Dynasty Podcasts’ “Chicago at SXSW” Playlist

Hear music that's blowing up in Chicago

What better way to experience great local Chicago music than by going to … Austin? Well, sometimes that answer is: Yes. We tapped Jaime Black and Mikul Wing, the guys behind the 10-year-running Dynasty Podcasts (Chicago’s first and longest-running music podcast, Black says), indie dance act Autograf (with 30 million plays on Soundcloud and Spotify) and super-hip non-profit gallery Future Factory to pull together a playlist showcasing of-the-moment Chicago acts headed down to the annual South by Southwest music conference in Austin. We asked them why these artists and instead of us telling you what they said, we thought they could do a better job. So in their own words:

“This playlist, to us, represents the disparate sounds of Chicago. From the playful vibe of Louis The Child + K.Flay’s “It’s Strange” to the anxiety and tension of My Gold Mask’s mystic pop on ‘Dangerous.” Totally different is the frenetic energy of HXLT’s punk heater “Together,” which features Kathleen Hanna, she of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre fame. Mike Golden’s “Every Morning Love” is a sweet and stripped down love song, while experimental electronic artist Owen Bones gets into a groove on his recent “Grapefruit” cut, featuring seriously infectious guitar work from Myrone. The Kickback and Whitney demonstrate two differing approaches to Chicago rock, while Mick Jenkins and Taylor Bennett offer their own personalized takes on Chicago hip hop, the latter’s track featuring his brother Chance The Rapper. And Sir The Baptist and ChuchPeople realize their self-described brand of ghetto gospel on “Wake Up.” All of this of course reinforces there isn’t one single reigning sound when it comes to Chicago music. All of the above artists have completely different musical sensibilities,but all of them sound like Chicago in their own way. We’re looking forward to seeing them all in action across SXSW this month in Austin!”

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