But man… what a great week. What’s better than NYC and five straight days and nights of live music? We had a great time hanging out at the CMJ Artists Lounge at the Hotel On Rivington and hooking up 2000 artists with our special edition CMJ Artist Right Pack. We heard all sorts of great road stories, and we especially loved the stories involving beloved JanSport packs that have traveled the world in the backs of tour vans.

Even better was all of the incredible new music we were able to discover: highlights include our new favorite Aussies, Alpine, Brooklyn locals Misterwives, and a blaster of a set by Canadians Rah Rah at the Sonicbids showcase. We also saw some great sets from old favorites like Yuck (who also performed at our 2011 SXSW party) and, perhaps our favorite 2013 JanSport Bonfire Sessions artist, Half Moon Run.

If you’re like us and can’t ever seem to get enough music in your life, stay tuned because we’re getting ready to launch the 6th annual JanSport Battle Of the Bands. Submissions will open next week through our friends at Sonicbids, and the new year will kick off with the public voting portion of the contest where you can help send your favorite band to SXSW.

Alpine @ The Bowery Ballroom

Misterwives @ The Bowery Ballroom

Misterwives @ the CMJ Artist Lounge

New York sky line from the Artist Lounge

Yuck with their new Right Packs

One of our CMJ Artist Right Packs out in the wild!