TMT's SXSW Guide 2014 From NSPY and SPF420 to NFOP and K-POP

Year after year, SXSW Music continues to be a sprawling clusterfuck of fans, bands, and brands. It’s the absolute best/worst musical event on the globe, a conference so towering and all-enveloping that the city of Austin willingly transforms into a near-week-long circus of clashing sounds, long lines, and short sets. And yet, it consistently plays host to some of the most unique, indelible shows you’ll likely see.

This year, we’ve decided to compile some of our favorite official and unofficial showcases, day parties, and underground shows. Sure, there’ll be a slew of DIY shows and house parties that we’ll hear about while there, but it’s not our aim to be comprehensive. In fact, you’ll notice we didn’t include some of the bigger showcases, despite their solid lineups (for example, by Pitchfork, The FADER, and Red Bull Sound Select) and even limited ourselves to choosing just six events per day.

Therefore, this “guide” — compiled by Grant “Gumshoe” Purdum, Mukqs, Mike McHugh, Liz Louche, and Mr P — is really just a starting point for the SXSW bound, aimed at those of you who aren’t just going to the conference to witness Lil B at the Converse/Thrasher Death Match showcase or all seven Coachwhips reunion shows. <3


Heard showcase @ Empire Control Room & Garage
Machinedrum, Dam-Funk, Keys N Krates, James Supercave, Walker Lukens & The Side Arms, Holland Greco

Chicago Made showcase @ Red 7
Chance The Rapper, The Hood Internet, Archie Powell & The Exports, The Autumn Defense, Bonzie, My Gold Mask, ShowYouSuck, ProbCause

SPF420 x Imaginary Friends @ a private residence
Ryan Hemsworth, Giraffage, Anamanaguchi (DJ), Wave Racer, SAINT PEPSI, Beat Culture, Bear // Face, Different Sleep, Deebs, Spazzkid, & Tony Hawk Pro DJ
* This event is invite-only, but it will be broadcast at

K-Pop Night Out showcase @ Elysium
Jambinal, NELL, Kiha & the Faces, Crying Nut, IDIOTAPE, Jay Park, HyunA

Hometapes and Team Clermont showcase @ Trinity Hall @ Old School
Pontiak, Pattern is Movement, Leverage Models, Landlady, Spaceship Aloha (Chris Powell of Man Man) , Star Rover

@ The North Door
The Octopus Project, Sorne, Zorch, Holiday Mountain, Major Major Major, Hikes


Warp Records x LuckyMe showcase @ Empire Control Room & Garage
Empire Control: Cashmere Cat, Future Brown, Kelela, Jeremiah Jae, Obey City, Sophie, etc. / Control Room: DJ Rashad & DJ Spinn, Gobby, P Morris, James K, Mr Uno, etc.

Bruise Cruise @ Capital Cruises
Coachwhips, Kelley Stoltz, Destruction Unit, Arp / Mark McGuire, La Luz, Calvin Love, DUNE RATS

Relapse Records showcase @ Dirty Dog Bar
Nothing, Obliteration, Pyrrhon, Obliteration, Windhand, Christian Mistress, PRIMITIVE MAN

KCRW showcase @ Haven
Future Islands, Bear Hands, Sam Smith, Jamestown Revival, Kins, Glass Animals

@ Remedy
Sean Nicholas Savage, Wrekmeister Harmonies, B L A C K I E, Indian Jewelry, Shocked Minds, Cosmonauts, Dead Ghosts, Major Stars, Audacity, Tyvek

Burger Records SXSW Kickoff @ Trailer Space Records
Nalgadas, Party Plants, The Rebel Set, Lust Cats of the Gutters, HOTT MT, BOYTOY, The Rich Hands, Mr. Elevator & the Brain Hotel, The Lovely Bad Things, Pizza Time, White Mystery, Las Rosas, Froth, Vaadat Charigim, Boogarins, Cosmonauts, Habibi, Mozes and the Firstborn, Cherry Glazerr, Curtis Harding, The Garden, Gap Dream


Okayfuture x House of Marley Present Top Notch @ Hudson on Fifth
secret Teklife artist, Brenmar, Booty Fade, Falcons, Durkin, Brother In Arms, Top Notch & Bombon DJs

Resident Advisor showcase @ Elysium
Shlohmo, Machinedrum (performing Vapor City Live), Jacques Greene, DJ Spinn & DJ Rashad, Jessy Lanza, Lee Bannon, SETH, Rabit

Austin Psych Fest presents: Levitation Austin @ Hotel Vegas
Forest Swords, Mark McGuire, The Black Lips, Goastt, Entrance, La Luz, Young Magic, J Fernandez, Spires, Stardeath & White Dwarfs, Wytches, etc.

