SXSW 2012: Behind the Buzz
  • TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2012

  • Posted by: Vanessa Wheeler

Photo of Crystal Fighters by Chris Phelps

SXSW has finally come and gone, with 1000s of performers that made the trek down to Austin and tons of fans filling the streets. This is what went down last week and some notable artists that should be added to your playlists.

I kicked off the week at The Wild Honey Pie party to check out the Brooklyn based band Fort Lean, who I have seen before and they never seem to disappoint on their rocking style and animated performance. Other stops along the way included Hard Rock Music Lounge, Sennheiser & Paste Party, Pandora Discovery Den, The Fader Fort and The Canadian House to check out the party rock band Down With Webster, who really know how to get a room moving.

The crowd packed into The Fader Fort on the first day to catch a variety of performances by Friends, 2 Chainz, Oberhofer, and Santigold. There was plenty other things to do at the Fort including checking out Beats by Dre, munching on Roberta's pizza, who made it down all the way from Brooklyn and the delicious Stumptown Coffee who came prepared to keep fort goers caffeinated throughout the day.

Some of the stand out performances from the week were: Crystal Fighters, U.S. Royalty, Gary Clark Jr., Kimbra and the most talked about, (and rightly so) Alabama Shakes. If you haven't seen the Alabama Shakes yet, you must put it on the good ol' list of things to do, as they are currently touring as well as opening up for Jack White on a few of his dates. The UK based Crystal Fighters rarely cross the pond, but made two appearances before Kimbra's knock out performance at Warner Sound and the anticipated return of The Temper Trap at KCRW showcase. The Temper Trap performed songs off their new sophomore album and treated the crowd to old favorites like Sweet Disposition.

Lil Wayne made an appearance at SXSW and performed a killer show to fans at Austin Music Hall. Shortly after Wayne wrapped up I stumbled upon a band from Columbia called Monsieur Perine. It was their first time ever in the states and their set was full of fun and passion and included a few amazing Miles Davis covers getting his gritty sound on point.

After finishing off our day of music with 13 solid artists and packed house at Baeblemusic's The Launch Pad, I headed to Perez Hilton's One Night In Austin where I ended SXSW dancing to Dragonette and hearing Timbaland beatbox. The trip wouldn't be complete without making one final stop (and a mini road trip outside Austin) to the original Salt Lick, which serves up delicious family style BBQ.

All in all SXSW was a great trip filled with amazing music, meeting some of the coolest people and lots of the most scrumptious eats. Till next year SXSW...


You can catch some of these artists:

Jack White with Alabama Shakes:

May 15 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
May 16 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
May 18 Gulf Shores, AL Hangout Music Festival
May 19 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel
May 21 New York, NY Roseland Ballroom
May 22 New York, NY Roseland Ballroom
May 24 Detroit, MI Scottish Rite Theater

Crystal Fighters:

3/20 NYC - The Studio at Webster Hall.
3/22 - San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine
3/26 - Los Angeles, CA - Bardot


U.S. Royalty:

3/20 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
3/21 - Tempe, AZ - The Sail Inn
3/23 - San Diego, CA - The Griffin
3/29 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo

Gary Clark Jr:

April 14 & 21 at Coachella

Kimbra:

3/22- Washington, DC 9:30 Club
3/23- Philadelphia, PA Tower Theater
3/25- New York, NY Terminal 5
3/27 New York, NY - Webster Hall
3/29 Boston, MA House Of Blues












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