We shared our top-20 SXSW picks two weeks ago, which is definitely a hard task with how many great bands are in Austin this week. Today, we look at some bands to see as well as some very awesome day and night showcases that you do not want to miss. We decided on a few choice bands in the evening to check out if you are a skipper that goes from show to show and also some key evening showcases in case you are a camper that chooses one showcase in the evening and sticks to it.

The day shows honestly are the best. They usually are not as crowded (unless you are at the Fader Fort, which this year is by e-mail invite only) and then it’s an insane line to wait in. There are many options during the day and no shortage of great bands to see. We have one song listed so this does not become a massive post. We also only listed places where you actually might get in – many of the bigger names that have showcases are by invite only or require special SXSW credentials.


Tuesday typically does not have too many day shows to start as this is the first day of the official music festival. Wednesday to Saturday is where most day shows are concentrated. The Spotify House prevails, though, with a great day line-up that gets you started early in the morning. Spotify House is 21+ and by RSVP only unless you have a wristband or badge. The Spotify House is located at 901 E. 6th Street Austin, TX 78702

12:00pm VÉRITÉ

1:00pm BØRNS

2:30pm Ryn Weaver

3:30pm Gorgon City

5:00pm Odesza


It is a tie between Hype Hotel and House of Vans/Transmission Events showcase. We will be at Hype Hotel Tuesday night. Hype Hotel is RSVP only for day shows – so badges/wristbands are required for night shows and there will be a queue, so arrive early. Hype Hotel is located at 1100 East 5th Street.

House of Vans has no RSVP, but badges/wristbands have priority. There will be limited GA tickets available to purchase at the door – and another one to arrive early to. The Mohawk is at 912 Red River Street (at 10th Ave) in Austin.


8:00pm Parlour Tricks

9:00pm Amason

10:00pm San Fermin

11:00pm Milo Greene

12:00am Odesza (See Above)

1:00am Spoon


8:00pm Ryley Walker

9:00pm Steve Gunn

10:00pm Torres

11:00pm Waxahatchee

12:00am Speedy Ortiz

1:00am Angel Olsen


Here is a list of great bands for the “skippers”. This is if you have a wristband/badge and you like to go from place to place trying to catch great bands even though there is a chance you might end up being turned away due to the venue being at capacity.

7:45pm – 8:15pm SPEAK* – Empire Garage

8:50pm – 9:30pm Paperhaus  – Bungalow

10:30pm – 11:00pm Gengahr* at Transgressive Records Showcase – Buffalo Billiards

11:00pm – 11:40pm The Sour Notes – Cheer Up Charlie’s

12:00am – 12:40am Max Frost* – Parish

12:00am – 12:50am Catfish and the Bottlemen*  – Latitude 30

12:30am – 1:30am Gary Clark, Jr* – Empire Garage

1:00am – 1:50am The Last Year – Red Eyed Fly


5:30pm – Skinny Lister – BD Riley’s

9:00pm – Ned and The Dirt – Nomad Bar


*These shows note badges and wristbands only for the night showcases.

You can find the full music schedule here or download the SXSW app as well.


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