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Top 5 free SXSW 2014 music parties with RSVP links

SXSW Auditorium Shores show w/ Flaming Lips (2013)
SXSW Auditorium Shores show w/ Flaming Lips (2013)
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There are thousands of events scheduled during South by Southwest (SXSW) 2014. Admittedly that is an unmanageable number so we waded through the mountain of parties to find our top five music parties for you to attend.

Announcements on artists just added to SXSW in the last 48-hours are included in this party round-up. We love headliner acts, Kurt Vile, Gary Numan, Washed Out, Soundgarden, Phantogram and Blondie as much as the next guy, but we urge out-of-town attendees to see some of our favorite Texas bands like The Bright Light Social Hour, Quiet Company, Wheeler Brothers, Residual Kid, Holy Wave, The TonTons and Hard Proof.

The aforementioned Texas bands are scheduled to perform during SXSW. Most will play more than one show. The original purpose of SXSW is to expose up and coming acts to industry folks not already familiar with the artists. Use that intention to find a new group you like. Discover where any band will be performing and RSVP by visiting Do512.com's dedicated SXSW site and using the search function.

The 32nd Austin Music Awards is one such event where you can see Austin bands. We are mentioning it because the AMAs are not really a SXSW party (thus not in our list) but it does give people the chance to see some the best Austin musicians as voted by the Austin Chronicle readers.

Two years ago, Quiet Company won a record, ten awards at the AMAs. Grammy winner, Gary Clark Jr won six awards last year. Past "secret" special guests include Bruce Springsteen, Pete Townsend and Kris Kristofferson. Performances by Lucinda Williams, Ray Benson and the Texas Tornados have already been announced. Anonymous sources informed Examiner another eyebrow-raising surprise guest is slated for this year's awards. Tickets are still available. Badge and wristband holders will be admitted free.

SXSW does their best to offer free, non-badge holder events for residents and visitors alike. The biggest events are the free concerts at Auditorium Shores March 13-15. Due to construction, this year's shows are going to be at Butler Park (across the street from Auditorium Shores). The festival has already announced most of the lineup including Foster the People, Childish Gambino and a star-studded tribute to Jimi Hendrix.

Last year fans were treated to the first live performance of the Flaming Lips new album, "The Terror". It was an incredible show. The event requires a SXSW Guest Pass which will be available at the gates or in advance at select locations throughout Austin. Get more details on the Butler Park shows and where to obtain a Guest Pass from SXSW here.

Friendly reminder: Even (especially) if you are a SXSW veteran, please do your best to treat others with courtesy, consume plenty of water (between free drinks) and have a fun, safe week. Now jump to our short list of top SXSW music parties and get all the gory details.

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The Future of Music (Texas artists)
The Future of Music (Texas artists) Eye in the Sky

The Future of Music (Texas artists)

The two day Future of Music event features a raft of great local bands. This is the showcase we hinted at earlier. You should hit this one. Sons of Fathers (Austin) and Danny Malone (Austin) are cannot miss acts on day one. Our day two picks include Residual Kid, (Austin), The Tontons (Houston) and The Bright Light Social Hour (Austin).

Location: Shiner Saloon

Date(s): March 14-15, 2014

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Set times:

FRI MAR 14th
12:00 Larry g(EE)
1:00 The Suffers
2:00 Emily Bell
3:00 Ruby Jane
4:00 Sons of Fathers
5:00 Jess Williamson
6:00 Wild Child
7:00 Danny Malone
8:00 Yellow Red Sparks
9:00 The Digital Wild
10:00 Roger Sellers
11:00 Sphynx
12:00 Corduroi
1:00 KEEPER

SAT MAR 15th
12:00 The Migrant
1:00 Walker Lukens Music
2:00 Residual Kid
3:00 The Tontons
4:00 SPEAK
5:00 Megafauna
6:00 The Bright Light Social Hour
7:00 Sol Cat
8:00 Hydra Melody
9:00 DECORATOR
10:00 New York City Queens
11:00 Sleepy Kitty Music
12:00 Stardeath and White Dwarfs
1:00 Smoke and Feathers

Do512 The Big One
Do512 The Big One Peelander Yellow

Do512 The Big One

Do512 is the mothership for show listings in Austin. Since they know events so intimately, it makes sense they throw a great SXSW party. This year's is no exception. The line-up is stacked with great acts.

Headliner Gary Numan missed his last opportunity to play Austin (visa delays). He will appear at multiple parties throughout the music week. The Black Lips, Moon Taxi and Oberhofer are also on the schedule. See the full lineup and set times below.

Location: The Palm Door on Sixth St.

