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No Badge, No Problem: the Free Parties/Showcases of SXSW


No Badge, No Problem: the Free Parties/Showcases of SXSW


SXSW is finally upon us, but not every Austinite is interested in dropping hundreds of dollars for a badge or wristband. ATX Music Mag is here to guide you to all the free food, beverage, and music your body can handle.

Monday, March 13: Just Another Manic Monday Presented by The Onion/The AV Club
While badge holders get priority entry, this party is still free to the public. The showcase will be held at Mohawk Austin, and will feature over a dozen bands performing on two stages throughout the night, including Sylvan Esso, SOHN, Noname, Lizzo, and Mothers.

mohawk sign

March 13-16: Pandora Discovery Den
The Pandora Discovery Den will take place at Gatsby’s and will showcase a variety of different bands ranging from EDM to hip-hop to Rock. Featured artists include: MSTRKRFT, Charles Bradley, Young Thug, Tiga, Block Party, Margo Price, YACHT, and many more!

Thursday, March 16th: Levitation at SXSW
Bummed that Levitation AKA Austin Psych Fest are taking a year off? Fear not, Levitation returns to Hotel Vegas for another brilliantly curated showcase featuring Austin’s own S U R V I V E, Royal Trux, Golden Dawn Arkestra, Christina Bland & the Revelators, Cherry Glazerr, Boogarins, No Joy, Cosmonauts, Dead Meadow, Creepoid, and many more. The day showcase is free but the night show case is only $5 dollars.

Tuesday, March 14: She Shreds Magazine Showcase
She Shreds, the magazine devoted to women guitarists and bassists, will put on a free showcase at part art-gallery, part-boutique Las Cruxes. The All-female lineup will consist of Chastity Belt, pop-punk duo Diet Cig, and indie rockers Ian Sweet.

March 15-16: House of Vans
House of Vans returns to the Mohawk for its 4th year in a row for two free, fantastic days of music. Artists include: Black Lips, Rocket from the Crypt, The Octopus Project, Bleached, the Drums, and many more.

March 15-18: Waterloo Records Day Parties
Austin’s iconic record store will host a series of day parties the 15th-18th featuring Real Estate, Minus the Bear, Chicano Batman, PWR BTTM, and several other great acts.

Loudwire x CLRVYNT at the Sunset Room
Austin has one of the best metal scenes in the country, and the CLRVNT showcase definitely reflects that. Lead by Giraffe Tongue Orchestra, (featuring members of Mastodon, Dillinger Escape Plan, Alice in Chains, Mars Volta and Dethklok), and Texas based metal/hardcore band Power Trip, this showcase will not be for the faint of heart and will certainly be loud. Supporting acts include Pig Destroyer, Thou, and Fister.

March 15-19: KUTX Live at the Four Seasons

Are you a morning person? Want to beat the regular SXSW crowd? Well, we have the showcase for you. While KUTX isn’t technically free ($10 dollars at the door with proceeds going to Seton Shivers Cancer Center), the showcase is definitely worth mentioning. Along with a free breakfast taco, granola bar, and coffee, the showcase will feature Spoon, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, The Black Angels, Real Estate, Temples, and several other acts.

Have fun, y’all!





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