Bonnaroo Takes To SxSW

Last week marked the official start of spring training for festival season. A bunch of Bonnaroo staff went down to Austin, TX to do the SxSW shuffle, which consists of walking back and forth between bars while juggling freebie branded sunglasses, BBQ tacos and CD compilations (yes, they still exist) - but mostly it's a ton of freakin' shows.  

Here's a playlist and some super brief reviews to prove that we were in fact doing our jobs amidst the chaos…

WHO WE SAW: Bad Suns
WHAT WE THOUGHT: Love seeing a band swing for the fences!
CHOICE TRACK: "Cardiac Arrest"

WHO WE SAW: Bears Den
WHAT WE THOUGHT: Catchy tunes
CHOICE TRACK: "Agape"

WHO WE SAW: Big Ups
WHAT WE THOUGHT: High energy fun...
CHOICE TRACK: "Goes Black"

WHO WE SAW: Calvin Love
WHAT WE THOUGHT: Great presence, talented, fun set
CHOICE TRACK: "Missions"

WHO WE SAW: Cherub
WHAT WE THOUGHT: This song is massive… expect to see big things from them this summer on The Farm.
CHOICE TRACK: "Doses & Mimosas"

WHO WE SAW: Connan Mockasin
WHAT WE THOUGHT: Mesmerizing
CHOICE TRACK: "I'm The Man That Will Find You"

WHO WE SAW: Damon Albarn
WHAT WE THOUGHT: Mellow and clear
CHOICE TRACK: "Tomorrow Comes Today"

WHO WE SAW: The Districts
WHAT WE THOUGHT: Great voice, high energy show
CHOICE TRACK: "Funeral Beds"

WHO WE SAW: DJ Spin & DJ Rashad
WHAT WE THOUGHT: Highly danceable
CHOICE TRACK: "She A Go"

WHO WE SAW: Eagulls
WHAT WE THOUGHT: Gut-wrenching, pound-the-pavement rock
CHOICE TRACK: "Nerve Endings"

WHO WE SAW: Echosmith
WHAT WE THOUGHT: Amazing poise and songs for such young folks
CHOICE TRACK: "Cool Kids"

WHO WE SAW: Electric Eye
WHAT WE THOUGHT: Hazy swirly perfect psychedelia
CHOICE TRACK: "Tangerine"

WHO WE SAW: Future
WHAT WE THOUGHT: Hip-hop-calypse
CHOICE TRACK: "Honest"

WHO WE SAW: Future Islands
WHAT WE THOUGHT: Hamlet meets melodic pop
CHOICE TRACK: "Seasons (Waiting On You)"

WHO WE SAW: Glass Animals
WHAT WE THOUGHT: Melty, vibey electronic
CHOICE TRACK: "Gooey"

WHO WE SAW: Highasakite
WHAT WE THOUGHT: Norwegian band with big percussion and strong, poppy vocals 
CHOICE TRACK: "Indian Summer"

WHO WE SAW: Jeremy Messersmith
WHAT WE THOUGHT: One of the strongest singer/songwriters to emerge in quite some time
CHOICE TRACK: "Ghost"

WHO WE SAW: Jungle
WHAT WE THOUGHT: Pure groove, makes you want to move
CHOICE TRACK: "Busy Earnin'"

WHO WE SAW: Kirin J Callinan
WHAT WE THOUGHT: Captivating and fearless
CHOICE TRACK: "Landslide"

WHO WE SAW: Kins
WHAT WE THOUGHT: Patient and atmospheric
CHOICE TRACK: "Aimless"

WHO WE SAW: Little Dragon
WHAT WE THOUGHT: The crowd goes wild every time! Amazing live performance
CHOICE TRACK: "Klapp Klapp"

WHO WE SAW: Machinedrum
WHAT WE THOUGHT: Electronic music with an analog rhythm section
CHOICE TRACK: "Center Your Love"

WHO WE SAW: Magic Man
WHAT WE THOUGHT: Catchy, smooth, a great guilty pleasure
CHOICE TRACK: "Texas"

WHO WE SAW: Mutual Benefit
WHAT WE THOUGHT: Dream-state harmonies and swirling strings
CHOICE TRACK: "Advanced Falconry"

WHO WE SAW: Nick Mulvey
WHAT WE THOUGHT: On record its jangly folk pop but in the church where we saw him... totally haunting and incredible.
CHOICE TRACK: "River Lea"

WHO WE SAW: Phantogram
WHAT WE THOUGHT: Hot n' gritty!
CHOICE TRACK: "Black Out Days"

WHO WE SAW: The Preatures
WHAT WE THOUGHT: One of our favorite finds of the year. See why on The Farm in June!
CHOICE TRACK: "Manic Baby"

WHO WE SAW: Real Estate
WHAT WE THOUGHT: Hook-filled perfect jangly rock tunes
CHOICE TRACK: "Past Lives"

WHO WE SAW: Rome Fortune
WHAT WE THOUGHT: Smart ATL rapper who delivers a spot on performance
CHOICE TRACK: "Money Memories"

WHO WE SAW: Ryan Hemsworth
WHAT WE THOUGHT: Fun dance-infused sets time and time again
CHOICE TRACK: "One For Me"

WHO WE SAW: Saintseneca
WHAT WE THOUGHT:
CHOICE TRACK: "Happy Alone"

WHO WE SAW: Shlomo and Jeremih
WHAT WE THOUGHT: Great performance and very entertaining
CHOICE TRACK: "Do You Right (Bo Peep)"

WHO WE SAW: Spanish Gold
WHAT WE THOUGHT: Saw them twice. Intimate, yet so funky. Put us on cloud nine the rest of the day
CHOICE TRACK: "Out On The Street"

WHO WE SAW: St. Vincent
WHAT WE THOUGHT: Theatrical stage show and ripping guitar solos like we've never seen Annie bust out before
CHOICE TRACK: "Prince Johnny"

WHO WE SAW: Streets of Laredo
WHAT WE THOUGHT: New Zealanders move to Brooklyn, write rollicking acoustic ditties
CHOICE TRACK: "Hey Rose"

WHO WE SAW: Syd Arthur
CHOICE TRACK: "Ode To Summer"

WHO WE SAW: Sylvan Esso
WHAT WE THOUGHT: Surreal vocals
CHOICE TRACK: "Coffee"

WHO WE SAW: Tinashe
WHAT WE THOUGHT: Everything you'd want to see from a young and talented R&B diva
CHOICE TRACK: "Vulnerable"

WHO WE SAW: Tove Lo
WHAT WE THOUGHT: If her song Habits doesn't make you get up and dance, I'm not sure what will.
CHOICE TRACK: "Habits"

WHO WE SAW: Vance Joy
WHAT WE THOUGHT: This guy is the man on the uke!
CHOICE TRACK: "Riptide"

WHO WE SAW: Warpaint
WHAT WE THOUGHT: Coolest chicks you're ever gonna see play instruments. Their songs are good too.
CHOICE TRACK: "Love Is To Die"

WHO WE SAW: White Sea
WHAT WE THOUGHT: Female vocalist with great songs and stage presence. Doesn't hurt that she worked with M83.
CHOICE TRACK: "They Don't Know"

WHO WE SAW: Yvette
WHAT WE THOUGHT: Two guys - a helluva lot of noise
CHOICE TRACK: "Everything In Reverse"

WHO WE SAW: ZZ Ward
WHAT WE THOUGHT: Soulful blues-rockin' chick
CHOICE TRACK: "Put The Gun Down"