48 Best Things We Saw at SXSW 2014From crystal-encrusted tour vans to nutbar protests to big stars on tiny stages
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BEST REASON TO SUFFER THE CROWDS ON 6TH STREET: Carpark Records Showcase
It was a rough scene outside the Parish Underground on Thursday night, thanks to the crowds – by midnight, some of the drunkest of the festival – as well as the toughest bouncer downtown, a six-foot-five Texan who went as far as to snap iPhone photos of anyone he thought was attempting to sneak in. You couldn’t blame people for trying, though: The seven bands playing the D.C record label’s showcase spent the evening attempting to make the venue feel like a suburban basement. Cloud Nothings, loud as ever, closed the show, and so around 1:30 a handful of kids up front, perhaps unsatisfied returning to the Airbnb with only ear damage, threw themselves into a genuine mosh pit. Against all odds, it had turned more chaotic inside than out.