((Features)) - Oh My Rockness

Recommended Show
March 18, 2016
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++ FREE DAY + NIGHT SHOWS ++


11:30am - The Big One
YACHT, Diarrhea Planet, Diet Cig, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Drowners, Yung and more
Barracuda - FREE w/ RSVP

12pm - Spaceyacht + Prime (Day + Night)
Anamanaguchi, Bixel Boys, Stooki Sound, Darq E Freaker, Bames, Big Maak, Eliminate, Goldplate, Nato Feelz, Prismo and more
Amped Austin - FREE w/ RSVP

12pm - SPIN
Santigold, Bloc Party, Lissie, Lizzo, The Range, Teklife, The Era
Bud Light Factory - FREE w/ RSVP

12pm - Brooklyn Vegan
Protomartyr, Mothers, Into It. Over It., Julien Baker, LE1F, Fear of Men, Pure Bathing Culture, Guerilla Toss, Diet Cig, Girls Names, Car Seat Headrest, Lucy Dacus and more
Cheer Up Charlies - FREE w/ RSVP

12pm - Rock or Die III
Fruit and Flowers, Sharkmuffin, Boytoy, Mrs. Magician, Dead Stars and more
Dozen Street - FREE

12pm - Music For Listeners
Wildhoney, Younghusband, The Parrots, Hooton Tennis Club, PINS
El Sapo - FREE

12pm - FADER FORT
Yo Gotti, Kelela, Anderson Paak, Show Me The Body, Jazz Cartier, Jahlil Beats and more
FADER FORT - invite only

12pm - Crack in the Road
Metro Boomin, Elf Kid, Morly, Day Wave
Hype Hotel - FREE w/ RSVP

12pm - Dojo Zine
Summer Twins, Eerie Wanda, Tijuana Panthers, Go!Zilla and more
Longbranch Inn - FREE

12pm - Fun Fun Fun Fest
Diet Cig, Neon Indian, Waxahatchee, No Age, Creepod, Bleached and more
Mohawk - FREE w/ RSVP

12pm - Athens in Austin
Pujol, Bambara, New Madrid, Mothers, Muuy Biien and more
Side Bar - FREE

12pm - Guacamole Showdown
Hinds, Matthew Caws of Nada Surf, DReamers, Dilly Dally, The Dead Ships, Neon Indian
Southbites - FREE w/ RSVP

12pm - Urban Outfitters
DMA's, Cullen Omori, Day Wave, Oscar and more
Space 24 Twenty - FREE

12pm - The ATX Emo Clubhouse
Acid Dad, Zookeeper, Death Valley Girls, Slingshot Dakota, What Moon Things, Donovan Wolfington and more
Swan Dive - FREE w/ RSVP

12pm - Beeswax Booking + Hive Mind PR
Weaves, Greys, The Shivas, Feels, So Pitted, Palm
Wonderland Ballroom - FREE

1pm - The Limit Does Not Exist Planned Parenthood Benefit
Living, Palm, Better Person, Weed, Aloe Input
1910 E 21st - FREE (but donate!)

1pm - 101x Live Broadcast
Neon Indian, Haelos, A Giant Dog, Dana Falconberry, Bayonne and more
Buffalo Billiards - FREE

1pm - merdurhaus
Donovan Wolfington, Warehouse, White Reaper, Sheer Agony, Soft Fangs, Woozy and more
Pearl Street Co-Op - FREE


1:30pm - Pandora Discover Den
Hinds, Bleached, Tor Miller, LOLO
The Gatsby - FREE w/ RSVP

2pm - Burgermania V
Thee Oh Sees, TacocaT, Hinds, Sunflower Bean, Kim and the Created, La Luz, The Sloths, Guantanamo Baywatch and more
Hotel Vegas - FREE before 7pm

3pm
Car Seat Headrest
End of an Ear - FREE

7pm - GTZ Records
Yonatan Gat, Boyfrndz, Gloves, Shmu, Moon Honey
Wonderland Austin - FREE


++ OFFICIAL SHOWS ++


OFFICIAL 7pm - Burgermania V
The Garden, Dressy Bessy, Death Valley Girls, Mean Jeans, No Parents, Feels, Cosmonauts and more
Hotel Vegas - OFFICIAL

