As Rolling Stone gears up for SXSW, we can’t help but look back at last year. Nearly 2,000 bands came to Austin for the annual event, and we managed to mention most of them, in reviews, tweets, photos and videos. Here’s a quick run down.
RS hosted its first showcases at last year’s festival and had our cameras were rolling both on stage and behind the scenes. Check out the clips below for songs and interviews with each act:
We shot some of the last year’s hottest rockers in exhibits at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. Patrick Stump, the xx, Surfer Blood, Nneka, Free Energy and more bands got intimately acquainted with the Texas Revolution, the Alamo, Comanche tipis and more great moments in Texas lore. Take a look at our handiwork in our special Texas Takeover gallery:
Every SXSW festivals has its share of big surprises. But the biggest story last year was not a surprise show or a break-out band but the untimely death of Big Star frontman Alex Chilton.
• Big Star’s SXSW Show Becomes a Tribute to Alex Chilton
• Spoon, Broken Bells Grab the Spotlight as SXSW 2010 Launches
• Hole Cover the Rolling Stones, But Courtney Love Isn’t Satisfied
• Broken Social Scene, Band of Horses, Drive-By Truckers Bring Big Guitar Rock
• Stone Temple Pilots Debut Songs, Rock With Robby Krieger
• Muse Pack Arena-Size Anthems Into Surprise SXSW Show
Last year, we enlisted the help of contributor Christopher R. Weingarten, who had recently completed his 1000TimesYes project — 1,000 140-character album reviews in a year. For the festival, we asked Chris to review 100 shows via 100 tweets in four days.
• Day One: 27 Reports, From Andrew WK to Paul Wall
• Day Two: 26 Reports, From GZA to the xx
• Day Three: 24 Reports, From Liars to Local Natives
• Day Four: 23 Reports, From Scissor Sisters to Free Energy