Those of you that pay attention to the music industry, are in a band, or live near Austin TX probably know all about South by South West. For the uninitiated, it’s basically a weeklong music, film and technology/social media conference in Texas’ coolest city. A six square block radius is closed off to traffic, and literally thousands of bands play showcases while companies ranging from Converse to MTV throw parties. There are also panels, if you want to learn, beer aplenty if you want to forget what you learned, and lots and lots of BBQ. Metal Insider will be there and are sponsoring several events in addition to looking forward to catching a lot of metal. In fact, this year, it seems like there’s more this year than in previous years. This is by no means an exhaustive list, and in fact, since we’re out on Saturday afternoon, there’s some shows happening late night on Saturday we didn’t write about. But for the most part, here’s where you’ll be able to find us:

First and foremost, we want to mention the events we’re a part of. We’re helping spread the word about the first annual South by South Death, an event being sponsored by NARM, Roxwel, and our life partners at Metal Sucks. The event will be a showcase and roundtable discussion taking place on Friday, March 18 from 2-6. While anyone can get into the showcase, which starts at 2 (space permitting), the discussion is RSVP only. And assuming they get their passports in order by then, it’ll be headlined by Insider faves Kvelertak, along with Havok, Red Fang, Wormrot and Meek Is Murder. That’s a quality lineup of metal right there. Oh yeah, and it’s free!

Also free, and back again for a third year, is Full Metal Texas. This year, they’ve teamed up with Brooklyn Vegan and 1000 Knives to take over Emos on Thursday, March 17 from Noon-6. Yob will be playing their first Austin show in five years, and also appearing will be Letlive, All Pigs Must Die, Trap Them, The Word Alive, Rwake, Hull, Better Left Unsaid, Elysion Fields, Upon a Burning Body, Kvelertak (again, hopefully), The Red Chord and Goes Cube. You can RSVP by joining their mailing list here. Like the last several years, the show is also sponsored by Branch Marketing Collective and Yeah! Management.

On Wednesday, March 16, I’ll be spinning some tunes at the Calyp Casa Heavy Happy Hour. Along with my buddies Chuck Loesch from 101X’s No Control, Matt Ash from Raw Power Management, and Justin Press from Wheelhouse PR, we’ll be providing the soundtrack to some early evening drinkin’ brought to you by the folks atBlue Calypso. Once again, it’s free, but you’ve got to RSVP. And while that’s what we’ve attached our name to, that’s merely scratching the surface. Also, keep in mind that this is by no means the definitive list of all things metal, just where we plan on trying to be:

Tuesday, March 15

The Conflict of Interest Party @ the Pure Volume House (504 Trinity Street)
Not metal, but hey, what can we say, the Syndicate knows how to throw a party! RSVP here.

Wednesday, March 16th

Thrasher Magazine Death Match, The Scoot Inn (1308 E. 4th St. ) @ 1pm
Outside: Ken Mode, All Pigs Must Die, Rwake, Dark Castle, Dixie Witch
Inside: Easy Action, Gay For Johnny Depp, Suplecs, Lo-Pan

Housecore Records Showcase, Emo’s Jr. @ 8pm (603 Red River St.)
Arson Anthem, Warbeast, Haarp, Ponykiller, Skrew, Skatenigs

Emo’s @ 9pm
Trash Talk, OFF!, Bad Brains

Emo’s Annex @ 9:15 pm
Horse the Band, Dawn of Ashes, For the Fallen Dreams
Sumerian Records Showcase, Habana Bar Backyard  (708 E. 6th St.) @ 8pm
Upon  a Burning Body, The Faceless, Veil of Maya, Animals As Leaders, Structures, Ultrageist
The Ale House (310 E. 6th St.) @ 1am
Gay For Johnny Depp
Headhunters (720 Red River)  @ 9:45 pm
Mose Giganticus
mtvU Woodie Awards, Austin Music Hall (208 Nueces) @ 11:00 pm
Foo Fighters
La Zona Rosa (612 W. 4th St.) @ 12:15 am
Queens of the Stone Age
Thursday, March 17


WSOU 25th Anniversary Show, Venue 222 (222 E. 6th St) @ 1pm
The Faceless, Meek is Murder, T.R.A.M., Ultrageist, Death on Two Wheels, Beta Wolf

