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Festival #PROTIPS: SXSW Eating, Drinking and Style

Make your festival the bestival with rock-solid #protips from party people who’ve been there and done that. As we motor through our spring road trip to SXSW, McDowell Mountain and Stagecoach music festivals, we’ll be taking these #protips to heart. These are the tips for SXSW. Stay tuned for future installments.


La BBQ is one of the best spots for BBQ in Austin, and what’s great about La BBQ during SXSW is that there’s live music there. La BBQ rivals Franklin’s for best BBQ in the city. They serve BBQ out of a truck until they run out.  There is another truck called the Blue Ox which is a bit more under the radar but also very good…it’s in the back of a bar called the Buzzmill. But for SXSW + BBQ: La BBQ is the jam.”

–Lindsey Mongrain, @lindsmerrick

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This Is How We Roll: Nordstrom Spring Road Trip to SXSW, McDowell Mountain and Stagecoach Music Festivals


Attention festival-goers, students and fashionistas: Nordstrom is headed out on a spring road trip, hitting major music festivals in Austin, Phoenix and Indio, plus a stop at San Diego State University and the Grove in Los Angeles.

At each of our five stops, we’ll have a dream closet full of merchandise and the chance to win a $2,000 Nordstrom gift card. Also for the unbeatable price of free-ninety-nine: beauty samples, phone charging stations and tote bags with customized on-site screen-printing. We hope to see you there!

Here’s the schedule:

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Music Video

Listen Up! Burger Records at SXSW

Festival season kicked off this week with the grandaddy of them all: SXSW. What began as a conference for musicians and record labels to connect has grown into a massive event that now attracts more people from outside of the business than actually in it.

But with that increased attendance, it’s become easier to see TONS of bands—sometimes an overwhelming amount—without shelling out for a badge. There are plenty of unofficial showcases to check out, and the ones staged by Burger Records, a small label and record store in Orange County, feature a bunch of bands we really love. Scroll down to listen to just a few of them.

We’ve got a super soft spot for girl bands with a ’60s vibe, and there are a few on Burger’s roster, including Summer Twins, Seattle’s own La Luz and Habibi (above).

Seven minutes of nouveau film noir heaven, set to a lush, spaced-out song from HOTT MT (short for Hour of the Time Majesty Twelve).

Saint Laurent creative director, Hedi Slimane, is heavily influenced by rock and roll, so it’s no surprise he hand-picked twin brothers Wyatt and Fletcher Shears of The Garden to rep his menswear line.

–Jenny Yule