Everyone’s favorite music clusterfuck, best known as SXSW is upon us… in about five months and the first announcement of officially selected bands has arrived. Despite the annual extravaganza’s shortcomings, we like to think that SXSW can be a great time with friends from around the world in the Texas sun if you do it right.
When Sam Potrykus was 16 years old, he went on tour with his brother, hitting up over forty states across the country. At the time, he never could have imagined that tour would be the beginning of a life that includes running a music website, a monthly newspaper, co-founding a non-profit organization, and curating a music festival now in it's ninth year.
Rick Rude performs "Mauve Talk" live from The Thing In The Spring 2016
This second edition featured a range of bands from legendary emo groups, to rock star-level bands who haven’t played a show in years, to hardcore and punk groups who have carved their niche into the music scene in recent times. The diversity, overall quality, and cohesiveness of this festival was phenomenal, and the crowd ranged from high school aged show-goers to adult punks who ditched their jobs to fly across the country.
The official SXSW is a parade of PR, pomp, and glad-handing. Also terrible traffic. But on the east side, the original rock n roll spirit of SX lives on in seedy dives, co-ops, and house parties.
SXSW is coming. Are you ready? There will be bands, oh so many damn bands. Here are our picks for who to see next week in Austin.
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