Highlights from SXSW
South by Southwest, the infamous Austin based annual music and film festival, wrapped up this weekend with unanimously positive reactions. I was not fortunate enough to attend said gathering, but the blogosphere was blowing up with reviews, videos, pictures, and enough hungover tweets to ensure everyone the insanity did not disappoint. SXSW is perhaps the most desirable festival/conference to attend for people like myself (those who are obligated to stay on-top of the happenings in the music world, that is) because it is more than just a festival; it is a breeding ground of creative content. Most music festivals succeed in their ability to snag a few big headliners, decorate nature, and create an atmosphere of love and drugs; thus, drawing in hippies by the thousands. South by Southwest separates itself from these often isolated gatherings by incorporating more than just music. “New media presentations, music showcases and film screenings provide buzz-generating exposure for creators and compelling entertainment for audiences.” It appeals to the business exec. as much as the casual appreciator. The venues are small and homey, allowing more up-and-comer types to prosper. It’s a fantastic thing to witness. Who knew Texas could be so cool?
Anyway, Pitchfork was kind enough to post video highlights from the festival, including sets by James Blake (who gets the crowd to go cccrraaazzzyyy), Odd Future, TV on the Radio, Wild Flag, The Kills, and my favorite, Toro y Moi. Check them all out below, and head over to NPR for more pictures, videos, interviews and highlights from South by Southwest.