Artery Foundation Showcase, Red 7 (611 E. 6th Street) from Noon-6
Asking Alexandria, Whitechapel, Chiodos, Dance Gavin Dance, iwrestledabearonce, Of Mice & Men, Isetmyfriendsonfire, Miss May I, In Fear and Faith, Chelsea Grin, Sleeping With Sirens, Woe, Is Me, For All Those Sleeping, I Declare War, Close To Home, The Amity Affliction
Thrasher Magazine Death Match, The Scoot Inn @ 1pm
Weedeater, Zoroaster, Liturgy, The Body
Small Stone Records Showcase, Barbarella (615 Red River St.) @8pm
Dixie Witch, Suplecs, Roadsaw, Sasquatch, House of Broken Promises, Lo-Pan

The End Records Showcase, The Ale House @ 10pm

Hull, Goes Cube, Daniel Lioneye, Peter Murphy

Prague @ 7:30 pm
Evergreen Terrace, Mutiny on the Bounty, Kvelertak, Swords of Chaos, Overflow, World Beneath World
Pantheon Agency Showcase, Emo’s Annex @ 10 pm
For the Fallen Dreams, I See Stars, Emmure, Asking Alexandria
Kemado Records Showcase, Valhalla (422 Congress St) @ 8 pm
Zoroaster, Christian Mistress, Danava, Omens of Awe, Rwake

Austin Music Hall @ 10:50pm

Club DeVille (900 Red River St.) @ 10pm

Friday, March 18

New England Metal & Hardcore Festival, Emo’s Annex @ noon
The Acacia Strain, The Red Chord, Trap Them, Our Last Night, Within The Ruins, Gaza, Dawn of Ashes, The Funeral Pyre, Across the Sun, Armor for the Broken

Southern Lord and The Power of the Riff Party, ND at 501 Studios (5o1 I 35) @ 12:30  pm
Trash Talk, the Secret, Eagle Twin, All Pigs Must Die, Trap Them, Amakari, The County Bucks

Thrasher Magazine Death Match, Scoot Inn @4pm
Pentagram, Green and Wood

Small Stone Records Day Party, Headhunters (720 Red River) @ noon
Solace, The Might Could, Red Giant, Lo-Pan, Tia Carerra, Backwoods Payback

Volcom Entertainment’s 4th (not so Annual Free Beer Party, Jackalope (404 E. 6th Street)  @ noon
Valient Thorr, West End Motel, Cerebal Ballzy, Jeff the Brotherhood, Heavy Cream, Broken Gold

Brooklyn Vegan, 1000 Knives Day Party, Lovejoy’s (604 Neches St.) @ 12:15
Ringworm, Wormrot, Gaza, Macgrudergrind, Cough, KEN Mode, Kill the Client, Salvation, Owen Hart

Metalliance Tour Showcase, Dirty Dog @ 7pm
Witchburn, St. Vitus, Helmet, Crowbar, Kylesa, Weedeater, Red Fang, Howl, Atlas Moth

The Artery Foundation showcase, Emo’s Annex @ 8pm
Whitechapel, Dance Gavin Dance, Miss May I, Of Mice & Men, Chelsea Grin, Woe, is Me, The Amity Affliction

Tee Pee Records Showcase, Headhunters @ 10pm
Night Horse, Lecherous Gaze, Iron Age

Emo’s Jr. @ 9pm

Saturday, March 19th

Thrasher Magazine Death Match, Scoot Inn @2pm
Trap Them, Danava, Night Horse, Eagle Twin Lecherous Gaze, Naam

Brooklyn Vegan and Profound Lore Day Party, Lovejoy’s @ noon
Tombs, Dark Castle, The Body, Deafheaven, Wolvhammer, Grayceon, Castevett, Batillus, Altaar

Alternative Press Day Party, Emos @ Noon
Black Veil Brides, Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows, I See Stars, VersaEmerge, Conditions, The Ready Set, Enter Shikari, The Downtown Fiction, Animals As Leaders, Balance And Composure, Middle Class Rut, Oceano, I Fight Dragons, Vampires Everywhere!, The Limousines, River City Extension, Touche Amore, Mania