• The 50 Best Things We Saw at SXSW 2013

    The 50 Best Things We Saw at SXSW 2013

    We somehow survived SXSW 2013, a weekend where we subsisted on little more than brisket, energy drinks, and our enthusiasm for Trinidad James. Here are the 50 best things we saw, heard, ate, and stumbled upon. CHARLES AARON, CARYN GANZ, DAVID MARCHESE, DAVID PEISNER, and JORDAN SARGENT

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    See all our best live photos from SXSW 2013 here5. Samantha Crain Bungalow, Thirty Tigers Showcase, 8:00 p.m. Samantha Crain will do what it takes to win new fans — including get into car accidents. Speaking from the small outdoor stage at Bungalow, the Oklahama singer-songwriter told a story about having a minor collision while she and her guitarist, bassist, and drummer were driving to Austin. Turns out that the woman in the other vehicle had the same destination, and wound up waving and cheering for Crain at a SXSW show earlier in the week. Thankfully, the silvery-voiced, raven-tressed singer has some more uplifting, less stressful methods for audience-building.Singing songs taken mostly from this year's Kid Face, Crain delivered a raft of warm, homespun melodies, her voice glinting and gliding over her bandmates' acoustic guitar leads, upright bass thump, and ambling drums.

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    See all our best live photos from SXSW 2013 here5. Chelsea Light Moving Mohawk outdoor stage, 12:15 a.m. Five years ago, Thurston Moore played on Friday night of SXSW at the Mohawk Patio. Last night, Moore did the same, but damn, what a difference five years makes. In 2008, a solo Moore set was simply an outlet for an extremely prolific icon of New York cool; now it's a perceived death knell for Sonic Youth, who've been unclear on their future since Moore and Kim Gordon split as a real-life couple in 2011.It took the band so long to set up, Moore had time for a little audience interaction. "I have some extra drink tickets," he declared from the stage, passing a wristband back "to the thirsty guy" before announcing fans would have to answer trivia questions to score the rest. "What is this guy's name?" he asked, gesturing to guitarist Keith Wood.

  • At Home on the Road With St. Lucia

    At Home on the Road With St. Lucia

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    See all our best live photos from SXSW 2013 here 5. Chance the RapperGatsby’s, 5 p.m. SXSW is full to the brim with "personalities" hoping to score attention, but Chance the Rapper's oddball set at Red Bull's 120 Hours party — curated by Chicago rap blog Fake Shore Drive — felt genuine. Performing after rap-punks Show You Suck, Chance came to the stage wearing a tank top and cut-off jeans, a bouncing ball of twitching energy; his high-pitched, nasally voice and darting flow displaying an idiosyncratic magnetism. Chance's beats, stewed in soul and gospel, emanated a warmth that makes this newcomer seem even easier to love. JORDAN SARGENT4. William Tyler Merge Records Showcase, The Parish, 9 p.m.

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    By now you're well aware SXSW is in full swing, and the relaunching MySpace is making a big splash down in Austin this year with a series of secret shows. Tickets to these gigs are free and open to everyone on a first-come, first-served basis who RSVP at new.myspace.com/secretshow, but we can make your entry into Friday night's (extremely excellent) show a little easier: by giving them to you!First, the important info — who's playing? Flying Lotus, Sleigh Bells, Dillon Francis, and Theophilus London. Yup, there are recent SPIN cover stars in the mix.Fill out the form below for a chance at a pair of tix! We'll notify the winner via email Friday morning with ticket pickup info. Good luck!

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    See all our best live photos from SXSW 2013 here5. DENIRO FARRAR 119 Club, 9:45 p.m. Wednesday night's rap show at 119 Club was running so far behind schedule that it's possible that headliner ScHoolboy Q just got off stage as you read this. An early bright spot amongst a sea of anonymous faces was North Carolinian rapper Deniro Farrar, who was commanding and charismatic. Shirtless and sporting a blunt cadence, he shares the same appeal of trap stars like Alley Boy and Plies — which makes it interesting that, on record, he raps mostly over beats from cloud-rap weirdos like Friendzone and Ryan Hemsworth. But his set at SXSW was gruff and uncompromising — he spent the majority of it lashing out at rappers for not actually selling coke. JORDAN SARGENT4. DIKES OF HOLLAND Beerland Patio, 5 p.m. Apparently, they do this all day every day.

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