Where do we even begin? SXSW was absolute insanity. While the unfortunate sides of the festival got plenty of press, we’re happy to report an actually incredible celebration of local culture and music for those savvy enough to break from the major trends and go digging on their own. Forget waiting in the two-hour-long line for the showcase sponsored by your major brand of choice; SXSW proved immensely rewarding for niche sounds and the ardent fans that make those scenes alive. Here’s our journal of the SXSW that was — and how we all survived it on-budget and in one piece.

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