SXSBest: How to have fun without a badge

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The Daily Texan compiled a list of the best music events at SXSW that do not require a badge to get in.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12

Pitchfork Day Party

When: 12 p.m.

Where: French Legation Museum

Who: DJ Rashad + DJ Spinn, Speedy Ortiz, The Range, Ex Hex, Perfect Pussy, Cashmere Cot, Coachwhips, Protomartyr

Age Restrictions: All Ages

The first Pitchfork Day Party is half ‘90s-inspired indie and punk rock and half electronic acts who never come through Austin.

Under the Radar SXSW Party

When: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Where: Flamingo Cantina

Who: EMA, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Future Islands, Connan Mockasin

Age Restrictions: Not Listed

Under the Radar will be throwing parties Wednesday through Friday at Flamingo Cantina, but with appearances from indie pop act The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Future Islands, the first day boasts the strongest lineup.

Consequence of Sound Cosigns Day Party

When: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Where: Hype Hotel

Who: Against Me!, Wye Oak, Albert Hammond Jr., Hospitality, Together Pangea

Age Restrictions: 21+

Here’s a chance to see Against Me!, who just released the excellent album Transgender Dysphoria Blues, for free alongside some of the better indie rock acts — including Strokes lead guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. — who are attending SXSW.

Red Bull Sound Select

When: 8 p.m.

Where: The Belmont

Who: Earl Sweatshirt, Lil Herb, Thurz

Age Restrictions: 21+

This is the only opportunity to see Earl Sweatshirt, the young rapper from Odd Future, play a free show during SXSW. This is also the first time in Austin since Doris, his most recent album, came out. Make sure to RSVP to get in.

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 13

Pitchfork Day Party

When: 12 p.m.

Where: French Legation Museum

Who: Fucked Up, Lunice, Mutual Benefit, Isaiah Rashad, Kelela, Classixx, Future Island, Eagulls

Age Restrictions: All Ages

Day two of Pitchfork’s free parties focuses more on hip-hop and R&B with Lunice, Isaiah Rashad and Kelela. Expect dance parties with Cassixx and insane mosh pits with Fucked Up as well.

Stereogum Day Party

When: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Where: Mohawk

Who: Cloud Nothings, Fucked Up, Speedy Ortiz, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Perfect Pussy, Ema, Mutual Benefit, Chloe Howl

Age Restrictions: All Ages

Here is where you can see most of the indie rock acts playing SXSW in one location. This might be the most impressive lineup of the day.

Jumpstart 2014

When: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Where: Side Bar

Who: Diarrhea Planet with Melissa Etheridge, The Midgetmen, Big Ups, Upset, Potty Mouth, Solids, Connections

Age Restrictions: All Ages

The Midgetmen, a local rock band, harassed Melissa Etheridge enough that she agreed to play with them at their annual SXSW party.

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 14

Ground Control Touring Day Party

When: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Where: Beerland

Who: Power Trip, Touche Amore, Trash Talk, Bl’ast!, Vulgar Display

Age Restrictions: 21+

The collections of hardcore bands include the classic California hardcore act Bl’ast! alongside contemporaries such as Power Trip and Trash Talk. This one could get violent.

A.V. Club Day Party

When: 12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Where: Blackheart Bar

Who: Bob Mould, Wye Oak, Speedy Ortiz, Eagulls

Age Restrictions: 21+

Here’s a great chance to see legendary rocker Bob Mould of Husker Du & Sugar for free along with some great indie rock acts.

Spotify House

When: 12 p.m.

Where: 901 E. 6th St.

Who: Real Estate, Vance Joy, The Districts

Age Restrictions: 21+

Real Estate’s latest album, Atlas, is incredible, and this is your best bet at catching them for free.

Austin Party Weekend

When: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Where: Empire Garage & Control Room

Who: Fucked Up, Power Trip, Destruction Unit, Classixx, Sophie, Cashmere Cat

Age Restrictions: 21+

One of the best events of Friday features a slew of punk and hardcore acts in one room complemented by breakthrough electronic producers in the other room. While the two genres might not mix perfectly, there’s plenty of great bands playing.

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 15

KVRXplosion

When: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Where: Farewell Books

Who: Speedy Ortiz, Grass is Green, Each Other, Psychic Teens, Pale Hound

Age Restrictions: All Ages

UT’s student-run radio station’s day party features a group of ‘90s-inspired indie rock acts. It is headlined by the always entertaining Speedy Ortiz, who sound like Pavement and Dinosaur Jr., and is amazing.

Thrasher X Converse Death Match

When: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Where: Scoot Inn

Who: Lil B, Perfect Pussy, Destruction Unit

Age Restrictions: All Ages

The almighty Based God is coming to play this party in a rare and blessed appearance. Lil B shows are less rap concerts than spiritual revivals, and this is one you don’t want to miss.

Rayban x Boiler Room

When: 8 p.m.

Where: TBA

Who: Four Tet, Julio Basmore, Omar S, Tinashe, DJ Mustard and more

Age Restrictions: All Ages

Last year, this party featured rare appearances by Death Grips and Mount Kimbie, and was one of the most innovative SXSW experiences of the year. This year, they’ve already confirmed exclusive performances by great electronic producers like Four Tet, and this will surely be one of the best parties to attend.

Red Bull Sound Select 4 Days in Austin

When: 8 p.m.

Where: The Belmont

Who: Danny Brown, Lucki Ecks, A.Dd+

Age Restrictions: 21+