Official guide to SXSW2018 music our top picks

There is a lot of music out there but honestly there’s only so much time of the day to check out all the venues, here were gonna just drop a few names that we highly recommend to check out. A lot of these artist have traveled from far away there shows may be free to badge holders but for those who don’t have a badge there may be a fee to enter but we highly recommend you check them out!! Support them and show them some Texas Love.

The Zephyr Bones

Mar 16, 2018
12:10am — 12:40am

The Zephyr Bones’ hazy, melodic, psychedelic rock flickers with memories that span the distance that separates the native Chile of guitarists and vocalists Brian Silva and Jossip Tkalcic, and the band’s current base in Barcelona, Spain – which is also home to rhythm section, Marc López and Carlos Ramos. They emerged in 2015 with debut EP “Wishes/Fishes” and returned in 2016 with 7inch “Black Lips/Surrounded By Sunflowers”. A title that raised expectations, which are fully met with the 2017 debut album “Secret Place”, which synthesizes The Zephyr Bones’ guitar-oriented psych and dream pop.

Men i trust

Men I Trust is Dragos, Jessy and Emma.

Founded in 2014, Men I Trust (, is an indie band from Montreal (Canada) who loves smooth sounds, calm melodies and simple rhythms that relax, but make your right foot tap and your chin bounce on the beats. They record, mix, master and shoot their music videos.


MNKYBSNSS is an electronic music duo conformed by Mono Urina and Kike Vélez, from Barranquilla, Colombia. The group originated in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, on the year 2013, where both members were studying music and music production. After a long search of a unique sound that represented them, and after experimenting with different techniques and machines, the band released their first single “Daydream”, on October 2013. On December of that same year, and with their new single on board, they travelled back to Colombia to showcase their project for the first time. The duo introduced a house music style, born from abstract compositions and divergent sounds that are responsible for giving that eclectic vibe to their music. On June 2015 MNKYBSNSS signed with Sony Music Colombia. On August 2016, the duo packed their bags and flied to L.A., California, where they recorded their first studio album, “ TIMELESS”, under the production of Filip Nikolic from Poolside. To sum up, the band recently landed on Colombia’s Spotify’s Viral 50 with two of their releases, reaching spot #1 with Raindrops ft. Monica Birkenes and #13 with Enumerar ft. CLUBZ.

Catholic Action March 12 10.00pm-10.40pm Latitude 30 Mar.14 10.25pm=11.05pm HOTEL VEGAS
Glasgow’s Catholic Action arrive in Austin TX hot-off-the-heels of the release of debut long-player ‘In Memory Of’, via Modern Sky Entertainment. A vibrant collection of guitar-pop anthems, ‘In Memory Of’ shines with pop-smarts, clever hooks and confidence rarely seen in a new act. Their breakneck paced punked up art-rock, typifies Catholic Action’s penchant for penning instantly memorable pop nuggets, with a sardonic and knowing sense of self.

They’ve clearly soaked up the history of Scottish music across the ages, whilst crafting an sound of their own. For each Belle & Sebastian witticism or Teenage Fanclub melody, there’s a unpredictable flash of their own brand of glam-noise. LP opener ‘L.U.V.’ is a glorious example of Catholic Action’s angular approach to pop, while ‘Breakfast’ is a Pavement-esque stomper, if Malkmus had favoured Glasgow over sunnier climes.

Pale Waves

Pale Waves at British Music Embassy @ Latitude 30
Mar 13, 2018
11:00pm — 11:40pm

Pale Waves at Empire Control Room
Mar 14, 2018
12:00am — 1:00am
Pale Waves are Heather, 22 (vocals and guitar), Ciara, 23 (drums), Hugo, 21 (guitar) and Charlie, 20 (bass) from Manchester. Heather and Ciara have been writing music together for the past five years, and two years ago were joined by Hugo and Charlie to form Pale Waves. They released their debut single ‘There’s a Honey’ earlier this year, followed by ’Television Romance’ and most recently ‘New Year’s Eve’.

