SXSW 2011: Minnesota roll call

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With South by Southwest less than a month away (the music portion kicks off on March 16), we thought it a good time to start compiling our list of Minnesotans making the haul down to Austin, Texas this year.

At first glance, it looks like there will be quite a few bands repping our great state -- last year, 17 bands were accepted into the festival to perform at official showcases, and this year a whopping 35 acts (including Doomtree together and as solo acts) will be performing at sanctioned events.

And as always, another large selection of bands will be heading down to perform in an unofficial capacity at the myriad day parties and shows that will overtake the city during the festival.

Minnesota bands playing official SXSW 2011 showcases:

Alpha Consumer
Banner Pilot
Ben Weaver
Birthday Suits
The Blind Shake
Cecil Otter
Dan Wilson
Daughters of the Sun
Farewell Continental
Four Fists (P.O.S. and Astronautalis)
Haley Bonar
Har Mar Superstar
Kid Dakota
Lazerbeak & Paper Tiger
Leisure Birds
Marcy Playground
Marijuana Deathsquads
Mystery Palace
Now Now
Retribution Gospel Choir
Sick of Sarah
Slapping Purses
Solid Gold
Swimming With Dolphins
Tapes 'n Tapes
Trampled by Turtles

Minnesota bands playing unofficial SXSW showcases and day parties:

Pink Mink
Zoo Animal
Caroline Smith & the Goodnight Sleeps
Mark McGee and Maggie Morrison (H.U.N.X.)
Phantom Tails
The 4onthefloor
Me & My Arrow
Jake Dilley and the Color Pharmacy
Jeremy Messersmith
The Rockford Mules
The Book of Right On
Hastings 3000
The American Scarcrows
Pictures of Then
Fortified Five (members of Poop Smear Mirror, formerly Knife World)
Dearling Physique

We know there are many more unofficial bands traveling down than are listed here, so we'll be updating this list as we get closer to the festival. Feel free to leave your additions in the comments.

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San Dimas
San Dimas

San Dimas @ 400 Bar March 24th w/Dinosaur Feathers, Motel Motel, and theLioness. 18+ $3adv/$5door


Skittish is playing Wednesday night at the Chuggin Monkey! See you down there.

Jezebel Jones
Jezebel Jones

Jezebel Jones & Her Wicked Ways will be there, playing one unofficial showcase and Austin (so far!)...

Cyn Collins
Cyn Collins

Fortified Five (members of Poop Smear Mirror, formerly Knife World) just informed me they're performing unofficial shows)!


The American Scarcrows will be there.


Minnesota has the lamest local music scene it's ever had. So many forgettable,untalented,hipster douchebags posing as musicians.Particularly anyone who is a white rapper.


I think Mayda is playing?

Jake D
Jake D

The Color Pharmacy


It's not so lame as you might think, but you have to be particular in your musical taste and then, you can find some great bands with great skills.

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