Date: March 15, 2014

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Set times:

12p - Spires
12:30p - Strange Talk
1:00p - Oberhofer
1:30p - Eagulls
2:10p - July Talk
2:40p - Black Lips
3:20p - Moon Taxi
4:00p - Gary Numan

Sailor Jerry House
Sailor Jerry House Sailor Jerry

Sailor Jerry House

Sailor Jerry has the right idea. Host a free, week-long party during SXSW music but skip the RSVP nonsense. In fact, the Sailor Jerry House at Gypsy Lounge will not give preferrential treatment to badge or wristband holders. It is first come, first serve with a bloody mary bar and free tattoos by artist Keith Underwood Wednesday through Saturday. Underwood's mentor learned from Norman "Sailor Jerry" Collins so there's an opportunity to get inked by a legacy tattooist. The only catch a wheel must be spun and your design will automatically be chosen from a variety of Sailor Jerry images. But if you love Sailor Jerry classics as much as we do, you will be pleased with your new body art.

Sailor Jerry has not announced the full week's schedule yet, but Saturday's lineup featuring Dum Dum Girls, Cosmonauts and Crazy Chief is already set in stone (see full schedule and set times below).

Location: Gypsy Lounge

Date(s): March 11-15

Set times for Saturday March 15:

6:00 – COSMONAUTS
5:00 - DUM DUM GIRLS
4:15 – CRAZY CHIEF
3:30 - CHEETAH CHROME
2:45 WHITE MYSTERY
2:00 – CREEPOID
1:15 – AMANDA X
12:30 – GROMS

Fader Fort
Fader Fort The Fader

Fader Fort

The Fader annually hosts one of the best unofficial SXSW events at the fort they build adjacent to Pine Street Station in East Austin. The RSVP list typically closes before music week begins (RSVP was still open as of today). Fader just began announcing artists to appear this week. Artists already revealed include Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz), Chromeo, Temples, The Orwells and lots more.

Location: Fader Fort (next to Pine Street Station)

Date(s): March 12-15

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Partial lineup:

Wednesday 3/12:
J-CUSH (DJ SET)
LIL BIBBY
BIPOLAR SUNSHINE
BRENMAR (DJ SET)
TEMPLES
SAGE THE GEMINI + HBK GANG
THE ORWELLS
GIRAFFAGE (DJ SET)
ISAIAH RASHAD
LONDON GRAMMAR
YG
LITTLE DRAGON

Thursday 3/13:
JIM-E STACK (DJ SET)
BUSCABULLA
100S
GLASS ANIMALS
KAYTRANADA (DJ SET)
CONNAN MOCKASIN
MAS YSA
NICK CATCHDUBS (DJ SET)
SAM SMITH
EAGULLS
THEOPHILUS LONDON
JEREMIH & SHLOHMO
CHROMEO

FRIDAY 3/14:
SAINT P**** (DJ SET)
FEATHERS
HAPPY JAWBONE FAMILY BAND
JEROME LOL (DJ SET)
VIC MENSA
THE BOTS
JOYWAVE
CYRIL HAHN (DJ SET)
YOUNG THUG

DAMON ALBARN
SPECIAL GUESTS

Waterloo Records Day Parties
Waterloo Records Day Parties Waterloo Records

Waterloo Records Day Parties

Another SXSW music week tradition is the free shows at Waterloo Records which is quite possibly the best independent record shop in the country. They do not require RSVP, badges or wristbands. Fans can simply show up (we recommend biking there) and see a ton a great bands. If there is something you really like hearing, then the opportunity to pick it up on vinyl or CD is as easy as wandering into the store.

The lineup is as good as ever with sets by Gary Numan, Tinariwen, Mobb Deep and Austin's own Wild Child. View the entire lineup and schedule below.

Location: Waterloo Records parking lot

Date(s): March 12-15, 2014

Full lineup and schedule:

DAY 1
12 PM - LA LUZ
1 PM - EX HEX
2 PM - SPEEDY ORTIZ
3 PM - HOSPITALITY
4 PM - WILD CHILD
5 PM - ROBERT ELLIS
6 PM - TONY JOE WHITE

DAY 2
12 PM - ALOE BLACC
1 PM - A GREAT BIG WORLD
2 PM - MARY LAMBERT
3 PM - CASH CASH
4 PM - THE ORWELLS
5 PM - GARY NUMAN
6 PM - CHARLI XCX

DAY 3
12 PM - SMALL BLACK
1 PM - TURIN BRAKES
2 PM - CATE LE BON
3 PM - PROTOMARTYR
4 PM - FRESH & ONLYS
5 PM - THE GROWL
6 PM - TINARIWEN

DAY 4
12 PM - THE 1975
1 PM - SKATERS
2 PM - RADKEY
3 PM - MOBB DEEP
4 PM - TALIB KWELI W/ RES
5 PM - TBA
6 PM - JAKE BUGG
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