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 Hideout.

Hideout is the project led by Gabriel Rodriguez, and the NYC-based band released their sophomore album, So Many Hoops, So Little Time, in February via Small Plates Records (stream it here). The band is beyond characterization. Alt-pop, alt-folk, indie-rock – Rodriguez and his makes do it all. They’re like a chameleon in the same way that Conor Oberst and Bright Eyes are – where behind every song there is a surprise. No wonder he was invited to SXSW, where they, well, met and shared gigs with a wide cast of characters.

1. Our friend Matt Vasquez invited us to play a show out at Poodies Hilltop Roadhouse. We didn’t know what to expect, but it is a truly amazing place. It was our first time playing together, and even really just hanging out. As the night went on, the crowd grew, and it felt more and more like a party. The bands kept on till 2 AM when Vasquez announced last call on stage. A bunch of friends we didn’t even know were in Austin showed up. All the music was great, and I had one of the best veggie burgers ever!

2. We played between PWR BTTM and T-Rextasy at Stereogum’s Austin Oasis. That was pretty wild. We had a show 2 hours before, so we were running with all our gear to make it in time. As we arrived, Melkbelly was playing, and we sat on our cases and listened to what was hands-down one of the best sets heard at SXSW.

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