Upcoming Bullsh*t



The SXSW Day Party, once frowned upon by event organizers, is now an expected addition to the annual music extravaganza. It provides bands more opportunities to be seen during the music conference and it also gives the regular music fan (the ones who don’t want to plunk down $750+ for a badge) the opportunity to catch showcasing bands whom they would not have been able to see otherwise.

Below you will find an exhaustively thorough (yet still incomplete) list of the majority of day parties and/or one-offs that involve hard rock, punk rock, avant garde, experimental, and/or heavy metal bands/musicians that are expected to appear in Austin, Texas between March 9 and March 18.

These day shows are usually free, oftentimes serve free beer and liquor, and sometimes include free meals. Most of these shows do not require a SXSW badge nor a SXSW wristband, however, it would behoove you to do your homework first before heading out to the nearest venue. I have provided you with links to the various clubs, so look it up and don’t complain to me when you stood in line for three hours, only to be rejected because you failed to RSVP or you are not of age, or whatever stupid reason crops up.

I will not be updating this list as I will be leaving this Thursday for the film portion of the SXSW Festival [We will do our best to update this post with new additions as they’re announced. -Ed.] . As a result, there will certainly be more additions, deletions, date changes, set changes, etc. between now and March 19. In other words, these dates, bands, venues, and times are not set in stone so, again, be diligent. Do your homework. Also, some shows are charging money. I’ll try to denote where possible. Just know, however, that the overwhelming majority of the day parties are free.

Most of all, have fun, drink plenty of water, bang that head that doesn’t bang, and don’t be a douche.

***EVEN MORE IMPORTANT*** Be sure to check out MetalSucks’ very own Kip Wingerschmidt and his band FAMILY playing several free shows during SXSW.

  • Friday 3/16 @ Hoek’s Death Metal Pizza @ 3pm
  • Friday 3/16 @ The Grackle @ 10:30pm
  • Saturday 3/17 @ Triple Crown Tattoo @ 3pm
  • Saturday 3/17 late-night diy party w/Tiger Flowers, Meek is Murder, and more @ location TBA








Skrew, Devola – 10pm @ Dirty Dog Bar (505 E 6th St) [free]



Girl+Guy Party



Ossuary Industries Metal Party

  • Ingurgitate, Grotesque Formation, Scattered Remains, Pillcrusher, Vaginal Bear Trap, Blastperversion, Spectral Manifest, Human Chunks at Headhunters (720 Red River) [7pm-3am, $10]

Metal Monsters of Texas Party

  • Head Crusher (11pm), Brink of Disaster (10pm), Decimation Theory (9:00pm), Critical Assembly ( 8pm), Carry the Storm (7pm), Killing in Apathy (6pm), Angerkill (5pm), Fear Control (4pm), Blood for Master (3pm), Reaper Crew (2pm) at Dirty Dog Bar (505 E 6th St) [21 & up – free – All Ages until 9pm – $5.00 – 18 & up after 9pm – $5.00]



 Texas Metal Collective presents Hoeks Metal Fest

  • The Periwinkle Massacre (Corpus Christi, 12am), No Hope In Texas (San Antonio, 11pm), Former Thieves (Cedar Falls, IA, 10pm), Walk The Graves (McAllen, 9pm), Curse The Heavens (Austin, 8pm), Fat Fuxxx (Austin, 7pm) at Hoek’s Death Metal Pizza (511 E. Sixth St.) [free]



The Skuds, Nu-kle-ar, Blastsuntan, Deadly Reign, Dethroned, Bomraw at the Broken Neck [9:00pm, all ages, byob]

Strongbow and Swamp present

  • High on Fire, Star & Dagger, Rwake, Eagle Claw at Emo’s East (2015 E. Riverside) [8pm, free]

Topshelf Records Showcase

  • The Saddest Landscape (9:30pm), Former Thieves (8:50pm), Code Orange Kids (8:10pm) at Gypsy Lounge (1504 E. 6th St.) [outside, free, all ages]

