The Cool Kids' Mickey Rocks (left) and Chuck Inglish, perform Thursday during a day party at the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas. Jack Plunkett/AP
Given the unofficial Austin/Chicago sister-city bond, there is always a sizable contingent of Chicago artists performing in Texas over the course of the festival.
Most notable thanks to their numerous official showcases and unofficial party appearances are two Windy City hip-hop acts that are quickly becoming major national buzz bands poised to break big in 2008: female rapper Kid Sister and old-school emcees the Cool Kids.
Also making their mark at SXSW: Aging but still potent Chicago punk legends Naked Raygun; the always ubiquitous Waco Brothers; under-appreciated experimental noise mavens Tub Ring and indie-rockers Sybris and Mahjongg who, in addition to official festival gigs, are playing an intriguing soiree on Thursday called “SXS&M” located “at the little tucked-away gay leather bear bar just a couple of blocks out of the fray.”
At SXSW, everyone gets into the act, and there truly is something for everyone.
Rounding off the list of other local performers are Catfish Haven, Walter Meego, Suffrajett, Kidz in the Hall, Nick Butcher, the Cool, Dead to Fall, Dreamend, Headlights, the Hood Internet, the Hush Sound, Icy Demons, Joan of Arc, Le Concorde, Make Believe, Mannequin Men, Maps & Atlases, Trevor Menear, Mittens on Strings, Pit er Pat, the Redwalls, Russian Circles and Andre Williams.