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SXSW Wed Feb 06 2013

Rocking Down to Austin: Chicago at the 2013 SXSW Music Festival

sxsw2013.jpgIt's time once again to survey the SXSW Music Festival schedule for Chicago acts to catch if and when you're down in Austin, TX March 12-17. There's a good range of local artists heading down this year, representing everything from hip hop to folk to retro soul. We've also rounded up acts from neighboring states, to give an idea of the attention given to the broader region. Special Thanks to Eamon Daly for technical assistance putting together this list.

Chicago Acts at SXSW

Chance The Rapper
The Congregation
Jerome Derradji
Gemini Club
The Hood Internet
JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound
The Kickback
Davy Knowles
Jon Langford & Skull Orchard
Scott Lucas & the Married Men
Johnathan Mcreynolds
Chris Mills
On An On
Vic Spencer
Waco Brothers
Wild Belle

The rest of Illinois
The Orwells, Elmhurst
Psychic Twin, Urbana

Neighboring States

The Gates of Slumber, Indianapolis
Houndmouth, New Albany
John Hiatt, Indianapolis
Murder By Death, Bloomington
Nyzzy Nyce, Fort Wayne
Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, Nashville
Stagnant Pools, Bloomington
Super Minotaur, South Bend
TV Ghost, Lafayette

Diplomats of Solid Sound, Iowa City

Angel Haze, Detroit
Luder, Ferndale
Passalacqua, Detroit
The Sights, Detroit

Blood Diamonds, Kansas City
Fister, St. Louis
Flame, St. Louis
Pokey LaFarge, Ballwin
Radkey, Saint Joseph
So Many Dynamos, St. Louis
Thi'sl, St. Louis

All Tiny Creatures, Madison
Blessed Feathers, West Bend
Cory Chisel and The Wandering Sons, Appleton
French Horn Rebellion, Milwaukee
Jaill, Milwaukee
Masked Intruder, Madison
Shoes, Kenosha
Skylar Grey, Mezomaine
Spires That In The Sunset Rise, Madison


Just as the final announcement for SXSW-featured acts was a little late this year, so have been announcements about unofficial showcases. There's not much to share yet, but more details will roll out in the next couple weeks, and we'll continue to add them here. As always, feel free to post in the comments if you know of a showcase or an act who's heading down that isn't listed here.

In Chicago
The Hideout's annual SXSW Send Off Party is Saturday, March 9 from 2pm to 3am. For just $10, you'll see the following:
2:30pm - Twin Peaks
3:30pm - Frontier
4:30pm - Empires
5:30pm - Judson Claiborne
6:30pm - The Congregation
7:30pm - Summer Girlfriends
8:30pm - Mahogany
9:30pm - The Waco Brothers
10:30pm - Stephen Paul Smoker
11:30pm - Outer Minds
midnight - The Hood Internet

New York-based Impose Magazine hosts the Impose SXSW Party at the Empty Bottle on Saturday, March 9, featuring Cult of Youth, Lazy and Big Ups. Tickets are $10, but you can get in free if you buy one of the bands' albums at Permanent Records.

In Austin
Chicago startup eevzdrop teamed up with Austin's Eye in the Sky Collective to cosponsor The Future of Music Showcase at Shiner's Saloon, 422 Congress Ave., on March 15 and 16. As far as I can tell, hip hop duo Retrospect is the only Chicago act on the bill. Free admission each day with RSVP on Do512.

Gemini Club, Hey Champ and On An On are part of the lineup for Free Now!, an unofficial showcase by and DeliRadio that benefits the Beagle Freedom Project, March 13-16 at The Brew Exchange, 708 W. 6th St., from noon to 2am each day.

Reggie's Rock Club is hosting a free showcase at The Lodge, 411 E. 6th St., on Friday, March 15, from noon to 8pm. They're still nailing down the lineup, so stay tuned.

The Future Laureates are heading down for two unofficial showcases, on Thursday, March 14 at Amped, 300 E. 6th St., and Saturday, March 16 at The Chugging' Monkey, 219 E. 6th St. They're playing a sendoff show at Quenchers on March 2.

Todd Kessler & The New Folk are playing two shows on Friday, March 15, at Red Gorilla Music Festival at The Bourbon Girl, 212 E. 6th St., and SX Nights at the Upper Decks.

Bloodshot Records has both an official showcase and their annual unofficial one. The official showcase will be Wednesday, March 13 at the Continental Club, 1315 S. Congress, and will feature Waco Brothers, Eddie Spaghetti, Deadstring Brothers, Lydia Loveless, Murder By Death and Luke Winslow-King. Doors open at 7pm.

The 18th annual Bloodshot Records Party at Yard Dog Gallery, 1510 S. Congress, is Friday, March 15 from noon to 6pm. Lydia Loveless, Deadstring Brothers, Luke Winslow-King, Murder By Death, JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, Rosie Flores, Bobby Bare Jr., Eddie Spaghetti and the Waco Brothers play.

JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound will perform at Brooklyn Vegan's showcase on Wednesday, March 13 (locale TBA); the AMA showcase at Antone's, 213 W. 5th St., on Thursday, March 14; the Jambase showcase in the Tap Room at Six, 311 Colorado St., on Friday, March 15; and the KDHX party at Broken Spoke, 3201 S. Lamar, on Saturday, March 16.

The Waco Brothers perform at the Dogfish Head party at Gingerman, 301 Lavaca St., on Wednesday, March 13, and at the KDHX party at Broken Spoke, 3201 S. Lamar, on Saturday, March 16.

Jon Langford and Skull Orchard also play the the Dogfish Head party at Gingerman, 301 Lavaca St., on Wednesday, March 13, and perform an official showcase at Continental Club, 1315 S. Congress, on Friday, March 15.

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Matthew Morgan / February 19, 2013 9:32 AM

This just came in last minute, but Chicago-folk rockers Matthew Morgan and the Lost Brigade will be playing an unofficial showcase at Haddington's on 6th Streeet in Austin, TX on Thursday, March 14th at noon (The Future Laureates will be playing there as well at 2pm)

Jack Armondo / February 24, 2013 1:14 PM

My Gold Mask is also playing an official showcase March 16th at Hickory Street 12AM !

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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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