Since 2015, we have asked independent artists to share their favorite memories from their time at SXSW. In just a couple of years, this project has become one of our most popular features thanks to the growing interests of bands and singers from around the world. Forty-five artists participated in this year’s edition, including Active Bird Community.

The New York City-based quartet of Andrew Wolfson, Tom D’Agustino, Zach Slater, and Quinn McGovern were one of 2016’s late-season gems, releasing indie-rock anthems that warmed up the bitter cold of autumn and winter. They remind us of the angst-rock of the ’90s. For those who saw them in Austin, they will be remembered for their frenetic live shows and as one of the great finds of the festival. To get a sense of their awesomeness, hear their debut album, Stick Around, which can be streamed here.

1. I think getting to see bands we love for the first time, especially at a crazy place like SXSW, was pretty special. Noname at Pitchfork Day Fest was incredible. It was pretty gray all day until she walked out on stage, and the sun came out and all felt right with the world.

2. Tom texted me to meet him at a bar for a surprise. I walked over and saw that he got “Slater’s Best Friend” tattooed on his back. He basically burned our SXSW experience into his skin… I love it! -Slater

3. Getting to play with Dude York at Maggie May’s was pretty awesome. Peter jumped into the crowd at the end of their set and went nuts shouting into the mic. Oh and we ended up with this little memento (on the left).

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