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On March 14 I ended up at the nicest bar I went to all week (Stephen F's Bar in case you were wondering), expecting to be bored out of my skull by some folk music. The first band I saw was good at what they did, had very beautiful voices and good instrumentation but it takes a lot for me to be into a band that falls into the weird radio-folk, Mumford and Sons-esque category. 

Last year when I attended SXSW as an underaged newbie, I thought I was going to see a bunch of awesome bands that I love and it's going to be awesome.

My love for elephants, indie pop-rock and interviewing collided March 13 when I got the chance to interview the up-and-coming band Cheers Elephant at SXSW.

To be honest, the band does not have much to do with actual elephants aside from it being a part of their name. But nevertheless, I wore my elephant bracelet to the interview to show my love – unfortunately none of the band members noticed my subtle tribute.

Most people have heard of the South Beach diet, but only few have heard of the “South By Diet.” And only true SXSW festival-goers can really ever experience it first hand, and unwillingly, may I add.

When gearing up for SXSW, a weeklong blur of music and concerts and people and walking, no one ever really stops to think about the three meals a day normal humans are supposed to be taking in. I had planned which outfits I would wear, what bands I would see and what venues I would be walking back and forth to, but that thing I did not plan was meals.

1. Urban Outfitters AfterFest party: Dubbed a futuristic musical experience, this free party will feature three different DJs, food and limited free alcohol. RSVP for the event online, and download the UO app for gauranteed admission. 1607 San Jacinto Blvd. 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.

While it doesn't say RSVP on the Statue of Liberty, it definitley did at every screening of "Beyond Clueless", a documentary exploring the nuances and themes behind the cult teen movies of the late '90s and early '00s.

The documentary was filmed acaemically, formally and stuffed with so many kiss scene montages I began to feel like I was living in a Freddie Prinze, Jr. movie trailer.

Though SXSW ends in less than two days, the remaining 48 hours provide more than enough time to squeeze in an entire fix of music, movies and parties. Even better than cramming 10 days worth of festival into two is doing it for next to nothing. Here's how to go wild without going broke:

Although the SXSW festival is known for attracting bands from across the city and across the nation, the audience at Maggie Mae’s Wednesday night was treated to a showcase from across the pond.

You go to a lot of bars at SXSW. A lot of bars.

But what you don't go into a lot of is large concert venues where your bags have to be checked and you're scanned with metal detectors.

The iTunes music festival is kind of bucking the definition of South By, so I had to do just that to get in to see Capital Cities March 13.

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