The annual South by Southwest music conference -- the Sundance for pop music -- has been announcing waves of bookings for its next tuneful spring break, March 12-17 in the Texas capital.
As usual, several Chicago folks have made the early cut. This year's locals with official showcases for the industry and media include ...
The Congregation -- righteous retro-soul band to rival Alabama Shakes
Frontier -- rejuvenated, style-busting post-rock trio, loves fog machines and the Empty Bottle
Gemini Club -- tuneful, crowd-friendly indie-electronic trio
Houses -- easygoing experimental pop from an intrepid couple
Davy Knowles -- 25-year-old British-born blues guitarist calls Chicago home
Jon Langford & Skull Orchard -- Ye olde cowpunk father figure and his latest posse
Locrian -- Established, wide-reaching drone project
Scott Lucas & the Married Men -- When he's not in Local H, Lucas leads this genteel country-rock bunch
Mahogany -- heady Michigan-born electronic band
Jonathan McReynolds -- Diverse singular talent working in jazz, gospel and pop, when he scats he sounds like Lady Day
Rockie Fresh -- The South Side rapper, aka Donald Pullen, works slow grooves on his debut album coming soon
Shoes -- veteran power-pop trio showing off its newest musicWild Belle -- Barrington's Elliot and Natalie Bergman release their rock-steady major-label debut "Isles" during SXSW week