Well, another South By Southwest is in the books. And, if you're like us, you've probably got tinnitus, alcohol poisoning and the gout (i.e. the SXSW Hat Trick), not to mention an unwavering desire to do it all again next year.
Because no matter how hard you hit SXSW, you can never quite hit it hard enough. There are always bands you didn't get to see, parties you didn't get to attend, amazing moments on Sixth Street that you missed because your friend was busy getting arrested. And while we could sit here and list off a dozen of those things, we figured it would be better to let some SXSW movers and shakers do it instead: "Twilight" saga star Kristen Stewart (at the conference to promote "The Runaways" film), celebrity blogger Perez Hilton (who hosted a showcase featuring Snoop Dogg, Hole and more), Fall Out Boy frontman Patrick Stump (who performed his debut solo set) and DJ/ M.I.A. collaborator/ Major Lazer member Diplo. These are some of the fest's biggest names, filling you in on some of their favorites from a very long week of music and madness. And remember, there's always next year!
"[Dakota Fanning] and I went to go see Band of Horses and Broken Social Scene. She left right before Broken Social Scene played, and they brought out the chick from Metric and oh my God — it felt very South by Southwest-y. It's really crazy driving around here. The streets are loaded with really cool-looking people — and really loaded people, too! It was weird that they happened to be playing that night, because it was the first night we were here. And everyone was like, 'Oh, you need to go see a show,' and Band of Horses happen to my favorite band right now ... I was very excited. I'm planning on seeing Johnny Flynn too, because he is a mutual friend. South by Southwest is so cool, because it's actually so chill and not intimidating. Usually, music festivals aren't this way. As you're approaching the city, you can hear the music. And from my hotel room, you can hear music, and it hasn't stopped."
"[Apart from] some of the bands that were playing my party ... the highlight of the week for me has definitely been Marina & the Diamonds and Alphabeat, they were both great. There was an artist named Lissie who I really loved, performance-wise and vocally, her voice is amazing. I think she's better than her material — I don't like the songs as much. I liked Miike Snow a lot too. The worst, by far, was JJ. It was insulting as an audience member, how bad they were. This girl just stood there with her head down. It was almost like — I remember I saw Cat Power play once, and it was like she was having a nervous breakdown, her hair was covering her face ... same thing, like she didn't want to be there. Which is why when I saw Marina & the Diamonds it was so refreshing, because not only is she a great musician, she loves entertaining. And that's important."
"I really want to see Javelin, because I'm interested to see if it's going to be a rocking live show or not. It's one of those things where, after you play music live for such a long time, you kind of lose the zeal to see a lot of live shows. I want to see Jonna Lee, because of those [Iamamiwhoami] videos [which Lee is rumored to be behind]. They're genius. And whether or not it's her, I want to see her because of those videos."
Diplo (DJ, M.I.A. collaborator, Major Lazer bandmember)
"Sleigh Bells are friends of mine, I like them. PoPo are amazing, like a garage-punk, kinda-electronic Pakistani band. Yelawolf is killing it. All the kids knew his lyrics. He's amazing."