#Southie: Blog/Rest’s Comprehensive Guide to SXSW 2013
As y’all know, the annual mayhem that is SXSW (or Southie, as the locals apparently call it) has begun. While there are negatives to that such as extreme traffic, long lines, and huge crowds, it also means that there is the opportunity to see pretty much every musician that gets talked about on the internet these days. There’s literally thousands of bands playing hundred of shows over the week, and it can get very overwhelming. To help you, I’ve made a spreadsheet on Excel that you can read right here with schedules of who is playing where. Read it here
Everything is subject to change. For some of these shows the times are correct but for others, I just looked at the lineup and what time the show was running from and made educated guesses on who is playing when.
For the most part, day parties are free and the night events are showcases. However, there are some night parties that are free with RSVP
I have never tried to get into a showcase, but people have told me that many places often sell tickets at the door. This all depends on the size of the venue, how big the bands playing it are, and how many people show up.
I haven’t posted RSVP links because that takes forever, but if you have any questions about specific shows, send me a message or comment on the FB post and I’ll track down the link for you.
Make sure you scroll pretty far to the right, because I tried to keep the same venues in the same column, so there is a show all the way at the end on Monday even though in between is a bunch of blanks.
Some of these parties are 21+. Most events at Mohawk are all-ages, the Pitchfork parties are all ages, Auditorium Shores is all-ages, and I’m not sure about the rest. If you have questions about specific ones, let me know.
Finally, I just wanted to give you a heads up that there are some shows that haven’t been announced yet. The Fader Fort has some pretty sick acts but they haven’t confirmed who is playing which day. The RSVP has filled up already though. I’ve heard a lot of rumors of Justin Timberlake playing a secret show, and there are also reports of Myspace putting on secret shows all week that they won’t announce until the day before. Due to the fact that JT has a large ownership stake in the company that would probably be the best bet of getting a chance to see him. I only imagine that his show will be near-impossible to get into.
Here is a Spotify playlist of a bunch of acts you should check out, and over the past few weeks I’ve been writing articles for Do512 showcasing 15 artists that I think are must-sees. Read them all below:
Savages, CHVRCHES, & Disclosure
Merchandise, Rhye, & Waxahatchee
White Lung, Autre Ne Veut, & Angel Haze
Metz, Andy Stott, & Torres
FIDLAR, Delorean, & Rustie
With so many bands playing SXSW, it can be daunting to try to figure out which acts to catch. Now you’re probably not going to be able to see Vampire Weekend, Green Day, Nick Cave, Dave Grohl, or The Yeah Yeah Yeahs without a wristband, but there will be a chance to see so many great artists next week. Now if you want to waste your week standing in line for chances to see Mackemore or Alt-J, I can’t save you, but below are a bunch of great performers you should see instead. Keep in mind that the BV day parties and Fader Fort parties will likely be recommended as well.
Surfer Blood & Divine Fits at Mohawk – If you’re in town, this is a great chance to catch two really good indie rock bands for free at my favorite venue. Surfer Blood are a great indie rock band in the vein of The Pixies, and Divine Fits feature the singers from Spoon and Handsome Furs in a pretty sweet electronic supergroup that you should check out.
Delorean, Chelsea Light Moving, & Beach Fossils at Mohawk – Here’s a sweet day party that I recommend. I caught Delorean at Fun Fun Fun Fest in 2010 and the Spanish dance band absolutely killed it. They’re super fun live and a must see act during the week. Chelsea Light Moving is the new band of Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and their debut album was strong. Beach Fossils are a great lo-fi indie rock group too.
Pitchfork Interactive Party at Mohawk – Tuesday night you have to go back to the Mohawk for a really great free party. Icona Pop, Cloud Nothings, John Talabot, Marnie Stern, Torres, Blue Hawaii, and Hundred Waters are all playing. All those acts are awesome, and I have good reason to believe the “special guests” will be DIIV, so this is one must-see event.
Pitchfork Show No Mercy at Mohawk – Fans of punk and metal should check out this party. The big names at this event are the LA hardcore group Trash Talk who put on a crazy live show and the Alabama doom metal act Pallbearer, who’s debut album last year Sorrow & Extinction was the best metal album of last year. Other acts include Pinkish Black, Vattnet Viskar, and Skeletonwitch.
KGSR Morning Showcase at the W Hotel – if you go in the early morning to the W Hotel, you can walk up the outside stairs, pay $5, and get food and live acoustic music. I’d advise getting there really early if you want to catch the bands, and Wednesday morning they have Iron & Wine, The Dixie Chicks side project Courtyard Hounds, and Bob Schnieder. If you’re a morning person, it’s not a bad way to wake up.
Paste Party At the Stage on Sixth – Paste has put together four days of indie and folk acts, but their lineup for the first day party is the best. Marnie Stern, Matthew E White, Mac Demarco, Foxygen, and the almighty Dawes will all be there.
