As I mentioned in an earlier post, I attended SxSW Interactive for the 6th consecutive year. At the same time, I also had the pleasure of attending the much more well known music portion of the festival for the first time.
The Music Festival features hundreds of bands across just about every genre. I thought figuring out which panels and parties to attend during the Interactive Festival was difficult but it pales in comparison to the musical selection — especially when they’re mostly up-and-comers. Thankfully, I was able to tag along with far more knowledgeable friends.
A quick summary of the shows I saw:
- Blitzen Trapper
- DEVO — going just to say you did is never a good thing
- The Asteroids Galaxy Tour — stumbled upon them because they played before The Little Ones and they’re great
- The Little Ones
- Nosaj Thing — great danceable set
- The Phenomenal Handclap Band
- Camera Obscura
- The Bird and the Bee
- Janelle Monáe
- Arc Attack
By far the best show in terms of performance and showmanship though, was Janelle Monáe. Thankfully, Leonard managed to catch some great footage of that concert.
Arc Attack was awesome for just being awesome. They make music with Tesla coils!
Of course, I couldn’t go to every show and I heard about a number of acts that I wish I could have caught. Here are some of the artists I hope to check out both live and recorded:
- Department of Eagles
- M. Ward
- The Republic Tigers
- The Avett Brothers
- Alaska in Winter
- Thao Nguyen and the Get Down Stay Down