SXSW 2012 Recap

<div> <a href="features/features/sxsw_2012_recap/"><img src="" alt="SXSW 2012 Recap" /></a> </div> <p> Even as we await the Mayan Apocalypse, South-by-Southwest goes on.<span>  </span>The 2012 edition of the music industry festival in...
SXSW 2012 Recap

Even as we await the Mayan Apocalypse, South-by-Southwest goes on.  The 2012 edition of the music industry festival in Austin was an expanded one, taking in both previously unofficial parties such as FADER Fort, as well as growing to an extra day in Tuesday.  Though Syria burned and the interminable Republican Presidential Primary contest went on, it all became background noise to the sweet sounds of SXSW, March 13th to 18th.


We had two writers & four photographers covering South-by-Southwest in 2011: Ted Chase and Robin Sinhababu writing, along with photographs from those two, Jessica Alexander, Chris Becker, Rick Kern, and Terri Wise.  Here are the daily recaps:


SXSW 2012 Tuesday Recap South-by-Southwest expanded to a (light) Tuesday in 2012.
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SXSW 2012 Wednesday Recap The first ‘proper’ day of South-by-Southwest was a full one in 2012.
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SXSW 2012 Thursday Recap It was a very full Thursday at SXSW.
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SXSW 2012 Friday Recap SPIN & oldies-but-goodies ruled Friday of South-by-Southwest.
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SXSW 2012 Saturday Recap SXSW Saturday fell on St. Patrick’s Day, for better or worse.
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Rough run-down of everyone & everything covered (144 bands, 156 performances):

Alabams Shakes – Wednesday photos @ Radio Day Stage Austin Convention Center & Wednesday photos @ Stubb’s; Thursday photos @ Stubb’s

Alberta Cross – Thursday photos @ Stubb’s

Fiona Apple – Wednesday photos @ Stubb’s

A$AP Rocky – Thursday photos @ MTV Woodies

Ava Luna – Friday photos @ The Iron Bear

B.o.B. – Saturday photos @ Austin Music Hall

backwords – Friday photos @ The Dogwood

Bass Drum of Death – Thursday at The Parish

Bear In Heaven – Wednesday, Photos @ Hotel Vegas; Thursday, Photos @ PureVolume House

Best Coast – Friday, Photos @ Stubb’s

Big Deal – Tuesday photos @ French Legation Museum

The Big Pink – Friday, Photos @ Stubb’s

The Big Sleep – Wednesday photos @ The Stage On Sixth

Big Star’s Third Tribute Concert (with Jon Auer, Peter Buck, Peter Case, The Dunwells, Fan Modine, Ben Nichols, Parson Redheads, Ari Picker, Pat Sansone, Star and Micey, Jody Stephens, Tommy Stinson, M. Ward & more) – Thursday, Photos @ Paramount Theatre

Black Pistol Fire – Thursday at Skinny’s Ballroom

Blitzen Trapper – Saturday, Photos @ Mohawk  

Kurt Braunohler – Wednesday at Esther’s Follies

Chris Cab – Saturday photos @ Austin Music Hall

Caged Animals – Tuesday, Photos @ Club de Ville

Jerrod Carmichael – Wednesday at Esther’s Follies

Caveman – Thursday, Photos @ Cheer Up Charlie’s

The Chain Gang of 1974 – Wednesday, Photos @ Peckerhead’s

Chairlift – Friday, Photos @ Stubb’s

Chapter 24 – Wednesday photos @ Beauty Bar

Choir of Young Believers – Tuesday, Photos @ PureVolume House

Gary Clark Jr. – Thursday photos @ FADER Fort

Cold ShowersWednesday photos @ Hotel Vegas; Thursday photos @ The Belmont

Coldair – Friday photos @ Cedar Street Courtyard

Crocodiles – Wednesday photos @ The Stage On Sixth

Mikal Cronin – Wednesday photos @ Beauty Bar

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – Tuesday photos @ Hype Hotel

The Darcys – Friday at 512 Rooftop

Delta Spirit – Thursday photos @ Radio Day Stage Austin Convention Center

DEV – Saturday photos @ Austin Music Hall

Dinosaur Jr. – Friday, Photos @ Bar 96

Dirty Ghosts – Wednesday at Beauty Bar

Django Django – Wednesday, Photos @ FADER Fort

Dragonette – Saturday photos @ Austin Music Hall

The Drum – Wednesday, Photos @ Volstead Lounge

The Drums – Wednesday photos @ The Stage On Sixth; Thursday, Photos @ Hotel Vegas

