Now in its 26th year, SXSW has built a reputation for providing a platform for new and relatively unknown acts, an opportunity to break through in front of music fans and industry folks, alike. Every year musical acts from around the world ascend upon Austin to showcase their talents before the fans. The week-long festival boasts music, film, and interactive conferences in Austin, Texas.
We've compiled our own list of must-attend events if you're in town, especially for all your hip-hop heads. For more info, visit SXSW.com.
Suburban Noize Presents: Mickey Avalon - RSVP HERE
8pm - 2am @ Club 606 (aka Bandpage HQ), 604-606 East 7th Street
BandPage HQ will be a destination for all industry professionals during SXSW. It kicked off on March 9th and runs through March 18th. Located right in the heart of Downtown Austin, BandPage HQ features 13,000 square feet including 3 stages, multiple bars, a large outdoor patio and private VIP space for meetings and reception. On March 14th, Mickey Avalon takes the stage, with opening performances by Blaqstarr, Kosha Dillz, Na Palm, and Soul Kahn, among others.
The FADER FORT Sessions - RSVP HERE
All Week @ Nokia Lab
The FADER FORT will host four evenings of teaser performances at the Nokia Lab during SXSW Interactive. The Nokia Lab, a massive dome, will feature DJ sets and performances from a slew of dope artists, and will be open to all Interactive badge holders.
Below is the ones you wanna see:
Wed (March 14) - Santigold, 2 Chainz, Young L, Danny Brown + more
Thursday (March 15) -Big K.R.I.T, Fidlar, Zola Jesus, Gary Clark Jr. + more
Friday (March 16) - Action Bronson, The-Dream, Blood Orange, Kendrick Lamar/Black Hippy + more
Crooks & Castles SXSW - RSVP HERE
6pm - 2am @ Six Lounge, 117 West 4th Street
Streetwear vets, Crooks & Castles, invades Austin for their first SXSW event. Taking place on Thursday (March 15), the Crooks showcase will feature "The Super 7 DJs" -- including DJ Jayceeoh, DJ Fashen, Steve1der (LA), DJ Bonics (PA), Eh! Team DJs (DJ Hedspin, DJ Pump, and DJ Illo) (Canada), Benzi (MI), RiskOne (SF), and The Freshest (DJ Marvel & DJ Seko) (VAN).
S.O.TERIK Presents: Now.Art! Take ((P)) Art Showcase - RSVP HERE
2pm - 1am @ Clive Bar, 609 Davis St.
While the S.O.TERIK Showcase at SXSW will go from Thursday (March 15) until Saturday (March 17), we suggest you visit on Thursday, because the Top Dawg Entertainment camp will be taking over, including ScHoolboy Q, Ab Soul, Jay Rock, and Kendrick Lamar. Below is the full schedule
- PAPA (2:00pm)
- Kimbra (3:00pm)
- Chet Faker (4:00pm)
- Kids These Days (5:00pm)
- Idle Warship (6:00pm)
- Ab-Soul (10:00pm) — Badges Only
- Schoolboy Q (10:30pm) — Badges Only
- Jay Rock (11:00pm) — Badges Only
- Kendrick Lamar (11:45pm) — Badges Only
Mass Appeal 2012 SXSW Showcase - RSVP HERE
7pm - 1am @ Kung Fu Saloon, 510 Rio Grande Street
Mass Appeal Magazine is back and making noise at the infamous, Austin Texas-based tech/music/culture mega-fest SXSW. Their showcase features Mobb Deep and Raekwon as headliners, while other performers include: Curren$y, Mr. MFN Exquire, Gangrene (Alchemist & Oh Ho), Huson Mohawke, Nneka, Ninjasonik, Bad Rabbits, and DJ Jayceeoh.
No badge is required to attend. RSVP via RSVP@MassAppeal.com.
In celebration of Mass Appeal's return, Decon and Karmaloop have paired up with Mick Boogie to present the official Mass Appeal SXSW Showcase Mixtape, featuring artists who will be gracing the Mass Appeal stage. Download it at Soundcloud.com.
