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SXSW Mon Feb 17 2014

Chicago at SXSW 2014: Our Complete Band List, Showcases & More

We at Gapers Block try to cover the SXSW Music Festival in Austin as if it were a local festival -- because every March, Chicago sends dozens of acts and hundreds of fans down to Texas, making sure our city's music scene stays well represented. This year's festival runs March 11-16, and will feature a broad swath of Chicago acts both young and old.

Chicago Acts at SXSW

Alpha Consumer
Andrew Belle
Archie Powell & the Exports
The Atlas Moth
The Autumn Defense
The Boy Illinois
California Wives
Chance the Rapper
Chrissy Murderbot
Dawn Golden
DJ Dimepiece
DJ Earl
J Fernandez
Robbie Fulks
Ezra Furman
Future Monarchs
Gemini Club
The Hood Internet
Caleb James
Willy Joy
King Louie
Jon Langford & Skull Orchard
Lil Mouse
Vic Mensa
My Gold Mask
Angel Olsen
Outer Minds
DJ Pierre
Rockie Fresh
Kevin Saunderson
Secret Colours
DJ Spinn & Rashad
Supreme Cuts
Twin Peaks
Urge Overkill
Waco Brothers
Ryley Walker
White Mystery
Alex Wiley
Anita Wilson
Wrekmeister Harmonies

Three other acts from outside city limits are performing: The Giving Tree Band from Yorkville, The Orwells from Elmhurst and Split Single from Evanston.

Circuit des Yeux, who were on our early warning list, are apparently no longer performing at the festival.

Neighboring States

As in years past, we've compiled a list of acts from around the five-state region who are playing official showcases. (Iowa was shut out this year.)

Diane Coffee (Bloomington)
No Coast (Kokomo)
P-IC (Indianapolis)

Billionaire B (Detroit)
Black Milk (Detroit)
Boldy James (Detroit)
Chiodos (Detroit)
Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas (Detroit)
Protomartyr (Detroit)
Sinistarr (Detroit)
the Soil & the Sun (Grand Rapids)
Tyvek (Detroit)

Beautiful Bodies (Kansas City)
Chris Cobbins (Kansas City)
Ces Cru (Kansas City)
Caroline Glaser (St. Louis)
Ha Ha Tonka (Springfield)
Krizz Kaliko (Kansas City)
Pedaljets (Kansas City)
Radkey (Saint Joseph)
The Ben Miller Band (Joplin)
Stevie Stone (St. Louis)
Tech N9ne (Kansas City)
Gee Watts (Kansas City)

S. Carey (Eau Claire)
Lynval Golding and Contra Coup (Madison)
Hugh Bob and The Hustle (Milwaukee)
PHOX (Madison)
Vic and Gab (Milwaukee)


In addition to the official SXSW showcases, there are plenty of shows and parties where both official showcasing artists perform -- often alongside acts who are down there unofficially. Plus, there are always a couple of shows up here in Chicago for groups heading to the festival. Announcements are still rolling in, but here's what we've heard about so far.

In Chicago
The Hideout's annual SXSW Send Off Party is Saturday, March 8, and features Radar Eyes, Kins, Outer Minds, Bailiff, Bonzie, Jon Langford & Skull Orchard, Absolutely Not, Basic Cable, Marrow, Ryley Walker, Wrekmeister Harmonies and Group Photo. The show starts at 1pm and runs till midnight; it's $10 at the door, and proceeds help the bands get to Austin.

Also on March 8 at Subterranean, Music Dealers and Lone Star Beer host a send-off show featuring the Ivories, the Future Laureates and Motel Beds, along with Ben Ripani who's staying here. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. There will be free pecan sandies to go with your beer.

In Austin
The entire roster of Maek Records (which we profiled recently) is performing Monday, March 10 at Fashion Brain Bar at the W Hotel, 200 Lavaca St. See sets by Zaena, Jason Maek, Thrizzy, Jetsen and Lazrface between 4 and 8pm.

New this year is Chicago Made, a showcase of not only local music but Chicago's tech innovators. They're throwing a major showcase March 11 at Red 7, 611 E. 7th St., at 8pm, featuring Chance the Rapper, the Hood Internet, Autumn Defense, Archie Powell and the Exports, Bonzie, My Gold Mask, ShowYouSuck and ProbCause. Psalm One (in her new persona, Hologram Kizzie) hosts. Chicago Industrial stalwart Martin Atkins is also involved in an invite-only reception before the show.

Chicago Made is also doing a series of shows in its tradeshow booth at the Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez St., beginning Monday, March 10 with White Mystery at 5pm. On Wednesday, March 12, Milo & Otis perform at 11am, My Gold Mask play at 1pm, and Archie Powell & the Exports perform at 2pm. All are free and don't require a badge.

