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Let’s all live vicariously through this SXSW 2015 video roundup

You're not missing out if you're not in Austin. That's what the YouTube is for!

- Mar 20, 2015
Photo by Paul Carter via Stereogum.

We get it. Every morsel of music news is about SXSW. Your buddies are there. Your favourite band is there. You've been pretending all this time that you don't care, that you've got work to do, that you're too old for that shit. Still, there's that not-so-tiny part of you that's scared you're missing out.

Well, if you've been shielding your eyes, we'll catch you up: Hannibal Buress played drums for Speedy Ortiz, there was a robot petting zoo, and a guy attacked Run the Jewels on stage. You can bet there've been tacos al pastor, BBQ, and cans of Miller Lite aplenty. And then the music. Some really great performances have already made their way out of Austin. We've rounded up our favourite videos thus far, so you can enjoy all of the sights and sounds of SXSW 2015 without ever leaving the comfort of your sober, fluorescent-lit, tomb-like cubicle.

Viet Cong, "Throw It Away"

Viet Cong drummer plays with one hand at SXSW

First, worries over a potentially problematic band name, then, a drummer with a broken hand — doesn't seem like much can get between the Calgary post-punk outfit and their rock 'n' rolling.

Courtney Barnett, "An Illustration of Loneliness (Sleepless in New York)"

Courtney Barnett | "An Illustration of Loneliness (Sleepless in New York)" | SXSW | PitchforkTV

Riding high off a guest spot on Ellen (!?) the Aussie slack rocker and ascendant star will probably be awarded a key to the city before the fest's over.

Alvvays, "Archie, Marry Me"

Alvvays "Archie, Marry Me" Mowhawk LIVE SXSW 2015

Watch Toronto's buzzy jangle pop darlings crush through their calling card and win over new lovesick hearts.

Rae Sremmurd, "No Type"

Rae Sremmurd SXSW 2015 - No Type (Ray Ban Boiler Room)

The philosophy of SremmLife and the hedonism of South by Southwest aren't far removed, hence why this thing looks more like a singalong than a showcase.

Torres, "Sprinter"

Torres | "Sprinter" | SXSW | PitchforkTV

The 24-year-old singer-songwriter from Nashville has quietly been gathering devotees since her excellent 2013 self-titled debut. At this year's festival, the cult of Torres overtook main stage real estate. Soon enough: the world.

Speedy Ortiz, "MKVI"

Speedy Ortiz | "MKVI" (featuring Hannibal Buress) | SXSW | PitchforkTV

Let's see this one again. So Wednesday, in the early hours, comedian Hannibal Buress tweeted that he'd be in Austin from 12-5pm and was willing to "play drums in your band." "I can't play drums," he spelled out, "It'll be bad." Perennial good sports Speedy Ortiz welcomed Buress on stage. He didn't lie; it was exactly the kind of magic only SXSW can conjure.

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