SXSW 2010's Best Video: Court Yard Hounds, Free Energy, More

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Nearly 2,000 bands invaded Austin for rock's annual Mardi Gras SXSW earlier this month, and Rolling Stone was on the scene, bringing you reports from the biggest shows (Stone Temple Pilots, Hole, Muse) and 100 tweets about up-and-comers to watch. RS also hosted our first-ever showcases at the festival — be sure to grab our new issue, out today, for the story behind our pair of shows.

Our cameras were rolling onstage and behind the scenes, capturing some of the most incredible footage of the fest — watch it all right here: Dixie Chicks side project Court Yard Hounds open up about the birth of the band, the Whigs tell the story behind their new album, David Fricke questions Jimmie Dale Gilmore about Austin's enduring weirdness and talks to John Doe about happiness affecting his art, Jonathan Ringen gets Free Energy to chat about Tom Petty and Dawes to debate their influences. Plus, see Mayer Hawthorne hanging out on the set of our historical photo shoot and talks about Snoop and Smokey Robinson, and catch some of Band of Skulls' searing live set.

Band of Skulls

Court Yard Hounds

Jimmie Dale Gilmore

Free Energy

The Whigs

Dawes

John Doe

Mayer Hawthorne