The band describe their music as ‘Honest, pop music’ with accolades coming from the likes of Fader – ‘Your newest indie-pop obsession’, NME – ‘your new favourite band’ and DIY – ‘dark, glittery pop’, amongst others. The band have also had support from BBC Introducing in Manchester and Stoke, Radio 1 (with a BBC Introducing playlist on their debut single There’s A Honey), Radio 2 and they played the BBC Introducing Stage at Radio 1’s Big Weekend and Reading & Leeds. Pale Waves also joined The 1975 as special guests on their North American tour earlier this year, before heading out on their own headline UK, European and North American tours. Pale Waves debut EP will be released in March with a second headline UK and European tour in Spring 2018.

YBN Nahmir

YBN Nahmir at Cedar Street Courtyard
Mar 14, 2018
1:15am — 1:50am
Nick Simmons, known professionally as YBN Nahmir, is an American rapper from Birmingham, Alabama. He is best known for his single “Rubbin Off the Paint”, which has risen to a peak of 46 on the Billboard Hot 100. Nahmir is unsigned


ShitKid at BD Riley’s
Mar 14, 2018
1:00am — 1:50am

ShitKid at Cheer Up Charlie’s Inside
Mar 16, 2018
8:30pm — 8:55pm
Sweden’s ShitKid first appeared in the spring of 2016 with a self-titled debut EP that quickly elevated her to prominence as one of the most exciting new acts out of Scandinavia. Her talent for honest songwriting combined with her undeniable DIY-edge has had her heralded an “anti-pop star” and an overall antidote to slick radio-pop.

ShitKid had a hugely successful 2017- releasing her debut album (“Fish”) to critical acclaim around the globe (even winning Iggy Pop himself as a fan) and saw her undertake multiple tours around Europe, and festivals like Roskilde, Way Out West, The Great Escape.

The follow up to “Fish” is the “This Is It” EP, released Jan 19th via PNKSLM Recordings.


Partner at Valhalla
Mar 13, 2018
12:20am — 1:00am

Partner at Swan Dive Patio
Mar 16, 2018
12:00am — 12:40am
Partner is funny, but not a joke. Gay but not for each other, as their Instagram tagline reads.

Partner is the “mature” effort of two best friends named Josée Caron and Lucy Niles. Borne of their bizarre and fortuitous friendship, Partner confidently harnesses the infinite power of Rock to explore a variety of niche yet strangely universal themes. Self described as post-classic-rock.

The two met while attending Mount Allison University in small town Sackville, New Brunswick, on Canada’s East Coast.
Partner relocated to Windsor ON at the beginning of 2016. After a freakishly productive year of writing, recording, and touring, Partner have released their debut to the world, In Search of Lost Time (September 2017). Their enthusiastic and action-packed live set has led to them being named the “best new band in Canada” in the Globe and Mail.

Influenced by acts as varied as Melissa Etheridge, Ween, kd lang, and Prince, Partner delivers a refreshing and vital twist on a classic, prompting you to re-think what you thought was possible in Rock.

Partner is genre-defying and terrifying: part musical act, part teenage diary, and 100% queer.

Tedy Andreas
Tedy Andreas is a hip-hop artist and songwriter from Houston, Texas. His debut project ‘Mad Illusions’ generated a lot buzz with songs like Mercedes & Moon Walking hitting millions of plays. Tedy is known for his ’90s inspired style in his music & fashion. Tedy is consistently curating a brand and image that can’t be matched with his throwback, retro, deadstock style. You might catch him leaning in his signature Mercedes sl500 with a fresh pair of Nikes on the pedals. With the release of his most recent project ‘IN2DEEP’, Tedy has set himself apart from the new wave of industry sounds and has since consistently dropped unexpected hard hitting singles like Artificial Pt. 2. His beat selection is reminiscent of a hiphop era too far gone while his voice and lyrics create a new world of possibilities for the listener. Through every social resource, Tedy moves his massive following. More music… More shows…. More Tedy in 2018…