7:30pm
Har Mar Superstar, Acid Dad, Night Moves, Drowners, Slothrust, Cold Fronts and more
Cheer Up Charlies - OFFICIAL

7:30pm - Hype Machine Stack Live
HEALTH, Bob Moses, Everything Everything, Chad Valley, Lewis Del Mar, Sunflower Bean
Hype Hotel - OFFICIAL

8pm
Nai Harvest, The Blind Pets, Abjects, Rat Fist
Sledge Hammer - OFFICIAL

10:30pm
The Roots, Big Grams (Big Boi + Phantogram) and more
Bud Light Factory - OFFICIAL


VIEW ALL OUR SATURDAY SHOW & PARTY PICKS >>

Recommended Show
March 18, 2016
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++ FREE ALL DAY / ALL NIGHT ++


11am - Lolipop + Onward Indian + Space Agency

Deap Vally, Rudy De Anda, Yonatan Gat, Adult Books, Feels, The Sloths, Summer Twins, Boytoy, The Dream Ride and more

Spider House Ballroom - FREE



12pm - Sterogum + Exploding in Sound

Lushes, Warehouse, Washer, Two Inch Astronaut, Leaplin, All Dogs, Mitski, Dilly Dally, Kal Marks, Guerilla Toss, Car Seat Headrest, Weaves, Palm, Pill, Downtown Boys, Mothers, Big Ups, Diet Cig, Nai Harvest, Japanese Breakfast and more

Hole in the Wall - FREE



12pm - GTZ Records

Heaters, Dirty Dishes, Terror Pigeon, Aa, Ume, Anamanaguchi (DJ Set) and more

Wonderland - FREE w/ RSVP



1pm - Oskar Blues + Already Dead

Absolutely Not, Netherfriends, Warehouse, Muuy Biien, More Eaze, Bambara, Greys and more

Whip In - FREE w/ RSVP



++ UNOFFICIAL DAY PARTIES ++


11am - SPIN

CHVRCHES, Vince Staples, Deftones, Baio, Bleached, White Lung, Beach Slang and more

Stubb's - FREE w/ RSVP



11:30am - Brooklyn BBQ

Moving Panoramas, Caveman, Drowners, The Big Pink, Cullen Omori, Shilpa Ray, Pink Mexico, Night Moves and more

Hotel Vegas ANNEX - FREE



12pm - Pitchfork

Neon Indian, Chairlift, Stormzy, Anderson Paak, Kevin Morby, Teklife, Waxahatchee, Protomartyr, Frankie Cosmos, Mitski and more

Barracuda - FREE



12pm - Brooklyn Vegan

Kevin Morby, CocoRosie, Prince Rama, All Dogs, Yuck, Pinegrove, Whitney, Slingshot Dakota, TacocaT, Alex G and more

Cheer Up Charlies - FRREE w/ RSVP



12pm - Culture Collide

Small Black, The Big Pink, TacocaT, Fear of Men and more

Container Bar - FREE w/ RSVP



12pm - FADER FORT

White Lung, Anamanaguchi (DJ Set), Honne, Bixel Boys, Stormzy and more

FADER FORT - invite only



12pm - Windish

Bob Moses, Lower Dens, Gryffin, Baio, Ry X, Methyl Ethel and more

Mohawk - FREE w/ RSVP



12pm - South x San Jose

Peaches, Shannon and the Clams, Haelos and more

San Jose Hotel - FREE



12pm - Jumpstart 9

Slothrust, Savak, Midgetmen, Sioux Falls, Yung, Yonatan Gat, Left & Right, Big Ups, Ezra Furman and more

Side Bar - FREE w/ RSVP



12pm - Urban Outfitters

Samantha Urbani, Eleanor Friedberger, Sunflower Bean, Hinds, Guerilla Toss, Pill

Space 24 Twenty - FREE



12pm - Spotify

The Kills, White Reaper, Twin Peaks, Dilly Dally, Car Seat Headrest, Public Access TV, Day Wave, Hinds, Porches

Spotify House - FREE w/ RSVP



12pm - Waterloo Records

The Heavy, Peaches, Mass Gothic, Sunflower Bean, Shannon and the Clams and more

Waterloo Records - FREE



2pm - The Showtime ROADIES House

Sun Kil Moon, Ra Ra Riot, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Jullien Baker and more