Carpark Records showcase @ The Parish Underground
SAINT PEPSI, Dylan Baldi (Cloud Nothings), Greys, GRMLN, Young Magic, TEEN, Speedy Ortiz, Cloud Nothings

Invisible Oranges showcase @ Quantum Lounge
Black Tusk, Mutoid Man, Kayo Dot, Yautja, Wild Throne, Venomous Maximus…

Ground Control showcase @ Red 7
Kurt Vile with Steve Gunn, Robert Ellis, The Felice Brothers, Gruff Rhys, Jonny Fritz


Northern Spy x Ba Da Bing! Records showcase @ Palm Door
Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger (Sean Lennon), NYMPH, DVA, Cross Record, Cloud Becomes Your Hand, Slothrust
* Exclusive guest mixes for TMT from Northern Spy and Ba Da Bing coming Wednesday!

Holodeck Records showcase @ Red 7
Survive, Ssleeperhold, Troller, Marie Davidson, Thousand Foot Whale Claw, Dylan C

Mexican Summer showcase @ Swan Dive
Connan Mockasin, No Joy, The Fresh & Onlys, Quilt, Happy Jawbone Family Band, Arp, Weyes Blood, Viet Cong

Madison House showcase @ Holy Mountain
Hieroglyphics, Mobb Deep, Blue Sky Black Death, Lindsay Lowend, First Light, A-Plus

Metalsucks South by South Death showcase @ Dirty Dog Bar
Animals as Leaders, After the Burial, Ringworm, Iron Reagan, Mutoid Man, Whores, East of the Wall…

Secretly Canadian showcase @ Red Eyed Fly
Tomas Barfod, Small Black, Mark McGuire, Angel Olsen, Gardens & Villa…


Sux by Suxwest 4 (Day 1) @ Romani Gallery
Crowhurst, Drums Like Machine Guns, Tyr/Slurr, Scant, Dromez, Breakdancing Ronald Reagan, Xome, Aunt’s Analog, Period Blood, Vasculae, Sickness, Stress Orphan, Twodeadsluts Onegoodfuck, Interracial Sex, NO DREAMS / SHARP TOOTH, Penchant, Disthroned Agony, Vibrating Garbage, Boar, Grandpa Lies Again, Anus Morissette, Bucket of Piss, Clang Quartet, Michael Amason, How I Quit Crack, Seaton XOXO, Arvo Zylo, T.E.F., Gym Mat Nap, Bollywood Life, Korperschwache

No Fear of Pop x ISO50 showcase @ Hype Hotel
Machinedrum (performing Vapor City Live), Jacques Greene, Cashmere Cat, Jessy Lanza, Tomas Barfod, The Range / DJ Sets: Joel Ford, Heathered Pearls, The-Drum

Castle Face Records Party #2 @ The Owl
Amplified Heat, Tacocat, Male Gaze, The Abigails, Digital Leather, Burnt Ones, Useless Eaters, POW!

Stones Throw showcase @ The North Door
Madlib (DJ set), Peanut Butter Wolf, Prince Paul, Knxledge, J. Rocc, Dam-Funk, Jonwayne, Pyramid Vitra, Kota Pop showcase @ 1100 Warehouse
A$AP Mob, Mobb Deep, Rich Homie Quan, Rocko, Young Scooter, Biggg Slim, Sonnie Carson, V.I.P, Jamel Castro, Clemm Rishad, Produkt, etc.

Switched On/Moog @ Elysium
Gary Numan, EMA, Feathers, Trust, Empress Of, Silk Rodeo


Sux by Suxwest 4 (Day 2) @ Romani Gallery
Total Abuse, Joshua Vance, Youthful Masturbation Techniques, Laundry Room Squelchers, Acid Trash, Myconids, Jason Crumer + Joseph Hammer, Richard Ramirez, Goat, Reptilian Sexual Predator, FFH, Ferveur Noire, Country Club, Dolores Dewberry, Zombie Bite, I Like You Go Home, Lovelord/Bonemagic, Whitey Alabastard, Dakota Hogback, Hell Garbage, FILTH, Ascites, Resin Cum, Power Monster, Yellow Paint Eater, Tigre Merde, Peasant, Death.Sick.Cunt, Edged Weapons

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