As a versatile amalgamation of corporate conferences, tech expos, avant garde artistry, and diverse musicality, the annual hootenanny in Austin (known as SXSW) is the proverbial cornucopia of festivity. Spanning 10 days (March 9-18), this multifaceted bonanza draws deeply from vast spectrums of society—from Facebook and Skype, to Andrew WK and Nas—encapsulated within those ten wily days is a plethora of info, networking opportunity, and righteous tuneage—topped off with a multitude of imbibing possibilities!
If you weren't able to get to the SXSW festival or just didn't get your fix of indie sounds, there is another festival that takes place down the road from March 20th to 22nd. There are two stages in a beautiful drive-in movie theater on the side of a mountain in the Sierra Madre Oriental, located at Avenida Lázaro Cárdenas #1818 Colonia Las Torres, Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico.
Tickets are $30 USD for a 3-Day pass, which will have 78 bands, including headliners - No Age, Liars, Neon Indian, Andrew WK, and Washed Out. The festival includes a substantial visual art element as well, with the perimeter of the space decorated by huge original murals and projected video pieces (on the drive-in screen of course!) by such artists Stephanie Davidson, Sumi Ink Club, Jesse Spears, Katja Mater, JD Beltran and many more.
David Bazan Curse Your Branches
Black Crowes Before The Frost.....Until The Freeze
Chevelle Sci-Fi Crimes
The Color Morale We All Have Demons
Cross Canadian Ragweed Happiness And All The Other Things
The Entrance Band The Entrance Band
Whitney Houston I Look To You
Insane Clown Posse Bang Pow Boom
Juliette Lewis Terra Incognita T
The Opposite Of Sex Live + Burn [EP]
Beanie Sigel Broad Street Bully
Simple Minds Graffiti Soul
Trey Songz Ready
These United States Everything Touches Everything
The Used Artwork
Andrew WK 55 Cadillac
Chris Young The Man I Want To Be