SXSW 2013 Guide – In Person and on the Web

Can’t make it to SXSW?
Think it’s overpriced but still want to bask in the music…
….tired of music media (or your jobless friends attending) rubbing in your face that you’re not there, and feeling left out?

All this week fans are streaming and discussing the best of SXSW on the web – including webcast performances by The Flaming Lips, Surfer Blood, Frightened Rabbit; and audio streams of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Iron & Wine, The Zombies, Robyn Hitchcock, Allah-Las, Sonic Youth spin-off Chelsea Light Moving, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and others.

Updates on all of the above, daily downloads and more will be posted at The Future Heart’s Virtual SXSW on facebook.

Video Webcasts

The Warner Sound is broadcasting three nights of their SXSW showcases at Belmont Austin, March 12-14 on youtube/thewarnersound, with Billboard as the official media partner for all events.  The Flaming Lips will headline the final night (rumored to feature their Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots album), which also features Alt-J, The Joy Formidable, Frightened Rabbit, and others.  This is the first of the Lips’ two SXSW performances.  The full Warner Sound webcast schedule is below:

Tuesday, March 12
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: 12:10 – 1am
Action Bronson: 11:25 – 11:55pm
Rockie Fresh: 10:35 – 11:15pm
Icona Pop: 9:40 – 10:20pm
Blondfire: 9:00 – 9:25pm
Charli XCX: 8:25 – 8:50pm
Sirah: 8:00 – 8:15pm
Alex English (DJ): 7:15-8:00pm

Wednesday, March 13
Paramore: 12:10 – 1am
Tegan and Sara: 11:05 – 11:45pm
twenty | one | pilots: 10:10 – 10:40pm
The Rubens: 9:20 – 9:50pm
Skaters: 8:40 – 9:05pm
Kitten: 8:00 – 8:25pm
Omri S. Quire (DJ): 7:15 – 8:00pm

Thursday, March 14
The Flaming Lips: 12:45 – 1:30am
Alt-J: 11:40pm – 12:20am
The Joy Formidable: 10:45 – 11:25pm
Frightened Rabbit: 9:50 – 10:20pm
Atlas Genius: 9:10 – 9:40pm
Surfer Blood: 8:30 – 8:55pm
Guards: 8:00 – 8:20pm
Chris Douridas (DJ): 7:15 – 8:00pm

In addition to Warner Sound, Doritos will host interactive shows on their #BoldStage from Thursday, March 14th through Saturday the 16th.  Their special design allows fans anywhere in the world to control the smoke and lasers on the stage, and vote on the setlists – all via twitter.  The shows will be streamed on Doritos’ Facebook page and on the smartphone Doritos360app.  Check out the Friday line-up to the left….

It looks like interactive social media outreach is the growing trend for SXSW:

Finally Consequence of Sound’s Rock It Out Blog will post coverage from the festival on YouTube, including interviews with Wayne Coyne and others…

Live Concert Audio Streams

NPR will stream their showcase featuring Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, a very exclusive Yeah Yeah Yeahs show (playing songs from the forthcoming Mosquito) and others on March 13th.

Here’s the link to stream. Here’s the schedule (cst).  Dig:
7:45 pm Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
9:10 pm Waxahatchee
10:00 pm Cafe Tecvba
10:40 pm Youth Lagoon
11:00 pm Yeah Yeah Yeahs
12 am Le1f
12:30 am Alt-J

Seattle’s KEXP is broadcasting shows live from Austin daily.  Artists include Thurston Moore’s new group Chelsea Light Moving, Iron & Wine, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Billy Bragg, Allah-Las, Robyn Hitchcock, Telekinesis and The Zombies.  The complete schedule is below (all times are CST):

Wednesday, March 13
11:30am Robyn Hitchcock
1:30pm Allah-Las
3:30pm Bleeding Rainbow
5:30pm Unknown Mortal Orchestra
7:30pm Palma Violets

