#MusicMonday SXSW Edition

Rock & roll is not so much a question of electric guitars as it is striped pants. -David Lee Roth

Well kids, enough time has passed that I can think of SXSW 2009 without a singular tear falling down my cheek. As I’ve mentioned before, SXSW is a life-changing mecca-like experience and somehow, under some miracle, each year keeps getting better.

Interactive aside, the music rocked hard. As promised, here is my “best of” and then some list of bands and also the full list of all that I saw there (48 bands in 4 days, intense, I know.)

SXSW Music Picks:

Clothes Falling Off, Oozing Sex, Performances Left Me Physically Unable To Speak: Sam Roberts Band - El Sol Y Luna Delta Spirit - Radio Room extra points for best use of playing a trash can lid (Reference YouTube videos above)

Best International Comparison (And bonus for “See Them Now and Say You Saw Them When”): Glasvegas - Vice (Scottish Bruce Springstein) Asteroid Galaxy Tour - Emo’s Annex (Dannish Stevie Nicks)

Dancing Face-Melting Madness: Totally Michael - Beauty Bar Freeland - Maggie Mae’s Rooftop

Stumbled Into Surprise: Sleepy Sun - Emo’s Jr.

Hype Hype Hype, But Worth It: Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears - Buffalo Billiards

Best Acoustics: Department of Eagles - Central Presbyterian Church

Best Job Of Keeping It The Family: Flosstradamus - Filter Magazine Showcase at Cedar Street Courtyard Kid Sister - Steve Aoki After Party

Secret Track on a CD Award: Moriarty covering “Enjoy The Silence” - Driskill Hotel

Runner Up Best Cover: Manchester Orchestra covering “Prince of Bel-Air” - Radio Room Patio

Bands On My List That I Missed: Harlem Shakes King Khan & the Shrines Janelle Monae Matt & Kim The Avett Brothers

Venues I Swear I Want To Go To Next Year: Continental Club Scoot Inn The Ranch

The Full List:

Wednesday (11) Department of Eagles School of Seven Bells Delta Spirit Manchester Orchestra Peter Bjorn & John Glasvegas Belle Ladyhawk Sleepy Sun Heartless Bastards Datarock (technically Tuesday night but post-midnight)

Thursday (10) Tyrone Wells Francis & The Lights Crystal Stilts Easy Star All-Stars Bishop Allen Ocelot Totally Michael Asteroid Galaxy Tour Freeland Kid Sister

Friday (12) Echo & The Bunnymen Dananananakroyd Manahattan Love Suicide Driskill Jam Session Big Elf Valient Thorr Peter & The Pirate Mumford & Sons Freeland Sam Roberts Von Bondies Shwayze

Saturday (15) Asobi Seku Flosstradamus N.A.S.A. Rye Rye Lucero Akron Family White Lies Juliet Camadire The Little Ones Moriarty Duke Spirit Silversun Pickups Solange Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears MSTRKRFT

And now the big question - Who were your favorites?

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