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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