Texas Metal Collective presents Hoeks Metal Fest

  • Indisgust (New Braunfels, midnight), Stonedakota (Austin, 11pm), Perish The Land (San Antonio, 10pm), Southern Front (Austin, 9pm), Terror Eyes (El Paso, 8pm), Texas Hate Machine (Corpus Christi, 7pm), Blood For Master (Austin, 6pm), Vile Aura (Austin, 5pm), Fear Control (Austin, 4pm), The Monk (San Marcos, 3pm), Nekrist (Austin, 2pm) at Hoek’s Death Metal Pizza (511 E. Sixth St.) [free]

 Snake Skin Prison, Shotgun Rebels, Hyde Park Showdown, New Disaster, Honky at the Red Eyed Fly [8:30pm, free with RSVP]



Waterloo Records presents

Pitchfork‘s Show No Mercy

  • RWAKE, Black Tusk, Pallbearer, Pilgrim, The Atlas Moth, Deafhaven, KEN mode, Mutilation Rites, projections by Recspec at ND (501 IH-35, entrance at 5th and Brushy) [noon-6pm, free]

Chicken Ranch Records and Friends Day Party

WTF? Fest

  • John Sinclair, Mike IX, Rick Shapiro, Shane & Amy Bugbee, Ugly Shyla, Dave Densmore, Mike Flannery Super Group at Ruta Maya [noon, free]

Texas Metal Collective presents Hoeks Metal Fest

  • Critical Assembly (Austin, midnight), Prey For Sleep (Austin, 11pm), Of The Sun (Austin, 10pm), A Day of Bloodshed (San Antonio, 9pm), DSGNS (Austin, 8pm), Let The Night Roar (Atlanta, 7pm), Ominous Black (Philadelphia, 6pm), Dutchguts (New Jersey, 5pm), Deliver Us From Evil (Evansville, IN, 4pm), Black Thorn Halo (Austin, 3pm), Immerse (Austin, 2pm) at Hoek’s Death Metal Pizza (511 E. Sixth St.) [free]

AudioWall Live/Joe Chavez Artist Management/T-Flo Productions presents HM Mag

  • Light Up the Darkness (3pm), These Hearts (2pm), Dead Words (1pm) at The 311 CLub (311 E. 6th St.) [free for 21+ with RSVP, $10 for under 21]

Thrasher/Converse Death Match day party

  • FEAR (5pm), Cro-Mags (4pm), Primitive Weapons (3pm), The Shrine (2pm), Black Tusk (1pm), Lo-Pan – (12:00pm) at Scoot Inn [Outside] (1308 East 4th Street) [free]
  • Nachtmystium (4:30), Saviours (3:30), Whirr (2:30), Natur (1:30), Big Ups (12:30) at Scoot Inn [Outside] (1308 East 4th Street) [free]



Austin Psych Fest and Sailor Jerry present Levitation

  • Crystal Antlers (4:45pm) at Spiderhouse [Spiderhouse Stage] – free, all ages, RSVP]

Pitchfork Day Party

  • Trash Talk at the Mohawk [noon-6pm, free]

The Artery Foundation SXSW Showdown 2012

  • Asking Alexandria, A Skylit Drive, Motionless in White, Chelsea Grin, Attila, Abandon All Ships, For the Fallen Dreams, Chunk ! NO Captain, Chunk!, Vanna, Casino Madrid, A Lot like Birds, The Crimson Armada, Decoder, Amyst, Namesake at Red 7 [noon-6pm, free, all ages]

Texas Metal Collective presents Hoeks Metal Fest

  • Brink of Disaster (Austin, midnight), Lug (Austin, 11pm), Nothing In Return (Austin, 10pm), Bult (Gothenburg, Sweden, 9pm), Stonedakota (Austin, 8pm), Maidens (Milwuakee, WI, 7pm), Dead Earth Politics (Austin, 6pm), One Beat Off (Austin, 5pm), In Search of Sight (Arlington, TX, 4pm), Meek is Murder (Brooklyn, 3pm), Tiger Flowers (Brooklyn, 2pm) at Hoek’s Death Metal Pizza (511 E. Sixth St.) [free]

