The 2018 South by Southwest festival is officially underway in Austin, with more than 1,000 artists descending on the Texas capital for a week of music showcases jammed into every kind of theater, bar, parking lot, driveway, alleyway, backyard and barbecue you can find. Every year, festivalgoers spread out across the city in search of their new favorite band, with some fading quickly back into obscurity and others climbing into the pantheon of the pop-music world. Paste and our sister site, Daytrotter, have been covering music at SXSW for decades, recording hundreds of artists and adding those performances to the world’s largest vault of live recorded music—all of which is available for free streaming with our new mobile app. To mark this year’s SXSW Music Festival, which runs from March 12 to March 18, we’re digging into our Austin trove to find some of our favorite performances from years past. Here’s a look at some of the great shows and interviews we recorded on this date in history.
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March 13, 2008: Bon Iver
In the spring of 2008, Justin Vernon was riding an unexpected wave of acclaim for his debut record as Bon Iver, For Emma, Forever Ago, which had been released the previous fall. Delicate, aching, lovelorn songs like “Flume,” “Skinny Love” and “Creature Fear” became part of the fabric of a new wave of neo-folk that would sprout countless imitations and, for Vernon blossom into a sonically adventurous career unlike any we’ve seen in the past decade. Watch him play “Skinny Love” and “Flume” 10 years ago on this date at the Mohawk Outside Stage.
March 13, 2013: Mac DeMarco
At SXSW 2013, Mac DeMarco was on tour between the two records that would establish him as an unlikely slack-rock diety: 2012’s 2 and 2014’s Salad Days. Watch him play the song from 2 that did the most to raise his sails: “Ode to Viceroy,” a love song written for his preferred brand of cigarette.
March 13, 2014: Benjamin Booker
Benjamin Booker’s blend of rock and soul was little-heard when he arrived in Austin in 2014. He had completed the recording of his self-titled debut album, but it wouldn’t arrive on shelves for another five months. On March 13, Booker recorded three songs for Daytrotter at Good Danny’s in Austin, including the ferocious, growling opening track and lead single, “Violent Shiver.” Listen here.