated Band List

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.

Anni Rossi
The Atlas Moth
Cast Spells
The Cool Kids
Hey Champ
Hollywood Holt
The Hood Internet
Joan of Arc
Joe Pug (whose album Messenger came out Tuesday)
Kid Sister
Kidz In The Hall
Led Zeppelin 2
Love of Everything
Maps & Atlases
Mittens on Strings
Stephanie Nilles
Plastic Crimewave Sound
Psalm One
Rebel Diaz
Smith Westerns
Waco Brothers
Via Tania
Willy Joy

The BoDeans (Waukesha, WI)
Cheap Trick (Rockford)
Chase Coy (Greenwood, IN)
Coffinworm (Indianapolis)
Common Loon (Champaign)
DM Stith (Bloomington, IN)
The Forecast (Peoria)
French Horn Rebellion (Milwaukee)
The Gates of Slumber (Indianapolis)
Freddie Gibbs (Gary)
Jaill (Milwaukee)
Jookabox (Indianapolis)
Juiceboxxx (Milwaukee)
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.

AEMMP Records, Columbia College's student-run record label, is hosting a party on Saturday, March 20th from 12-5pm at District 301, at which Big Science and Pet Lions will perform.

Trouble In Mind Records' showcase will feature Coco Coma, Hollows and Tyler Jon Tyler.

HoZac Records's showcase on Wednesday, March 17 at Trailer Space will include White Mystery and Mickey. 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. 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.

My Gold Mask is playing the Shake Some Action party on Friday, March 19 at Karibu Ethiopian Restaurant, and possibly additional shows that weekend.

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.

Lastly, here's our current list of local acts performing in some unofficial capacity:
A Hero Named Hope
This is Versailles

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.

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kerrierieo / February 18, 2010 11:23 AM

So excited to see all this Chicago love back in Austin for SXSW. This will be my 4th SXSW but my first as a visiting Chicagoan. Looking forward to hearing these bands play in Austin and then checking them out back in Chicago! Also love the Chicago to Austin SXSW logo, very nice :)

Chicago bands: Come to the East Side for a kick-a$$ party for you!

Don't forget to say Hi!

Michael Roffman / February 18, 2010 1:56 PM

Chicago's Consequence of Sound will be hosting three day parties during the week. One which has been announced ( and the two others to be announced shortly.


acid marshmallow / February 18, 2010 3:20 PM

MARCH 19th in Austin, TX... ACID MARSHMALLOW / MODERN COUNTRY / POP JEW ’Texas-Sized Headache’ w/ Thomas Function + JEFF the Brotherhood + Jaill + Natural Child + Woven Bones + Air Waves + Znth + Christmas Island + The Beets + Mickey (CHI) + Teengirl Fantasy + Juiceboxxx + Sunglasses (CHI) + Spider Bags + Grave Babies + White Mystery (CHI) + Still Flyin’ + So Cow -- STARTS AT NOON UNTIL 8pm - BYOB - @ The Broken Neck (4701 Red Bluff Rd) $3 -- come hang!!!

Ian Drake / February 18, 2010 5:48 PM

V Sparks from Chicago is playing SXSW at Gueros on March 18th

Jim / February 23, 2010 9:10 PM

You guys should really add Chicago band Light Pollution to your list of Official Showcasing Bands at SXSW.

3/17 - SXSW - No Words / Day Bow Bow Party @ Ghost Room
3/18 - Lose Control @ SXSW
3/18 - SXSW - Carpark / Paw Tracks Showcase @ Wave
3/20 - SXSW @ End of an Ear Records w/ Toro Y Moi
3/20 - SXSW @ The Gas Pipe Smoke Shop
+ more TBA

Jade / March 5, 2010 2:40 PM

I see you're not listing Ezra Furman & the Harpoons on this list! Ezra and Andrew [Harpoon's guitarist] are Chicago natives, after all.

Joe / March 15, 2010 3:47 PM

Train Company from the Saint Charles area will be playing at the Molotv Lounge on the 19th at 1:30PM.

Stephanie / March 16, 2010 12:30 PM

JBTV & Gibson are hosting a 3-day event featuring all Chicago music, including Empires, Treaty of Paris, The Fold, Van Ghost (solo), Pet Lions, Kirkland, State and Madison, Blane Fonda, David Costa, The Frantic, Cavashawn, Mia LeBlon, The Fireship, and many others.

The shows go from 2 pm - 2 am on March 18-20th at The Trophy Room, 310 E 6th Street.

All info is here:

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Our Final Transmission Days

By The Gapers Block Transmission Staff

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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
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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

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  & 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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