Preview: Korean Musicians at South by Southwest 2016

Artist photos courtesy of SXSW
Artist photos courtesy of SXSW

With less than a month to go before I head to South by Southwest (SXSW) for our third year covering the festival, I wanted to get you all as excited as I am about the Korean musicians you could have the chance to see. So in this preview article, you’ll find a listing of all the 14 Korean musicians and 2 Korean and/or Korean-related films playing at SXSW as well as a schedule (updated as more info becomes available) with times and venues of the shows. Basically, you can find all the info you need to plan your Korean listening and viewing pleasure at SXSW.

Unfortunately, a quick glance at the schedule will show you that it’s not possible to see all the performances as some are at the same time – oh the horror. But nevertheless, there is some amazing music coming to Austin, Texas and we can’t wait to share our impressions – and photos – of it all with you. And of course, if you’re also going to be there, say ‘hi’ to me.^^

Please note: this article will be updated as more information is made available. When first published, not all times and dates for the shows were in place.

Who’s Going To Be at SXSW

For more information on the artists below, you can also check out our earlier articles on the SXSW round 1 & round 3 announcements.

Big Phony

Bye Bye Badman



Guten Birds



Illionaire Records (Dok2 & The Quiett)


Love X Stereo


Neon Bunny

Victim Mentality

Windy City


Zion.T with The Session


Under the Sun

“My father says that Korea is the most beautiful country… Korea is the land of the rising sun,” says eight-year-old schoolgirl Zin-mi. Despite continuous interference by government handlers, Russian director Vitaly Mansky still managed to document life in Pyongyang, North Korea in this fascinating family portrait. It’s an important year for Zin-mi as she prepares to join the Korean Children’s Union on the ‘Day Of The Shining Star’ (Kim Jong-Il’s birthday). As the family receives instruction on how to be the ideal patriots, Mansky’s watchful camera capture details from comrades struggling to stay awake during an official event to Zin-mi’s tears at a particularly grueling dance lesson. [synopsis from SXSW]

Karaoke Crazies

Addiction Karaoke is run by Sung-Wook. When business is slow, he hires singing helper Ha-Suck, a girl in her early 20s. She’s a hopeless game addict, but somehow lures customers in. Na-Ju joins the crew and brightens up the miserable place with her bubbly character. Just when everything starts turning for the better, little do they know that a serial killer on the loose in town is after something in the karaoke. [synopsis from SXSW]



Saturday, March 12

Alamo Lamar B (1120 S Lamar Blvd)

  • Under the Sun (Documentary Film) – 10:45 am- 12:31 pm

Alamo Lamar D (1120 S Lamar Blvd)

  • Karaoke Crazies (Feature Film) – 7:30 – 9:16 pm


Monday, March 14

Satellite Venue: Marchesa (6226 Middle Fiskville Rd)

  • Karaoke Crazies (Feature Film) – 2:30 – 4:16 pm


Tuesday, March 15

Alamo Ritz 2 (320 E 6th St)

  • Under the Sun (Documentary Film) – 1:15 – 3:01 pm


Wednesday, March 16

Satellite Venue: Alamo Slaughter (5701 W Slaughter Ln)

  • Under the Sun (Documentary Film) – 1:15 – 3:01 pm


Spotify House (1501 E 6th St)

  • DEAN (R & B) – 2:15 pm (side stage)


Elysium (705 Red River St.)

  • Jambinai (Avant / Experimental) – 7:30 pm


K-pop Night Out @ The Belmont (305 W 6th St) – 7:30 pm – 2:00 am

  • Bye Bye Badman (Rock) 
  • Victim Mentality (Metal)
  • Love X Stereo (Electronic)
  • Mamamoo (R & B)
  • Haihm (Electronic)
  • DEAN (R & B)
  • Zion.T with The Session (R & B)


Thursday, March 17

Alamo Lamar D (1120 S Lamar Blvd)

  • Karaoke Crazies (Feature Film) – 12:30 – 2:16 pm


Palm Door on Sixth (508 E 6th St.)

  • Deepflow (Hip-Hop / Rap) – TBD
  • Illionaire Records (Dok2 & The Quiett) (Hip-Hop / Rap) – TBD


Voodoo Doughnut (212 E 6th St)

  • Guten Birds (Rock) – TBD


Flamingo Cantina (515 E 6th St) 

  • Jambinai (Avant / Experimental) – 9:00 pm 


St David’s Bethell Hall (301 E 8th St.)

  • Big Phony (Singer-Songwriter) – 10:00 pm


Friday, March 18

Culture Collide @ Container Bar

  • Love X Stereo (Electronic) – 3:20 pm


Seoulsonic @ The Majestic  (419-B E 6th St) – 8:00 pm – 1:00 am

  • Windy City (Reggae)
  • Guten Birds (Rock)
  • Bye Bye Badman (Rock)
  • WYM (Electronic)
  • HEO (Electronic)
  • Neon Bunny (Electronic)


Saturday, March 19

Russian House (307 E 5th St)

  • Windy City (Reggae) – TBD


Maggie Mae’s Gibson Room (512 Trinity St)

  • Victim Mentality (Metal) – 12 midnight


Final Thoughts

I will be updating it frequently as more shows are added! My apologies if I missed any show featuring Korean music or Korean film but the above will at least give you a head start in your planning. I can’t wait!! ^^ There are some I know well and love, plus some new ones I can’t wait to see live. And added on top of the fabulous music I’m looking forward to, are some cool films too.

So much fun to look forward to! Remember, this post will be updated as new information is made available. Or check out SXSW’s website for more bands and info on those above as well. I really can’t wait to see them all!

Who are you excited about seeing at SXSW?

Cindy Zimmer

Live life to the fullest everyday - this is a the philosophy I try to live by and it's taken me on many adventures. I write about Korean culture from a non-Korean perspective as the editor/founder of ATK Magazine and I'm the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Korean Film Festival (TKFF). Previously, I ran a Korean-English language exchange group (in Toronto) for 3 years to stay connected to my three years living in Korea as an English teacher. I love music, film, food and sports and write about 3 of the 4.

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