Crush at The Belmont
Mar 16, 2018
10:10pm — 10:50pm
In 2012, Crush burst in hip hop scene with his track ‘Red Dress.’ Crush has not only made a name for himself with his edgy charisma, but also his knack for understanding current, musical trends as a producer and singer/songwriter.
After debuting in 2013, Crush released his first full-length album, ‘Crush On You’ in 2014 where he emerged as a new star in the Korean hip hop and R&B scene. In February 2015, his song, ‘Young’ appeared on music charts, broadcast systems and performances. Soon thereafter, in 2016, his records ‘Don’t Forget’, ‘Interlude’, and ‘Wonderlust’ solidified him as a mainstream artist. In 2017, Crush’s single album ‘Outside’ and ‘be by my side’ showcased a deeper color of his music while continuing to garner a wide fan base.
Crush was awarded ‘Best R&B and Soul’ at the 2017 Golden Disk Awards and won ‘Best Icon’ at the Asia Artist Awards in 2017. Crush proves himself to be a representative of Korean R&B and Soul and is widely acclaimed by the public and music critics.
Crush, whose sophisticated sound is influenced from a wide spectrum of music, continues to involve himself in a plethora of musical activities ranging from soundtrack features to collaborations.

Ace Tee

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The Magnettes

The Magnettes at Friends
Mar 17, 2018
12:00am — 12:40am

‘Say what you want to say. Do it as loud as you want. Be weird, be ugly, be too much, fuck as much as you want and question everything’.
The Magnettes’ Manifesto
Ten hours from the hit making hub of Stockholm, above the Arctic Circle where the sun doesn’t rise during winter, lies the sleepy town of Pajala, home to 2000 residents…and The Magnettes, a fearless 21st Century fuck-pop trio who think ugly and weird is cool and that the patriarchy needs to be crushed. Right now.
In the spring of 2015 the group headed to perform a string of head turning shows at SXSW. The band’s shows led to a booking at The Great Escape in Brighton the following month, but they also got discovered and signed a record deal with Los Angles / Nashville based label DigSin.
Since then they’ve barely paused for breath. They’ve released six critically acclaimed singles and a debut album ‘Ugly Youth‘ which received support from Spotify and key bloggers including Perez Hilto. Summer of 2017 they got a summer hit in Sweden with the single ‘Young and Wild’ and played on the world largest festival ‘Summerfest’.

Lido Pimienta

Lido Pimienta at Empire Garage
Mar 12, 2018
9:00pm — 9:45pm
Lido Pimienta at Mohawk Indoor
Mar 15, 2018
8:30pm — 9:10pm
Lido Pimienta at The Townsend
Mar 16, 2018
9:00pm — 9:40pm
Lido Pimienta at Swan Dive
Mar 16, 2018
12:00am — 12:40am
Lido Pimienta at Speakeasy
Mar 17, 2018
11:20pm — 11:50pm

Lido Pimienta is a Toronto-based, Colombian-born interdisciplinary musician and artist-curator. She has performed, exhibited, and curated around the world since 2002, exploring the politics of gender, race, motherhood, identity and the construct of the Canadian landscape in the Latin American diaspora and vernacular.

Lido’s Polaris Music Prize-winning album La Papessa (2016), charts an evolution from her debut LP Color (2010), an album full of (as the title suggests) colorful landscapes and positive vibrations. La Papessa, takes a more personal approach, describing the narrative of how Lido has found her independence as a woman and as an artist who refuses to fit pre-conceived notions of what a pop Latina artist ought to be.

The sounds on La Papessa take listeners on a musical journey from traditional Afro-Colombian percussion to global bass and darker avant-garde electronic sounds. Lido’s piercing, explosive and heartwarming voice unites the compositions, beats and harmonies, resulting in a perfect labour of love and sound that highlights the creative voice of this talented artist.


The electronic musical group duo from london,UK are making some of the most best beats this year. a rock.pop style that goes so smooth.
Otzeki at Seven Grand
Mar 13, 2018
1:15am — 1:50am
Otzeki at Palm Door on Sabine
Mar 15, 2018
8:30pm — 8:55pm


Mar 16, 2018
11:10pm — 11:50pm

CIFIKA is an electronic pop artist. She is a brilliant artist blessed with the skills to both be able to sing and produce, a very hard quality to find in Korea. She started out on Soundcloud and only took 6 months to reel in attention. After coming back from LA to study for ten years, she joined ‘Third Culture Kids’ and started working on her album.
Her work can’t easily be described with a few words. With her warm/ample voice as if sung from within a deep cave, combined with the composition of minimalistic electronic sound, evokes a futuristic imagination and brings into existence a sound out of this world. She is resolutely extending her musical experiments in the boundary of pop and electronic music.


