Much of the inner-Austin area will be shut down this weekend, overrun by industry execs from the film, music, and tech world. That is, essentially, what South by Southwest means to Austinites. It sounds miserable, I know, but at least we can mooch as much as possible from the festival by attending its many free shows, and quite a few of the showcases have amazing artists. Here’s a few sets that are free and (fairly) easy to get into, and seriously can’t be missed.
Chicago duo Flosstradamus seem to have left behind their mash-ups and pop tracks to move into some more electronic/house flair, and it’s sounding pretty good, thus far. “Total Recall” is supposed to be a showcase of the new direction they’re heading in. At 3 and 1/2 minutes, the song hits hard and pulsates with a grinding beat and infinite hand claps. The song has already hit #1 on the Hype Machine lists. RAGE.
Chicago-based Flosstradamus, consisting of DJs Autobot and J2k (who also happens to be Kid Sister‘s brother), are returning to Austin next week, and if you’ve seen these guys before, you know it isn’t to be missed.
The ultra-fabulous Kid Sister will be rolling into Austin tomorrow night at The Mohawk. The Chicago-based Kid Sis broke out with her hit single “Pro-Nails,” which featured Kanye West. She is known for her slick rhymes, dance beats, and glossy nails (she also happens to be the older sister of one-half of DJ duo Flosstradamus).