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SXSW: fade out

Posted by James Reed  March 18, 2012 08:51 PM

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Do you hear that? No? Exactly. It's the sound of relative silence, of not being enveloped by more than 2,200 bands at South by Southwest.

It's Sunday evening, the crowds have thinned, and my hands are covered in marks of the beast (ink stamps and bracelets that verify I'm over 21 years old). Truly, five days at SXSW, which for me meant 43 bands in 28 venues, feels like a lifetime. You'll forgive me if I want to skip shows back in Boston for at least a week.

I also had a great time, of course, and I'm leaving Austin with incredible memories. Check out tomorrow's Boston Globe and BostonGlobe.com for full reports, including a Page One story on Boston's Debo Band at SXSW. (And in case you missed my tweets, follow me here.)

In the meantime, here's my list of the 10 best things I saw this year:

1. Bruce Springsteen’s keynote address (Thursday)
2. Fiona Apple (Wednesday)
3. “Big Easy Express” film screening (followed by performances from Mumford & Sons & Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Saturday)
4. The Alabama Shakes (Wednesday)
5. THEESatisfaction (Friday)
6. Kali Mutsa (Thursday)
7. Kat Edmonson (Thursday)
8. Jonny Corndawg (Thursday)
9. Grimes (Thursday, above)
10. Dustin Wong (Tuesday)

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