Mar 16, 2018
7:00pm — 7:40pm

In 2013, Corridor formed and released their inaugural EP, Un magicien en toi, a guitar pop statement of driving, exploratory rock rife with feverish melodies and spaced-out inclinations. Two years later, the band released their debut LP, Le voyage éternel, produced by Emmanuel Ethier (Chocolat, Bernhari, Peter Peter). In 2016, the quartet embarked on their first European tour and returned to the studio with Emmanuel Ethier — already — to record Supermercado, a second effort brimming with highly detailed guitar pop where repetition, evolving minimal beats melodic layering and counterpoints yield exhilarating vertical mosaics. It was released in 2017 on Michel Records + Requiem Pour Un Twister, and led the band to European shores once more. It appeared on Indie charts across two continents (Québec, Canada, France, US, UK), Noisey declared that ”Corridor Made the Best French Record of 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 (in 2022, Earth Explodes)” and CISM radio named it Best French Album of the Year. Single “Coup d’épée” also reached #1 on SiriumXM’s Attitude Franco channel. So things are definitely on the up and up. Music for smart people, you could say.


Hypoluxo at Javelina
Mar 16, 2018
8:00pm — 8:30pm
the insane and adrenaline pumping and steady sounds of a shoegaze like driven narrative sound of Hypoluxo makes for a rich backdrop for the deep and amazing vocals sounds of a band that belong from a decade ago but with a fresh and comtempary sound.

Gus Dapperton

Gus Dapperton at The Sidewinder Inside
Mar 14, 2018
9:50pm — 10:30pm
Gus Dapperton at Friends
Mar 15, 2018
1:00am — 1:50am
Gus Dapperton at Javelina
Mar 16, 2018
1:00am — 1:50am
Gus hails from Warwick NY and is a 20 year old Indie artist. His progression came out of middle school where he honed his musical chops by producing local rappers. Having a penchant for creating music he quickly turned to himself and in 8th grade won a songwriting competition. That kicked off his own journey as an artist and over the years he’s crafted songs that tell the story of heartache…through influences of 60’s rock and roll and 80’s new wave.

Gus plays all the instruments, records himself, sings, and mixes all of his material. “The biggest inspiration is film and cinema. That’s how I write with the visual in mind and turn that into stories have never been told in a way no one has ever heard.” says Dapperton…

His passions are varied and he’s known to have a sweet spot for the color yellow and his favorite pastime is dancing.

Caroline Rose

Caroline Rose at Banger’s
Mar 14, 2018
9:00pm — 9:40pm

Caroline Rose at Empire Control Room
Mar 15, 2018
11:00pm — 11:40pm

Caroline Rose at Antone’s
Mar 16, 2018
9:00pm — 9:40pm
An obsession with money, an unfaithful lover, a friend’s accidental pregnancy, misogyny, loneliness, death… This is just some of the lighthearted subject matter that make up LONER––the darkly comedic second album from songwriter/producer Caroline Rose. Armed with an arsenal of new instruments and equipment, an ever-growing sense of “ahhh fuck it,” two years of exploration, and a wicked sense of humor, Rose delivers a set of serious songs wrapped in a sprightly, angsty pop burrito. Because, as Rose puts it, “Sometimes sad songs just need a cocktail.”


Omni at Barracuda
Mar 13, 2018
1:00am — 1:50am
Omni at Hotel Vegas Patio
Mar 16, 2018
10:45pm — 11:15pm
Atlanta, GA trio Omni charges out of the gate in 2016, stunning everyone within earshot with their debut longplayer, “Deluxe”; a dizzyingly refreshing amalgam of wiry post-punk jitters & a dash of zen cool. “Multi-task” is their latest offering & all signs point to the coveted goal of “next level”.