Clive Bar - FREE w/ RSVP



2pm - Baeble Bounce House

Bloc Party, Givers, The Heavy, Haelos, Savoir Adore, ASTR and more

Empire Control Room & Garage - FREE w/ RSVP



2:30pm - PORTALS

Frankie Cosmos, Mitski, Morly, Your Friend, Qrion, Japanese Breakfast, Lucy Dacus

PEN - FREE



3pm - Burger Records

No Parents, Death Valley Girls, Pookie & The Poodlez

American Apparel - FREE



3pm

Coheed & Cambria, Wolfmother, Beach Slang, Tijuana Panthers

Outdoor Stage at Lady Bird Lake - FREE w/ Guestpass



++ FREE NIGHT SHOWS ++


6pm - Dojo Zine

The Shivas, Cosmonauts, High Waisted, Howardian, IAN and more

Longbranch Inn - FREE w/ RSVP



8pm - 2090

Chuck Inglish, DJ Sliink, Brenmar, Deniro Farrar, Kill J and more

Krave - FREE w/ RSVP



9pm - Burger + Alt Citizen

Tijuana Panthers, Hinds, The Shivas, Feels and more

Pearl Street Co-Op - FREE



++ OFFICIAL SHOW PICKS ++


12pm - Radio Day Stage

Hinds, Lucius, Bombino, The Heavy, CHVRCHES, Jack Garrat

Austin Convention Center - OFFICIAL



7:30pm - Panache

Thee Oh Sees, CocoRosie, OBN IIIs, La Luz, Michael Rault and more

Hotel Vegas - OFFICIAL



8pm - Infinity Cat + Fluffer Records

Diarrhea Planet, Plague Vendor, Guerilla Toss, Death Valley Girls, Dead Soft, Muuy Biien and more

Barracuda - OFFICIAL



8pm - SoundExchange

Santigold, Charli XCX, Sophie, Crystal Castles, DMA's

Stubb's - OFFICIAL


VIEW ALL OUR FRIDAY SHOW & PARTY PICKS >>

Recommended Show
March 16, 2016
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++ DAY PARTIES ++


11am - OZONA RECORDS / SACRED ALTAR SHOWCASE
Shilpa Ray, Kal Marks, Two Inch Astronaut, Palm, Leapling, Greys, Big Ups, Washer, Guerilla Toss, Warehouse
Todd's Mansion - FREE

11am - DoStuff
Flatbush Zombies, Talib Kweli, The Spits, Yonatan Gat, Shannon and the Clams, Big Ups and more
Empire Control Room - FREE w/ RSVP

11:30am - Spotify
CHVRCHES, St. Lucia, Lapsley, Haelos and more
Spotify House - FREE w/ RSVP

12pm - Pitchfork
Vince Staples, Empress Of, Beach Slang, Porches, Car Seat Headrest, White Lung, Dilly Dally, King and more
Barracuda - FREE

12pm - 101x Live Broadcast
Band of Horses, White Denim, Peaches, Mass Gothic and more
Buffalo Billiards - FREE w/ RSVP

12pm - Brooklyn Vegan
Sorority Noise, Power Trip, PWR BTTM, Turnover, Ezra Furman, Mean Jeans, Plague Vendor, White Reaper and more
Cheer Up Charlies - FREE w/ RSVP

12pm - Culture Collide
Body Language, Lucius, Polica, Hinds, DMA's, Bayonne, ELEL, Beverly and more
Container Bar - FREE w/ RSVP

12pm - Music For Listeners
Hinds, Public Access TV, Beverly and more
El Sapo - FREE

12pm - FADER FORT
Kacey Musgraves, Rae Sremmurd, Neon Indian, Flatbush Zombies, Day Wave, Sunflower Bean and more
FADER FORT - invite only

12pm - Under the Radar
Everything Everything, Money, Petite Noir, Cullen Omori, Girls Names and more
Flamingo Cantina - FREE w/ RSVP

12pm - Residual Kid
Beach Slang, Yuck, Hinds, Residual Kid, Creepoid and more
Frank - FREE

12pm - Guacamole Showdown
Kevin Morby, Fear of Men, Pinact, Firekid and more
Southbites - FREE w/ RSVP

12pm - Urban Outfitters
Car Seat Headrest, Whitney, Frankie Cosmos, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Kevin Morby, Nap Eyes, Mothers
Space 24 Twenty - FREE

