This was my second SXSW and you know that Sade song, “it’s never, as good as the first time….” Well, that definitely does not apply to SX. It was a fantastic experience the second time around and I cannot wait for next year! It’s difficult to extract 5 favorite moments, as there were so many, but, these definitely stand out:

1. Seeing Kimbra live.

I have been obsessed with the New Zealand songstress for over a year now. When I heard “Settle Down” last summer I nearly lost my mind. Watching her perform it live at our KCRW Official Showcase on Wednesday night at Haven made the trip worthwhile in and of itself. She wore this ultra cute red dress and was like a little doll on stage. Excited to see her career take off! Oh, and she was on my flight out of LA on Monday, but I was too shy to say hi…Yes, sometimes I get shy.

2. Getting whisked past the enormous line at the Miike Snow show at Stubbs on Tuesday night by my friends Johannes and Tobias (of the Miike Snow posse) was priceless.

There was no way I was getting into that line and prob would have missed it altogether.  The show coincided with the band’s release of their new album “Happy To You” and it was great to hear all the new songs and old-time favorites again. Before the show we had a delicious dinner at Iron Cactus and I even got to sample their gluten free beer, which wasn’t bad at all.

3. Catching an acoustic set by LA buzz band Races at The Orchard’s showcase on Parkside’s rooftop on Friday.

The band’s female vocalist Devon performed a cover by Joni Mitchell that made my heart melt. After the show, I got Thai cometics and food at Mekong River with my friend and the band’s front-man Wade Ryff.  Their Tofu Pad Thai wasn’t too shabby.

4. Getting treated to lunch at Blue Dahlia Bistro on 11th street because the owners love KCRW.

Their coffee and smoked trout platter were the best thing ever. They featured awesome DJs every day from 4-10PM and it was great to eat good food and listen to great music that didn’t interfere with my digestion…Great spot!

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  • IamJohn said:

    I have been trying to figure out who the beautiful Veronica De La Cruz on NBC is dating. She is dating the lead singer Grayson Sanders of Snowmine?

  • Grady C. said:

    They had a baby together named Hartley Eric. He is so gorgeous, I just love his hair. It’s amazing an he is such a cute little baby! I met Grayson when he came to Vegas with Veronica for a charity event. Their son is adorable! See what I mean?

  • Bob E D said:

    So, this Grayson Sanders is the Veronica de la Cruz baby dadddddy? Aha! Case cracked and the mystery is solved. Who is this guy anywy? He looks like a punk ass

  • K Peters said:

    I just signed a dead beat dad petition in San Diego for Everclear and Veronica De La Cruz trying to get fathers to be responsible for their children. This guy is a loser for walking out on his baby and a tool for messing up his future and his kids.

  • JPierceCantor said:

    I think theres two sides to every story guys, what does this even relate to?

  • Talk2theDisco said:

    I actually JUST met the Snowmine guys on their tour in Cleveland. The singer was soo nice, and he actually told me about his kid. Apparently his ex is abusive and he has to go through the courts to see him. :(( He was really excited to get to know his son though. SO pumped for their new albummm!

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