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Meditations on SXSW 2013

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

As is customary for me when attending anything really, there are a lot of thoughts going through my head. This year's South by SouthWest music festival in Austin, Texas, was no different. Anyone who has been following the site over the last few months has been well aware of the work we at Nextbop have been putting in to throw our own party of shows on the first Wednesday of the festival, which in turn had its own particular difficulties. This is on top of the usual hullabaloo that comes along with meandering through the massive festival with its myriad number of acts of various genres. When tackling this festival, both as an attendee and subsequently as a writer, it helps to have a different take on things. Thus, as opposed to the usual staid form of writing about each show I saw (which I was more than capable of doing and did to some degree here and there), I decided to approach my take on SXSW with a series of miniature essays encompassing different aspects of the festival and Austin in general.