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Gearing up for South by Southwest

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Though I'm frantically trying to do my laundry, pack and meet half a dozen deadlines before heading to Texas for the annual South by Southwest Music Festival, I did manage to take a quick look today at the roster of local bands heading to the music industry's annual version of the Cannes or Sundance film festivals meets Spring Break.

As always, Chicago is represented in a big way among the hundreds of bands traveling to the festival from around the world. Following the jump is the full list of officially showcasing local acts (all from Chicago, unless otherwise noted); if you'd like to read more about any of them or sample their sounds, visit the SXSW Web site, a great resource even if you aren't going to Austin.

Mind you, there are probably twice as many additional acts performing at unsanctioned gigs in Austin during the festival, but that's a whole other story and a lot harder list to compile.


Pugs Atomz

Andrew Bird

Casiotone for the Painfully Alone

Common Loon (Champaign)

Steve J. Dawson


The Enright House


Ezra Furman and the Harpoons


Hannibal Buress

Headlights (Champaign)

Hollywood Holt

Willy Joy

Kid Sister

Kidz in the Hall Chicago

Jon Langford and the Pine Valley Cosmonauts

Natasha Leggero (Rockford)

Maps & Atlases

Ohtis (Bloomington)

Orchard Lounge

Pelican Chicago

The Poison Arrows

Joe Pug

Rabid Rabbit

Red Red Meat

Anni Rossi

Scotland Yard Gospel Choir

Hal Sparks


These Are They

Tub Ring

U Can Unlearn Guitar

Vince P

Waco Brothers

Andre Williams

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I highly recommend Joe Pug. Rising star from Chicago, for sure. Sybris is one of my favorites too.

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