Top 6 Free SXSW Showcases of 2014

At long last, SXSW Music is finally here! However, it comes as a double edged sword. With over 10,000 bands and hundreds of official showcases to choose from, choosing which showcases to go see can some times lead to nail biting, bargaining and coin flipping. Who has time for that?

Here are the 6 showcases that you won’t have to flinch about. They are held at the best venues, packed with the best bands in town and ARE FREE. Who doesn’t have time for that?

6. Red Bull Sound Select: Thursday 3/13

Artists: Twin Shadow, Jaguar Ma, Shy Girls, and Bagheera
Deets: 21+, Free RSVP, @ The Belmont (305 W. 6th St.)

Red Bull knows how to throw a party. This lineup is a hidden gem amongst other lineups weighed down with many lesser known acts.

5. House of Vans: Wednesday 3/12

Artists: Eagulls, Charli XCX, Dum Dum Girls, Angel Olsen, Pusha T, and many more.
Deets: 21+, Free RSVP, @ The Mohawk (912 Red River St.)

The Mohawk is on their game as always this year. Their outdoor stage is an Austin staple. With a long list of the biggest up and comers in 2014, this will be one hot stage.

4. Spotify House: Tuesday, March 11

Artists: WET, Tove-Lo, Jungle, SVPER, 3BALLMTY, Future Islands
Deets: 21+, Free RSVP, @ Spotify House (901 E 6th Street)

I was at the Spotify House yesterday. It has changed addresses from last year, but still provides the same backyard summer-party feel that they do so well. The lineup for Tuesday is the best, but they have showcases everyday and all of them are good.

3. Hype Hotel: Saturday, March 16

Artists: Jessy Lanza, Tomas Barford, Cashmere Cat, Machine Drum, and many more
Deets: 21+, Free RSVP, @ Hype Hotel (505 East 7th St)

Some of the best concerts I’ve ever experienced have been at the Hype Hotel. The location always changes, but the endless supply of Taco Bell tacos and amazing indie music doesn’t. The Saturday lineup is arguably the best.

2. The Fader Fort: Tuesday, March 11

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Artists: Chromeo, Charli XCX, and others
Deets: 21+, Free RSVP, @ Hype Hotel (505 East 7th St)

Oh, Fader Fort… There are rumors of Outkast and a few other big names making some last minute appearances, but seeing Chromeo and Charli XCX together sounds amazing, too. The Fader Fort has free RSVP, but is notorious for having the longest line or the popular venues.

1. The Windish Agency: Friday, March 14

Artists: Phantogram, Chet Faker, Jungle, WET, Mas Ysa, Tove Lo, and many more
Deets: 21+, Free RSVP, @ The Mohawk (912 Red River St.)

This is by far the best single lineup I have seen of any free show for SXSW 2014. The Windish Agency is one of the biggest and best agencies in the music industry and their showcase’s lineup speaks for itself.

Joseph Noga, Contributing Blogger | FirstCom Music

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