· The Congregation, "Classic soul meets rock and roll in this dynamic eight-piece collective from Chicago," per webpage
· Frontier "is Kevin Ireland (bass), Mike Tsoulos (drums) and Stephen Wessley (guitar). The three met at University of Chicago in the late 1980’s." per webpage
· Gemini Club "is Dan Brunelle, Tom Gavin, Ryan Luciani and Gordon Bramli, a four-piece indie-electronica band from Chicago" from Facebook
· Houses, [The duos] track "Soak It Up," an airy, infectious bit of electronic pop, reached number six on the Most Blogged Artists chart the week of Sep. 13, 2010," The Chicago Reader
· Davy Knowles, "Named #6 in Gibson’s Top 10 Modern Blues Guitarists (August 2012), Davy Knowles releases his version of Woody Guthrie’s "Pastures of Plenty" in celebration of this year's Woody Guthrie Centennial with a portion of proceeds being donated to WhyHunger," artist webpage
· Jon Langford & Skull Orchard, "The great rock and roll bridge between punk's back alleys and country music's windswept plains." - Portland Mercury
· Locrian, "For the better part of a decade Chicago’s Locrian have been creating sprawling, blackened drone masterpieces," Relapse Records
· Scott Lucas & the Married Men "Blood Half Moon is distinctively darker, yet ultimately more optimistic than Scott Lucas & the Married Men's previous records,"artist webpage
· Mahogany, “International collective Mahogany offers danceable yet highly intricate art pop. The band’s lush arrangements nod to classic prog and psych, but the music maintains a futuristic feel.” Time Out New York
· Jonathan McReynolds "Pray that my music encourages you to live a better life by drawing near to God and TRULY seeking his face, BUT i know my life and ministry is not all about music. God has given us many different ways to minister to and motivate each other," artist webpage
· Rockie Fresh, "[ k]nown for his alternative rock influenced style of hip-hop, and his associations with recording artists Rick Ross,Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy and Joel & Benji Madden of Good Charlotte," wikipedia
· Shoes, "Shoes are old school in more ways than one. Their music now spans five decades (albeit skipping the first 10 years of the 2000s); the indie debut "Black Vinyl Records" was released in 1977," Chicago Tribune
· Elliot and Natalie Bergman, "Elliot, 31, is a skilled multi-instrumentalist (everything from saxophone to the kalimba) with a flair for jazz-inspired funk and Afrobeat, as evidenced by his acclaimed band Nomo. Natalie, 23, is a dusky-voiced singer-songwriter who was exploring a career as a solo act after attending the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
If you are unable to catch the artists above on video from SXSW, I encourage you to seek them out when they come to Chicago. These are definitely a group of artists you want to follow.
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