RedEye goes to SXSW

Austin, Texas or bust! The RedEye Soundboard heads to SXSW next week to check out the many Chicago bands playing the annual music festival. Check out our Facebook page for exclusive videos, photos and more.

Official, non-official, who cares? 

Dozens of Chicago bands are making the trek down to Austin, Texas, to play both official showcases and just-for-the-hell-of-it sets at SXSW, and we gathered them up in a tidy package for you. RedEye will be following a few of these acts around town throughout the festival--check back at for updates, photos, videos and more.

Don't see your SXSW-bound band listed here? We'll be updating and adding bands up until the fest: Leave info in the comments or tweet us at @redeyechimusic.

Chicago bands at SXSW:



Gold Motel

Chrissy Murderbot

U.S. Girls

Kid Sister

The Hood Internet


Smith Westerns

Joe Pug

Chali 2Na

Andrew Belle



Scattered Trees


Gemini Club

Kids These Days

Na Palm


Bruce Lamont

Las Guitarras de Espana

Rockie Fresh

In Tall Buildings

Cains & Abels

JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound

White Mystery

Maps & Atlases

Secret Colours

Unicycle Loves You


Love of Everything

Andrew Bird

Archie Powell & The Exports

Sound Remedy

Waco Brothers

Paper Thick Walls

Outer Minds


BJ The Chicago Kid




So Many Ways



The Ivory Theory



In addition to SXSW, Austin also hosts the Red Gorilla Music Fest, somewhat of an alternative to the massive annual music fest. Chicago bands Paper Thick Walls, Glendenning, Hemmingbirds, Brighton MA, Hawley Shoffner and The Noise FM perform on various days. See the full schedule here. March 13-17, various times and venues. (Free!)



3/10: SXSW Sendoff Party at Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave.
Annual send-off party for Chicago bands perfoming at SXSW. Includes performances by Kids TheseDays, In Tall Buildings, Musikanto, Hollywood Holt, The Waco Brothers, Outer Minds, Cains &Abels, Redgrave, Unicycle Loves You, Football, Paper Thick Walls. 1:30 p.m. $10.

3/10-3/11: Sausage Fest SXSW Send-Off at Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave.
Stacian, Zath, Running, Heavy Times, Bitchin Bajas, Bad Drugs, Supersonic Piss, Apache Dropout. 9 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. $8-$15.

3/11: AEMMP Records' Epitonic Saki Hip-Hop Session at Saki Records, 3716 W. Fullerton Ave.
Get a preview of the Columbia College Chicago student label's upcoming release, "Class President," with sets by Legit, The GTW and Lili K. 4 p.m. (Free!)  



3/12: PBR Showcase of Chicago Bands at Beerland, 711 Red River St. 
White Mystery, Netherfriends and The Ivorys. 6 p.m. (Free!) 
3/13: CrowdNoize Driving the Noize SXSW Showcase at Loft 718, 718 Congress Ave.
Chicago acts BJ The Chicago Kid, ShowYouSuck, whysowhite and YP perform. 8 p.m. (Free!)
3/14: Brooklyn Vegan Chicago stage at "Hotel Vegan" at Hotel Vegas & Volstead Lounge, 1500 E. 6th St.
All-Chicago band lineup. TBD. Noon. (Free!)
3/14: Heave Media and Day Party Showcase at B.D. Riley's Irish Pub, 204 E. 6th St. 
Performances by Chicago acts Archie Powell & The Exports, Netherfriends, Paper Thick Walls and more. Noon-5 p.m. (Free!)

3/16: Bloodshot Records Annual Yard Dog Party at Yard Dog Gallery, 1510 S. Congress
Performances by Waco Brothers and Paul Burch, JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound, Lydia Loveless,Cory Branan, Deadstring Brother, Rosie Flores, Valerie June and Southeast Engine. Noon. (Free!)

3/17: Bloodshot Records offical SXSW showcase at Red Eyed Fly, 715 Red River
Performances by Deadstring Brother, Maggie Bjorkland, Cory Branan, Waco Brothers and PaulBurch, Lydia Loveless and JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound. 7:30 p.m.