St Paul Musician Ben Weaver and the SXSW line up

From the City Pages music blog, Gimme Noise,  I found this list of Minnesota musicians who will be playing in the South By Southwest conference in Austin, Texas  – commonly referred to as SXSW –  taking place March 11-20.

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

Yeah, quite a list.  Even after 6 months of managing music calendars for the iPhone app, few of these names look familiar to me.  I decided to go down the list and see which of the musicians were from St. Paul,  do a little research and give you an opportunity to hear them with a SoundCloud  sampling.   I’m way at the top of the list, with Ben Weaver , whose last album  was Mirepoix and  Smoke.

If you want to hear this St. Paul musician play, you’ll need to catch a flight to England or the Netherlands. Like many great musicians, he seems  to be touring primarily out of the country.

Here’s some of his music – I’m working to get the SoundCloud stream on the page.

This is going to be a fun project.


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