Sound Dessert’s SXSW 2016 Music Guide

AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Jay Janner

SXSW Music officially kicks off this week. Feeling completely overwhelmed by the sheer number of events? Me too. To help narrow things down, here’s a very brief list of some of Sound Dessert’s top SXSW parties going down this week, official and unofficial.


MONDAY, MARCH 14

The Spotify House with Lucius, KING, Kevin Garrett and more.

Capitol One (Official) presents Houndmouth, Rayland Baxter and Harvest Thieves.

Do512’s Strange Brew at Hotel Vegas with Sweet Spirit, Yuck and more.


TUESDAY, MARCH 15

Casual Strangers Day Party featuring MCG, Obscured by Echoes, Casual Strangers and more at Guero’s Taco Bar. 2pm start time.

DFM’s Roses + Keys is a “two-day cultural activation that showcases a line-up of 12 artists, 8 musicians and 2 culinary masters. Through art (sights), music (sounds) and food (tastes), we celebrate the organic (Roses) on Day 1 and the digital (Keys) on Day 2.”

BABES FEST Austin collective, #bossbabesATX is launching its national brand with music, vendors, artists, improv, film and zines.


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16

Tumblr’s 79 Cents Party Tumblr celebrates women with the 79 Cents Party (hello gender wage gap) featuring some incredible females including Jhene Aiko, Ex Hex, Empress Of and more. Plus a very special guest: Wendy Davis.

DFM’s Roses + Keys is a “two-day cultural activation that showcases a line-up of 12 artists, 8 musicians and 2 culinary masters. Through art (sights), music (sounds) and food (tastes), we celebrate the organic (Roses) on Day 1 and the digital (Keys) on Day 2.”

The Beehive at SXSW. The Wild Honey Pie and Bumble take over Swan Dive for a day of music featuring Oberhofer, SWIMM, Freedom Fry, HONNE and a bunch of other awesome bands.

House of Vans. Vans celebrates 50 Years “Off The Wall” with the one and only Erykah Badu among many others.


THURSDAY, MARCH 17

Sound Dessert Day Party at Stay Gold featuring eleven incredible bands. 12pm – 9pm.

The Brooklyn Basement (Official), enjoy a night of whiskey and rock n roll.


FRIDAY, MARCH 18

SX San Jose. The San Jose Hotel on South Congress clears out their lot for four days of music, running March 16th – March 19th. Friday’s lineup features the immaculate Peaches, plus Shannon & the Clams, HÆLOS, Joseph and more.

The Windish Agency Day Party promises a solid good time with performances by RY X, Methyl Ethel, The Strumbellas, Grizfolk, Lower Dens, Baio, Vallis Alps and more.

BrooklynVegan Day Party with Cocorosie, KING, Whitney and many more.


SATURDAY, MARCH 19

Rachael Ray’s Feedback the celebrity chef never disappoints with her tasty SX parties. On the docket this year: Naughty By Nature, Jenny Lewis, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, and much more.

Avocados From Mexico’s Guacamole Showdown. Music and guacamole, and musicians making guacamole? Sounds like a match made in heaven. Come hungry.

Spin Showcase at the Bud Light Factory featuring the exquisite Santigold, Lizzo, Lissie and more.


SUNDAY, MARCH 20

Treat Yo’self Sunday SX Wind Down. Recover from SX at Stay Gold with Rose & Champagne, Fried Chicken & Cupcakes, free bowties & tiaras, manicures & massages “to really TREAT YO SELF” and live music.


Good festing and god speed!

Image source: AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Jay Janner

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