Gorilla Vs. Bear Party at the Hype Hotel – I’ve heard that the Hype Hotel isn’t the best venue, but this lineup of great electronic and indie acts is pretty sweet. Disclosure, Shlomo, Ryan Hemsworth, & John Talabot will get you dancing, and Charli XcX, Fear Of Men, and Antwon will also be pretty sweet.
Consequence of Sound Party at the Parish – Fans of garage rock might enjoy this one more, as you get another chance to see Chelsea Light Moving and Mac Demarco alongside great garage acts like Ex-Cops, Wampire, The Thermals, or the great White Lung.
Urban Outfitters – UO have a pretty nice lineup all four days, and the first one kicks off with performances by Icona Pop & White Lung.
Vans Showcase at Mohawk – This one will be super hard to get in, but the website said Badges/Wristbands priority, not only, so that’s a good sign. If you get a chance to go inside and watch Japandroids, Iggy Pop & The Stooges, Sky Ferreira, & Ghostface Killah, take it. You won’t regret it.
Showcase at Holy Mountain – Here’s a kickass showcase with some standouts from Don Giovanni and Sacred Bones featuring White Lung, California X, Nu Sensae, Antwon, Laura Stevenson, psych rockers The Holy Drug Couple, and my personal favorite Waxahatchee. Katie Crutchfield’s band is the best new act of 2013, and you need to see her at least once.
Kendrick Lamar at Spotify House at 1100 Warehouse – This one’s a free one instead of a showcase, but you do have to RSVP beforehand. There are some openers, but the main draw here is Kendrick. He’s playing a ton of shows this week, but this one might be one of the easier chances to see him. You have to catch him at least once. Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City is one of the best albums of the last decade, and his live shows are super fun.
Showcase at Scoot Inn – I’m not sure who’s putting this on or if there will be tickets at the door, but the lineup is sweet. Wavves, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Trash Talk, and Earl Sweatshirt are all slated to play this one.
Pitchfork Party at 1100 Warehouse – Pitchfork, like always, has put together the best day party of the festival. Featuring Toro Y Moi, Youth Lagoon, Foxygen, Andy Stott, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Delorean, Mac Demarco, White Lung, Mikal Cronin, Parquet Courts, Merchandise, Autre Ne Veut, Rhye, Waxahatchee, and California X, this is the best lineup I’ve seen the whole festival. Go there.
Fool’s Gold Super Party at Emo’s East – If you’re not gonna listen to me and go to the Pitchfork Party, check out this one. I believe tickets are $10 (it was free last year though), and it’s stacked with !!!, Andrew W.K, Mykki Blanco, Trash Talk, Wavves, Pictureplane, Kitty Pryde, Zebra Katz, Hundred Waters, The Very Best, Antwon, Ryan Hemsworth, Riff Raff, Icona Pop, and many more. It’s a super sweet lineup and lasts all night.
Thrasher/Converse Death Match at Scoot Inn – Here’s another sweet party full of awesome punk and garage music featuring Chelsea Light Moving, Mac Demarco, Merchandise, King Tuff, Bleached, White Lung, and The Black Angels. It’s pretty much an ideal indie-punk lineup, but most of my favorite acts on that list are going to be at the Pitchfork Party too.
KVRX Party at Spiderhouse – UT’s campus radio station has got a sweet party full of awesome garage acts that is going to last all day and night. Destruction Unit, Ex-Cult, Naomi Punk, Dog Bite, Dustin Wong, The Coathangers, and Homeshake will all be playing.
Pitchfork Showcase at 1100 Warehouse – This one’s an official showcase, but with the fact that the venue is large, none of the acts are huge, and that they sold tickets to showcases last year there, you might be able to get in. With a lineup that’s got Rustie, Disclosure, Ryan Hemsworth, Zebra Katz, Savages, Sky Ferreira, Pissed Jeans, FIDLAR, and Doldrums, this is the one I’m going to try and go to.
Viceland – Not sure about how easy it is to get into this one, but here’s your shot at seeing Snoop Lion and Major Lazer.
KUT at the Four Seasons – Similar to what KGSR is doing at the W, KUT has bands playing at the Four Seasons in the early morning for $10. All four days have good bands, but Friday’s is the best with Frightened Rabbit and Josh Ritter.
Steregogum Party at The Hype Hotel – Here’s another Hype Hotel one with a great lineup. With Sky Ferreira, Youth Lagoon, Kitty Pryde, Metz, Hundred Waters, & Bleeding Rainbow, this might be the one to check out on Friday.
After The Gold Rush Party at The Red Eyed Fly – Pretty similar to the one above, this party has Youth Lagoon, Surfer Blood, Metz, and Phosphorescent.
Urban Outfiiters – The lineup for Friday is really stacked as well, with Charli XcX, Autre Ne Veut, Doldrums, Houses, Majical Cloudz, and Mister Lies. This would be a good one to catch.
Pure Volume Party at Easy Tiger – This is the Pains of Being Pure At Heart’s only SXSW appearance, and it also has Wavves and Marnie Stern, so this might be a sweet one to check.
