SXSW 2011: Minnesota roll call


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.

[jump] 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.