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SXSW Music Festival by the numbers

2,200+ official showcasing bands

43 bands I saw in five days at 28 venues

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50 countries represented

2 Guthries, Arlo and Nora, on the same stage to celebrate what would have been this year’s 100th birthday of their father, Woody

2,500 lucky people who attended Bruce Springsteen’s keynote address

50+ genres Springsteen rattled off in rapid-fire to prove just how broad music has become (“I just want to know what Nintendocore is.’’)

1 morning I was awoken by a band’s sound check - at 9 a.m.

6 Joy Division “Unknown Pleasures’’ T-shirts spotted around town

5 tattoos, at least, on every person wearing that “Unknown Pleasures’’ T-shirt

52 minutes waiting in line to get into Fiona Apple’s show on Wednesday

64 minutes in line to see the Jesus & Mary Chain (and still didn’t get in)

3 times a cashier handed me my change and threw in a demo CD of his own music

1 man strolling 6th Street, the festival’s main drag, on St. Patrick’s Day dressed as a giant pint of Guinness

50 SPF sunscreen every day

4 slices of lousy pizza eaten on the run

4 times I wish I had gotten jalapeño brisket tacos from Stubb’s instead

57 promo stickers plastered on the South Congress bridge advertising the May release of the new Best Coast album

4 hours of sleep on an average night

5 times I vowed I’ll never come back to SXSW

5 times I got excited to return next year

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