Dwellers – Friday at Headhunters Patio

Eight and a Half – Thursday, Photos @ FADER Fort

Electric Touch – Monday photos @ BandPage HQ

Escort – Friday, Photos @ Stubb’s

EULA – Wednesday, Photos @ Uncorked

Fanfarlo – Thursday, Photos @ Hotel Vegas

Fear – Thursday at Red 7 Patio

The Features – Thursday photos @ Maggie Mae’s Rooftop

Field Report – Friday photos @ Antone’s

Flying Eyes – Friday at BD Riley’s

FootballWednesday at Beauty Bar; Thursday at Beerland

Freshkills – Thursday at Red 7 Patio

Eleanor Friedberger – Friday at Frank

Friends – Wednesday photos @ FADER Fort

fun. – Wednesday, Photos @ 1100 WarehouseThursday photos @ MTV Woodies

Future of the Left – Wednesday, Photos @ Hotel Vegas

Gardens & Villa – Tuesday, Photos @ Club de Ville

Gay Witch Abortion – Wednesday at The Iron Bear

Rosi Golan – Saturday photos @ Austin Music Hall

Kat Graham – Saturday photos @ Austin Music Hall

Guards – Tuesday photos @ The Parkside

Habibi – Wednesday photos @ Beauty Bar

Grant Hart – Friday, Photos @ Beale Street Tavern

Heartless Bastards – Tuesday, Photos @ Club 606

Pete Holmes – Wednesday at Esther’s Follies

Hooray For Earth – Tuesday, Photos @ Club de Ville

HospitalityWednesday photos @ French Legation Museum; Thursday, Photos @ Hotel Vegas

Hull – Thursday at Red 7 Patio

Imperial Teen – Friday photos @ Frank

Incan Abraham – Tuesday photos @ Hype Hotel

Japandroids – Wednesday, Photos @ Hotel Vegas; Thursday photos @ Mohawk

The Jesus and Mary Chain – Thursday photos @ The Belmont

Louis Katz – Thursday at Esther’s Follies

Kimbra – Saturday photos @ Austin Music Hall; Thursday photos @ MTV Woodies

Kreayshawn – Saturday photos @ Austin Music Hall

Little Hurricane – Tuesday photos @ Hype Hotel

Cher Lloyd – Saturday photos @ Austin Music Hall

Tito Lopez – Thursday at FADER Fort

Lower Dens – Thursday photos @ Mohawk

Lucero – Friday, Photos @ Bar 96

Machine Gun Kelly – Thursday photos @ MTV Woodies

Melvoy – Saturday, Photos @ 5th & Brazos

The Men – Wednesday photos @ Beauty Bar

Miguel – Saturday photos @ Austin Music Hall

Miniature Tigers – Tuesday photos @ Hype Hotel

MNDR – Monday photos @ BandPage HQ

Moonmen on the Moon, Man – Friday at The Iron Bear

Mia Moretti & Caitlin Moe – Saturday photos @ Austin Music Hall

Bob Mould BandFriday photos @ Frank; Saturday, Photos @ Mohawk

Mr. Gnome – Wednesday photos @ Red 7

MyNameIsJohnMichael – Thursday photos @ Stubb’s

Natural Child – Thursday at Skinny’s Ballroom

The New Cassettes – Friday, Photos @ Bar 96

New Moods – Tuesday, Photos @ Club de Ville

Night Beats – Thursday photos @ The Belmont

Nite Jewel – Thursday photos @ FADER Fort

Oberhofer – Tuesday photos @ Hype Hotel;Wednesday, Photos @ FADER Fort

OBNOX – Wednesday at Beerland

The Octopus ProjectThursday photos @ The Belmont

Paper Route – Wednesday, Photos @ Peckerhead’s

Paula I Karol – Friday photos @ Cedar Street Courtyard

Pond – Tuesday, Photos @ Club de Ville

The Punch Brothers – Thursday photos @ Stubb’s

Quilt – Friday photos @ Cedar Door

Razika – Friday photos @ The Iron Bear

Ringo Deathstarr – Thursday, Photos @ Volstead Lounge

The Roots – Saturday, Photos @ Mohawk

Frankie Rose – Wednesday, Photos @ Hotel Vegas

SantigoldWednesday photos @ FADER Fort; Friday, Photos @ Stubb’s

Saviours – Thursday at Beerland

Screaming FemalesWednesday photos @ Beauty Bar; Thursday, Photos @ PureVolume House

Seapony – Friday photos @ 1500 E 2nd St.

