Half the fun of SXSW comes from the late-night scene on the streets, particularly 6th Street, the epicenter of the action. With music spilling out of the clubs and throngs of people winding up and down the road, it's nonstop sensory overload. Imagine Lansdowne Street when the Sox are playing -- with U2 as the game's special musical guests.
You never know whom you're going to see down here, starting with all the street musicians who don't have a venue but still want to jam al fresco:
But nothing has topped this stroke of brilliance: a little food stand called Meatheads, which peddles burgers and sausages but lures you in with '80s videos playing on a screen. Boston really needs this:
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ContributorsSarah Rodman is a staff music critic for the Boston Globe.
James Reed is a staff music critic for the Boston Globe.
Jonathan Perry is the Globe's Scene & Heard columnist, covering local music.
Michael Brodeur is the assistant arts editor for the Boston Globe, covering pop music, TV, and nightlife.
Julian Benbow is a staff writer at the Boston Globe, covering sports and music.
Katie McLeod is Boston.com's features editor.
Rachel Raczka is a producer for Lifestyle and Arts & Entertainment at Boston.com.
Emily Wright is an Arts & Entertainment producer at Boston.com.