Whoopsy Magazine and The Rock Garage SXSW Party

  • Jesus Christ Superfly (11pm) at Trophy’s [free]

Chaos in Tejas presents

1808 Party Presents

  • All Pigs Must Die, Kill The Client, Early Graves, Meek Is Murder, Clinging To The Trees Of A Forest Fire, Vestiges, Former Thieves, Code Orange Kids, Dead See, She Rides, The Atlas Moth, Illustrations, Sky Burial, Boars at The Annex at 1808 (1808 E. 12th St.) [6pm] [$10??] (Event page here)

Vestiges, Sky Burial at Bernadette’s (2039 Airport Blvd) (12pm-3pm) ($$??)

Metal Blade Records presents their 30th Anniversary party (with Indie Merch and ‘stache Media)

  • Job For A Cowboy, Cancer Bats, Battlecross, Pilgrim, Gypsyhawk, Early Graves, Truceline at the MI Annex (formerly Emo’s Annex – 522 E. 6th St.) (12pm-6pm) [free admission + free beer]

Brooklyn Vegan presents: Chaos in Tejas Bridge Show, late night party starting at 2am! (actually Friday morning)

  • Darkest Hour, Narrows, Regents + special “Nighttime” guests at the Lamar Pedestrian Bridge (across from the Taco Cabana on Riverside and Lamar, but please do not park at the Taco Cabana) [DETAILS: http://bit.ly/bbg2012-4]


BrooklynVegan/The Power of The Riff/Southern Lord present

  • High on Fire (5:00pm), Off! (4:00pm), Trash Talk (3:00pm), Ceremony (2:00pm), Heartless (1:00pm), Code Orange Kids (12:00pm) [Outside] at the Scoot Inn  [noon-6pm, free]
  • Black Cobra (4:30pm); Deafheaven (3:30pm), Full of Hell (2:30pm), Balaclava (1:30pm), Dead in The Dirt (12:30pm) [Inside] at the Scoot Inn  [noon-6pm, free]

Waterloo Records presents

Shirts For A Cure presents

  • Hot Water Music, Braid, Darkest Hour, Anti-Flag, Coliseum at Red 7 [outside]
  • Comeback Kid, DYS at Red 7 [inside, doors at noon, free]

Century Media RecordsCVLT Nation, and Stumptown Coffee Roasters present

  • Andrew W.K. (5:00pm), Nachtmystium (4:00pm), The Atlas Moth (3:00pm), Bruce Lamont (2:25pm), Young and In the Way (1:50pm), Vestiges (1:05pm), Enabler (12:20pm) at the Longbranch Inn [noon-6pm, free]

Requiemme Mgmt and Devil Dolls Booking 2012 SXSW Day Party

  • Tommy Stinson (GnR and The Replacements, 5:30pm), Jesse Malin (D-Generation, 4:50pm) at the Jackalope (404 E. 6th St., 8pm) [free with RSVP, free beer]

Buzznet presents

  • Forever the Sickest Kids (4:30pm), Tonight Alive (3:45pm) at the PureVolume House (2nd and Trinity) [free with RSVP, all ages]

Texas Metal Collective presents Hoeks Metal Fest

  • Prey For Sleep (Austin, midnight), Beyond Gods and Empires (Austin, 11pm), Vile Aura (Austin, 10pm), Perish The Land (San Antonio, 9pm), Head Crusher (Austin, 8pm), Before The Eyewall (Columbus, 7pm), Wake The Colossus (Killeen, TX, 6pm), Rust (Austin, 5pm), Carrion Sun (Houston, 4pm), Family (Brooklyn, 3pm), Opposition A.D. (2pm) at Hoek’s Death Metal Pizza (511 E. Sixth St.) [free]

New England Metal and Hardcore Festival Does Austin

  • Iwrestledabearonce (5:05pm), Holy Grail (4:35pm), Lionheart (4:05pm), Cancer Bats (3:35pm), Volumes (3:05pm), Molotov Solution (2:35pm), Gideon (2:05pm), Betrayal (1:35pm), To Each His Own (1:05pm), To Speak of Wolves (12:35pm), Surrounded by Monsters (12:05pm) at the M.I. Annex (522 E. 6th St., corner of 6th and Red River) [free]