The Pitchfork Day Party - RSVP HERE
12pm - 6pm @ The Mohawk
The line-up at the Pitchfork showcase is just dope. Our faves include El-P, who recently announced that his long overdue, new solo project, Cancer For Cure, is due May 22; and 2012 XXL Freshman Class honoree, Danny Brown. Below is the full line-up:
- The War on Drugs
- Danny Brown
- Cloud Nothings
- Youth Lagoon
- Trash Talk
- Lower Dens
- Peaking Lights
- Cities Aviv
- Mikal Cronin
Amalgam Digital Presents: Leaders Of The New Cool - RSVP HERE
1pm - 7pm @ Deco Lounge, 408 Congress Ave.
We're unsure how you RSVP, but the digital music label is boasting a nice line-up of performers. Hosted by Marcus MD and Tayo of the Marcus and Tayo show on KVRX Austin, the show will boasts performances from Skeme, Jon Connor, the LEP Bogus Boys, PUSH! Montana, and others.
Admission is free, so just show up.
2012 Audible Treats Showcase - RSVP HERE
8pm - 2am @ Kiss N Fly, 404 Colorado St.
Lifestyle/entertainment marketing firm Audible Treats is bringing their showcase to SXSW for the third year. The show will feature a mix of hip-hop's most lauded acts, including co-headliners Souls of Mischief and Talib Kweli, along with Georgia Anne Muldrow & Dudley Perkins, Moe Green, A.Dd+, L.E.P. Bogus Boys, Roach Gigz, Andre Nickatina, SL Jones, and THEESatisfaction.
As an official SXSW-sponsored showcase all badge and wristband holders will be admitted for free.
"SX provides a great platform for fans and industry insiders alike to witness live shows of dozens of up-and-coming artists before the rest of the world," said Audible Treats President Michelle McDevitt. "We're looking forward to giving this year's attendees another sneak peak at the new class of emerging talent."
The Vibe House - RSVP HERE
8pm - 2am @ Kiss & Fly, 404 Colorado St.
Cashmere Agency, VIBE Magazine and MMXLII team up again for their annual SXSW Vibe House. The showcase actually runs on two nights, Friday (March 16) and Saturday (March 17), so make sure to attend at least one evening because it's definitely a must-see.
Friday's showcase will be AllHipHop.com's Breeding Ground, featuring headliner Mystikal, and other acts such as Big K.R.I.T., Smoke DZA, Don Trip, and Trae Tha Truth, among others. Saturday's show will be the Respect The West showcase, featuring Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock and Ab Soul, Nipsey Hussle, Dom Kennedy, Pac Div, Strong Arm Steady, and others.
If you can't make it, that's ok, The VIBE House will also stream live via Livestream, so fans around the world can tune-in to watch the entire show, exclusive at livestream.com/vibehousesxsw.
Duck Down VS Blacksmith SXSW Showcase - MORE INFO
8pm - 2am @ La Zona Rosa, 612 West 4th Street
Presented by two independent labels with a lot of talent, the Duck Down/Blacksmith showcase at SXSW will be epic. Just look at the line-up. No RSVP, SXSW badge holders enter for free. All ages welcome.
- Talib Kweli w/ live band
- Pharoahe Monch
- Jean Grae
- Mr. MFN eXquire
- Bad Rabbits
- Iron Solomon
- Vince Staples & Michael Uzi
- The Famous Mr. Nobodys
Mtn Dew's Green Label Sound SXSW Showcase - MORE INFO
8pm - 2am @ Club Deville, 900 Red River
Following last year's line-up of Chromeo, The Cool Kids, Mac Miller, Classixx, and Theophilus London and another three late nights, Green Label Sounds returns with their official SXSW Showcase. this year with headliners Mac Miller and Three 6 Mafia's Juicy J.
Fans can also tag #GLSSXSW on Instagram and showcase attendees will be able to print their images to take-home.
