SXSW

SXSW 2009

Bands about to make it big often cut their teeth at South by Southwest (SXSW)—the industry juggernaut when it comes to music showcases. And Seattle is proudly sending dozens of our very own to Austin, Texas, this month (March 17-21), from roots rockers the Moondoggies to Johnny Cash sound-alike Vince Mira.

To send them off properly, the Tractor Tavern will hold a SXSW bash tonight at 9 ($5), featuring Dyme Def, THEESatisfaction, Grynch, Pearly Gate Music (aka Zach Tillman) and Thee Emergency. My pick of the night? It’s a close tie between rapper Grynch and the Barsuk Records-approved Pearly Gate Music. The former will open for Snoop Dogg at the Showbox SoDo on Friday, while the latter layers haunting vocals over beautifully constructed guitar melodies, certain to please fans of the Cave Singers or Fleet Foxes (aka Tillman’s brother Joshua’s band).

Neumos follows suit tomorrow night with performances by Mash Hall (formerly They Live!), Hey Marseilles, Visqueen and Fences. Despite the rock-centric lineup, I’d put my money on Mash Hall’s smartly sampled beats (mash-ups, naturally, of everything from film dialogue to Michael Jackson tracks) and pop culture-heavy lyrics being the crowd favorite of the evening.

By my count—which includes those performing this week (except Thee Emergency), plus whomever is listed on SXSW’s website and bands I personally know to be going—there will be 37 Seattle acts playing at SXSW, either at showcases or the Seattle Party at Beauty Bar on March 20. Here’s a list of who’s scheduled to play down south. Am I missing anyone?

Trespassers William
Visqueen
Ivan & Alyosha
The Pharmacy
Book of Black Earth
Grynch
King Dude
The Cave Singers
Ian Moore
The Moondoggies
The Dutchess & the Duke
Barcelona
The Globes
Blunt Mechanic
Pearly Gate Music
Rocky Votolato
Grand Hallway
Mighty Tiger
Dyme Def
The Lonely Forest
Truckasaurus
The Maldives
Hey Marseilles
Say Hi (solo)
Grave Babies
Minus the Bear
Blue Scholars
Jen Wood
D Black
Fences
Vince Mira
Past Lives
Macklemore
Dark Time Sunshine
Mash Hall
The Staxx Brothers
THEESatisfaction