Superorganism at Stubb’s
Mar 14, 2018
8:20pm — 9:00pm
Superorganism at British Music Embassy @ Latitude 30
Mar 17, 2018
8:00pm — 8:40pm

No Vacation

No Vacation at The Sidewinder Outside
Mar 15, 2018
9:10pm — 9:50pm
No Vacation at Cheer Up Charlie’s Inside
Mar 15, 2018
12:45am — 1:25am
No Vacation at Javelina
Mar 16, 2018
10:30pm — 11:00pm
No Vacation began in early 2015, and quickly received attention for the nostalgic bedroom-pop sounds off of their debut mixtape, Amo XO, and surf-rock single, “Draem Girl”. A few months following the release of their second mixtape, Summer Break, No Vacation went on an indefinite hiatus. The five-piece officially reassembled in 2017 after playing shows under various names and a few line-up changes.

Since their reunion, No Vacation has released 2 singles, “Mind Fields” and “Yam Yam”, off of their new EP Intermission, which is set to be release with Topshelf Records this November. As they transition out of San Francisco, No Vacation will bring the novice “wavy-gravy dream-pop” sounds of Intermission to Brooklyn.


Palm at Hotel Vegas Annex
Mar 15, 2018
11:15pm — 11:55pm

While the four-piece have made their home in Philadelphia, Palm’s story starts with the kinship between dual guitarists/vocalists Kasra Kurt and Eve Alpert. The two started the band alongside drummer Hugo Stanley and bassist Gerasimos Livitsanos. Palm’s early material was entirely instrumental and concentrated on the interplay between Kurt and Alpert’s thick, mechanical guitar parts against Stanley’s sparse, loose drum phrases and Livitsanos’s well-plotted root notes. Palm’s members draw inspiration from a palette informed by punk, pop, metal, jazz, skronk, and bossa nova.They refined their sound with a focus on interlocking detail, contrasting density with levity, and an interest in vocal melody and lyrical metaphor to rise above the progressive rock fold. In 2015 the band released their debut full length, Trading Basics, on Exploding in Sound and Inflated Records. They garnered widespread acclaim from international publications including Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Stereogum (Band to Watch), and more while also quickly gaining notoriety for their captivating and intricate live show.

The Shacks

The Shacks at Empire Control Room
Mar 15, 2018
10:00pm — 10:40pm
The Shacks at Radio Day Stage Austin Convention Center
Mar 16, 2018
5:00pm — 5:40pm
There are precisely two moments when The Shacks will stop you dead in your tracks. The first comes when you hear their music, a seductively dreamy blend of early rock, vintage soul, and intimately hushed vocals that seem to float out weightlessly from the ether. The second comes when you see the band and realize that the artists behind these captivating sounds are, in fact, barely out of high school.

Fronted by 20-year-old singer/bassist Shannon Wise and 21-year-old guitarist/producer Max Shrager, The Shacks are already well on their way to becoming one of the year’s big breakouts, and their remarkable debut album, ‘Haze,’ solidifies their status as a band with ability to deliver on the well-deserved buzz. With a sound that’s somehow both retro and modern at once, their cinematic songs play out like the soundtrack to some long lost 16mm film, beckoning you into their grainy, saturated world of analog beauty. It’s as unique as it sounds, and in the short time that they’ve been together, The Shacks have already made an impressive mark. Their hypnotic cover of Ray Davies’ “This Strange Effect” soundtracked a new iPhone commercial, one which actually stars Wise herself, and their self


FRIGS at Blackheart
Mar 15, 2018
1:00am — 1:50am
FRIGS at Swan Dive Patio
Mar 16, 2018
10:00pm — 10:40pm

FRIGS is a Toronto-based band that pairs the raw, emotional grunge of PJ Harvey with the immersive, psychedelic post-punk of early Sonic Youth. With each member bringing a unique set of influences, FRIGS creates a sound that is hard to pin down and an impression that’s unshakable.

Led by the force of Bria Salmena’s vocals, the band has earned a reputation for putting on a hypnotic and visceral live performance. Embracing the mercurial and experimental, their shows are built upon instinct; a vocal growl can unexpectedly give way to a hushed whisper; languid drones boil over into guttural and searing tones.

Maintaining the communal, do-it-yourself spirit of their forbearers, the band bought recording equipment and turned their Toronto apartment into a studio where they wrote, engineered, and mixed their 2016 ‘Slush’ EP and two-sided single ‘Chest / Trashyard’. The band’s debut album ‘Basic Behaviour’ comes out February 23, 2018 on Arts & Crafts.

