The Current's Guide to SXSW

The Current at SXSW
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The Current is headed to SXSW! Whether you're planning to be in Austin for the massive music festival or see what bands stand out from home, there are plenty of ways to connect with The Current and discover great new music.

The Current, Noisetrade & PledgeMusic at the Blackheart

March 14, 15, 16 and 17
11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily
The Blackheart Rainey Street Whiskey Bar
86 Rainey St.

The Current has teamed up with Noisetrade for a four-day party at the annual SXSW Music Festival in Austin, TX. It's all going down March 14 to 17 at the Blackheart on bustling Rainey St. Many thanks to our sponsors CLIF Bar and Frye!

More than 45 acts will perform across four days on two stages including British psych-rockers Temples, rising act Chicano Batman, New Orleans' Hurray for the Riff Raff, Vampire Weekend spinoff Dams of the West, rock 'n' roll from Ron Gallo, Nickle Creek fiddler Sara Watkins, Minnesota's Jeremy Messersmith and many more. Find the full lineup below, and be sure to RSVP to keep your busy SXSW schedule in check with pertinent day-of info.

If you're not in Austin, you can still enjoy the shows! Connect with The Current on Facebook – we'll be hosting live video of performances and artist interviews all four days.

This showcase is open to the public. No SXSW badges required; you must RSVP.

Tuesday, March 14

Indoor Stage
11:30 to 12 p.m.: Swimming with Bears
12:30 to 1 p.m.: Erick Slick
1:30 to 2 p.m.: Naked Giants
2:30 to 3 p.m.: Split Single
3:30 to 4 p.m.: Jamie Isaac
4:30 to 5 p.m.: Jonny P

Outdoor Stage
12 to 12:30 p.m.: Charly Bliss
1 to 1:30 p.m.: The Shelters
2 to 2:30 p.m.: Ben Sollee
3 to 3:30 p.m.: Communist Daughter
4 to 4:30 p.m.: Ne-Hi
5 to 5:40 p.m.: Temples

Tuesday, March 14 RSVP »

Wednesday, March 15

Indoor Stage
11:30 to 12 p.m.: Oliver John-Rodgers
12:30 to 1 p.m.: Allison Pierce
1:30 to 2 p.m.: Linying
2:30 to 3 p.m.: Sykes
3:30 to 4 p.m.: Adam Torres
4:30 to 5 p.m.: The Dig

Outdoor Stage
12 to 12:30 p.m.: Blank Range
1 to 1:30 p.m.: Dams of the West
2 to 2:30 p.m.: Nick Hakim
3 to 3:30 p.m.: The Secret Sisters
4 to 4:30 p.m.: White Reaper
5 to 5:40 p.m.: Jeremy Messersmith

Wednesday, March 15 RSVP »

Thursday, March 16

Indoor Stage
11:30 to 12 p.m.: Future Thieves
12:30 to 1 p.m.: Cory Branan
1:30 to 2 p.m.: Knox Hamilton
2:30 to 3 p.m.: The Molochs
3:30 to 4 p.m.: Major and the Monbacks
4:30 to 5 p.m.: Alice Jemima

Outdoor Stage
12 to 12:30 p.m.: Banditos
1 to 1:30 p.m.: Muddy Magnolias
2 to 2:30 p.m.: Baskery
3 to 3:30 p.m.: Ron Gallo
4 to 4:30 p.m.: The Weeks
5 to 5:40 p.m.: Rainbow Kitten Surprise

Thursday, March 16 RSVP »

Friday, March 17

Indoor Stage
11:30 to 12 p.m.: Middle Kids
12:30 to 1 p.m.: Brent Cobb
1:30 to 2 p.m.: Andrew Combs
2:30 to 3 p.m.: Slow Dancer
3:30 to 4 p.m.: Sara Watkins
4:30 to 5 p.m.: Christopher Paul Stelling

Outdoor Stage
12 to 12:30 p.m.: The Whiskey Gentry
1 to 1:30 p.m.: River Whyless
2 2:30 p.m.: Hurray For The Riff Raff
3 3:30 p.m.: The Wild Reeds
4 to 4:30 p.m.: Nicole Atkins
5 to 5:40 p.m.: Chicano Batman

Friday, March 17 RSVP »

NPR Music SXSW Showcase

March 15
7 p.m. doors, 7:30 p.m. music
Stubb's Bar-B-Q
801 Red River St.

Our public radio comrades NPR Music will take over Stubb's outdoor stage on Wednesday, March 15 with performances by the New Pornographers, Big Thief, Lizzo, Sylvan Esso, Hurray for the Riff Raff and PWR BTTM.

This showcase is open to SXSW Music and Platinum badges and general admission wristbands. Single tickets for this showcase will be for sale at the venue.

Radio Day Stage Presented by VuHaus

March 17
12 to 6 p.m.
Austin Convention Center
500 E Cesar Chavez St.

It's a tradition for The Current to collaborate with New York's WFUV, Seattle's KEXP, KXT in Dallas and KUTX in Austin for a massive radio day stage at the Austin Convention Center, South By's hub.

This year's lineup features Minnesota's Hippo Campus (12 p.m.) and Lizzo (1 p.m.) along with rising act Chicano Batman (2 p.m.), Austin natives Spoon (3 p.m.), Valerie June (4 p.m.) and Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears (5 p.m.).

If you can't be there, never fear: The Current is thrilled to have VuHaus on board to host a video stream of entire showcase live online.

This showcase is open to SXSW Music and Platinum badges and general admission wristbands. Single tickets for this showcase will be for sale at the venue.

Connect with The Current

In addition to streaming performances and interviews live on our Facebook page, The Current will be sharing photos, live reports and behind-the-scenes action across our social media channels.

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