SXSW 2014 Roundup
Hip-Hop was represented in its newest forms as well as its forefathers. The Def Jam 20th Anniversary party featured energetic performances from both past and present, among them, 2 Chainz, Pusha T, Method Man and Redman. Elsewhere, legends Mobb Deep and Pete Rock and young guns Future and Young Thug brought the heat, most of them at FADER Fort. Spotify House was certainly one of the more popular venues. Future Islands (who’ve been building an impressive head of steam) played there, as did other buzzy ensembles new and not entirely new such as Phantogram, Warpaint, and Real Estate.
Of course, it’s impossible to take in everything the festival. There’s just too much happening. Then again, that’s hardly a bad thing. The best way to enjoy Sx is to take in everything you can, and see what happens. No agenda is the best agenda. One of the best things is that if you miss a group, the odds are very high they’ll be playing again. The odds are in your favor.
Text: Alexis Georgopoulos Photo: Katie Bell Moore