Sea Moya

Sea Moya at BD Riley’s
Mar 15, 2018
9:00pm — 9:40pm

Sea Moya is a new psychedelic-beat outfit, emerging from in between shipping containers of a german harbour. Creating a wild and diverse journey, Sea Moya is performing a collage of funk, afrobeat, krautrock and modern electronica. Passing their ideas through a chaotic system of wires, various instruments, effect pedals and analog recording gear into the computer, where it all gets mangled, sliced up and put back together again, it still sounds human, or at least something like that. Processed vocals, floating synth lines blend with real bass and drums in the same way Sea Moya’s diverse influences of modern artists like Sinkane and Toro Y Moi merge with the music of 70s idols like Can and William Onyeabor. Putting all of that together, they’re writing, recording and producing everything on their own.
After being nominated „New band of the week“ by The Guardian, Sea Moya released their second EP „The Baltic States EP“ in 2016, written, recorded and produced in a small, portable outdoor studio setup in the woods of the Baltic States.
Moving their center of life and music from Germany to Canada, Sea Moya is currently working on their debut album, which will be released in 2018.

The Marías

The Marías at Radio Day Stage Austin Convention Center
Mar 14, 2018
12:00pm — 12:40pm
The Marías at Palm Door on Sixth
Mar 15, 2018
8:10pm — 8:50pm
The Marías at Mohawk Outdoor
Mar 16, 2018
11:00pm — 11:40pm

Formed in Los Angeles in late 2016, The Marías are the psychedelic-soul lovechild of LA native, Josh Conway and Puerto Rican-bred, Atlanta-raised María. A smooth rendezvous of jazz percussion, hypnotic guitar riffs, smoke-velvet vocals and nostalgic horn solos, there’s something undeniably sensual in the group’s dreamlike fusion of jazz, psychedelia, funk and lounge.

Drawing inspiration from both their vastly diverse backgrounds and the intimacy of their mystic Hollywood Hills commune, the band often writes, records and produces within the walls of their own home. Though Josh takes the lead as producer and architect to the The Marías’ overall sound – ‘The front man behind the scenes,’ María calls him – what listeners hear is the vision of the group. Their creations seamlessly dance between synthetic and analog tones, weaving in an old-school, vintage aesthetic with a progressive touch. Says Josh, ‘The production is as much about layering as it is about minimalism.’


Kemba at Empire Control Room
Mar 17, 2018
10:15pm — 10:45pm

Kemba was once described by The Fader as “The Lion-Hearted rapper who doesn’t give up,” which might actually be an understatement. The Bronx native has overcome two benign tumors and facial reconstruction surgery while growing up as the middle child of a single mother who worked multiple jobs and put herself through college to provide for her sons. Kemba’s lightheartedly witty approach to weighty sociopolitical topics has earned him critical acclaim and a rare Kendrick Lamar co-sign, and last summer’s Negus album has been streamed over 3 million times. Kemba’s next album grapples with a turbulent 2017 which gave him his first nationwide tour and an opportunity to perform alongside Portugal. The Man and Ghostface Killah but also gave him tragedy when his mother passed away in February.


Shamir at The Sidewinder Outside
Mar 13, 2018
12:10am — 12:50am

The DIY popstar made a sonic
splash with Rachet’s lead single “On The Regular,” a poppy banger and commercial
success. But how to follow all that up? Shamir, who came from the dusty dunes of Las
Vegas, to Brooklyn’s Silent Barn, to the Philly indie scene (and all over the world inbetween),
wanted to go back to what had inspired him from the beginning. Outsider music, country &
punk. Raw & vulnerable tunes, stripped down to their emotional core. And what do you do if
XL drops you? If you’re Shamir, you put out an album you recorded yourself all in one
weekend, whilst questioning the decision to quit music. The record was called Hope and
Shamir self-released it via SoundCloud during the spring of 2017, with no promotion or label
support. Regardless & naturally, it was a critical hit.
Now, happily joining San Francisco based indie label Father/Daughter Records, Shamir is
excited to share his upcoming new album, titled Revelations, out November 3, 2017.
Recorded May 2017 in his hometown following the release of Hope, Revelations is full of
what the titled implies.