Concerts.com presents Executive Music Group showcase

  • 12 Stones, Alien Ant Farm at The 311 CLub (311 E. 6th St.) [starts at 1pm, free for 21+ with RSVP, $10 for under 21]

LA Record/Blundertown/In The Red present

  • The Gories, The Spits, more TBA at Emo’s East (2015 E. Riverside) [8pm, free with RSVP]

AbsolutePunk presents

  • Doomtree (2:45am), Motion City Soundtrack (2am) at the PureVolume House (2nd and Trinity) [free with RSVP, 21+]

Motorbreath Entertainment presents

  • Havok (Midnight), Legion (11:15pm), Bonded by Blood (10:30pm), Witchaven (9:45pm), Exmortus (9pm), Spellcaster (8:15pm, Speedwolf (7:30pm), Aggravator (6:45pm), Confused 6pm), Toxifix 5:15(pm), Imminent Descent (4:30pm), Owl Witch (3:45pm); Beyond The Blood (3:00pm) at Betsy’s Bar (301 W. 6th St.) [$20 day of show]

Slidebar and Chinasopmag.com present Stranded on 6th Street

Death By Stereo, Cancer Bats, The Sparring, Early Graves, The Smoking Hearts, Dirty Fences, Hey Sugar at Darwin’s Pub (223 E. 6th St.) (12pm-6pm) [$$??]



Triple Crown Tattoo free show:

  • Mala Suerte (5pm), Hull (4pm, Family (3pm), John Calvin (2pm), Pigeonwing (1pm), Colombian Necktie (12pm) at Triple Crown Tattoo (1157 Chicon Street, Austin, TX 78702) [noon-6pm, free, FREE BEER]

MWTX 2012

  • Doomtree, Crystal Antlers at the 1100 Warehouse (1100 E. Fifth St.) [noon-6pm, free, all ages, RSVP]

The A.V. Club and Flowerbooking present March Into Softness 2012

  • White Rabbits (5pm), The War on Drugs (4pm), We Were Promised Jetpacks (3pm), The Twilight Sad (2pm), Cymbals Eat Guitars (1pm), The Jealous Sound (noon), host and special musical guest Andrew W.K. at Club Deville [free, all ages]

CMHWAK Showcase

  • Vestiges (9:00pm), For Want Of (Mike IX Williams) (8:00pm) at Slamalot (505 E. 54th St.) [1:00pm, free]


  • Peelander-Z, Foot Patrol, Electric Eel Shock, Math The Band, Birthday Suits, Child Bite, Gagakirise, Black Cock, Trippple Nippples, Ken South Rock, Lagitagida at The Grackle (1700 E. 6th St.) [noon-7pm, free, all ages]

Brooklyn Vegan & Jester King present

  • Alcest (6:10pm), Nachtmystium (5:20pm), The Atlas Moth (4:35pm), Pallbearer (3:50pm), Speedwolf (3:05pm), Hull (2:20pm), Bruce Lamont (1:30pm), Mutilation Rites (12:50pm), Vestiges (12:10pm) at Lovejoys [free, 21+]

B U R G E R M A N I A!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Crystal Antlers (1am) at Spiderhouse [Inside Stage] [Free, all ages]

Alternative Press presents the 100 Bands You Need to Know Party

  • Breathe Carolina, The Used, Forever the Sickest Kids, Cancer Bats, The Early November, Ghost Thrower, Such Gold, Spycatcher, The Amity Affliction, Tonight Alive, The Company We Keep, We Are the Ocean, Sleeping With Sirens, Cherri Bomb at Red 7 [noon-6pm, free, all ages]

Death Comes Ripping/Scion

  • Ringworm (5:30pm), Mutilation Rites (4:45pm), All Pigs Must Die (4:00pm), Ancient VVisdom (3:15pm) , Kill The Client (2:30pm), Early Graves (1:45pm), Primitive Weapons (1:00pm), Everything Went Black (12:15pm)  at the Longbranch Inn [12:15pm, 21+]

