A$AP Rocky, Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$ and the Best of NYC Hip-Hop at SXSW 2015

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Joey Bada$$ performs at SXSW 2015 in Austin, Texas.
My sneakers are streaked with mud, the flavor of tender carnitas tacos is all but a memory, and the last in a succession of VIP wristbands — which had been piling up on my forearms like a garish rainbow all week — has been cut off. SXSW is officially done.

The annual music fest in Austin, Texas, brought what has become its modern milieu: emerging artists vying for exposure amid big-name acts (usually backed by even bigger-name corporations) in a veritable battle of the bands. The perpetual whispers of whether Jay-Z, Drake, or Kendrick would show up didn't quit, either. From superstars to one-hit neophytes, here's how New York rappers repped at SXSW 2015.

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Five Things We Learned About Gruesome Twosome Ho99o9 at SXSW

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Don't try to label Ho99o9. The duo (pronounced "Horror") has been dubbed everything from experimental thrashcore rap to horrorcore hip-hop, but nomenclature doesn't do them justice. Originally from New Jersey, the genre-obliterating rappers theOGM (a/k/a Jean) and Yetti999 (a/k/a Eaddy) have garnered attention for their dark and subversive rhymes, touching on topics like drugs, sex, and (most-cited) necrophilia. They're freaks and proud of it. Following the underground success of the track "Bone Collector," Ho99o9 received nods from the Afropunk Festival and Last Call With Carson Daly. This year, they're slated to perform at the Warped Tour and are deep in the throes of their first SXSW. Before going onstage at The Main last night in Austin, Texas, the guys met us in a fittingly weird place: the back alley behind the venue (where we witnessed a domestic assault and the police showing up in the midst of this interview).

Here's what we learned about the ear-catching duo.

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Skipping SXSW? Catch Young Thug, Tove Lo & More in NYC Before or After the Festival

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Shakey Graves at Denver's Bluebird Theater, 12/12/14
Super jealous of your friends heading down to South by Southwest next week? Dreading their slew of Twitter and Instagram updates about how they're having, like, seriously the best time ever? Worry not: Not only are you avoiding throngs of overserved trend-clingers, you can also catch many of the best acts performing there right in your own backyard. Yes, everyone from Young Thug to Tove Lo is stopping by NYC the week prior to or following SXSW. Take a look below at some must-see artists rolling through town who happen to also be gigging next week in Austin.

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The Best Shows at SXSW This Year

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Best Hat of SXSW 2013

This year, our sister papers the Dallas Observer and Houston Press teamed up to document the SXSW madness for your amusement and/or edification. Here are the 12 best shows and moments they saw.

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The Ten Dumbest Things Overheard at SXSW

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Photos by Marco Torres
Swag is rampant again at SXSW this year.
For every insightful conversation I have heard or had at SXSW over the years, whether it was talking to Matt Pinfield while walking the streets of Austin talking about David Bowie, or telling The Clash's Mick Jones that he was in fact, in The Clash, I have overheard a thousand awful ones.

See Also:
- The Five Biggest Sellouts at SXSW

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Sad You Aren't at SXSW? Here's What You Could Be Missing...

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Photos by Craig Hlavaty
Well, you actually are missing really good pizza.
Awwwww, I know it is a shame you aren't here with us at SXSW in Austin. I can only imagine the aching and longing in your heart for walking aimlessly and standing in long lines for no reason, and sweating through your cardigan to see a band you heard on one of the Twilight soundtracks.

You don't want to be here. Turn around, go back home. Go see a movie. Go see that new Oz movie, it looks kinda cool. Take advantage of all the empty bars. Save your money and sleep in your own bed.

Here is what you could expect here in Austin. Take this all as a warning, folks. It's like the last days before the fall of Saigon here, except for all the free Doritos and vodka.

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50 Things To Know About Austin Before SXSW

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I love Austin. It's simultaneously wonderful and totally infuriating. The city meets every cliché about it almost effortlessly, to the point where the onslaught of weirdness can be almost numbing. I once saw a unicycle brigade spin down the street, and it honestly took like 15 minutes until I realized the profound absurdity of what had happened. SXSW only accentuates those gloriously bizarre thrills, and that's why it's one of my favorite times of the year. So I've taken the time to compile a list of 50 things you ought to know about my home town before the big week. Use it to better blend in with the locals.

See also: Why We'll All Try to See Justin Timberlake at SXSW, and Why That's Completely Wrong

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Live: The Village Voice Hosts An 18-Band Marathon In Austin

Village Voice SXSW Showcase
Red Eyed Fly, Austin
Saturday, March 17

Better than: Drinking green beer on Sixth Street.

During South by Southwest, musicians, industry folks, and people who want to have a particularly music-filled spring break head to Austin in order to soak in the less-threatening March sun and sift through hundreds of sets played at any open space that can fit people and an amp. The Voice returned to the capital city for an 18-band showcase at Red Eyed Fly, just a couple blocks from Sixth Street. The bar, which has indoor and outdoor stages, was beginning to show its SXSW wear and tear; incense burned inside in an effort to cover up the week long build-up of stale liquids.

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A Delightfully Scatological Outtake from This Week's Cover Story, Starring Donald Glover and Writing Partner DC Pierson

For this week's cover story, Bill Jensen shadowed comedian/actor/emo rapper Donald Glover. For your enjoyment, we present this deleted scene.


Donald Glover is in Austin preparing to host the MTVu Woodies--an "awards" show which is really just an excuse to gather a bunch of bands and to represent MTV at SXSW. Glover has brought the shaggy-haired Pierson to be his writing partner and help him with the script for the one-hour show.

Foo Fighters are performing soundcheck, and Tyler from Odd Future just picked up a guy in a chicken suit onstage and slammed him to the ground, possibly breaking his arm.

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An Idiot's Guide to SXSW 2011: DFA 1979 Chaos, Kanye in a Power Plant, Screeching Weasel Assault, and More

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photo by Nate "Igor" Smith
Texan frat-boy didgeridoos

We know you hated us, and at this moment, we hate ourselves too. Since you probably (definitely/rightfully) blocked all the spirited gluttony and gleeful ignorance cluttering your Twitter feed about SXSW, let's just accept that a few things happened in Texas that you will see frequently referenced and should probably know about for the sake of conversation, along with many displays of bad behavior. Our highly subjective, largely exhausted, and mostly humorless primer to the thing that just happened in Austin.

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