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Greetings From Austin - Chicago Bands at SXSW

Chicago Bands in Austin for SXSW 2011

written by: on February 27, 2011

Sporting over 2,000 official bands on it’s roster, it’s no surprise that there’s a fair amount of bands heading down to Austin,TX for the 25th anniversary of South By Southwest. We’ve done our best to compile a comprehensive list of bands that are headed down to Austin.

Pop ‘stache is sending a team of writers/photographers/videographers to cover all the happenings of SXSW. We’re planning to attack the festival without any press credentials or prior contact with publicists in order to capture the raw energy that makes SXSW so appealing. “This Must Be The Fan” aims to give voice back to the people in the crowd, making their experience significant as much as the bands playing on stage.

Our picks are marked in bold.

Chicago bands w/ Official Showcases at SXSW

The Bears of Blue River
California Wives

Ezra Furman & The Harpoons
Flosstradamus
Gemini Club
Gold Motel
Gypsyblood
The Hood Internet
Houses
In Tall Buildings
Joan of Arc
Light Pollution
Maps & Atlases
My Gold Mask
November Doom
Paul Cary
Secret Colours

Smith Westerns
The Streets on Fire
White Mystery

20 Chicago bands playing official showcases

Chicago bands w/ Unofficial Showcases at SXSW

The Aesthetic
The Alaya Conscious
Arma

Big Science
Blah Blah Blah
Bob Nanna
Chaperone!
The Congregation
Dastardly
David Costa
Death on Two Wheels
Empires
Famous Like You
The Felix Culpa
The Fireship
The Flavor Savers
The Fold
The Frantic
Great Divide
Greensugar
Heart Set Self-Destruct
HeyPenny
Hollywood Holt
How Far to Austin
I Fight Dragons
Kellen & Me
Kid Sister
Kids These Days
Kirkland
Lehnen
The Lifeline
Loyal Divide
Matter of Fact
Mia LeBlon
Mickey
Midwest Hype
Netherfriends
The New Diet
The Noise FM
Oceans Over Airplanes
Ornery Little Darlings
Outer Minds
Par Avion
Post Honeymoon
Rabble Rabble
Radar Eyes
The Right Now
Ronny Robinson
Santah
The Scissors
Scott Lucas & the Married Men
Skull Orchard
Small Sins
Smoking Popes
Soft Speaker
State Champion
Sun
Tiger Bones
Tim Larson and The Owner/Operators
Tommy and the High Pilots
True Womanhood
United Federation of Planets
Very Truly Yours
Waco Brothers
The Window Theatre
Yourself and the Air

66 Chicago bands playing unofficial showcases

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  • Sam

    Without a Face is from Texas 🙂

    • http://www.facebook.com/popstache Andy Keil

      Thanks for the heads up.

  • Dave Smith

    Sure, ANY band can go to SXSW, but how many of these bands actually have an Official Showcase?

    • http://www.facebook.com/popstache Andy Keil

      You’re right. Updated to show the 20 bands playing official showcases.

  • http://www.facebook.com/popstache Andy Keil

    Our form wasn’t working correctly so if you submitted bands in the past few days, please re-submit. Thank you.

  • David

    Ha Ha Tonka is from Missouri!

    • http://www.facebook.com/popstache Andy Keil

      Pulled the list from here: http://www.jbtvonline.com/sxchi which is supposed to be only Chicago bands. As you’ll notice they had Without A Face on the bill as well.

  • http://gapersblock.com Andrew Huff

    Here’s Gapers Block Transmission’s massive list, with 90+ Chicagoland acts as well as a list of showcases by local labels, venues and organizations.