Shearwater – Thursday, Photos @ PureVolume House

Kat Sheeran – Saturday photos @ Austin Music Hall 

Sleepy Vikings – Tuesday photos @ Beauty Bar

Slow Club – Thursday photos @ Flamingo Cantina

Slowdance – Tuesday photos @ The Parkside

Alice Smith – Thursday photos @ FADER Fort

The Static Jacks – Friday, Photos @ Dirty Dog Bar

Beth Stelling – Thursday at Esther’s Follies

Tammar – Wednesday photos @ Swan Dive

Teengirl Fantasy – Tuesday at Austin Museum of Art; Thursday photos @ FADER Fort

Thee Oh Sees – Wednesday at Beauty Bar

Timbaland – Saturday photos @ Austin Music Hall

Titus Andronicus – Thursday photos @ The Belmont

TribesWednesday, Photos @ 1100 Warehouse; Thursday, Photos @ FADER Fort

Twilite – Friday photos @ Cedar Street Courtyard

Two Gallants – Thursday at The Parish

2CHAINZ – Wednesday photos @ FADER Fort

Ume – Wednesday, Photos @ Peckerhead’s

Vampilia – Friday at Elysium

Mirel Wagner – Tuesday, Photos @ PureVolume House

The War On Drugs – Saturday, Photos @ Mohawk

We Are Augustines – Thursday photos @ Maggie Mae’s Rooftop

We Are Serenades – Thursday, Photos @ Hotel Vegas

The Wedding PresentWednesday photos @ Swan Dive; Thursday, Photos @ Hotel Vegas

Whale Belly – Wednesday, Photos @ Uncorked

White Arrows – Wednesday, Photos @ FADER Fort

White Rabbits – Thursday, Photos @ Club de Ville

Wintersleep – Friday, Photos @ Spill Bar

Xray Eyeballs – Wednesday photos @ Hotel Vegas

Danny Yeahyeah – Thursday at Esther’s Follies

Yellow OstrichTuesday photos @ French Legation Museum; Thursday, Photos @ Hotel Vegas

Zambri – Thursday, Photos @ PureVolume House

Zola Jesus – Thursday, Photos @ FADER Fort

ZZZ’s – Friday at Elysium


Ted Chase –

Best New ActTribes

Runners-up – Django Django, We Are Serenades

Worst New ActWhite Arrows

Runners-up – The Drum, Tito Lopez

Best Established Act – Bob Mould’s ‘Copper Blue’

Runners-up – Bear In Heaven, Dinosaur Jr., Paper Route

Worst Established Actfun.

Runners-up – Screaming Females, Teengirl Fantasy

Most Hyped – Bruce Springsteen playing SXSW

Runner-Up – Jack White playing SXSW, Fiona Apple playing SXSW

Most UnderratedPaper Route

Runners Up – EULA, The New Cassettes

Most ForgettableThe Big Pink

Runners-Up – Melvoy, New Moods

Best Showcase – (day) BrooklynVegan/Hob Nob Wines parties @ Hotel Vegas

Runners-Up – (day) FADER Fort parties, MOG party @ The Mohawk (Saturday), SPIN party @ Stubb’s (Friday)

Best Showcase – (night) Fender/Filter showcase @ Bar 96 (Friday)

Runners-Up – (night) Big Star’s Third @ Paramount Theatre (Thursday), PureVolume House parties

Worst Showcase – 101X showcase @ 1100 Warehouse (Wednesday)

Runner-Up – The Rdio/Samsung Mobile party @ Club 606 @ Austin Museum of Art (Tuesday), Heard Entertainment/RootMusic showcase (Tuesday)

Longest Line – 101X showcase (Wednesday)

Runners-Up – lines for badges for PurVolume House & Hype Hotel, Tenacious D

Best Guest – Peter Buck at Big Star’s Third

Runners-Up – everyone else at Big Star’s Third

Worst Crowd – PureVolume House (night, Thursday)

Runners-Up – Paradigm Booking showcase @ Club de Ville (Thursday), SXSW showcase @ Beale Street Tavern (Friday)

Biggest Miss Copper Blue‘s “Slick”

Runners-Up – Cold Fronts, Princeton, Tenacious D, Mike Mills at Big Star’s Third, Alex Chilton at Big Star’s Third

Most appearancesAlabama Shakes

Best NameNot In the Face!

Runner-Up – Xander Harris

Biggest Star – Big Star

Biggest HaterTito Lopez

Biggest Vening Machine – Doritos


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