12pm - She Shreds
Pure Bathing Culture, Guantanamo Baywatch, The Shivas, Japanese Breakfast, Palm, Deap Vally
Studium - FREE w/ RSVP

12pm - After The Gold Rush
Bleached, Day Wave, Diet Cig, Methyl Ethel, Pure Bathing Culture, Twin Peaks, Whitney
The Sidewinder - FREE w/ RSVP

2pm - Levitation
Thee Oh Sees, Creepoid, Cosmonauts, September Girls, Sunflower Bean, The Shivas and more
Hotel Vegas - FREE w/ RSVP

2pm - Wienermania II
Death Valley Girls, Tijuana Panthers, Kim and the Created, Pujol, Adult Books, Michael Rault, Slothrust
Spider House Ballroom - FREE w/ RSVP

3pm - Untapped Festival
White Reaper, Tijuana Panthers, Baio, Porches, Guantanamo Baywatch
Austin Beer Garden - FREE w/ RSVP

3pm - End of an Ear
Alex G, Your Friend, Mac McCaughan
End of an Ear - FREE


++ UNOFFICAL DAY/NIGHT SHOWS ++



11am - OZONA RECORDS / SACRED ALTAR SHOWCASE

Shilpa Ray, Kal Marks, Two Inch Astronaut, Palm, Leapling, Greys, Big Ups, Washer, Guerilla Toss, Warehouse

Todd's Mansion - FREE

2pm - Wienermania II
Death Valley Girls, Tijuana Panthers, Kim and the Created, Pujol, Adult Books, Michael Rault, Slothrust
Spider House Ballroom - FREE w/ RSVP

3pm - Untapped Festival
White Reaper, Tijuana Panthers, Baio, Porches, Guantanamo Baywatch
Austin Beer Garden - FREE w/ RSVP

4:30pm - Father/Daughter + Topshelf
Donovan Wolfington, Harmony Tividad, Mercury Girls, Diet Cig, PWR BTTM, Nai Harvest, Slingshot Dakota, All Dogs, Sorority Noise
The Grackle - FREE w/ RSVP

6pm - Dojo Zine
Chaos Chaos, Haybaby, Lazyeyes, Dead Stars
Longbranch Inn - FREE w/ RSVP

7pm - Third Man Records
The Spits, Wolf Eyes, Spray Paint, Timmy's Organism, Protomartyr, Guerilla Toss and more
Beerland - $10

++ OFFICIAL NIGHT SHOWS ++


7:30pm - Gorilla vs. Bear

Charli XCX + Sophie, Teklife, Dilly Dally, Hinds and more

Hype Hotel - OFFICIAL


8pm - Hardly Art

Protomartyr, Shannon and the Clams, La Luz, TacocaT, IAN, Dude York

Cheer Up Charlies - OFFICIAL


8pm - Secretly Group

Whitney, Bleached, Frankie Cosmos, Mitski, Warehouse, Japanese Breakfast

Barracuda Backyard - OFFICIAL


8pm - Run For Cover Records

Citizen, Turnover, Pinegrove, Kal Marks, Lifted Bells, Self Defence Family

Dirty Dog Bar - OFFICIAL


8pm

TEEN, Prince Rama, Astronauts, etc., Greys, Big Ups, Burnt Palms

Swan Dive - OFFICIAL


8pm

September Girls, Creepoid, WALL, WOMPS

The Main II - OFFICIAL


8pm

DMA's, Cullen Omori, Polica, Julien Baker

The Parish - OFFICIAL


8pm - Don Giovani

Worriers, Waxahatchee, PINKWASH, Mal Blum, Painted Zeros, Izzy True

The Velveeta Room - OFFICIAL


8pm

Blood Orange, Chairlift, Lukas Graham and more

YouTube Music at The Coppertank - OFFICIAL


8:30pm

Earl Sweatshirt and more

Moody Theater - OFFICIAL


9pm - StubHub Party

The Kills, Bloc Party, Lower Dens, Tanlines

Banger's - OFFICIAL


VIEW ALL THURSDAY'S SHOW & PARTY PICKS >>

Recommended Show
March 14, 2016
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++ FOR LAZY SHOW LOVERS ++

Don't want to move too much this week? No problem! We totally get it! Movement is often overrated anyway. Catch ten (!) or more (!!) really great bands without moving at one of these all-day parties and bask in the lazy chill.

