“Cake is a great band. It’s soulful music. It’s food for the soul.” — Krys Holland, audience member, watching Cake at the Austin Music Hall.
“When I say go, turn that s—t all the way up.” — Wayne Coyne, lead singer of the Flaming Lips, having passed out cassette tapes to 29 cars and vans for an orchestrated musical experiment in a parking garage.
“Oh I like that, Oh God, ooh. God, ooh, ooh, ooh. I like that. Ooh. Oh, God. Oh, God. Yes, yes, yes, yes, oh, oh, oh, oh.” — A woman’s voice over synthesized violins, on the car stereos.
“I like this a lot. I like the big energy of it. I like the size of it. I like the music, the fact that we can take so many more bands. But I really miss the intimacy of the first couple of years because it was more small, more fun.” — Louis Black, SXSW co-founder, at the convention center.
“She wrecked my world, my darling girl!” — Daniel Johnston, songwriter, performing at Austin’s Atomic Cafe.
“I don’t have to see anything more. That’s the best of South by Southwest. That was worth the trip here.” — Audience member to a friend after Johnston’s show.