What To Do At SXSW, According To The Bands

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Sure, you can read a lovely travel guide about all the excellent restaurants and elegant, ranch-style B&Bs in Austin. Or you could head down there, guitar strapped to your back, and see where the wind takes you. If the latter is a bit more of your speed, we've asked some of our favorite bands playing SXSW (or, who are currently on tour) to tell us where they pass through when they head down to the Texan capital. We've got some good bets, including cheap eats, record shops, and even a place to go swimming for all of those who are traveling to Austin for South By Southwest. Just in case you need a break from all that thrashin', that is.
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Perfect P***y: Sweet Ritual

"I can’t wait for SXSW — I’m convinced after only having been to Austin once that the next time my life calms down, I’ll be moving there. Austin has beautiful weather, an incredible music scene, some of my favorite people in the world...and the best ice cream I’ve ever had. Sweet Ritual is an all-vegan, all-handmade ice cream parlor run by my beautiful friend, Amelia. She makes everything from soft-serve to sundaes, and many of her flavors are gluten- and soy-free, as well. The last time I was there, she’d made a seasonal chocolate candy cane flavor and I ate it until I almost barfed. It was totally awesome. I plan on doing that very thing every day during the festival, so if anybody else wants to have ice cream for breakfast, I’ll see you there."

Sweet Ritual, 4500 Duval Street, No number.

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Future Death: Feathers Boutique, Kick Pleat, Las Cruxes

Feathers Boutique: "A great curated vintage boutique. It is the quintessential Austin-style boutique. They carry some fantastic independent designers and consign from locals as well so you will find a broad range of items from bohemian dresses to classic punk T-shirts."
Feathers Boutique, 1700 B South Congress (at Milton Street West); (512) 912-9779.

Kick Pleat: An independent woman owned and operated high fashion boutique stocked full of emerging American designers and perfectly tailored European clothing, shoes, and accessories. The vibe is classic, comfortable, and smart. You can find Acne, MM6 Maison Martin Margiela, and Rachel Comey here as well as local designers Growing and Miranda Bennett."
Kick Pleat, 918 West 12th Street (at North Lamar Boulevard); (512) 445-4500.

Las Cruxes: "A beautifully curated shop with new designers, vintage, accessories, and local records. I bought the all-natural Marble & Milkweed Facial Kit for my sister, and she loved it. It is connected to Farewell Books, which has some sick zines, art books, and magazines. Behind it is Fast Track coffee, a local on-the-go coffee favorite."
Las Cruxes, 913 East Cesar Chavez Street (at San Marcos Street); (512) 524-0430.

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Blouse: Barton Springs Pool

"We loved swimming in Barton Springs Pool last time we went to SXSW. It was so refreshing and beautiful, like a river/swimming pool oasis type thing. I can't imagine going back without taking a detour over there."

Barton Springs Pool, 2201 Barton Springs Road (at Andrew Zilcker Road); (512) 476-9044.

Check out Blouse at SXSW.
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Emily Wolfe: Uncommon Objects, The Mohawk, End Of An Ear, Gibson Bar, and Maria's Tacos

"In Austin, there are so many great places to hang out. We go to Uncommon Objects on South Congress a lot, walk over to homeslice for pizza, go see shows at The Mohawk on Red River. There's a record store that's kind of hidden called End of an Ear located on South First that's a lot of fun to check out. Gibson bar is one of my favorites, Maria's Tacos is a pretty legendary must-see place, as well."
Uncommon Objects, 1512 South Congress Avenue (at Monroe Street West); (512) 442-4000.
Mohawk, 912 Red River Street (at East 9th Street); (512) 666-0877.
End of An Ear, 2209 South 1st Street (at Fletcher Street); (512) 462-6008.
Gibson Bar, 1109 South Lamar Boulevard (at Gibson Street West); (512) 386-1345.
Maria's Taco Xpress, 2529 South Lamar Boulevard (at La Casa Drive); (512) 444-0261.

Check out Emily Wolfe at SXSW.
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Cut Copy: Frank Restaurant and Switched On

"Austin is the coolest city in Texas that we've been to, and every time we go back there seems to be another new cool shop or bar to go to. If you're downtown looking for a proper cappuccino or an artisan sausage (weird combo!), then head to Frank Restaurant on Colorado Street. Once you're done eating you should go buy yourself a vintage synthesizer at Switched On on East 11th Street. They have an amazing collection of old and new electronic music equipment in a beautifully curated store. It's worth a look even if you're not in the market for a vintage synth."
Frank Restaurant, 407 Colorado Street (at West 4th Street); (512) 494-6916.
Switched On, 1111 East 11th Street (at Waller Street); (512) 782-8806.

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