Today, the madness begins in earnest. The daytime parties on Wednesday afternoon are loaded top to bottom. You could see the Pusha T/Dum Dum Girls/Charli XCX-led bill at House Of Vans, OR Speedy Ortiz/Perfect Pussy, et. al. at the French Legation Museum, OR Future Islands/The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart at Flamingo Cantina, OR Drowners/Skaters/Chloe Howl at Holy Mountain OR … etc., etc. And the nighttime shows are even better, with headliners including Damon Albarn, Against Me!, Windhand, Kurt Vile, Tyler, The Creator, and a pair of rappers shilling for Samsung (pictured above). The only way to avoid seeing good music today is to avoid Austin altogether.
SPIN Showcase @ House Of Vans At Mohawk (912 Red River St.) 12PM – 6PM
Performances by Pusha T, Dum Dum Girls, Charli XCX, Kelela, DJ Rashad, Eagulls, Deap Valley, Angel Olsen, Until The Ribbon Breaks, Lyda Loveless, Casual Sex, and goodbyemotel.
Pitchfork Day Party @ French Legation Museum (802 San Marcos St.) 12PM – 6PM
Performances by DJ Rashad and DJ Spinn, Speedy Ortiz, The Range, Ex Hex, Cashmere Cat, Perfect Pussy, Empress Of, Coachwhips, Protomartyr, and Kevin Gates.
Under The Radar @ Flamingo Cantina (515 E. 6th St.) 12PM – 6PM
Performances by EMA, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, Casual Sex, Future Islands, Connan Mockasin, Lost In The Trees, and Saintseneca.
Secret Sounds Presents Splendour In The Grass x Falls Festival @ Holy Mountain (617 E. 7th St.) 12 PM – 5 PM
Performances by Skaters, Chloe Howl, Royal Blood, Wolf Alice, Basecamp, De Lux, Drowners, Lowell, Jetta, Tor Miller, Gossling, and Dune Rats.
Waterloo Records Official @ Waterloo Records (600A N. Lamar Blvd.) 12PM – 7PM
Performances by Tony Joe White, Robert Ellis, Wild Child, Hospitality, Speedy Ortiz, Ex Hex, and La Luz.
Samsung SXSW Concert Series @ Austin Music Hall (208 Nueces St.) Showtime TBA
Performance by Kanye West & Jay Z.
NPR Music Showcase @ Stubb’s BBQ (801 Red River St.) 7:30PM – 2AM
Performances by Damon Albarn, St. Vincent, Kelis, Eagulls, and Perfect Pussy.
Brooklyn Vegan SXSW Showcase @ Red 7 (611 E. 7th St.) 7:30PM – 2AM
Performances by Harvey Sid Fisher, Against Me!, Touche Amore, The Front Bottoms, Cheap Girls, Frameworks, and Placeholder.
Relapse Records Showcase Presented by CVLT Nation @ Dirty Dog Bar (505 E. 6th St.) 8PM – 2AM
Performances by Windhand, Christian Mistress, Nothing, Obliteration, Primitive Man, and Pyrrhon.
JanSport Bonfire Sessions @ Cheer Up Charlie’s (900 Red River St.) 9PM – 2AM
Performances by The Orwells, Kurt Vile, Cloud Nothings, Gardens & Villa, and Natural Child.
Vans Showcase @ House Of Vans At Mohawk (912 Red River St.) 7PM – 2AM
Performances by Tyler, The Creator, X, Cerebral Ballzy, Cities Aviv, TEEN, Gap Dream, Jacuzzi Boys, Jonny Two Bags, and Dave Hause.
We didn’t even include the iTunes Festival in tonight’s best bets — because it’s so much harder to get into than any of the above-mentioned shows — but tonight’s performers are Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, and Isaiah Rashad, and you can stream it on Vevo.
And of course, let us know what we missed in the comments!