DT Guide: Best free music events every day at SXSW

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  • Monday, March 16
  • Spotify House
  • Where: 901 E. Sixth St.
  • Time: 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Age restrictions: 21+
  • Lineup: Run the Jewels, Ryan Hemsworth, The Vaccines, Buraka Som Sistema, Speedy Ortiz
  • Spotify is bringing you six days of different artists, kicking off Sunday with James Davis followed by others, including Conrad and Stromae. 
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  • Birds Barbershop
  • Where: 1107 E. Sixth St.
  • Time: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Age restrictions: All ages
  • Grab a free beer, get a haircut and watch a live stream of the Fader Fort party at Birds Barbershop.
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  • Manic Monday
  • Where: Red 7
  • Time: 4 p.m. to 12 a.m.
  • Age restrictions: 21+
  • Lineup: Wooden Wisdom, East India Youth, Son Lux, Real Estate
  • Doors open at 3:30 p.m. for this first-come, first-served venue. T.G.I. Friday’s will provide free appetizers and snacks.
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  • Music Tech Fest
  • Where: Swan Dive
  • Time: 6:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.
  • Age restrictions: 21+
  • Lineup: The Octopus Project, Chipper Jones, Resonant Frequency, CAPYAC
  • After the Music Tech Fest shows, attendees have the opportunity to hangout and potentially meet some of the band members for selfies and autographs. 
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  • Tuesday, March 17
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  • Hype Hotel
  • Where: Fair Market
  • Time: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Age restrictions: 21+
  • Lineup: Spoon, Odesza, Rae Sremmurd, Hudson Mohawke
  • This five-day lineup is all about celebrating 10th anniversary of Hype Machine, a website dedicated to music blogging.
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  • Colorado Music Party
  • Where: The 512 on Sixth Street
  • Time: 3 p.m. to 1:55 a.m.
  • Age restrictions: 21+
  • Lineup: Indigenous Robot, Robby Wicks Band, RipRats, Ben Marshal
  • Music industry entities will put on Colorado Music Party from the Centennial State itself. More than 30 bands hailing from Colorado will play. 
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  • She Shreds
  • Where: Spider House Cafe & Ballroom
  • Time: 8 p.m.
  • Age restrictions: All ages
  • Lineup: The Ghost Wolves, Megafauna, The Shivas, Bobby Jealousy,
  • Spider House Cafe, known for its variety and poetry slams, will host bands on the mellow side of the music spectrum. 
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  • Music Tech Mashup
  • Where: Empire
  • Time: TBA
  • Age restrictions: 21+
  • Lineup: Shakey Graves, Gary Clark Jr., Tuxedo, Tokimonsta, Hikes
  • Hosted at Empire, Music Tech Mashup’s lineup of this venue features more than 20 bands. The official times have not yet been released.
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  • Wednesday, March 18
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  • The Pitchfork Parties
  • Where: House of Vans at the Mohawk
  • Time: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Age restrictions: None
  • Lineup: Rae Sremmurd, Courtney Barnett, Torres, Speed Ortiz, Steve Gunn
  • Located at the House of Vans at the Mohawk, The Pitchfork Parties will be using an indoor and outdoor stage. It sounds overwhelming, but, this way, you can get the most of your music experience. 
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  • Ray-Ban x Boiler Room 006
  • Where: TBA
  • Time: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
  • Age restrictions: 21+
  • Lineup: Kaytranada, Madlib, Ghostface Killah, Shash’u, BadBadNotGood
  • If hip-hop, rap and R&B are your thing, come check out Kaytranada, Madlib and Ghostface Killah at this late night concert for the night owls.
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  • Pandora Discovery Den
  • Where: 708 E. Sixth St.
  • Time: 2 p.m. 
  • Age Restirctions: 21+
  • Lineup: Elliphant, Peking Duk, Halsey, Odesza, Lolawolf, Robert Delong, Griz, Gorgon City, Cazzette
  • Each day, Pandora Discovery Den has a different genre. Electronic artist populate Wednesday’s lineup. Both electronic-duo Odesza and Robert DeLong head to Austin from the Pacific Northwest.
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  • Monster Energy Outbreak House
  • Where: Antone’s
  • Time: 8 p.m.
  • Age restrictions: 21+
  • Lineup: Riff Raff, Nova Rockafeller, BIC
  • Wednesday is college night at the Monster Energy Outbreak House, featuring Houston rapper Riff Raff. Similar to Pandora Discovery Den, the different nights have different genres.
