Best Free Food: BBQ at the AM Only Cookout
Best Onstage BBQ Eating: Jacques Greene at the AM Only Cookout
Best Dancing Whilst Eating BBQ Onstage: Jacques Greene at the AM Only Cookout
Best Free Drinks: Bloody Mary’s at Stubb’s during the SPIN Day Party
Best Surprise: Que coming out during DJ Mustard’s Boiler Room set to perform “OG Bobby Johnson”
Best Onstage Banter: Mark Kozelek at the Pitchfork Official Showcase
Best Hair: SOPHIE
Best Dance Moves: Samuel T. Herring of Future Islands
Best Western: Nope, stayed at a Motel 6
Best Gas Station: Buc-ee’s in Balstrop
Best Food Truck: Peached Tortilla
Best Marketing: Samsung
Best Coast: did not perform this year
Best Set by Artists Who Obviously Just Wanted to Go Home: Real Estate at the Pitchfork Official Showcase
Best Confusing Celebrity Sighting: The Far East Movement in the Austin Convention Center
Best Celebrities That Would’ve Gone Unnoticed Had Nathan Not Recently Watched Mac & Devin Go To High School on Netflix: The Far East Movement in the Austin Convention Center
Best Frantic Hand Signals Aimed at Clueless Sound Guy: Hundred Waters
Best Outfit: Gold satin sweater/acid wash jeans combo worn by Quavo of Migos
Worst Marketing: Brisk Iced Tea
Worst Drink: “Or Nah” (Berry flavored Brisk Iced Tea mixed with vodka for $7)
Best Line: SPIN Day Party
Worst Line: Port-a-potty line at the Chicago Made Showcase
Best Late Night Meal: Whataburger
Worst Sober Meal: Whataburger
Best Case Scenario: Warpaint just gives up on making music.
Best Time for SPIN to cut off ScHoolboy Q: Not before he played “Man of the Year”
Best Use of Bucket Hat: TIE between Ty Dolla $ign and ScHoolboy Q
Best Reason To Go Home Early: Mike WiLL Made It’s set at Boiler Room
Worst Hotel Moment: A day-long argument I had with WUOG Programming Director Dafna Kaufman about an uneven distribution of pillows.
Best Picture: Blurry photo of Tyler, the Creator’s green hat moving amongst the Kanye/Jay-Z crowd.
Best Reason To Keep Your Sunglasses On: If your eyes are as creepy as Ty Dolla $ign’s.
Best Performance Overall: Me pretending to not still be mad about the uneven pillow argument even after the festival was over.
Written by: JJ Posway & Nathan Kerce
Amazing photo credit: JJ Posway