Bloodshot Records hosts its official SXSW showcase at The Continental Club, 1315 S. Congress Ave., on Wednesday March 12. No exact lineup details yet, but the label's site lists Barrence Whitfield & the Savages, Bobby Bare Jr., Ha Ha Tonka, Jon Langford & Skull Orchard, Luke Winslow-King, Lydia Loveless, Robbie Fulks, Rosie Flores and the Waco Brothers as attending the festival. Doors open at 8pm, SXSW badge or wristband required.

On Thursday, March 13 at Peckerheads, 402 E. 6th St., the Chicago Everything Showcas presents a cavalcade of mostly Chicago-cased hip hop talent, including Da G Count, Bo Deal, Sicko Mobb, Caleb James, Young Chop, 8TMG, Tink, YP, King Samson, Marvo, Z Money, Johnny May Cash, Prophet Jewel, Jay Stonez, Blanco Caine, Bushwick Bill of the Geto Boys, Brianna Nichole, Koo Koo, L Streets, King Deazel, Rico Escobar, Sasso Flatts, Dot, Sevirr, T-20, Cash Davis, J Bake, 7PM, Artyficial, Tizzle Man, Bird Bankin Boi, Misfits & Outkasts, JB the Joker, 360 the Don and Misha G. DJs MZ Styles, V Dub and MH2DA spin between acts. Admission is free.

metro sxsw showcase 2014The Metro is teaming up with Etix and concert halls in Minneapolis (1st Ave) and Madison (the Majestic) for a Midwest SXSW Showcase Friday, March 14 at Holy Mountain, 617 E. 7th St., from 11am to 6pm. Each venue is repping bands from their city; the Metro's lineup includes Pink Frost, Ryley Walker and Oscillator Bug.

Bloodshot will also throw its 19th annual Bloodshot Yard Dog Party in the backyard of Yard Dog Art Gallery, 1510 S. Congress Ave., on the 14th from noon to 6:30pm. Again, the lineup will feature most if not all of Bloodshot's showcasing acts, and possibly a couple special guests. Lagunitas is supplying the beer. No cover, RSVP here.

Vic Mensa is part of the night set at the Filter x Tumblr showcase March 14 at Clive Bar, 609 Davis St.

The LA branch of Permanent Records is doing a showcase at a food truck on March 14. Go to Schmaltz, 913 E. Cesar Chavez behind Farewell Books, to see Radar Eyes at 2:15pm and Basic Cable at 4pm, among other acts.

AudioTree and Chicago Mixtape cohost at Papi Tino's, 1306 E. 6th St., on March 13 and 14. The lineup on Thursday includes Hood Internet at 2pm, Carbon Tigers at 9pm, and Hologram Kizzie at 10:40pm. On Friday, the Kickback play at 9pm, MUTTS are on at 10:40pm and the Damn Choir tops of bill at 11:30pm. Check the website for full lineup details.

Other Stuff

The Ham Solo video blog project is interviewing Archie Powell & the Exports and the Damn Choir during SXSW. Watch the Facebook page for details.

Dynasty Podcasts host Jaime Black and producer Leyla I. Royale will be at SXSW for all three festivals, interviewing musicians, filmmakers and technologists.

In addition to the big Chicago Made showcase mentioned above, Choose Chicago will also hold "meet 'n' greets" throughout the festival in the Chicago Made tradeshow booth. Nan Warshaw, founder of Bloodshot Records, is the first music Q&A, on March 11 at 1pm. On March 12 at 2:30pm, Philippe Ravanas and Jerry Brindisi of Columbia College's Arts, Entertainment & Media Management Department talk, followed by music business veteran and drummer Martin Atkins at 3pm.

There are also a couple of films from Chicago debuting at the SXSW Film Festival; see our preview in A/C.

Keep Us Posted

Many of the acts listed here are also doing shows elsewhere around Austin during the festival. We'll update this list as we learn of more shows and artists, and feel free to comment if you know of something we missed. You can keep tabs on this year's SXSW Music Festival coverage and read past coverage right here.

Special thanks to Eamon Daly for technical assistance putting together this list.

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xxcatfishjohnxx / February 18, 2014 5:43 PM

All Milwaukee Stage March 12th!

Andrew Huff / February 23, 2014 10:33 PM

Updated as of Feb. 23. See above. :)

Jeremy / February 25, 2014 2:23 PM

Chicago's Radar Eyes is playing at least three shows...

Andrew Huff / March 5, 2014 3:22 PM

Updates as of March 5.

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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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