The SXSW I Didn’t Go To

Every year some college friends and I try and meet up at SXSW.  We all went to college in Austin.  Some people stayed there and some people are across the globe.  It’s fun to see one another and experience live music together.  Especially because our tastes cover a large range – from hip-hop to folk to electro/indiepop to punk to metal (maybe some experimental noise rock?).  I tend to gravitate more towards the dirty punk rock shows or less well known shows for a few reasons…two of which are: I feel like that is what SXSW is about – finding unknown bands (the good and the bad ones) and I hate waiting in line.


In preparation for this overwhelming week of music, we make playlists.  We listen to artists, we obsessively read blogs, we bring out our inner music snob, and essentially tag the ones that we’re interested in by putting them in a playlist.  We share the playlists with each other and see where there is overlap.  You can’t get your feelings hurt during SX if people don’t want to hang out with you the whole time – sometimes there’s overlap and sometimes there isn’t, but there’s always breakfast tacos to meet up over in the morning or late night snacks to be had.


On a side note: it just occurred to me that I should probably put this much effort and preparation into going to conferences for work.


A good friend of mine handwrites her list and uses descriptors like “sunshine and rainbow pop music” or “glitterfest.”


Anyway, this year…I had every intention of going to SX.  I reserved a non-transferrable wristband and everything.   And…I didn’t go.  But I did do some preparation for it, so here are the artists that I had started to earmark as worth seeing live.  It’s all over the place, but there’s definitely a beachy vibe to it (maybe I was dreaming of the beach after a dreary Seattle winter).  I hope you discover some new artists you like.


And, if you’re ever headed to Austin and want some bar and restaurant recommendations, feel free to hit me up!


Shrey Ley

Shrey Ley

Shreya Ley is an adventurer, business owner, and intellectual property attorney.Above all, she is a human that also uses the law to advise her clients on how to navigate the business world once they have broken free of the golden handcuffs of Corporate America.
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