One-stop shopping: 10 SXSW showcases good for the whole night
South by Southwest is tailored for club-hopping, but some shows are so solidly constructed around a particular theme that they're good choices for parking yourself in one spot and staying out of the melee. Here's a list of 10 that would work well for staying put.
March 12: The Spacebomb Revue at Antone’s. Co-presented by Spacebomb Records and the regional tourism agency Virginia Is for Lovers, this six-act bill includes artists from both Virginia and California, but all are connected to auteur Matthew E. White’s Spacebomb label, and all will be backed by the Spacebomb House Band. Representing Richmond, Va, are Sleepwalkers, Angelica Garcia and Andy Jenkins; from Los Angeles are Bedouine, Lola Kirke and Jackie Cohen. — P.B.
March 12: Nine Mile Records & Touring at the Mohawk. Winner of Best Local Label at last month’s Austin Music Awards, Nine Mile also is a booking agency, which makes the Mohawk’s indoor-outdoor space with two stages ideal for a company that has lots of artists to present. The outdoor stage features Austin bands Golden Dawn Arkestra, Sweet Spirit and Night Glitter plus former Pavement member Spiral Stairs and Seattle’s Chris Staples. Indoors, locals Go Fever, Kevin Galloway, Carson McHone and Tinnarose join Los Angeles acts Night Thief and Izaak Opatz. — P.B.
March 13: Jazz Re:freshed Outernational at the Main II. We’re not sure what’s going on with jazz in the U.K., but over the past several years, the London scene has produced some of the form’s most innovative new voices, including Ezra Collective, Yussef Dayes and Joe Armon-Jones who perform on this showcase. — D.S.S.
March 13: Korea Spotlight at ACL Live. You can scoff at K-pop for its airbrushed innocence and formulaic hooks, but the Korean pop music machine is producing some of the biggest stars on the planet right now, including boy band Ikon, which makes its U.S. debut at the festival. Beyond radio-ready love songs, this showcase explores the deeper Korean music scene, including rockers Jambinai, rap group XXX and electronic artist Kirara. — D.S.S.
March 14: She Shreds at Cheer Up Charlie’s. The magazine dedicated to female guitarists and bassists and Nylon team up to present an excellent cross-genre bill that includes psychedelic cumbia from Combo Chimbita, avant pop from Sneaks and Japanese pop from powerhouse Chai. — D.S.S.
March 14: High Road Touring at 3Ten. Here’s an ideal pairing of a top-flight national booking agency with the best new venue to appear on the Austin scene in recent years. The club-level room below ACL Live will host a half-dozen up-and-coming acts from big cities across the nation and beyond: Sweet Crude (New Orleans), Cactus Blossoms (Minneapolis), Sontalk (Nashville), Bailen (New York), Puma Blue (London) and Madeline Kenney (Oakland). — P.B.
March 14-16: Africa to the World at Highland Lounge. Music website OkayAfrica works up with Digiwaxx and Bavent Street Live to present the most comprehensive African music showcase the fest has ever hosted, featuring some of the continent’s biggest stars including Nigerian Afro-beat artist Mr. Eazi, experimental pop artist Jojo Abot from Ghana, singer Yemi Alade from Nigeria and Afro-pop artist Shirazee from Benin. Check schedule.sxsw.com for daily schedules. — D.S.S.
March 15: Lafayette Live Sheauxkaze at Antone’s. That alternative spelling of “showcase” makes it clear you’ll be entering the gates of Louisiana on this night at Austin’s home of the blues, which has always been accommodating toward the neighbor state’s swampy sounds. Austin’s own Louisiana native Marcia Ball joins Yvette Landry and friends for the final slot on a bill that also includes the Roddy Romero Trio, Sean Ardoin, Ray Boudreaux, New Natives Brass Band, and a set dubbed the "Tommy McClain & CC Adcock Swamp Pop Songbook” with Steve Riley and Dave Ranson also aboard. — P.B.
March 16: KOOP/Texas Commission on the Arts local showcase at the Belmont. The renowned Austin co-op radio station teams with a culturally focused state agency to present this extraordinarily well curated bill of hometown heroes and hopefuls that cuts across genres and generations: Shinyribs, Moving Panoramas, Sixteen Deluxe, Blackillac, Shy Beast and Bubble Puppy will perform. — P.B.
March 16: Carefree Black Girl at Palm Door on Sixth. The NYC-based lifestyle brand dedicated to empowering women of color presents a solid showcase of hip-hop and R&B artists including Yung Baby Tate, Bbymutha and Liana Banks. — D.S.S.