It's 21 and over, and admission based on capacity. Below is the schedule/line-up:
- Flosstradamus, 9PM
- Star Slinger, 10PM
- RAC, 11PM
- Mac Miller, Midnight
- Juicy J, 1AM
GZA (Wu-Tang Clan) Official SXSW Showcase - SXSW.com
8pm - 2am @ Haven, 409 Colorado.
GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan will make his return to SXSW on Saturday (March 17), however this time he will be backed by Grammy Award-winning band Grupo Fantasma (Brownout).
Performers also include east coast hardcore veterans M.O.P., as well as Curren$y's Jet Life crew (Trademark Da Skydiver, Young Roddy, Sir Michael Rocks of The Cool Kids, Fiend, Cornerboy P & Street Wiz), Marz Lovejoy, Flatbush Zombies, T. Mills, Airplane Boys, Mod Sun and DJ Statik Selektah.
Workaholics House Party - RSVP HERE
1pm - 11pm @ Icenhauer's, 83 Rainey St.
The cast of Comedy Central's Workaholics gets down at They invite fans to the WORKAHOLICS HOUSE PARTY to hang out, PARTY, listen to live music, PARTY, play games, PARTY and interact one-on-one with the stars of the show.
RSVP is actually closed. However, the House will be open to walk-ups based on venue capacity. Check the line-up below:
- Party Supplies (1:45pm)
- A House for Lions (2:30pm)
- Youngblood Hawke (3:15pm)
- Reptar (4:15pm)
- Chuck Inglish (5:00pm)
- Statik Selektah (6:35pm)
- The Cool Kids (7:35pm)
- Trash Talk (8:35pm)
- Curren$y (9:15pm)
- Freddie Gibbs (10:05pm)
- Wavves (11:00pm)
Spin's Austin Throwdown - (Follow @spinsxsw for details)
12pm - 6pm @ Stubb's
Definitely a dope line-up. See below:
- Santigold (Outside)
- Best Coast (Outside)
- The Big Pink (Outside)
- Chairlift (Outside)
- Escort (Outside)
- Spoek Mathambo (Outside)
- Big K.R.I.T. (Inside)
- G-Side (Inside)
- Main Attrakionz (Inside)
- Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire (Inside)
- Dionvox (Inside)
Red Bull THRE3STYLE - RSVP HERE
7pm - 2am @ 8th and Trinity
"Come watch Z-Trip and a star-studded line-up will throw down the best party-rockin' sets designed to get your feet moving and bring the house down," Red Bull says of the party.
Below is the line-up
- Z-Trip (with Special Guest)
- Erykah Badu feat. Teh Cannabinoids
- DJ Jazzy Jeff
- Dan the Automator
- DJ Hedspin
- Big Once
MWTX - RSVP HERE
@ 1100 E. 5th St. (Thurs-Sat 12pm-6pm)
We're not familiar with all the acts playing here, but fans will definitely not wanna mixx A$AP Rocky, who performs a 40-minute set starting at 5pm.
O.H. Goldenrod - RSVP HERE
12pm - 6pm @ Red Eyed Fly, 715 Red River Street
The free event, presented by The Wick & The Well, Seaport Music Festival & The Village Voice, boasts a full day of performances on two stages. This is one that should be fun. NY's Emilio Rojas is taking the stage, as well as Boston rapper J The S, Killer Mike, and Philly's Freeway, among others.
Below is the line-up:
- Laws (Outdoor)
- Inky Jack (Outdoor)
- J The S (Outdoor)
- American Royalty (Outdoor)
- Au Palais (Outdoor)
- Emilio Rojas (Outdoor)
- The Young (Outdoor)
- Freeway (Outdoor)
- Bleached (Outdoor)
- Killer Mike (Outdoor)
- Class Actress (Outdoor)
- The Will Destroy US DJs (Indoor)
- Family Band (Indoor)
- Dustin Wong (Indoor)
- Psychic Ills (Indoor)
- Amen Dunes (Indoor)
- R. Stevie Moore (Indoor)
- M.A.K.U. Soundsystem (Indoor)