Time Out's dispatches from SXSW 2013 conclude with disappointments, sensitive chaps with mohawks and a unanimous vote in favor of Vampire Weekend. Stay tuned for full recaps once we've all caught up on our sleep.
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Sophie Harris's highlights from SXSW, day five
Best show: Devendra Banhart at Central Presbyterian Church. Performing a richly varied solo set (including cuts from new disc Mala), Banhart said he was just killing time till Iron and Wine.
Seen on the street: A guy with a six-inch mohawk—who we'd seen rocking out at Nick Cave and Dave Grohl's Sound City Players—lining up to see Iron and Wine. We all have our sensitive side.
Biggest disappointment: Not getting tickets for the secret(ish) Prince extravaganza. Then finding out he played "The Bird."
Sweet spot: Vampire Weekend closing out SXSW at Stubbs glorious outdoor venue with an encore that included "I Think Ur A Contra" and "Walcott."
Marley Lynch’s highlights from SXSW, day five
Best show: Vampire Weekend at Stubbs. The New York band debuted top-flight songs, smooth dancing onstage and a newfound maturity.
Best overheard: "I hope this isn't TMI, but it feels like someone took a cheese grater to my ass."—Pedicab driver
Biggest letdown: After being thwarted in catching Angel Haze several times this past week, a successful encounter found the diminutive rapper over-shouting and oversharing.
Most fun in the sun: The Brooklyn Vegan party featured a stacked bill of ever-so-slightly under-the-radar buzz bands, providing an ideal platform of discovery across two stages.