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The 15 Best SXSW Showcases To Attend This Week

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South by Southwest is officially a go. The nearly two-week-long festival and convention is in the middle of its film/interactive portion and gearing up for the tunes—aka the party to end all parties. A lot goes down in Austin during this time. New artists are discovered, some people get tattoos, others try their best at getting into showcases. Some will even wait for hours, in the rain, just to find out that the first come, first serve entry rule is a tough one to break. Regardless, you might as well know what's going on so you can plan, right? And by plan, we mean note the places your favorite artists are going to be at so you can follow along on Instagram, Twitter, or, you know, IRL. It's humanly impossible to make it to every show and party. We've learned this the hard way. So, to make life a little easier, here are the 15 showcases you'll definitely find us at this year. Say hey?

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What: Stubhub Music Experience

Where: Clive Bar, 609 Davis St., Austin, TX 78701

When: March 17-19, 2pm-12am

Who: BØRNS, The Cribbs, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, MS MR, The Dodos, MEW, Future Islands, The War On Drugs, Portugal. The Man, Surfer Blood, The Vaccines, The Mowgli’s


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What: FLOODfest

Where: Cedar St. Courtyard, 208 W. 4th St., Austin, TX 78701

When: March 16-19, 1pm-5pm

Who: Vince Staples, MSTRKRFT, Ra Ra Riot, Peaches, Hinds, The Range, TEEN, and more

How: SXSW Badges/RSVP

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What: Hype Hotel

Where: 1100 East 5th St.

When: March 17-21, 12pm - 1am

Who: Empress Of, Diet Cig, Hinds, AlunaGeorge, Kacy Hill, Negative Gemini, Charli XCX + SOPHIE, SBTKRT, Sunflower Bean, Lewis Del Mar, and more


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What: Republic Records Showcase

Where: Historic Scoot Inn, 1038 E.4th St., Austin, TX 78702

When: March 17 & 18, 12pm - midnight (2am on March 18)

Who: DNCE, Grace Mitchell, POWERS, The Score, and more

How: SXSW badge

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What: Urban Outfitters @ Space24Twenty

Where: Space24Twenty, 2420 Guadalupe St., Austin, TX 78705

When: March 16-19, 12pm-6pm

Who: Car Seat Headrest, Night Moves, Porches, The Range, Hinds, Sunflower Bean, Frankie Cosmos, Petite Noir

How: Free/All ages

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What: SPIN’s Day Party

Where: Stubb’s Bar-B-Q, 801 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701

When: March 18, 11am-5pm

Who: CHVRCHES, Deftones, Santigold, Bloc Party, Lissie, Vince Staples, D∆WN, White Lung, The Range, Lizzo, Teklife (DJ)


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What: Spotify House

Where: 1501 6th St., Austin, TX 78702

When: March 14-18, 9:30am - 6:15pm

Who: CHVRCHES, Miguel, Kacey Musgraves, The Kills, St. Lucia, AlunaGeorge, Lucius, Twin Peaks, Car Seat Headrest, Lukas Graham, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires (+ Hannibal Buress), DJ sets by Chromeo, Neon Indian

How: RSVP with Spotify account

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What: FADER Fort

Where: 1101 E. 5th St., Austin, TX 78702

When: March 16-19, noon - late

Who: Metro Boomin, Sheer Mag, Davido, N.A.A.F.I, Desiigner, Kamaiyah, and more

How: Guest list only

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What: House of Vans

Where: The Mohawk, 912 Red River St., Austin, TX 78701

When: March 17-21, 12pm - late

Who: Erykah Badu, Neon Indian, Kelela, Hinds, Kevin Morby, White Lung, Junglepussy


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What: Tumblr’s 79Cent Party

Where: Historic Scoot Inn, 1038 E.4th St., Austin, TX 78702

When: March 16 at 9pm

Who: Jhene Aiko, Empress Of, Ex Hex, Little Simz, Tacocat

How: Free/open and RSVP

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What: Pitchfork’s Day Parties

Where: Barracuda, 611 E 7th St., Austin, TX 78701

When: March 17-18, 12:40pm-5:15pm

Who: Neon Indian, Vince Staples, Chairlift, Anderson .Paak, Empress Of, D.R.A.M., D∆WN, Waxahatchee, Porches, Frankie Cosmos, White Lung, the Range, Mitski, Little Simz

How: Free/open

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What: Neon Gold Records Showcase

Where: Empire Control Room & Garage, 606 E 7th St., Austin, TX 78701

When: March 18, 7pm - late

Who: Muna, Oscar and the Wolf, Gryffin, Savoir Adore, and more

How: SXSW badge

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What: Bud Light Factory

Where: Brazos Hall, 204 E 4th St., Austin, TX 78701

When: March 16-19, 8pm-2am

Who: Yo Gotti, Bleachers, MisterWives, Anderson .Paak, Emily King, Rae Sremmurd, Big Grams (Big Boi + Phantogram)


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What: Stereogum Showcase (hosted by Bud Light)

Where: Brazos Hall, 204 E 4th St., Austin, TX 78701

When: March 16,  8pm-2am

Who: Chairlift, Twin Peaks, Lower Dens, A$AP Ferg, Into It. Over It., KING


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What: Samsung’s Galaxy Life Fest

Where: The Old Post Office, 567 San Antonio St., Austin, TX 78701

When: March 11-13, 7pm

Who: Sia, The Strokes, Elle King, Dan Auerbach’s The Arcs, ColleGrove (2 Chainz and Lil Wayne), Public Enemy

How: Only Galaxy device owners (ticketed, first come first serve)