5 SXSW 'Must See' Punk Acts

It's easy to get overwhelmed by the number of artists performing during the music portion of SXSW. With hundreds of bands performing across multiple days around Austin, it's impossible to escape that inevitable FOMO that creeps up when you come across set time conflicts. Rest assured, if you love punk rock and are looking to catch some energetic and powerful sets at SXSW this year, we're here to help. Here are the top 5 punk-leaning acts to catch in Austin:
Who: Kississippi
Where: Counter Intuitive Records Showcase @ The Shed
When: 3/14 @ 9:15PM
Why:
With nearly 200,000 streams on "Cut Yr Teeth" alone, you don't want to miss Kississippi, and if you do you will regret it. Philly-based Zoe Reynolds and band will be hitting the road on a string of North American dates with Dashboard Confessionals this spring. View Kississippi's upcoming tour dates here.
Kississippi on Audiotree Live

Who: Pussy Riot
Where: The Belmont
When: 3/14 @ 12AM
Why:
Pussy Riot is not an emerging or new artist by any means. The legendary punk/art collective was first introduced to the U.S. in 2012. The group is however, new to playing live shows in America. They just embarked on their first ever US tour, bringing us a “subversive mix of activist art and live set." .
Pussy Riot - Police State
Who: The Frights
Where: Banger's
When: 3/15 @ 9PM
Why:
Newly signed to Epitaph records, acclaimed San Diego surf-punk band The Frights put on energetic live shows.
The Fights - Kids

Who: Metz
Where: Barracuda Backyard
When: 3/16 @ 1:10AM
Why:
The Canadian punks are touring in support of their latest release and third album, Strange Peace. Hopefully you'll catch some of their new songs live at SXSW.
Metz - Cellophane

Who: Mal Blum and The Blum's
Where: Cheer up Charlie's
When: 3/17 @ 8:45PM
Why:
After a string of solo shows, Mal Blum will be performing with their full band, The Blum's. Their music is honest and vulnerable and full of feelings.
Mal Blum - Reality TV

Punk not your cup of tea? Check out our 'must see' acts at SXSW for pop and country.

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Last updated: 19 Dec 2018, 16:47 Etc/UTC