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See These Local Bands Before They Play SXSW

These six bands are some of the best Chicago acts going to Austin. Go see them in town now—before SXSW changes everything.

Once again, Chicago acts are heading south for this year’s South by Southwest Music Festival, which runs March 12 through 17 in Austin, Texas. To help stoke your local pride, here’s a list of the Chicago bands we’re following—complete with representative tracks and where to see them live before they hit Austin. Yes, we did your homework for you. You’re welcome.

Wild Belle
We’ve covered them before, but the Bergman siblings (above) are still thrilling us with their electro-reggae sounds.
Listen to: “Keep You”
Catch them here: March 11 at the Hideout
Find them at SXSW: here

The Hood Internet
Made up of ABX and STV SLV (pronounced Steve Sleeve), the duo returns to Austin with their mix of indie, R&B, and rap.
Listen to: Mixtape Volume 6
Catch them here: March 9 at the Hideout
Find them at SXSW: here

My Gold Mask
The breakout goth-pop band hosts their record release party this Saturday.
Listen to: “Violet Eyes”
Catch them here: March 9 at Schubas Tavern
Find them at SXSW: here

Waco Brothers
The veteran Chicago rockers bombard with their over-the-top country sound.
Listen to: “Do What I Say”
Catch them here: March 9 at the Hideout
Find them at SXSW: here

Chance the Rapper
The West Chatham rapper (real name: Chancelor Bennett) just released his #10Day mix tape, which he wrote during a ten-day school suspension.
Listen to: “Juice”
Catch him: next time. Follow him on Twitter to get future shows
Find him at SXSW: here

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