Dickies @ SXSW

Texas Metal Collective presents Hoeks Metal Fest

  • Bult (Gothenburg, Sweden, midnight), Indisgust (New Braunfels, 11pm), Brink of Disaster (Austin, 10pm), Lug (Austin, 9pm), Better Left Unsaid (Modesto, CA, 8pm), Strength Beyond Strength (New Braunfels, 7pm), Sever The Senses (Dallas, 6pm), The Audran Sequence (Channelview, TX, 5pm), Unspeakable Things (Austin, 4pm), Rise From Your Grave (Houston, 3pm), The Revival Party (Austin, 2pm) at Hoek’s Death Metal Pizza (511 E. Sixth St.) [free]

Whoopsy Magazine and The Rock Garage SXSW Party

  • Kentucky Bridgeburners (9pm), Amplified Heat (8pm), Bonaparte (7pm), The Ex-Amigos (7pm), Suplecs (6pm), Blueprint (6pm), Gozu (5:30pm), Scorpio Rising (5pm), Dixie Witch (5pm), Dwellers (4:30pm), Lo Pan (4pm), The Grannies (4pm), Backwoods Payback (3pm), The Hickoids (3pm), The Bandits (2:30pm), The Angel Babies (2pm), Yuppie Pricks (2pm), Blackwing (1pm), Bad Lucifer (1pm), Marshall Dylan (noon) at Trophy’s [free]

Volcom’s Free Beer Party presents

  • Torche,Valient Thorr @ Jackalope’s (12pm-6pm) [free??]



Sux by Suxwest 2

  • Crank Sturgeon (Maine), Rat Bastard (Florida), Black Leather Jesus (Houston), Dan Green of 4ms Pedals (Austin), The Uh… (Florida), Kingdom Of Sharks (Virginia), The Circulatory System & Proud/Father (Louisiana), Goatlab (Mississippi),, Family Treasures (New York), Degollado (Virginia), Cornelius F. Van Stafrin III (North Carolina), Tarr (Illinois), Werewolf Jerusalem (Houston), RU-486 (Mississippi), B L A C K I E (Houston), Zombra & Darius Smith (Houston), Goat (Dallas), Future Blondes (Houston), Youthful Masturbation Techniques (Austin), FILTH (Denton), Ascites (Dallas), Death.Sick.Cunt. (Irving, TX), The Marshal Applewhite Experience (Dallas, Larry Kerr of Steel Hook Prostheses), CRAWL (San Antonio), Concrete Violin (Houston), Glasgow Smile (Houston), Montezuma (Denton), Power In the Blood (Austin), Mucophagia (Austin) at Bernadette’s Bar (2039 Airport Blvd – between Manor and MLK) [noon-midnight]

Texas Metal Collective presents Hoeks Metal Fest

  • Former Thieves (Cedar Falls, IA, midnight), TBA (11pm), Maidens (Milwaukee, WI, 10pm), Seize the Prophet (San Antonio, 9pm), Of The Sun (Austin, 8pm), Deliver Us From Evil (Evansville, IN, 7pm), Untitled We Stand (Copperas Cove, TX, 6pm), Lead The Follower (Austin, 5pm), Wake The Colossus (Killeen, 4pm), Fall (Portland, 3pm), Shattered Sun (Alice, TX, 2pm), Memories in Broken Glass (San Antonio, 1pm) at Hoek’s Death Metal Pizza (511 E. Sixth St.) [free]






Check out my SXSW 2012 Metal Guide for the most up-to-date listings.


I will be loosely moderating a discussion about heavy metal artwork with M. Shawn Crahan, AKA “Clown,” from Slipknot, Mike IX Williams from Eyehategod and Arson Anthem, and Orion Landau, in-house designer for Relapse Records.

THURSDAY, MARCH 15 @ 2:45PM in Rooms 11 A & B in the Austin Convention Center.


Corey Mitchell is a best-selling author of several true crime books and is currently helping Philip H. Anselmo write his autobiography.

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