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Set at SXSW: Recap of the final weekend of South by Southwest

Set at SXSW: Recap of the final weekend of South by Southwest

March 19
20:30 2012

Christina Mlynski/ SCENE Editor

With more than 2,000 bands and musicians flooding the streets of downtown Austin, attendees of South by Southwest got the chance to see some top-notch bands as well as nothings who became discovered favorites.

During SXSW, the 10-day festival saw many big names come through, such as Bruce Springsteen, Eminem, Mumford & Sons and Santigold.

The NT Daily was fortunate enough to catch the last few days of Austin’s biggest music festival, and along with that came some notable performances.

Counting Crows

The headliner for the free show Friday night at Auditorium Shore Stage was none other than Counting Crows.

The west coast band has been producing records and chart-topping hits for more than 20 years—triumphing at a feat that most bands only dream of pursuing.

The show was set up in an open field that was meant to hold thousands of people and succeeded.

When Counting Crows took the stage a little after 8 p.m.—while waiting, the crowd got a little cozy to a rendition of the song “Lean on Me”—it felt like half of Austin was there.

The band played 17 songs, and the music was better live than any recording of the five albums it has produced in the past.

Counting Crows performed classics such as “Round Here,” “Colorblind” and “Mr. Jones.”

Shiny Toy Guns

The decade-old band hailing from Oklahoma was one of the openers for the festival’s closer, The Cult.

Known for its 2006 album “We Are Pilots,” which was nominated for a Grammy, Shiny Toy Guns played a 30-minute set that was a balanced blend of new and old songs.

Shiny Toy Guns played  Saturday night at the Auditorium Shore Stage with a crowd of a few hundred people.

The band’s co-lead singer Carah Charnow interacted with the crowd throughout the set, making each audience member feel like they were a close friend.

Shiny Toy Guns broke out the synthesizers and fast drumbeats that stuck to the band’s sound of electronica-rock.

The band played about eight tracks, and despite some technical difficulties each member powered through.

Shiny Toy Guns performed hits such as “Le Disko” and “Starts With One.”

Norah Jones

What kind of publication would we be if we didn’t cover one of our own—Norah Jones.

The five-time Grammy Award winner played four shows throughout her time at SXSW and showcased the last of her talents at La Zona Rosa on Saturday night.

SXSW-goers began a line to the see the singer about an hour and a half before she took the stage.

The Brooklyn/Dallas-based vocalist played an hour of music to an at-capacity crowd.

Jones only played new songs off of her upcoming album, “…Little Broken Hearts,” which is set to be released May 1.

Jones was a vision in a black and white striped dress as she crooned tunes about heartache and love.

The artist played about 10 songs and showed off her talents between playing the piano and guitar.

Some of Jones’ new songs she played were “She’s 22,” “Little Broken Hearts” and “Travelin’ On.”

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