First and foremost, let’s take a moment for the victims of Wednesday Night’s tragedy and donate some dough – sxswcares.com.
What a SXSW it was! Every year I am lucky enough to cover this event for KLBJ. Below you will find a recap of my days, the bands I got to see, shitty YouTube concert footage, pics of friends – and most importantly – me hanging with celebrities. For even more stalking, visit my entire SXSW photo gallery.
Here are a few of my highlights from SXSW 2014.
This was the start of the music and KLBJ’s first big SXSW show at Maggie Mae’s. The first band cancelled (because they couldn’t find parking) so we were nervous. As soon as the music started though, the place filled up! Several kick ass bands played for a packed house. It was one in – one out at one point. The show was free and we got to hang out with a lot of listeners (and surprisingly, a lot of hot young women). Thanks to Otis The Destroyer, Eric Tessmer Band, Black Pistol Fire and the American Sharks.
-The Chain Gang of 1974 was a nice surprise. If you played Grand Theft Auto V, you should already know who these guys are.
-St. Vincent is on another level. This was probably the best performance I saw at SXSW this year.
I worked most of the day so I didn’t get to see a lot of shows. Luckily, my a few of my secret parking spots (Trinity and 17th) were available. I hustled from there to Banger’s on Rainey Street for my first show.
After work I headed downtown for some music! My first stop was at Cedar Street Courtyard for Poliça. Chevy was giving out wristbands with colors and numbers. If you found a match, you got an iPod Shuffle. My friend cheated by using someone else wristband and I got caught. It was awkward but I still got a shuffle. Sorry marketing lady.
-The highlight of the night musically, was definitely Poliça. It was a great show other than the asshat with a giant backpacked (filled with beer and I assume camping equipment) who kept bumping into me. After the set, I felt I had to say something and confront him. I did, and he just blew me off. Dick. On another note, Poliça were one of the most awkward interviews I’ve ever conducted. It hasn’t stopped me from being a fan but I think about it every time I listen to them.
-After trying to get in to a few shows, my friends and I succumbed to the VIP Doritos treatment. The lights, Far East Movement, bacon wrapped shrimp, stuffed mushrooms, pepsi & whiskey and a lot of Doritos.
-The night ended at Holy Mountain for Mobb Deep. High school me would be very proud.
A lot of walking around, day drinking capped off with several good bands at the Dirty Dog. The Suffers and the Tontons were my personal favorites of this showcase.
There was a Seth Meyers tent where you could sit and watch Seth Meyers. I don’t get it either.
Saw an INCREDIBLE show at the Waller Creek Sidestage. Two hobomen fought over a dead rabbit’s pelt.
-In love. The Tontons