This year's festival surely won't disappoint.
Morning Parade invaded SXSW with their indie rock/alternative sound and definitely left a mark on Austin. Hailing from Harlow, England, Morning Parade brings a different vibe to the music scene at SXSW.
Coming to SXSW all the way from London, England, Graffiti6 blew everyone in Austin away. Graffiti6, made up of pop/rock duo Jamie Scott (vocals) and Tommy "D" Danvers (producer and songwriter), bring a whole new kind of sound to the SXSW music scene.
Coming to SXSW from Santa Barbara, these boys brought California sunshine into the bar. After quickly packing the house, people congregated by the window out on the street just to soak up some of their sound. Tommy's voice is smooth like whiskey; warms you up and gives you chills all at the same time. He winked at me at the beginning of their set, and I nearly fainted.
What's better than having a really awesome camera around your neck? How about a really sexy one? The Nikon J1 gives you the same quality packed into generations of the Nikon brand, but adds an element of style to your shooting. Beyond aesthetics, it's size makes it practical for almost any situation, and I had a great time using it at SXSW.
If someone asked me what my favorite part of SXSW was, I would say Black Taxi. Sure, I saw Jay-Z. Yeah, I checked out Miike Snow, and I was mildly impressed with The Temper Trap. But no one turned me on like Black Taxi. Maybe it's the way the music makes me move, maybe it's the seductive nature of Bill's voice, maybe it's that Ezra pulls on a crowd like a marionette, and he didn't care at all when I stole his maraca in a fit of dancing.
And it's better than the early 90s. Even celebrities like Rihanna have been sporting the fanny as of late. I couldn't help but notice that this fashion artifact made multiple appearances at SXSW. I know fashion is cyclical, but is this really a trend we want to recycle?
March 14 falls exactly one month after Valentine's Day and is recognized as National Steak and a BJ day. I polled people out on the streets during SXSW to find out how they were celebrating!
As Spring and Summer approach, our anticipation for music festival season crescendos with a fury. Sunshine, music, beautiful people and booze? Give it here. CollegeCandy decided to kick off the music festival season with a good old fashioned bucket list. We have compiled a monster list of 50 things to complete before the season is over.
For those of you who don't know already, SXSW is a super awesome conference that promotes music, film and interaction held annually in Austin, TX. It's coming up again and, with the hottest stars getting ready to party it up Texas-style, of course CollegeCandy will be there. Find out how to follow our shenanigans as we check-in to and tweet the whole experience!
Spring is almost here, which means that the season of music festivals is just around the corner. Warm weather, great music, nonstop parties... what could be better? It's hard not to have a great time at an awesome music festival.
It quite honestly feels like everyone here in Austin still has a hangover from spring break. SXSW had so many great bands this year, I had to extend my coverage of it to a second week! Beats Antique is by far probably the most creative and original band that I've discovered in awhile, and so I share with you their second album Collide.
You might have noticed that I was absent last week. With SXSW going on over Spring Break here in Austin, I was too busy running around town from show to show to write. But never fear! It was all for a good cause, because now I have even more bands to show you!