11am - ATX Popfest
Tennis System, Literature, Dead Stars, September Girls, Diet Cig, Ramesh, Hibou, Expert Alterations, Beverly, Wildhoney, Mercury Girls, Fear of Men and more
Spider House Ballroom - FREE

12pm - AdHoc FM
Lust For Youth, White Lung, Prince Rama, Downtown Boys, Dilly Dally, Yung, Waxahatchee, Palm, Frankie Cosmos, PWR BTTM, All Dogs and more
Cheer Up Charlies - FREE w/ RSVP

1pm - Spring Break Boogie V
Thee Oh Sees, BP Fallon, All Dogs, Bleached, PINS, TacocaT, Tele Novella, Stonefield, Diet Cig, La Luz, Boytoy and more
Hotel Vegas - FREE w/ RSVP


++ MORE DAY PARTIES ++


12pm - S&S + Yvynyl
Alex G, Lower Dens, Mitski, Whitney, Car Seat Headrest and more
Hype Hotel - FREE w/ RSVP

12pm - Funeral Sounds + Broken World
Nouns, Sorority Noise, Sioux Falls, Donovan Wolfington, Two Inch Astronaut, Kal Marks and more
Eden Co-Op - FREE w/ RSVP

12pm - FADER FORT
Metro Boomin, Twin Peaks, Sheer Mag, Harriet, Young M.A. and more
FADER FORT - invite only

12pm - Under The Radar
Caveman, Yuck, Sunflower Bean, Fear of Men, Hinds, Haelos and more
Flamingo Cantina - FREE w/ RSVP

12pm - B & Q BBQ Day Party
Hinds, Mothers, The Strumbellas, Firekid, Bird Dog and more
Lambert's - FREE w/ RSVP

12pm - Terrorbird Party
Feels, Nap Eyes, Heaters, TEEN and more
Longbranch Inn - FREE w/ RSVP

12pm - Lagunitas CouchTrippin'
The Black Angels, BADBADNOTGOOD, Lucius, Dan Deacon and more
Scoot Inn - FREE w/ RSVP

12pm - Make SXSW Great Again
OBN IIIs, Sweet Talk, Worriers, Savak, The Blind Shake, WOMPS, Michael Rault and more
Side Bar - FREE

12pm
The Range, Porches, Your Friend, Alex G, Night Moves
Space 24 Twenty (UO) - FREE

12pm - Wild Honey Pie
Oberhofer, Aurora, PWR BTTM, Acid Dad, Pure Bathing Culture, SWIMM
Swan Dive - FREE w/ RSVP

12pm - Secret Sounds Group
Vallis Alps, DZ Deathrays, Sunflower Bean, Methyl Ethel, Beach Slangs and more
The Sidewinder - FREE w/ RSVP

12pm
BAIO, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Cullen Omori, The Big Pink, Empress Of, BORNS, Phases
Waterloo Records - FREE

12:30pm - Culture Collide
Tanlines, Pure Bathing Culture, Caveman, Riothorse Royale
Container Bar - FREE w/ RSVP

1:30pm - Pandora Discovery Den
MSTRKRFT, YACHT and more
The Gatsby - FREE w/ RSVP

2pm - The Showtime Roadies House
BORNS, Givers, Hey Marseilles, Mothers, Grizfolk, Whitney and more
Clive Bar - FREE w/ RSVP

2pm - 91.7 KVRX & WNYU Radio
Wolf Eyes, Palm, Future Punx, Haybaby, Oscar, More Eaze and more
Pearl Street Co-Op - FREE w/ RSVP

3:30pm - Hotel Vegas + Panache
Kevin Morby, Ezra Furman
Capital Cruises - $20 (includes open bar)

6pm - Hotel Vegas + Panache
La Luz, Michael Rault
Capital Cruises - $20 (includes open bar)

++ NIGHT SHOWS ++


7pm
Iggy Pop, Noveller, The Moonlandingz
Moody Theater - OFFICIAL

7:30pm
Still Corners, Julien Baker, Eleanor Friedberger, Car Seat Headrest, TEEN, Younghusband, Mass Gothic
Central Church Presbyterian - OFFICIAL

8pm - Dine Alone Records
The Dandy Warhols, Diarrhea Planet, The Dirty Nil, Wintersleep, Deap Vally and more
Bungalow - OFFICIAL

