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Friday, April 03, 2009

Final SXSW Recap

A friend warned me that SXSW rewards research and preparation. I did little of either this year. I never made a schedule of bands I wanted to see. I just bounced from show to show, trying to catch up with as many my friends as possible. It worked well but I'll be more organized when the rest of Rock Club is here for SXSW 2010.

I didn't keep a running tally of bands which was another mistake. I cobbled a list together after the fact and I'm sure I forget a few. I watched a total of 41 bands play 47 sets (see below). Looking back it's a blur. Another thing I need to do next year: more pictures. Oh, and some video.

Top 5 Performances:
1. Future of the Left
2. The Decemberists
3. Kurt Vile
4. Thao and The Get Down Stay Down (Kill Rock Stars Party)
5. Harlem

Top 5 Surprises:
1. The Decemberists
2. Kurt Vile
3. Salvador Duran
4. Dignan
5. Efterklang

5 Bands I Wished I Had Seen:
1. Dirty Projectors
2. The Soft Pack
3. The Chesterfield Kings
4. Devo
5. Dan Auerbach

5 Bands I didn't Mind Missing:
1. Metallica
2. Tinted Windows
3. Tori Amos
4. Juliette & the Licks
5. Cold War Kids

Full List:
Thao and The Get Down Stay Down (three times)
Carol Bui (twice)
Horse Feathers (twice)
Deleted Scenes (twice)
The Thermals (twice)
Dans La June
The Decemberists
Middle Distance Runner
Rotary Downs
Felix Obelix
Deleted Scenes
Camera Obscura
Alela Diane
The Homosexuals
Richard Swift
Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band
Bishop Allen
Julie Dioron
Silk Flowers
Crystal Stilts
Gun Outfit
The Upsidedown
Salvador Duran y Sergio Mendoza
The Future of the Left
Kurt Vile
Major Stars
Crystal Stilts
King Khan and the Shrines
Vivian Girls
Trash Talk
The Thermals
The Bronx

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