Austin Music Mama Special SXSW Edition

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We are taking a break from our usual monthly music roundup post to bring you a list of our top picks for no wristband required/badge free events taking place during SXSW. We have at least one pick per day, although some days we couldn’t limit it to just one.

Check out our SXSW 2015 No Wristband/Badge Required Pinterest Board with over 200 Pins if you are brave or if you also are interested in Interactive, Film and Edu-related events. You can also check out the SXSW 2015 Official Free Events for more.

If you are new to SXSW, please do keep in mind that all events are subject to capacity, most require some sort of RSVP and it remains to be seen how new regulations in place this year will impact getting into said events. We recommend you always have multiple back-up plans, arrive early and be flexible. Enjoy your SXSW!

Austin Music Mama Roundup: Special SXSW Edition



Austin Local Love features two dozen bands, two stages and a vendor market at Swan Dive. Doors open at 5pm. $3 cover.


Do512 Epic Interactive Party with Delta Spirit, Brownout Presents Black Sabbath, the Hood Internet and more at Hotel Vegas. Doors open at 6pm. FREE with RSVP – you can get on the “priority entry” list by downloading the free #besomebody app on iTunes.


Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls are having a SXSW Party at Bangers. The following Smart Girls are on the bill: Marimba Superstar Sarah Ortiz, skateboarding Sowle Sisters, Austin-based trio and rising musical stars Charlie Belle and DJ Lauren LaRose. FREE and begins at 6:45pm.


Rdio Presents at SXSW 2015 features Heartless Bastards, King Tuff, San Fermin, Bop English, Twilight Sad and Quiet Company. The FREE show starts at 7pm and runs until 2am at Fair Market.


All the Friends Ball curated by Mother Falcon takes place at Empire Control Room on three stages. This FREE event showcases the talents of over 30 bands. Music starts at noon and goes until 2am.


Hear The Octopus Project! And Friends! at Spider House for FREE from noon until 7pm on two stages. If you are feeling lucky, you can try to get in The StubHub Music Experience, starting at 2pm at Clive Bar, which is also FREE and features Portugal. The Man, Future Islands, Charles Bradley, The Mowgli’s, Surfer Blood, Cathedrals, The Delta Riggs, The Lonely Wild and Irontom.


The StageHop Party is happening at The Parish. Doors open at 11:30am for this FREE show. The lineup includes The Lower Caves, Geographer, Avers, Wild Ones, Quiet Company, On and On and Jukebox the Ghost.


School of Rock Presents is happening at Darwins Pub, starting at 1pm. This FREE showcase for ages 21 and over features the School of Rock House Band, Jesus Christ Superfly and special guests. Big Picture Media’s 8th Annual Texas Takeover is FREE and features PLAID BRIXX, Lucette, Survival Guide, Fictionist, The Frail SF, Parlour Tricks, The Suffers, Night Riots and Dustin Kensrue. The show begins at 2pm at the Blind Pig.


DJs and producers in electronic and hip-hop music-selected by SXSW Music and artist Tom Sachs-will use the functional, boombox-inspired sculptures in the artist’s immersive installation at The Contemporary as their instruments to create music in this electronic music SXSW Showcase. Doors open at noon and general admission is $5 (only limited tickets will be made available to the public).


103.1 I Heart Austin Showcase is a FREE event taking place at Maggie Mae’s, starting at 11am. On the bill are Max Frost, The Black and the White, Night Drive, Avid Dancer, Freedom Fry and Speak.


 Love on the Rooftop kicks off at noon on the 219 West Roof. Buggaboo, Hedda Layne, Rebecca Loebe, Jitterbug Vipers, Ginger Leigh, Studenberg, Amy Edwards, Patrice Pike and Wendy Colonna will grace the stage and 4 Jackz will close out the show with a DJ set. There is a $10 suggested donation.


Have the kids in tow during SXSW? We can help there, too! Check out our Top Kid-Friendly Events During SXSW 2015 picks.

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A native Austinite and soccer-playing mom, Nicole uses her 10-year-old son as an excuse to rediscover her hometown through his eyes. In Thoreau's words, her mission is to "suck out all the marrow of life", or in her son's words, to cultivate in him a love of "advenchers".