The Best Stuff We Saw, Heard And Ate At SXSW On Tuesday
Originally published on Slant.
The vibes started slowly shifting in Austin on Tuesday as the startup/venture capital crowd hopped on their return flights and the music festival kicked off in earnest. Walking down 6th Street, I spotted considerably fewer Brooks Brothers polos and pleated khaki slacks, and considerably more bandanas, open button-downs, tanks and Aviator shades.
I crushed a life-changing brisket po' boy at Slake Cafe before heading over to the Spotify House for Vince Staples.
Staples' aggressive performance and wry demeanor pumped up a crowd who'd been baking in 90 degrees heat for a second straight day.
While Staples' performance was noteworthy in its own right, everyone will remember that time Vince Staples ripped on Spotify ... while performing at an event hosted by Spotify.
"Shoutout to Spotify," Staples said during his set. "Thank you for giving me this check to make up for what you've done to me and all my musical friends."
He later took to Twitter to clarify exactly how he uses the streaming service:
I cabbed up to North Austin for a burger and beer(s) at Hopfields. As you can tell, I'm really trying to eat healthy during SXSW.
Adequately nourished, I Uber'd down to Stubbs. My Uber driver, who's from San Antonio, drove to Austin to benefit from the zillion sharing-economy-obsessed people needing transportation. I asked where he was staying for the week. His answer? His car. Slightly grossed out that I was sitting in this dude's bed (also, no showers in Ubers ... yet; someone get Kalanick on the phone), I couldn't knock the hustle.
Stubbs was electric, hosting the closing party for the Interactive portion of SXSW (bye, founders!!!). This resulted in some seriously turnt WeWork lovers (I can only assume) vibing to a Biz Markie DJ set (yes, he did play "Just A Friend"), St. Lucia, and the ATLien himself, Big Boi.
I left Big Boi's set a little before the end (sorry, Daddy Fat Sax) so I could make it time for Lil Dicky at The Main. Not only was energy wild at Dave Burd's first show in Austin this week, but it was his birthday. After launching his cake into the audience, Lil Dicky breezed through some of his best tracks, including "$ave Dat Money" and "White Crime." It was, for lack of a better term, lit.
Oh yeah, and he stripped down to his underwear and humped a fan for "Lemme Freak." Because, why not?
Cover photo: Spencer Dukoff