SXSW. Twenty-Eleven.

It was a whirlwind of a weekend to say the least, and definitely the most eventful SXSW experience that I’ve ever had. I missed out on all of Wednesday because I had class, but I made up for it by fitting in as much as possible during the next 3 days. I started Thursday off at the MTV garage. I had planned on seeing Foster the People there that morning, but I couldn’t drag my ass out of bed because of the time change/lack of sleep I’m generally running on (yay grad school!). My friends and I stood in line for over two hours to get in, and it was totally worth it. We had just enough time before Matt and Kim went on to take advantage of the free beer and fried goodies aplenty.


I don’t know much about concrete, but apparently it’s a really REALLY flexible material. Once Matt and Kim started their set the entire roof of the garage started swaying, and then it started bouncing. up and down. up and down. I was 3 free beers deep at this point and totally freaking out slash having a great time being double-bounced off of the ground. LITERALLY DOUBLE-BOUNCED!! It was insane and I wondered what the news would say that night if we all died under the rubble of the Red River garage. Eh, I honestly don’t think it would have been a bad way to go.

While waiting to get into the MTV garage I noticed Donald Glover walk in with some friends. If you don’t know who he is you obviously don’t watch Community… and if that’s the case go to Hulu right now and check it out. RIGHT NOW. If you do watch it you’ll be happy to hear that Donald informed me that they just got signed for a third season!!

I just told him that I’m coming to his show in San Francisco in about a month. Obviously he’s excited that I’ll be there.

No words. I think my face says it all.

After the MTV garage I met up with some other friends and we went to go play Rebel Bingo at the IFC Crossroads House. From the pictures and videos I’ve seen of their other events I think this was much smaller and MUCH tamer than they are used to. It turned into a  big dance party afterwards, which ended up being much more fun than the game was (mainly because I had a bum card and I wanted to win the cat suit that they gave away).

I had some time to burn the next morning before what I had planned, so I wandered over to Cedar Street to see what was going on. I caught the end of Map & Atlases’ set and stuck around for Luke Rathborne. I had no idea who he was, but I was totally crushing on the adorable drummer… so I figured why not stay? I felt bad because there weren’t that many people there compared to the crowd for Maps & Atlases, probably because they had run of out of free food by that point. He were really good and I’m glad I got a chance to check him out !

The next thing I did was probably the coolest part of the weekend (yes, even better than Donald Glover licking my face). Via twitter I found out that Yours Truly was hosting some of their In My Room shows and I immediately sent them an e-mail to get the deets. I was told to meet in front of Halcyon that afternoon, and a small group of us boarded the bus. As soon as we hit the road I immediately started thinking that I may have been a little too trusting… I couldn’t help but wonder, had we just been kidnapped? My friend Heather and I were laughing the entire ride to the MTV Hive House, which was in a part of South Austin that I’ve never been to… which only helped the hilarity of the situation.

We all stuffed out faces with free tacos and beer and then had out ears tantalized. Their voices were made for each other. I have never heard anything like it and I doubt I ever will.

They told me that I had the best style of anyone there, gotta love that.

Immediately after I ran over to the French Legation to see Tuneyards, well not literally ran I was actually driven (thanks Heather!). The line was crazy, but luckily I was able to catch the last three songs of her set. The things she does with her voice are insanely beautiful.

I didn’t see as much music on Saturday because I spent the first half of the day at Style X (post to come). I met up with some friends that evening though and we went to Cedar Street and saw Little Dragon. We spent the first half of the set out on the sidewalk because the line stretched around the corner where you couldn’t see, but we eventually got in.

These were just the highlights of the weekend, there was so much going on and so much to see it’s hard to keep it all straight. It’s all still a blur, but that just means that it was a killer weekend in my book.

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