Armed with pens, notepads and, most motivating, the sense I'm well in over my head even before the trip to SXSW 2013 – thousands of bands, at dozens of venues, sprawling over six days and only a few square miles – the pure sense of Austin as Elysium is crossed with the inherent need to stay abreast of it all.
The SXSCity music festival rambled to a close on Monday night with an eclectic bill taking the stage at Off Broadway.
It's 1 a.m. and Mardi Gras World is still kicking. Spring breakers and locals alike are packed tight to see some of today's top acts in EDM, hip-hop and indie rock. With shows starting at dusk and ending at three in the morning, the two-day festival known as Buku only got more crowded and more rowdy as the night progressed.
An intense gathering of headbangers spanning multiple generations, Sunday night's show at Pop's featured four of the sweatiest, loudest and hairiest live acts working today.
A line of 50 people stood before the entrance of the Firebird some time around 8:30 p.m. Steeped in the well-known buzz of "stoked," they chatted amicably amongst themselves and fellow waiters.
A haze descended over the audience as the lights rose over Yonder Mountain String Band on Friday evening at the Pageant. The night was filled with a groove that could be placed somewhere between the Grateful Dead and the classic bluegrass of Flatt and Scruggs, with country melodies and a musical muscle evident in jam-band circles. Dancers, drinks and bona-fide hippies took delight in all the sights and sounds.