8pm - FLOODfest
MSTRKRFT, Peaches, zZz and more
Cedar Street Courtyard - OFFICIAL

8pm
Kehlani, No Parents, Beach Slang, Kristin Kontrol, Alex G, Day Wave, No Win and more
Cheer Up Charlies - OFFICIAL

8pm - House of Vans
Erykah Badu, Sheer Mag, Neon Indian, Downtown Boys, Domo Genesis, Kelela, White Lung, Hinds, Kevin Morby and more
Mohawk - OFFICIAL

8pm - Kanine Records
Hockey Dad, Beverly, Fear of Men, Pinact, Pear Charles, Expert Alterations
Valhalla - OFFICIAL

8pm
Future, Santigold, Kehlani, Anderson Paak, Dua Lipa, Banners
YouTube Music at The Coppertank - OFFICIAL

8:30pm
A$AP FERG, Chairlift, Into It. Over It., Twin Peaks, King, Lower Dens
Bud Light Factory - OFFICIAL

9pm - StubHub
Miike Snow, Baio, Poliça, Grizfolk
Banger's - OFFICIAL

9pm - Tumblr 79 Cents Party
Jhene Aiko, Empress Of, Little Simz, TacocaT
Scoot Inn - FREE w/ RSVP

VIEW ALL OF WEDNESDAY'S SHOW PICKS HERE >>

Recommended Show
March 14, 2016
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++ DAY PARTIES ++

12pm - Spring Break Boogie V
Thee Oh Sees, The Spits, Sheer Mag, Future Punx, Beverly, Bambara, Pill, Feels and more
Hotel Vegas - FREE w/ RSVP

12pm - SESAC, HFA & RUMBLEFISH
Downtown Boys, TacocaT, Haybaby, Future Punx, Naked Giants
Side Bar - FREE w/ RSVP

12pm - The FADER Arcade
The Lucas Brothers, Combat Jack Podcast Live, Yung Jake
FADER FORT - invite only

12pm - Spotify
Vince Staples, AlunaGeorge and more
Spotify House - FREE w/ RSVP

12pm - GTZ Records
Bambara, Yonatan Gat, Guerilla Toss, Doomsquad, Netherfriends, What Moon Things and more
Spider House Ballroom - FREE w/ RSVP

2pm - Babes Fest
PINS, Sharkmuffin, High Waisted, IAN and more
Salvage Vanguard Theater - FREE w/ RSVP

3pm - Innovative Leisure, The Do-Over, Flood
BADBADNOTGOOD, Kaytranada, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Wooden Wisdom
Weather Up - FREE w/ RSVP

5pm - Austin Town Hall
Girls Names, Oberhofer, Adult Books and more
Nomad - FREE w/ RSVP


++ NIGHT SHOWS ++

8pm
YACHT, Night Drive, Slooom
Spider House Ballroom Cafe Patio Stage - FREE

8pm - DIY @ Hype Hotel
Empress Of, Hinds, Diet Cig and more
Hype Hotel - OFFICIAL

9pm - Media Temple SXSWi Closing Party
Big Boi, St. Lucia, Biz Markie (DJ Set)
Stubb's - OFFICIAL

VIEW ALL OF TUESDAY'S SHOW PICKS HERE >>

Recommended Show
March 13, 2016
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Random Rockness
February 29, 2016
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Written by Patrick McNamara

There are lots and lots and lots of good bands playing SXSW this year (and, let's be honest, a lot of shitty ones too but nevermind them they'll either poop all over everything and stink their way out of existence soon enough…. or become massive stars…. one of the two).

However, I would like to take this self-created opportunity to highlight only 16 of the good bands playing SXSW this year because it's 2016 A.D. and I'm a big fan of cutesy online symmetry like that and also I can't be writing about every good band playing a massive music festival. I've got too many shows to list on my music blob, man.

The following 16 good bands you should see at SXSW 2016 A.D. are listed in no particular order so don't read too much into the way they appear. I just listened to my brain and after several hours of silence my synapses slowly started firing and I finally heard some things and wrote them down accordingly. From first to last to everything listed in-between all 16 of these bands are equally GOOD.

Please note: if your favorite band is not represented on this list and you are faux outraged at my egregious omission now would be a great time for you to get your own music blob and write all your wrongs.

