SXSW ‘07

What Sundance is to movies, SXSW is to music. Jim and Greg are back from the annual Austin, TX music festival with the lowdown on what underground bands you should look out for in the year to come.

SXSW 2007
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Every March, thousands of music fans come together in Austin, Texas to attend South by Southwest, a four-day music festival in which almost 1,400 music acts perform at clubs, parties and showcases throughout the city. For music fans it's a sonic smorgasbord, for music industry professionals it's a chance to network-but for everyone who partakes in the non-stop rock and roll action, it's an opportunity to discover great new music. During the show Jim and Greg will share some of their favorite bands and moments from SXSW 21. You can also check out last year’s wrap-up.

Best of SXSW 2007

While Jim and Greg definitely heard some clunkers during their time in Austin, they were mostly impressed with the wide variety of underground bands. For Jim and Greg's full wrap-ups, check out their day-by-day accounts in the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune. Here are some they recommend checking out:


  • Besnard Lakes
  • Deerhunter
  • Black Moth Super Rainbow
  • Comas


  • Bone Box
  • Beasts of Bourbon
  • 120 Days
  • Pipettes

Bonus Picks

  • Minsk
  • Black Angels
  • Peter Bjorn & John
  • Girl Talk
  • The Affair
  • Tulsa

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