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The Ultimate SXSW Guide for the Broke, Badge-less & Underage

Headed to the Austin music madness but don't know what to do? We've got you covered

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It's mid-March! Spring Break time, right? For the music world, it means we're all going on a group trip to Austin for South By Southwest, the week-plus-long convention dedicated to discovery. If you're also going, for fun or for work, you should probably check out our complete guide to the fest. It'll instruct you on what to wear, how to get around, where to stay...all the necessary evils.

But what if you just so happen to not be 21 yet? What if you didn't throw down the couple hundred dollars it takes to acquire a badge? What if you're totally broke? Well, my friends, we've got you covered. Click through to uncover all the great events you can still totally attend...even if you're underage, have a lackluster bank account and are going sans-credentials. SXSW is good like that: there's always something you can do!

Make sure you check out our list of the 30 acts you gotta see at this year's fest, too. The lineup is pretty amazing this year.

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Tuesday, March 15

For daytime/afternoon shows, make sure to check out Waterloo Records. Every SXSW they build a giant stage outside the iconic music shop (not the mention the one inside the store) and showcase new, up-and-coming acts. Because it's a store and not a bar, they're all-ages...and free. On Tuesday, the first day of the music conference, you can catch Bayonne at 5:00 P.M. Don't forget it! Definitely make it a point to check out their lineups every day, it's great stuff.

The Museum of Human Achievement is also throwing an early gig. Check out this lineup! No badges, money or ID required:

1:00 P.M.: Ralph White
2:00 P.M.: More Eaze
3:00 P.M.: Smokey Emery
4:00 P.M.: Crown Larks
5:00 P.M.: Baby Blood
6:00 P.M.: Bad Luck
7:00 P.M.: Knest
8:00 P.M. Thor & Friends

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Wednesday, March 16

This one isn't all ages, but it's 18+ and the lineup is envy-worthy: University of Texas at Austin's killer college radio station KVRX is teaming up with the fine folks at WNYU (that's New York University's station) to put on a killer afternoon showcase at the Pearl Street Coop. While set times have yet to be announced, you can make sure to see the following bands: Wolf Eyes, Shit and Shine, Seth Graham, Friendships, Methyl Ethel, Palm, Oscar, More Eaze, Macho Blush, FUTURE PUNX, Haybaby and Darkwing. Groups from Australia, the U.K., NYC and beyond. Find out more here.

If that's not your thing, allow us to tell you all about one of the most exciting showcases in the whole of SXSW, thrown by blog/booking agency/all around cool dudes Ad Hoc FM. This is going down at Cheer Up Charlie's in the heart of Austin's downtown. Just look at the incredible lineup:

12:30 P.M.: Teen Suicide
1:15 P.M.: All Dogs
2:00 P.M.: Frankie Cosmos
2:45 P.M.: Waxahatchee
3:30 P.M.: Dilly Dally
4:15 P.M.: Downtown Boys
5:00 P.M.: White Lung

12:00 P.M.: Surfbort
12:45 P.M.: Wall
1:30 P.M.: PWR BTTM
2:15 P.M.: Palm
3:00 P.M.: Yung
3:45 P.M.: Guerilla Toss
4:30 P.M.: Prince Rama
5:15 P.M.: Lust For Youth

More here!

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Thursday, March 17

The great people at Brooklyn Vegan are throwing three (yes, three) day parties at SXSW this year. They always go above and beyond; their showcases are always eclectic and diverse. Most of them are 21+ except for Thursday's showcase at Cheer Up Charlie's. Being 18 is enough to get in! Set times have yet to be announced, but the gig goes from noon to 6 P.M. Here's who you'll get to see:

Sorority Noise
Ezra Furman
Little Scream
Daniel Romano
Julia Jacklin
Your Friend

Power Trip
Mean Jeans
Plague Vendor
White Reaper

Hope you like emo and riffs! If you don't, well, you might be out of luck. 

Carrying in on that tradition is the Don Giovanni Records showcase, which is very free and very all ages. Head over to the Velveeta Room at 8:00 P.M. to catch Worriers, Waxahatchee, Vacation, PINKWASH, Mal Blum, Painted Zeros and Izzy True. Big day!

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Friday, March 18

Blog collective PORTALS are holding it down on Friday for all your early evening/late afternoon music plans. Make your way to PEN (3504 Pennsylvania Ave) for this killer gig:

4:00 P.M.: Lucy Dacus
4:30 P.M.: Japanese Breakfast
5:00 P.M.: Qrion
5:30 P.M.: Your Friend
6:00 P.M.: MORLY
6:30 P.M.: Mitski
7:00 P.M.: Frankie Cosmos

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Saturday, March 19

You've gotta close out SXSW with a bang, right? The other great Austin festival is Fun Fun Fun Fest. The people behind that party are throwing this free, all-ages one at the Mohawk. Check it out and have fun!

12:30 PM: Bleached
1:30 PM: Peelander Z
2:35 PM: Night Beats
3:40 PM: No Age
4:55 PM: Neon Indian

12:55 PM: Illustrations
1:50 PM: Stonefield
2:40 PM: Open Mike Eagle
3:10 PM: Creepoid
4:20 PM: Waxahatchee
5:10 PM: Diet Cig


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