Thursday, March 14
11:30am Billy Bragg
1:30pm Chelsea Light Moving
3:30pm Iron & Wine
5:30pm Ólafur Arnalds
7:30pm  TBA

Friday, March 15
11:30am TBA
1:30pm  Telekinesis
3:30pm Jovanotti
5:30pm Gliss
7:30pm Turtle Giant

Saturday, March 16
2:00pm The Zombies
4:00pm TBA
6:00pm Parquet Courts
7:30pm Wild Cub

Look for the “listen live” links on

Conference Streams

In addition to the music broadcasts, official livestream keynote presentations are updated at each day, allowing those not at the festival to stream the discussions live (and in many cases even tweet questions using a specified hashtag).  The most notable of these is Dave Grohl’s March 14th keynote address streaming on NPR noon est.

Free Promo Music

For some fans SXSW isn’t about the performances so much as a way to find their next favorite band. will help to that end: it’s offering the most massive MP3 sampler of 2013 SXSW artists – 1,210 of them.  The 7.39 GB download includes all music in the free preview streams on  According to,This thing makes the round each year — first as an official act of the festival, and now as something that happens on a volunteer basis. But it does appear to be somewhat sanctioned by the festival and, one imagines, the bands whom it promotes.” The torrents from previous years are still available as well.  Download songs from virtually every artist who has played SXSW since 2005 in the yearly torrents here.

If Spotify is more ya thang, numerous sites have created playlists of acts playing SXSW 2013.  Check out dozens of artists that might break at this year’s fest via Rolling Stone, Mashable, Entertainment Weekly, or Digital Trends.

…and if you’re in Austin

If you are lucky enough to be in Austin, check out these events:

Flaming Lips will headline a FREE show with Jim James and Divine Fits on Town Lake Stage at Auditorium Shores on Friday, March 15th (gates open at 3:30 pm).  This is in addition to the Lips show the night before (mentioned above in the webcast section, and the film premier the night before that, mentioned below).  Additionally, Wayne Coyne will join HOTT MT’s performance at the Manimal Showcase on Saturday, March 16th, according to Spin.  When the Lips last played SXSW in 2006 Wayne climbed inside his space bubble and memorably lead a procession – including Santa Claus and an alien – down Austin’s historic 6th Street …
…followed by the band’s set, one of the “Top 10 Music-Festival Moments” in rock history according to Time Magazine.  Point being: expect the unexpected….

Before his show with the Lips, Jim James will headline Aquarium Drunkard’s showcase at Hype Hotel on Wednesday, March 13th featuring Phosphorescent, Foxygen and others.  Likewise, Foxygen, Phosphorescent, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and others will play Secretly Canadian/Jagjaguwar/Dead Oceans’ showcase at Red 7 Patio on Thursday, March 14th and Unknown Mortal Orchestra play with Wavves and more at Scoot Inn on Wednesday, March 13th.  Secretly Canadian/Jagjaguwar/Dead Oceans’ day party at Red 7 Patio earlier on March 14th features Akron/Family, Suuns, Besnard Lakes and others.  Suuns is also playing Pop Montreal’s showcase on March 14th, with Braids and many more.

DIIV, The Polyphonic Spree and others play Campfire Trails’ showcase at Red 7 Patio on Tuesday, March 12th.  The Spree also play Club Deville earlier that evening (6:45pm), The Main on Thursday, headline Brooklyn Vegan’s Friday afternoon/evening showcase at The Main (at 5pm, after Shout Out Louds, Akron/ Family, The Thermals) and Saturday afternoon’s “The Big One” (4:45pm).

A Conversation with Nick Cave is Tuesday, March 12th at 11:00AM at Austin Convention Center.

On March 13th, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Cafe Tacvba, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Alt-J play NPR’s showcase at Stubb’s; Wild Belle, Ra Ra Riot, Atlas Genius, Toro Y Moi and others play KCRW’s showcase; and Iggy and the Stooges play the House of Vans showcase at Mohawk with Ghostface Killah, Japandroids, Sky Ferreira and others. The Stooges last played SXSW circa the release of The Weirdness, their 2007 “comeback” album.

