The MetalSucks Guide to SXSW 2013: The Metal Parties

  • Corey Mitchell

Hoeks Death Metal Fest 2013

For our list of official SXSW metal showcases, click here.

It’s funny to think that unofficial SXSW day parties were severely frowned upon back in the olden days. Now they are expected! And why shouldn’t they be? Free concerts, free beer, free grub. What more could a starving, broke metalhead ask for?

Below is an extensive (but, no doubt, non-comprehensive) list of the unofficial SXSW day parties. The amount of information varies depending upon the sponsors or venues responsible for these gigs. If there aren’t set times, addresses, age limits, etc. listed, it’s because they weren’t available by the time this list went to print. If you have specifics that aren’t listed here, feel free to leave them in the comment section.

And, it almost goes without saying (cuz I’m gonna say it anyway), SUPPORT HOEK’S DEATH METAL PIZZA!!! Look at that fucking line-up of free metal all week!!


Saturday, March 9


Suicide Girls Unofficial SXSW Party 2013 – Hotel Vegas – 1500 E. 6th St., 7:00pm

Bobby Jealousy, Kay Leotard, Ruby Fray, Mom Jeans, Amnesia Babies, DJ Mahealani, DJ Chantal

Metal Monsters of Texas – The Dirty Dog – 505 E. 6th St., 5pm, Free

Critical Assembly, Carry the Storm, Course of Ruin, Fallacy, Dead Earth Politics, Outlaws to Kings, Black Feratu, Fear Control

Tuesday, March 12


La Barbecue and Transistor Studios present the 2nd Annual Heavy Metal BBQ at SXSW – 1502 S. 1st Street – 2pm to 8pm

Mondo Generator, Batillus, Marching Teeth, Sweat Lodge, Old and Ill, and more TBD. Tuesday March 12th, 2013.

Red Eyed Fly’s Unofficial Pre-SX Party – The Red Eyed Fly – 715 Red River St

Honky, Broken Teeth, Snake Skin Prison, Shotgun Rebels at the Red Eyed Fly [outside]
Hyde Park Showdown, Burning Avalanche, The Devil Rides, Crimson Devils at the Red Eyed Fly [inside]
8pm doors, free with RSVP

Sammi Curr’s Trick by Treatwest Fest – Beerland – 711.5 Red River

Gypsyhawk (12:45am), Venomous Maximus (midnight), Blood Royale (11:15pm), Mutilation Rites (10:30pm), War Master (9:45pm), Communion (9pm)


Wednesday, March 13


Pitchfork Presents: Show No Mercy – House of Vans at Mohawk – 912 Red River St., 12-6pm

Skeletonwitch, Pallbearer, Trash Talk, Royal Thunder, Power Trip, Mutilation Rites, Vattnet Viskar, Pinkish Black, Inter Arma, Batillus, Wet Lungs, Encrust

Thrasher Death Match – Scoot Inn – 1308 E. 4th St.

Fidlar (5:30pm), The Shrine (4:30pm), Pangea (3:30pm), Dirty Fences (2:30pm), All Eyes West (1:30pm), Low Fat Getting High (12:30pm) [inside]
The Adolescents (5pm), Wavves (4pm), Trash Talk (3pm), Hanni El Khatib (2pm), The Coathangers (1pm), Arctic (noon) [outside]

Whoopsy! Party 2013 (North) – Nomad Bar – 1211 Corona Dr.

Witchburn (midnight), Mala Suerte (11pm), Antique Scream (10pm), Masikrator (9pm), Vex (8pm), Obscure Oracle (7pm), Kill This (6pm), Firestarter 82 (5pm)


Thursday, March 14


Whoopsy! Party 2013 – The 04 Lounge – 3808 South Congress

Family (3pm)
Carrion Sun (2pm)


Friday, March 15


March Madness at 1808 – Club 1808 – 1808 East 12th Street

A Life Once Lost (11:40pm), Powertrip (11pm), Rzl Dzl (10:30pm), Build and Destroy (10pm), Vulgar Display (9:40pm), The Geeks, Goodtime Boys (8:40pm), Octaves (8pm), Old Wounds (7:30pm), Vices (7pm), One Against Many (6:15pm), Modern Pain (5:30pm), Ill Informed (5pm) at Club 1808 [backyard]
Inter Arma (1am), Kill the Client (12:15am), Mutilation Rites (11:30pm), Call of the Void (10:45pm), Loma Prieta (10pm), Full of Hell (9pm), Homewrecker (8:30pm), Single Mothers (7:30pm), Illustrations/Discourse (split set) at The Annex at 1808
Whirr (12:15pm), Creepoid (11:30pm), Nothing (9:50pm), Fight Amp (9:10pm), She Rides (8:30pm), Frameworks/Les Doux (split set, 7:30pm), ltw (7pm), Sparrows (6:15pm), Peloton (5:40pm), Sealion (5pm) at Club 1808

Rock of Ages Tattoo presents the ROA SXSW Party – Yellow Jacket Social Club – 1704 E. 5th St.

Howl (6:00pm), Black Tusk (5:00pm), True Widow (4:00pm), Marching Teeth (3:00pm), Fight Amp (2:00pm), Pushmen (1:00pm), Communion (noon)

Invisible Oranges and Brooklyn Vegan presents… – The Jr. – E. 6th and Red River, Noon – 6:00pm, free

Today is the Day, Pallbearer , KEN Mode, Royal Thunder, Inter Arma, Batillus, and Baptists

Whoopsy! Party 2013 (North) – Nomad Bar – 1211 Corona Dr.

