Thao Nguyen of Thao & The Get Down Stay Down performs on the first day of Austin City Limits, October 4, 2013. Erika Rich / AUSTIN-AMERICAN STATESMAN

It’s that time of year again when the South by Southwest week party announcements start flying in. The biggest one that showed up on our radar today is the Onion/AV Club’s Manic Monday bash. The party will take place from 3 p.m. to midnight on both stages at Barracuda on Monday, March 14. It has a packed lineup that includes Beach Slang, Thao and the Stay Down Get Down and Poliça among others.

Free with RSVP.

Altercation Records will be back in town to host their Punk Rock BBQ on Saturday, March 19 with Russian punks the Svetlanas headlining. The event kicks off at noon at the Vortex Theater in East Austin and includes free beer and barbecue. Full lineup and more details on the Altercation Records Facebook page. 

Music site Mxdown has listings for lineups and RSVPs for all four days of the British Music Embassy day parties at Latitude 30. For the uninitiated, these parties are a great opportunity to catch the next big thing from across the pond. No big names, but a lot of potential breakouts. Worth noting, these parties tend to be very popular with SXSW registrants. With badges and wristbands given priority admission, most of the general public is shut out.