If you are like most people reading about SxSW on every blog out there, it can be a bit overwhelming. But that is nothing compared to how overwhelming it can be to actually be at a festival where 300 bands are playing at every minute (how many stages does Coachella or EdgeFest have going at any one time? Three? Four? SxSW has HUNDREDS at any moment).
Well, the people over at Digital Music News came up with a way to see who really was creating a buzz at the festival this year. Twitter. They searched Twitter for the most talked-about bands related to the festival.
Who came out at number one? Metallica, who played a "secret" show at Stubbs on Friday night. It was secret in that everyone in the world knew they were there but "were not announced." Number two was our music editor's hometown boys Devo. Kanye West was third. And fourth was one of my personal highlights from the trip, The Hold Steady (I must admit The Hold Steady's show was one of two times I tried to Twitter about a band at SxSW, but AT&T sucked). Rachael Ray even made the top 10.
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Other bands getting top Twitter action included Black Lips, Silversun Pickups, Dinosaur Jr., Quincy Jones, Superdrag, Perez Hilton, M. Ward, Peter Bjorn and John, Glasvegas, PJ Harvey, The Decemberists, New York Dolls, and Tori Amos.