If you're out in Texas for SXSW, by now you've already spent entire days scouring the streets like the undead, in search of the festival's next act to blow. In actuality, your best bets are already three or four shows in and have probably been blogged about more than Sandra Bullock's husband stepping out on her. This weekend's shows should be a time to get good and intoxicated and and let that rich Austin sun sear your flesh while you take in sets from bands you already fuck with. From today's Village Voice extravaganza with the xx and Pains of Being Pure at Heart to funk revivalist Dam-Funk at a couple of spots to hip hop stalwarts Duck Down Records anniversary show, check out the 5 live show(case)s to see this weekend: SXSW Edition...
VILLAGE VOICE DAY PARTY
WHEN? Friday, 3/19, 12pm-5pm
WHERE? La Zona Rosa
WHY? Headlined by last summer's break out band of the year, the xx, the Village Voice Day party is a great place to get your footing early Friday. The Voice opts for quality over quantity, booking only critical darlings including Superchunk, The Pains of Being Pure At Heart and Surfer Blood, in addition to the xx. With any luck, most people will be too hungover to make it out this early and you'll capitalize on one of the best free/no rsvp shows of the week.
DUCK DOWN RECORDS 15 YEAR ANNIVERSARY SHOWCASE
WHEN? Friday, 3/19, 8pm
WHERE? The Scoot Inn
WHY? Much has changed in the landscape of hip hop over the past 15 years, but Duck Down Records still perseveres. The label's roster looks a damn sight different than it did during their mid '90s reign, but that might be for the better. The showcase includes B-Real of Cypress Hill, 9th Wonder & Buckshot, Pharoah Monch, Smiff N Wessun, a long list of their newer acts and of course, the indomitable Sean P.
KNUCKLE RUMBLER PRESENTS
WHEN? Saturday, 3/20, 1-8pm
WHERE? The Rumbler Lounge @ Peckerhead's
WHY? SXSW is about long days and longer nights, but a balance can be found in the shows that give energy, as well as take it. This Knuckle Rumbler showcase boasts a bunch of favorites from years past including The Cool Kids (they're still alive!), Rye Rye, and the above pictured Minneapolis electro-rock outfit, Solid Gold. The flyer has a grip of sponsors at the bottom which means they'll definitely be some free schwag on hand and its all for the low, low price of an rsvp.
PANACHE BOOKING SHOWCASE
WHEN? Saturday, 3/20, 7PM
WHERE? The Mohawk
WHY? The Mohawk has both indoor and outdoor performance spaces so there are actually two separate line-ups headlined by lo-fi lonestar Ty Segall inside and modern funk proprietor Dam-Funk outside. At 12 acts deep, with names plucked from a number of different scenes, the show might have something for everyone, unless you're looking for music that sucks.
PANACHE HANGOVER PARTY
WHEN? Sunday, 3/21, 12pm-8pm
WHY? Just can't seem to let go of the SXSW experience and get your dehydrated, sunburned ass on a plane home? No worries, Panache got you. Their appropriately titled "Hangover Party" plays like chicken soup to the indie rock soul, served up by 15 bands including Complex-approved Golden Triangle and Brooklyn indie rock vixens Vivian Girls. As they're no doubt trying to corral the stragglers, the party is free and no rsvp, so be sure and wander over if you're still around.