Enough of this really great preamble, let's get this really great digital article started. I won't let you down and neither will these bands. So help me blob.

Presenting: The 16 Bands To See at SXSW 2016 A.D.

#1 Dilly Dally

Toronto's Dilly Dally plays crunchy fuzzy punk that pops and psychs and flails and thrashes. The guitars go big with the shreds (when they're not twinkle-y and pretty) and the raspy rockstar vocals are perfect. It's noisy AND melodic. Therefore, you can sing along to this band in the shower or blast 'em while you burn your house down. Now doesn't that sound nice?

SEE ALL OF DILLY DALLY'S SHOWS DURING SXSW

#2 Porches

Aaron Maine's totally chill Brooklyn pop crew has been around the block for a bit but with the recent release of Porches' excellent new album "Pool" things are about to get REAL. See them early and often this SXSW and don't forget to bring along Billy Bong Thornton for the easy breezy ride, man.

SEE ALL OF PORCHES' SHOWS DURING SXSW

#3 Car Seat Headrest

Seattle's Car Seat Headrest is the magnum opus moniker of mad proficient early twenty-something-year-old lo-fi sunshine psych pop wunderkind, Will Toledo (live, he's got a band). Over the last few years, this dude self-released just short of a dozen (!) albums to the WW IntraSphere (he played every note and sang every syllable on all of them - eat shit, Dave Grohl) and all that musical precociousness ultimately got him signed to a little record label called Matador. You're gonna like the way this streams. I guarantee it. (*Guarantee not a guarantee if you don't like pop in which case I guarantee you're a sick MONSTER)

SEE ALL OF CAR SEAT HEADREST'S SHOWS DURING SXSW

#4 PUP

Super tight Toronto punks PUP put on one of the most fun live shows you can ever hope to see. PERIOD. The ubiquitous mosh pit is always there front and center if you need it but if you prefer to enjoy the good-natured mayhem from right outside the circle, that's totally fine too. There are no wrong moves at a PUP show. Just be cool to your friends and neighbors and, most importantly, yourself. Because you goddamn deserve it. I can't even count how many times I've seen this band at this point. I just don't want it to stop. Ever.

SEE ALL OF PUP'S SHOWS DURING SXSW

#5 Mass Gothic

NYC's Mass Gothic is the new big time pop project from Noel Heroux. You might remember him from his prior band, Hooray For Earth. Man, that was a good band. Mass Gothic sounds BIG. Huge. Grandiose. Gigantic. Gargantuan. Immense. Elephantine (?). Titanic. Mountainous. Monumental. Jacked. Giant. BIG. The band just released their debut album on a record label called Sub Pop (I think I've heard of it?) and it's GOOD. Please love it whenever you're ready love a good album.

SEE ALL OF MASS GOTHIC'S SHOWS DURING SXSW

#6 Julien Baker

Julien Baker is currently a student at Middle Tennessee State (Go Blue Raiders! ←--- my above-and-beyond research) who last year quietly released "Sprained Ankle," her DIY debut album (she sings/plays everything on it - eat shit, Dave Grohl) featuring nine achingly beautiful pop folk songs that will not only get in your head but they'll slip under your skin and stay awhile. You will feel it. This I promise you. And that's why things are no longer so quiet for Julien Baker. Peeps above my pay grade are finally starting to hear about the secret (everybody loves "Sprained Ankle" now) and this could very well be the SXSW where she becomes #FAMOUS

SEE ALL OF JULIEN BAKER'S SHOWS DURING SXSW

#7 Pinegrove

Pinegrove is the excellent DIY folk-pop project of Evan Stephens Hall. Since starting this up somewhere circa 2010 he's been the vision behind this thing but live this is a band of collaborators. It's not just ESH out there slinging the sonic goodness. No man is an island. When I listen to this band I hear a little bit of The Decemberists. Similar vocals, for sure. And Hall himself has name-checked Phil Elverum/Elvrum (The Microphones/Mount Eerie). So maybe those two big time names helps you wrap your mind around things a bit better concerning this good band. I hope so, dear Rockness reader. I truly hope so.

