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 redeyechicago.com/sxsw 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:
The Hood Internet
Kids These Days
Las Guitarras de Espana
In Tall Buildings
Cains & Abels
JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound
Maps & Atlases
Unicycle Loves You
Love of Everything
Archie Powell & The Exports
Paper Thick Walls
BJ The Chicago Kid
So Many Ways
The Ivory Theory
RED GORILLA MUSIC FEST
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!)
SXSW PARTIES AND SHOWCASES, CHICAGO:
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!)
SXSW PARTIES AND SHOWCASES, AUSTIN:
All-Chicago band lineup. TBD. Noon. (Free!)
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.