In case you weren’t aware, South by Southwest kicks off its week of indie revelry this weekend.
So, in the event that you’re heading down to Austin for the festivities, we thought we’d guide you the best way we know how...
There will be the usual doses of Horween leather, artisanal grooming products and American-made gear, plus a few Austinian twists from hometown hosts: the sausage and menswear kings of Austin, respectively, Frank (who we’ve gushed about before) and Central Texas’s bastion of rugged dapperness, Stag. They’ll be taking over a row of galvanized-steel Quonset huts known as Fair Market—pictured above—so you can’t miss it. Just follow the scent of grilled bison, smoked black pepper chèvre, basil and sweet kolache bread. (Then ask for the Northern Grade Dog.)
You may have heard: a little music festival by the name of South by Southwest is happening in Austin, Texas, this week.
Over the past couple of decades, the annual gathering has brought together a motley crew of stylish musicians—spanning the eras of grunge to rap to whatever it is we’re calling that thing where a skinny guy playing a tambourine wears a trilby and suspenders with a white T-shirt—so we thought we’d take a look back at the festival’s illustrious history of onstage fashion.
Outsider artists come in all flavors, but we prefer ours lovable, childlike, and doomed. So Daniel Johnston is a natural choice.
His medium of choice is permanent marker and his inspiration comes from a lifelong struggle with schizophrenia and violent psychosis. On top of which, he’s one of the better songwriters to emerge from the past 25 years. But let’s tackle one career at a time…