With the music segment of SXSW in full swing, picking the right showcase to check out can be a daunting task. To make it a little easier, here are our picks for Wednesday’s best daytime and nighttime showcases.
SXSW: Wednesday’s Best Showcases
Wednesday’s day parties are stacked with crazy lineups, but SPIN rises to the top with one of the more unique collections of must-see acts. The show’s lineup includes Pusha T, Dum Dum Girls, Charli XCX, Kelela, DJ Rashad, Eagulls, Deap Vally, Angel Olsen and more. SPIN parties are always among the highlights of SXSW, and this lineup is hard to argue with. Also, House of Vans is probably the best venue in town for a day show.
Nighttime: NPR Music Showcase at Stubb’s BBQ
Yes, Kanye West and Jay-Z are playing Austin Music Hall tonight, but you can imagine what the lines will be like for that show. Your best bet for tonight is NPR’s Music Showcase. It may not have the star-power of Yeezus and Hov, but the lineup is impressive nonetheless: Damon Albarn, St. Vincent, Kelis, Eagulls, and Perfect Pussy. Albarn–the man behind Blur and the Gorillaz–is in Austin to promote his long awaited solo album. All five of these acts could headline showcases of their own, so seeing them all in one place is hard to pass up.