SEE ALL OF PINEGROVE'S SHOWS DURING SXSW

#8 Day Wave

Oakland's Day Wave is the shimmering synth/guitar/beat machine pop project of one talented dude with a very nice voice, Jackson Phillips (live, he performs with a band). He makes easy breezy sun-drenched bedroom jams (or whatever room he recorded this in - there seem to be more room recording options in your standard Oakland dwelling than, say, in Brooklyn where this is being written). You may nestle this band comfortably alongside your DIIV + The Drums + Wild Nothing + (more recently) Turnover LPs, perhaps. Or, if you don't have those records because you spend all your money on the rent for your tiny ass apartment, you can consider Day Wave a stand alone work of musical goodness.

SEE ALL OF DAY WAVE'S SHOWS DURING SXSW

#9 Feels

This band gives me all the _____. Feels is a super good garage psych post ____ band from Los Angeles (Echo Park REPRESENT) whose upcoming debut album (on Castle Face) was produced by the mighty Ty Segall. The band of four come at you with super dope swirling scuzz over hooks, tight harmonies and semi-restrained aggression. And the best part? You can totally sing along if you want to. I do want to as I have a lovely singing voice and I don't care who knows it. They've recently played shows with Drive Like Jehu, The Lemonheads, Cat Power and Lou Barlow. Neat!

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#10 Sunflower Bean

This heavy/sweet pop/crunch gaze/haze band (did I nail their sound with that description don't worry I'll answer for you I totally nailed it) is the only repeat from last year's list (that one was called "15 Bands To See at SXSW 2015" GET IT). That's how good Sunflower Bean is. This hard-working band has been getting all sorts of love for their recently released debut album "Human Ceremony" and do you want to know why? Because it's GOOD! You're going to want to see SB in Austin this year while they're still relatively under-the-radar so you can someday impress somebody and say you did. Big. Time.

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#11 Wildhoney

Baltimore's Wildhoney is an indiepop band, an incredibly loud indiepop band. Their melodies sure are sweet and I like to soar along to them and feel like I'm flying and free, but the guitars, oh these guitars can be angry. This indiepop is as fragile and delicate as a buzzsaw - and so sing-able too! The band has played a bunch of shows since forming whenever they formed (will research later). Hmm. I wonder if this why their music sounds so tight and good. Is there a correlation between practice and perfecting your craft? Again, such cerebral discussions are above my pay grade I just blob here.

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#12 Nai Harvest

Nai Harvest is a blazing duo from Sheffield, UK that play catchy fuzz punk. I saw them play CMJ last year and they destroyed my shit so I figured I should write this profile on them for my music blob and convince maybe three more people (of which you are one) to go see them at SXSW this year. So that's what I'm doing. Get ready to be famous, dudes. (And lucky you for being one of the lucky three who just got this hot tip - follow up on it and you WILL lose your shit).

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#13 Mercury Girls

Philadelphia's Mercury Girls is a Good Band and you can go right ahead and file them in the "Good Band" section of your favorite card cabinet right this instant. If you want to continue reading the rest of this profile first, that's obviously cool too. This Good Band (featuring members of Literature + Little Big League + Pet Milk: you can do the research on who plays where with what if you wanna) play hazy swirl-y lo-fi jingle jangle indie pop that you will instantly like if you like that kind of thing. Guess what, hoss? I LIKE THAT KIND OF THING. This is poppy. It's pretty. It's punk. It's a Good Band!

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#14 Sorority Noise

Rarely a week goes by that I don't blast this fuzzy punk band at home. Even my upstairs neighbors are starting to thump their feet to the beat. Their "BAM! BAM! BAMS!" are now perfectly in time but their "TURN IT DOWN, ASSHOLES!" shouts are still a little off. Better keep blasting until they get the hang of it. And as good as they are at annoying my neighbors they're even better live. Go see them. AT ONCE.

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#15 Beverly

Brooklyn's Beverly sling distorted pop goodness that swirls towards a breezy kind of musical transcendence. Could this band be your new favorite band of the upcoming summer? Sure, they can! You can easily kick back and chill to Beverly while your feet clutch the sand, man, but this is way better than your regular bland beach music. Beverly has bite. Bet. Please enjoy listening to their fantastic new song "Victoria" written by The Pains of Being Pure at Heart's Kip Berman. It's so good!

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#16 Big Ups

Big. Ups. Punk. Rock. DIY. NEVER. DIE. Always. Forever. Amen.

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There you have it. 16 super dope band recommendations.

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