Her Blackened Heart (1am), Gorehound (12am) Lost in Society (11pm), New Red Scare (10pm), Scandals (9pm), Flexx Bronco (8pm), Black Actress (7pm), Suplecs (6pm), Supermachine (5pm), Mellow Bravo (4pm), Luder (3pm), Wo Fat (2pm), Lord Fowl (1pm), Freedom Hawk (noon)

Saturday, March 16


Austin Heavy Music Showcase – Spiderhouse – 2906 Fruth Street

Mala Suerte (Austin, 1am), Red Shield (Lafayette, midnight), Venomous Maximus (Houston, 11pm), RUST (Austin, 10pm), Solid Giant (New Orleans, 9pm), Unmothered (Austin, 8pm), San Soleil (Austin, 7pm), The Shrine (LA, 6pm), Corpse (Austin, 5pm), Turbid North (Dallas, 4pm), Sweat Lodge (Austin, 3pm), Whore of Bethlehem (Austin, 2pm), TBA (1pm), TBA (noon) [ballroom stage]
Castle (San Francisco, 1:15am), Lions of Tsavo (Austin, 12:15am), Destroyer of Light (Austin, 11:15pm), Inkblot (Austin, 10:15pm), Godhunter (Tucson, 9:15pm), Boars (Austin, 8:15pm), Old and Ill (Austin, 7:15pm), Ghost Police (San Antonio, 6:15pm), Switchblade Jesus (Corpus Christi, 5:15pm), TBA (4:15pm), TBA (3:15pm), TBA (2:15pm), TBA (1:15pm), TBA (12:15pm) [inside stage]
Co-Pilot (Houston, 11:15pm), Project Armageddon (Houston, 10:15pm), Voidstrider (Austin, 9:15pm), Las Cruces (San Antonio, 8:15pm), Bertha (Austin, 7:15pm), Orthodox Fuzz (Ft. Worth, 6:15pm), Did You See Those Bats? (Austin, 5:15pm), Alien Knife Fight (Austin, 4:15pm), Black Table (New Jersey, 3:15pm), VYGR (Boston, 2:15pm), TBA (1:15pm), TBA (12:15pm)

End of an Ear presents – End of an Ear – 2209 South 1st Street

Nik Turner (of Hawkwind, meet and greet, 3pm)

The Big One 2013 – 1100 Warehouse – 1100 E. 5th St.


Thrasher Death Match – Scoot Inn – 1308 E. 4th St.

Iron Lung (5:30pm), Mammoth Grinder (4:30pm), Royal Thunder (3:30pm), Ancient VVisdom (2:30pm), Baptists (1:30pm), Freedom Hawk (12:30pm) [inside]
Clutch (5pm), Orange Goblin (4pm), Black Breath (3pm), Kadavar (2pm), Power Trip (1pm), Hatred Surge (noon) [outside]
Alternative Press presents The 100 Bands You Need to Know – Red 7 Noon – 6:00pm
Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls, Andrew W.K., What’s Eating Gilbert, Crown the Empire, Masked Intruder, Young Guns, Davey Suicide, Forever Came Calling, Upon This Dawning, Air Dubai, Hrvrd, Itch, Pentimento, Foreign Tongues, Single Mothers

Bridge Nine Records Unofficial SXSW Showcase – Elysium – 705 Red River St, 11:00am – 6:00pm

What’s Eating Gilbert, Lemuria, Weatherbox, Candy Hearts, Goodtime Boys

Metal at the Music Ranch – The Music Ranch – 5220 N. Fm 973 Austin, TX 78724

A Life Once Lost (3am)
Family (2:20am)
Fight Amp (1:40am)
Beyond Gods and Empires (1am)
Prey for Sleep (12:30am)

Sunday, March 17

The FREE Austin Metal Showcase 2013 – Dirty Dog Bar – 505 E 6th St

HEAD CRUSHER – 12:20-12:45 AM, COURSE OF RUIN – 11:40-12:05 AM, FIRE FROM THE GODS – 11:00-11:25 PM, OUTLAWS TO KINGS – 10:20-10:45 PM, CLOSED HAND PROMISE – 9:40-10:05 PM, MEMORIES IN BROKEN GLASS – 9:00-9:25 PM, SHATTERED SUN – 8:20-8:45 PM, NO SUCH THING – 7:40-8:05 PM, TEXAS – 7:00-7:25 PM, IN THE TRENCH – 6:20-6:45 PM, DSGNS – 5:40-6:05 PM, COLD BLOOM – 5:00-5:25 PM, INSURGENCE – 4:20-4:45 PM, FREESTATE – 3:40-4:05 PM, ATLAS VERSUS – 3:00-3:25 PM, FAR FROM NOTHING – 2:20-2:45 PM, UGLYTWIN – 1:40-2:05 PM, ANACOSTIA – 1:00-1:25 PM

Don’t forget to purchase your Housecore Horror Film & Metal Festival badges today! Bands announced so far: Down, Crowbar, Phil H. Anselmo & The Illegals. Austin, TX, October 25-27, 2013.

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