Dave Grohl’s Sound City Players features the living members of Nirvana plus John Fogerty, Stevie Nicks, Rick Nielsen, Rick Springfield, Lee Ving of Fear, Brad Wilk of Rage Against the Machine, Corey Taylor of Slipknot and others. It’s quite the varied meeting of musicians!
… and they play Thursday, March 14 at 8:00 PM Stubb’s. The Meat Puppets will open.

ACM@UCO CEO and Flaming Lips manager Scott Booker will moderate a panel titled, “Managing Established Acts and Their Rabid Fans” on Friday, March 15th at 11 AM in the Austin Convention Center (here’s a bit from the description: “Fans wear animal costumes onstage, help determine tour routes and album track lists. They are certainly called upon to fund projects now. What parts of the artist-fan relationship are healthy? What parts are creepy and intrusive?”).

Stardeath & White Dwarfs headline ACM@UCO’s showcase – also featuring Paperscissor, Tallows, Horse Thief and Colourmusic – at 512 Rooftop on Tuesday, March 12th.  In fact, Oklahoma is taking over the venue that date – Mont Lyons, Depth & Current and Skating Polly play earlier in the day (with Stardeath’s’ Matt Duckworth sitting at Depth And Current’s shows; RSVP and other details here).

Stardeath also play the Blackbox Party on Friday at Docs Motorworks.  Last night the kicked off SXSW at Weird Destiny Productions’ March 11th “secret show” with Space Face, Matt Owen, HOTT MT, Linear Downfall, Zorch and New Fumes (photos here).  Missed it?  Fret not.  Zorch plays today at Metal & Lace Lounge and Wednesday at TenOak; and HOTT MT play Saturday at Empire Control Room (with Wayne Coyne, see above) and Thursday at Kill Rock Stars’ Maggie Mae’s Gibson Room showcase.

Stern is playing elsewhere as well: Pitchfork’s Mohawk Outdoor showcase with Cloud Nothings, etc on Tuesday and Panache’s Hotel Vegas Patio showcase with Mikal Cronin, Turbo Fruits, Thee Oh Sees etc on Friday.  Merge’s showcase is March 14th at The Parish with Mikal Cronin, Telekinesis, Shout Out Louds, and more.

On Friday, March 15th, Skating Polly, BRONCHO and more play Danny Rose Agency/Park the Van Records & Management’s showcase at Valhalla; while Lissie, Cold War Kids, The Specials etc play Time Out North America showcase at Stubb’s; Green Day pick up the pieces of Billie Joe’s meltdown at ACL Live at the Moody Theater; Brendan Benson rocks The Stage On Sixth Patio; and Dawes, Chelsea Light Moving (Thurston Moore) etc play Mohawk Outdoor.

Vampire Weekend play Stubb’s while Devendra Banhart and Iron & Wine play Central Presbyterian Church on Saturday, March 16th.  Psych masters MMOSS play Burgermania’s Saturday showcase at Hotel Vegas with King Tuff, Nobunny and more (MMOSS also play on Wednesday and Thursday).  Brooklyn Vegan’s March 16th party includes Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Foxygen, Autre Ne Veut, Empress Of, King Tuff, Doldrums, The Orwells, and more at The Main.

…and what’s this:

Throughout the week Third Man Records’ “Rolling Record Store” will be traveling around Austin as the make-shift venue for a series of shows:

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The Flaming Lips’ new avant garde documentary A Year in the Life of Wayne’s Phone world premieres at 9:15 on Wednesday night, to be followed by a Q and A session (read a preview here).  Other films making their world premieres at SXSW 2013 include Stevie Nicks’ In Your Dreams and Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker, the story of the man Dr John called “the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced.” Two films which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival are schedule as well: Muscle Shoals and Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer.

Final note…
…Black Moth Super Rainbow, Cate Le Bon and Midlake are a few of the artists SXSW previously confirmed for this year’s fest that have since changed their plans…

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