Behind The Scenes @ SXSW Day 3

If you’ve ever wondered exactly what the South By Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas in like, we’ll just tell you it is one huge amalgamation of fine, fanciful, fantastic, fun and phenomenal music.

In order to give you some kind of idea about what it would be like to experience the event, Vignette Music Reporter McClain Johnson journaled from the frontlines.

Here is a peak behind the scenes on Day 3 at SXSW:

SXSW is like a Choose Your Own Adventure story of musically epic proportions.

Thursday, I took a slightly more subdued approach to the musical madness.

Thursday afternoon, I headed to the blog Hype Machine’s Hype Hotel for the Aquarium Drunkard day party. The courtyard was packed with people. The crowd was laid back and easing into their afternoons by grooving to some quality tunes. One of the most amazing things about SXSW is that, every hour of the day, you are surrounded by music.

Bass Drum of Death delivered a set of rocking indie tunes. They had the whole crowd grooving. It’s always nice to see a band rocking so hard in the early afternoon.

Youth Lagoon’s set at the Aquarium Drunkard day party was one of the best sets I saw during all of SXSW. His vocals were angelic and his beats were sprawling and beautiful. His tracks have a very lush feel and it was thrilling to see him make them sound even more robust live.

Fans of Bon Iver should check out Youth Lagoon. You will be glad you did.

Austin is well-known for its food truck scene. I had my first Korean pork taco on Thursday. It featured Korean spare ribs, kimchi, cheese, and, for some reason, french fries, all wrapped in a warm soft tortilla. It was a weird, wonderful, mind-blowing example of Asian fusion. I saw 8 other Korean taco trucks in Austin during SXSW. I felt like I was tasting the future.

Thursday night, I headed down Sixth Street to Buffalo Billiards for a showcase. The bottom floor of Buffalo Billiards is all pool tables and shuffle boards. The top floor held some quality rock. Austin-based band Gold Beach won me over with their buzzing, feedback drenched waves of sound. Avalanche City had a poppy, tight sound that went over well.

It was a more low-key scene on Thursday at SXSW. Still, quality music was all around. It was a calm before the insanity of the weekend ahead.

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