BEST CARNIVAL HOLDOVER: Bunji Garlin
Carnival — the pre-Lenten blowout held around the world — came to an end nearly two weeks ago, but crossover star Bunji Garlin used his two SXSW appearances to bring the music and energy of Trinidad up to Austin, twice leading fans old and new through a shout-alongs of his triumphant 2013 hit "Differentology." "I'm honored to be one of the first two Soca artists to perform at this festival," he told the crowd at Rice and Peas' Wednesday day party. The other? His wife, Fay-Ann Lyons, who followed Bunji's performance with a few songs of her own, whipping the small crowd into such a frenzy that the speakers began to wobble and the stability of the Empire Auto back patio seemed in question.