Editor’s note: This article was originally published March 18, 2014
Did you hear that? The unsettling quiet washing through Downtown Austin every time the wind blows? The hustle and bustle of daily life in the city remains, but as the giant Doritos machine goes, so does the roar of SXSW 2014.
This year’s festival saw plenty of musical spectacle, from Gaga to Jay and ‘Ye, but that only scratches the surface of what every venue imaginable offered through the week. Our team broke down their highlights, spanning everything from genre-smashing hip-hop showcases to legendary punk band X’s set at Mohawk to the shiny polish of the iTunes Festival. Think the noise drowned out the up-and-comers this year? Check out our list of SXSW artists to watch.
In the meantime, bring a little music back into your life with our SXSW 2014 post-game wrap-up playlist, including acts from our critics’ highlights as well as a few artists you might not have heard (but that you should definitely check out).