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  • Thursday, March 19
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  • Hard Rock Cafe: Culture Collide at Container
  • Where: Container Bar
  • Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Age restrictions: 21+
  • Lineup Thursday: Twin Peaks, The Cribs, Diwan Saz, Skyroads
  • Hard Rock has an amazing lineup starting Wednesday and running through Saturday. Come hear some of the best DJ sets from around the world, with performers from the U.K., New Zealand and a lot in between.
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  • FLOODfest
  • Where: Cedar Street Courtyard
  • Time: TBA
  • Age restrictions: 21+
  • Lineup: Courtney Barnett, The Ting Tings, Years & Years, The Vaccines
  • FLOODfest’s first year at SXSW will feature some of the biggest festival names, such as Spoon and Run the Jewels. 
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  • The Yard
  • Where: La Barbecue
  • Time: 12 p.m to 7 p.m.
  • Age restrictions: All ages
  • Lineup: Chelsea Lankes, Gemini Club, Spirit Animal, Genevieve
  • An outdoor music showcase in the heart of Austin’s top barbecue spots, La Barbecue. Not only is there free food, but free drinks as well. Follow its Twitter @itstheyard for more updates.
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  • DoStuff and Pabst Blue Ribbon: DOxPBR
  • Where: The Scoot Inn
  • Time: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Age restrictions: 21+
  • Lineup: Elliphant, Ice Age, Georgrapher, Of Montreal, Dirty Birds
  • Wu-Tang Clan members Raekwon and Ghostface Killah are headlining and kicking off the start to a great show. They are also hosting a crawfish boil, along with screen-printed tees.
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  • Friday, March 20
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  • SPIN at Stubb’s
  • Where: Stubb’s
  • Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Age restrictions: 21+
  • Lineup: Run the Jewels, Twin Shadow, Earl Sweatshirt, Kate Boy, Viet Cong
  • The 13th annual SXSW day party at Stubb’s is sure to be a good one — with a two-stage venue and top names in all genres of music, such as hip-hop, electro-pop and post-punk. Here’s another chance to see Run the Jewels if you miss FLOODfest.
  • Windish Agency Day Party
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  • Where: The Mohawk
  • Time: 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Age restrictions: 21+
  • Lineup: Alvvays, Odesza, Wolf Alice, Juce, Cathedrals, Lido
  • Here you will find some of the best in rising indie bands. With an inside and outside stage, you will find an awesome band playing wherever you go. 
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  • Quantum Collective Southwest Invasion
  • Where: Whole Foods Market
  • Time: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Age restrictions: All ages
  • Lineup: The Zombies, Big Data, Sheepdogs, X Ambassadors, of Verona
  • What’s better than a rooftop party? Quantum Collective is hosted on the Whole Foods Rooftop Plaza. It is free for all ages and features over 30 different artists.
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  • Republic Records
  • Where: 907 Congress Ave.
  • Time:6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Age restrictions: 21+
  • Lineup: Dotan, The Mowgli’s, Charles Hamilton
  • Republic hosts a full day of music with DJ sets getting the party started. There will be plenty of food and drinks available. 
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  • Saturday, March 21
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  • Fun Fun Fun
  • Where: The Mohawk
  • 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Age restrictions: 21+
  • Lineup: The Blind Shake, Thee Oh Sees, The Outfit, Lust For Youth
  • House of Vans is presenting a full-day party event that does not run on an RSVP system — but a first-come, first-served rule. 
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  • Antiquiet
  • Where: Clive Bar
  • Time:12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Age restrictions: 21+
  • Lineup: Cancer Bats, Unlocking the Truth, B. Dolan, Death Valley Girls
  • Not only is there a great lineup of free music at this show, but there will also be free pizza. Visit their page to watch a recap of their showcase from last year.
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  • Beat Haus
  • Where: Voodoo Room
  • Time: 7 p.m.
  • Age restrictions: 21+
  • Lineup: Just Blaze, Nadus, Dave Luxe, El Blanco Nino, Bassbear
  • Serato, the world’s leader in DJ software, is giving away a sweepstakes prize in software supplies. If you have ever been interested in producing your own beats, make sure you’re here to get your chance to enter your name.
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  • LiveVibe: Party In My Pants
  • Where: Little Woodrow’s
  • Time: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Age restrictions: 21+
  • Lineup: Bobby, Hey Marseilles, Tameca Jones, Mini Mansions, Smallpools
  • LiveVibe: Party In My Pants features a kicking 18-band lineup. If you’re not ready to leave the party after that last band on Saturday, you’re in luck. Little Woodrow’s will host an after-party.