SXSW Preview – Chicago Artists Making Their Way Down South

The weather’s getting warmer, the days are getting longer… music fest season is upon us. SXSW Music and Media Conference and Festival kicks off on Tuesday with acts performing in dozens of venues throughout Austin, Texas.

While I’ll be daydreaming about being at the festival, the Chicago bands below will be making their way to Austin to experience it firsthand. Here’s my pick of the top 5 you can’t miss at SXSW-

  • Mahogany

Signed by Chicago’s own BLVD records, Mahogany produces a charming sound. A medly of instruments including the piano, cello and violin are fused together to create pretty, eclectic melodies. The fact that the band makes beautiful videos doesn’t hurt either. Check them out at the SXSW Official Showcase at Karma Lounge on March 14th.

  • Chrissy Murderbot

If dance music is more your scene, check out Chicago DJ/producer Chrissy Murderbot. A listen to any of his sets will have you immediately bobbing your head to his beats. See him at Barcelona on March 14th.

  • In Tall Buildings

Indie folk rockers In Tall Buildings are also making their way to Austin. With vocals reminiscent of Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard, the music of In Tall Buildings is easy on the ears. Catch In Tall Buildings at the Speakeasy on March 19th.

  • Musikanto

With a sound incomparable to any of the bands listed above, Musikanto sheds his feelings in song verses paired with blues and folk melodies. Check out Musikanto at The Tap Room at Six on March 15th.

  • Chance the Rapper

Lyrically gifted Chance is an asset to the already amazing Chicago hip hop scene. His well-written verses are strung together by soulful folk beats creating an impressive sound. Chance the Rapper will be at The Lodge March 15th.

If you’re one of the lucky ones with SXSW travel plans be sure to also check out our longtime favorite Chicago acts Kids These Days (Clive Bar on March 17th) , Cool Kids (110 Warehouse on March 16) and Gold Motel (Billboard Bungalow @ Buffalo Billiards on March 16th).

With plenty of Chicagoans on the SXSW music fest roster, The Windy City will undoubtedly make its presence known in the South.

Make sure to check out Work It Media, Music Atoms, Dream on Dzine, and Musicaholics Anonymous for some good SXSW picks as well.

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