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sxsw2011 Sun Feb 27 2011

SXSW 2011: Chicago Edition

sxsw2011.jpgAfter one of the snowiest winters in the cities history, Chicago bands and members of the music community are surely looking forward to escaping the city and thawing out in Austin, TX during SXSW 2011. If you're not heading south, we'll keep you up to date, since I'll be roadtripping down to provide you with daily coverage of the best showcases, panels, and bands coming out of Austin that week. Know of something you'd like covered? Leave a comment and I'll try to check it out. Because SXSW is really about finding new and interesting music. And drinking a considerable amount of gratuitous booze and consuming your weight in free tacos. After the jump you'll get some highlights of Chicago bands and venues who will be participating in SXSW 2011.

Chicago artists on the official SXSW band list:
(these were chosen by the festival as official SXSW Festival acts)

  • Maps & Atlases
  • Light Pollution
  • Joan of Arc
  • Gypsyblood
  • Paul Cary
  • November Doom
  • The Bears of Blue River
  • Gemini Club

Chicago bands playing at SXSW (partial list, let us know of more to add):

  • The Smith Westerns
  • White Mystery
  • My Gold Mask
  • Flosstradamus
  • The Hood Internet
  • Loyal Divide
  • I Fight Dragons
  • Ezra Furman & The Harpoons
  • Gold Motel
  • The Right Now
  • Everyone playing The Hideout SXSW sendoff party (see below)
  • The Kickback
  • Netherfriends
  • Very Truly Yours

Chicago folks having SXSW parties/showcases:

Schubas/Lincoln Hall

The Windish Agency
Bloodshot Records
Hozac Records
Alligator Records

And of course here in Chicago to kick things off, The Hideout, Threadless, & Miller Lite present The Hideout SXSW Sendoff Party on March 12th. For $10 bucks you get a whole day of music including:

  • Outer Minds
  • Chaperone!
  • Joan of Arc
  • Soft Speaker
  • Mickey
  • Radar Eyes
  • Tiger Bones
  • Skull Orchard
  • Paul Cary
  • Rabble Rabble
  • Waco Brothers
  • Kids These Days

Keep checking back during SXSW for coverage here on Gapers Block, and don't forget to let us know of any great bands heading down!

UPDATE: See our Chicago & the Region at SXSW 2011 post for a full listing of every local and regional act we could find.

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very truly yours / February 28, 2011 11:21 AM

Chicago Indiepop band Very Truly Yours will be playing Sat. March 19 with Neverever, Veronica Falls, Kid Canaveral and many more at Waterloo Cycles

Dan / February 28, 2011 11:35 AM

Gemini club is also an official SXSW Chicago Band

Marc / February 28, 2011 3:22 PM

Chicago's Alligator Records Celebrates it's 40th Anniversary at Speakeasy on March 16 with Marcia Ball, Guitar Shorty, and Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King.

Brian / March 3, 2011 11:24 AM

Scott Lucas & the Married Men play Mar 18 @ the Trophy Room @ 7PM and Mar 19 @ Longbranch Inn @ 5PM

Nicholas / March 3, 2011 11:54 PM

Brontosaurus is playing 2 shows on 3/16. 5:30pm at The Hyde Park and Grille on Westmont and at 7:30 at The Cedar Door.

Nicholas / March 3, 2011 11:59 PM

Correction. Brontosaurus is playing those 2 shows on Thursday 3/17.

Andrew Huff / March 4, 2011 12:55 AM

We'll be posting a massive update this weekend -- stay tuned.

Pop 'stache / March 4, 2011 6:46 PM

Here's another list with updated Official bands:

Mike / March 7, 2011 12:01 PM

The Streets On Fire were selected as an official showcase act.

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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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