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SXSW 2024: 7 Concerts to Catch from Austin Musicians

Find the local hidden gems on the rise in the music world at epic late-night shows throughout the week

Though SXSW attracts incredible artists from all over the world, it’s also a chance for some of our best local talent to shine on a global stage. Check out the hometown heroes representing our city this year:

TC Superstar (photo by Sydney Mike-Mayer)

TC Superstar

10:20 p.m. March 13 at Zilker Brewing

Established in September 2017, TC Superstar is an eclectic performance collective spearheaded by frontperson Connor McCampbell, accompanied by musicians Julio Correa, Mitchell Webb, Aaron Chavez, and Ateen Savadkoohi. McCampbell’s signature sound blends contemporary bedroom pop with nostalgic nods to 80s synthwave and late 70s dance rhythms. Anticipate dynamic beats and energetic choreography from dancers LB Flett, Emily DiFranco, Francis Rodriguez, Yuriko Roby, Andie Duong, Emily Tolson, Kathleen Tiernan, Katie Lowen, Kendel Jones, Taylor Dominique, and Bradi Nelson.


Redbud (photo by Ismael Quintanilla III)

Redbud

12 a.m. March 16 at Esther’s Follies

The brilliant brainchild of Katie Claghorn, Redbud is an indie psych-pop outfit that has been taking Austin by storm. Their infectious guitar hooks and sprightly synth arrangements are the perfect accompaniment to walks in nature, long drives or knocking out those house chores you’ve been putting off. Not to mention, their keyboardist, Stacie Agnew, took home the award for Best Keyboardist at last year’s Austin Music Awards. Stream the band’s latest EP Long Night, and be sure to catch their electrifying set at the fest.


Photo courtesy of Big Wys Band

Big Wy’s Brass Band

11 p.m. March 16 at Elephant Room

Known for exciting performances at some of Austin’s most iconic venues such as Antone’s and the Continental Club, this lively jazz crew knows how to get the party started — and keep it going. Founded by Austin native Wyatt Corder, a.k.a. Big Wy, the nine-piece band has been bringing the funk to the 5-1-2 since 2014. With their perfectly in sync horns section taking the lead and their tried and true rhythm section holding it down, Big Wy’s Brass Band creates an irreplaceable magic onstage. Treat yourself and your soul with their vivacious live show.


Tameca Jones (photo by Salihah Saadiq Photography)

Tameca Jones

10 p.m. March 14 at The Grackle

Tameca Jones, an esteemed soul and R&B vocalist has captivated audiences with her mesmerizing performances. Her remarkable talent allows her to seamlessly transition from soulful wails to smooth, honeyed coos, earning her widespread acclaim and opportunities to open for renowned Austin artists like Gary Clark Jr., Max Frost, and Bob Schneider, as well as other prominent touring acts. Recognized as KUTX’s Artist of the Month for February, Jones continues to shine as a dynamic force in the music scene. Check out Jones’s debut album “Plants and Pills,” written and produced by Tameca and co-produced by Grammy Award-winning musician Jonathan Deas, available on February 29.


Photo courtesy of Skateland

Skateland

8:40 p.m. March 13 at Zilker Brewing

Skateland is the moniker of alt-pop artist and producer Dorian Williams II. Named KUTX’s February 2023 Artist of the Month, the Las Vegas transplant has already made huge waves in the Austin music scene. His debut EP, New Wave Revival, is brimming with lush arrangements, vivid textures and thoughtful prose. Though he initially moved to town for grad school at UT, something tells us he doesn’t need to finish that degree.

Being Dead (photo by Jade Skye Hammer)

Being Dead

12 a.m. March 14 at Hotel Vegas
12 a.m. March 16 at The 13th Floor

Being Dead is a psychedelic rock trio comprised of Falcon B*tch, Gumball, and Ricky Moto—names as distinctive as their music. Their sound is a fusion of surf rock riffs and kaleidoscopic harmonies, evoking the vibes of bands like Best Coast and The Orwells. With their debut album, “When Horses Would Run,” they transport listeners through varied landscapes, from desert plains to gritty basements and from lush hills to rolling hills.


Como Las Movies (photo by Andrea Escobar)

Como Las Movies

9 p.m. March 15 at The Grackle

Como Las Movies magnetic sound lives in the center of the venn diagram of cumbia and synth-pop. With the amazing writing and production from frontman Nelson Valente Aguilar, the band has played ACL, caught the attention of NPR, and was nominated for Best Latin in this year’s Austin Music Awards. Enjoy their cinematic set and stream their latest single, La 6.


How to Attend SXSW Music Festival 2024:

The SXSW Music Festival is a global gathering of musicians, industry experts, and music enthusiasts, offering unparalleled opportunities for networking, career advancement, and live music experiences. Taking place from March 11-16, the festival features nearly 1,200 Showcasing Artists spanning various genres, ranging from emerging talents to iconic performers. To secure your tickets, register for a Music Festival Badge for $945 or a Music Festival Wristband for $169. Wristband holders enjoy secondary access to music festival and comedy showcases, while primary access lines are reserved for SXSW Platinum and Music Badge holders.