TGTF Guide to SXSW 2017: Chicago artists showcasing at this year’s SXSW

By on Friday, 10th March 2017 at 3:00 pm

If you followed TGTF’s coverage of SXSW 2016, you might have noticed that we branched out a bit last year to include more American and international bands in both our previews and our live coverage of the music festival. To continue in that vein this year, we’re offering preview coverage of showcasing bands and artists from selected cities in America. Today’s selection of SXSW 2017 featured artists comes from the Midwest, specifically the so-called ‘Windy City’ of Chicago.

Hip-Hop/Rap artists predominate the Chicago contingent, with a staggering 14 acts represented in that category. Joey Purp leads the charge, bringing along his single ‘Girls’ feat. Chance the Rapper. Old school rap duo The Cool Kids are back from a self-imposed hiatus with their new single ‘Running Man’. Well-known activist-artist Malcolm London (pictured at top), who is a featured speaker in the SXSW 2017 Music Conference, will also showcase his performance talents as part of the Music Festival. And among the most fascinating new artists is DePaul University Biological Sciences student by day / hip-hop artist by night femdot., who will appear in Austin on the strength of his breakthrough EP ‘fo(u)r’.

The Rock category comes next, with 10 artists on the bill. Eclectic art-rocker Tim Kinsella will showcase both on his own and with his band Joan of Arc, featuring their latest release ‘He’s Got This Whole This Land Is Your Land In His Hands’. In a somewhat more mainstream vein, indie rock five-piece Modern Vices are making a return trip to SXSW, presumably with new music in tow, having released their self-titled debut LP back in 2014. Last but surely not least, two female-led rock bands, Ratboys and Wild Belle, will also make the southward trek to Austin.


The combined categories DJ/electronic and r&b comprise four showcasing artists each, though the two DJ acts both involve House DJ Chrissy Shively, known on stage simply as Chrissy. He will perform as a solo artist in the DJ category, as well as showcasing with vocalist Hawley Shoffner in the duo act Chrissy & Hawley under the Dance heading. In the R&B genre, the activist poetry of Jamila Woods and her album ‘#HEAVN’ stand out as a sure hit.


Rounding out the Chicago delegation, there are two gospel acts on the docket, Psalmist Raine and Marty B. Pop acts Sunset and MAMA also made the list, along with five-piece bands Dos Santos: Anti-Beat Orquestra and The Waco Brothers, who are the lone Windy City representatives in Latin rock and alt country, respectively.


Stay tuned to TGTF next week for more coverage of Chicago artists live from SXSW 2017. Please note: all information we bring you about SXSW 2017 is to the best of our knowledge when it posts and artists and bands scheduled to appear may be subject to change. To learn when your favourite artist is playing in Austin, we recommend you first consult the official SXSW schedule, then stop by the artist’s Facebook and official Web site for details of any non-official SXSW appearances.

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6:10 pm
11th March 2017

¡ESSO! Afrojam Funkbeat will also be in Austin for a Saturday showcase and acting as the live band for Rebel Diaz.

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