Every year leading up to what has pretty much become my own grown up version of spring break / music camp aka, SXSW, we are inundated with events, parties, press releases, gig offers and more. Needless to say, it’s hard to top the first couple years with Hank Sinatra, the Playboy parties, FADER fort mayhem and 40oz to Austin style freedom. The general locale of the conference turned festival is so spread out, we like to help narrow it down and point you in the direction of the best who, what, when, where and that’s why. From SPIN’s annual party at Stubbs, the FADER fort, IHeartcomix and Dim Mak weekend takeovers, dFm x Nylon parties and last minute secret shows, you can check back to our home base Shadowscene SXSW page to stay in the loop. And let’s just say, when it comes to food, the food truck zone is where it’s at. And skip the pizza, you’re in Texas — get down on those brisket triscuits and follow it up with a Lone Star. Clothing recommendation – boots.

by Ellei J.