The Flaming Lips at Auditorium Shores – This is the biggest show you should check out. The Flaming Lips always put on an incredible live show, and them headlining the night in the same slot where The Shins were last year will be like watching a great festival headliner. It doesn’t hurt that Jim James & Divine Fits are opening up. This is the place where you’ll meet up with all your friends. Completely free entry.
Ground Control Showcase at Mohawk – This one’s an official showcase, but would be sweet to go to. With Trash Talk, DIIV, Chelsea Light Moving, Parquet Courts, Ducktails, and Dawes, here’s a good place to get a rock fix.
Arbitus Showcase at Swan Dive – Arbitus Records have been putting out one of the best electronic pop records of the past few years, and have put together an all-star lineup of Braids, Doldrums, Blue Hawaii, Majical Cloudz, and Sean Nicholas Savage to check out.
Mass Appeal Party at Austin Music Hall – Not sure exactly how easy it is to get into this one, but there is an RSVP link. With Kendrick Lamar, Danny Brown, Bun B, Joey Bada$$, and Pusha T, this might be the best rap show of the fest.
AV Club Party at Mohawk – This one is a pretty good mix of genres, with Frightened Rabbit, Baths, Fear Of Men, Houses, Metz, and Balmorhea. Not a bad one to check out.
Pop Montreal at 1618 East 6th – This is a eclectic mix with Sinkane and Mozart’s Sister later in the day, but the big draw is that Waxahatchee and Sean Nicholas Savage open the day here.
Do512’s The Big One – Here’s where I’ll be, as Do512 always puts on super fun shows. This year we have The Polphonic Spree and Big Freedia headlining with Girl In a Coma and others opening. There will be so much AZZ.
Brooklyn Vegan Party at the Old Emo’s on 6th – This is the only day lineup they’ve announced so far, but it has an awesome lineup. Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Austra, King Tuff, Autre Ne Veut, White Lung, Doldrums, and Foxygen will all be at this one.
Spin House at Easy Tiger – Not sure how hard it will be to get into this one, but it’s got Savages, Cloud Nothings, and Bleached. Savages are one of the must-see acts this year for sure.
Viceland – Still not sure about how to get into this one, but it’s got Kendrick Lamar, Action Bronson, Baauer, Trinidad James, Black Lips, and Parquet Courts. Not bad.
Relapse Showcase at Red 7 – Here’s a pretty sweet showcase with Parquet Courts, Merchandise, Antwon, and Big Freedia. Expect a lot of dancing and Azz.
Rayban/Boiler Room Party at 1100 Warehouse – This is the one party that you absolutely have to be at Saturday night. You have to RSVP and get there early, because the warehouse will fill up. Death Grips, Chief Keef, Mount Kimbie, Lunice, Baauer, and Shlomo will all be playing, and for many of those artists it will be their only show. This party might be the best single event of the whole week. There are special guests who will show up, and given the fac that Lunice is going to be there, it’s not that outlandish to speculate Hudson Mohawke might show up for a TNGHT show. Either way, here’s your only chance to see Death Grips.
Justin Timberlake???? – If he shows up and plays a show you can see, this is the night you’ll be able to go.
Well, phew. If you made it this far, thanks for reading. I’ve spent a lot of time on the spreadsheet, and can’t wait to see all the bands at SXSW. Feel free to ask me any questions and I’ll be posting updates to Facebook and Twitter over the week. Also text me so we can meet up and party at the festival. See you all at Southie!
Update 3/10: Fader Fort & BV Announcements
Anyone who was able to RSVP for the Fader Fort shows should check out the full schedule right here, because it’s dope. Each day’s lineup gets really great around 6. Wednesday night not only gives you the chance to see Ducktails and Sky Ferreira, but you get the Black Hippy combo of both Ab-Soul and Schoolboy Q. With Kendrick playing the warehouse across the street later that night, I wouldn’t be surprised if he shows up.
Thursday night gives you Small Black and DIIV for the indie kids and Trinidad James and Solange for the hip/hop crowd. Solange’s latest EP was amazing and I highly recommend you catching her if it fits into your schedule. Friday night features some treats as you get Disclosure and Future right before The Afghan Whigs. I didn’t know the last band was coming, but expect a lot of older 90s fans there. Future should be a blast live, as his album and mixtape from the past year are two of my favorites. The real treat of Fader Fort comes the final night, before Delorean and French Montana go on. Not only do you get to see Earl Sweatshirt, but Flying Lotus’s alter ego Captain Murphy will be performing with him as well. This will probably be one of the can’t miss sets of the fest
Finally, Brooklyn Vegan announced that Death will be playing a special midday set on Thursday at the old Emo’s location. Any fan of classic punk should check this out, as this Detroit trio is one of the most influential punk bands of all time who also inspired a lot of dance musicians such as LCD Soundsystem. If you’re interested in classic punk, you should check it out. BV also updated the lineup for all four days and added Savages and Delorean to the Wednesday afternoon lineup, which might be worth checking out too. Expect more updates to come.
- David Sackllah