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Official SXSW showcases announced, many locals in the mix

Gay Witch Abortion are one of 17 Minnesota acts to play official SXSW shows

Gay Witch Abortion are one of 17 Minnesota acts to play official SXSW shows

The South by Southwest music festival announced the lineups for their official showcases this year (which are booked according to an application process that involves somewhere upwards of 10,000 bands), and 17 Minnesota acts have been selected. The local acts playing SXSW-sanctioned showcases are listed below, but keep in mind that this is only a portion of the Minnesota bands who are heading down to SXSW next month. These days, a band can gain just as much traction playing an unofficial showcase or day party as one of these shows, which keeps the streets of Austin flooded with music from morning until... well, morning each and every day of the festival.

The links below will take you to the bands' profile pages on the SXSW site. Showcase times are listed in chronological order, in case you're a nerd like me and are planning on traveling 1,172 miles to watch a bunch of Minnesota bands play SXSW.

Ruby Isle

Lamberts

Wednesday, March 17, 7 p.m.

The Melismatics

Lamberts

Wednesday, March 17, 8 p.m.

Kid Dakota

Lamberts

Wednesday, March 17, 12 a.m.

Grant Hart

Lamberts

Wednesday, March 17, 1 a.m.

Peter Wolf Crier

Emo's Main Room

Thursday, March 18, 8 p.m.

Birthday Suits

Jaime's

Thursday, March 18, 9:15 p.m.

The Pines

Stephen F's Bar

Thursday, March 18, 11 p.m.

The Blind Shake

Soho Lounge

Friday, March 18, 7:45 p.m.

Trampled by Turtles

Red Eyed Fly

Friday, March 19, 8 p.m.

Gay Witch Abortion

Soho Lounge

Friday, March 18, 8:40 p.m.

Solid Gold

Club de Ville

Friday, March 19, time TBA

Gigamesh

The Phoenix

Friday, March 19, time TBA

Charlie Parr

Victorian Room at the Driskill

Friday, March 19, time TBA

Jeremy Messersmith

Central Presbyterian Church

Saturday, March 20, 8 p.m.

Banner Pilot

Emo's Annex

Saturday, March 20, 8:15 p.m.

Off With Their Heads

Club de Ville

Saturday, March 20, time TBA

Swimming With Dolphins

Emo's Jr.

Saturday, March 20, time TBA