You've RSVP'd to every party at least twice, crafted a bulletproof schedule for hopping said parties, and are ready to totally own any and all free well drinks, but...isn't there music involved in this thing? Here's a list of essential tracks from can't-miss bands, courtesy of Steve Terebecki, bassist for local heroes White Denim.
Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.: "Pink Lady Lemonade" The Japanese psychedelic rockers take you straight to outer space with a looping guitar line under hallucinatory synth washes and moaning vocal slurs, a hint that they're hooked on something stronger than phonics.
Brazos: "Day Glo" Hometown boys Brazos recall lazy afternoons over hazy piano chords and meandering acoustic guitars, praising "the type of wine that you don't mind spilling" (so, the kind that keeps refilling?).
Juiceboxxx: "Thunder Jam #3" Milwaukee's bathing-suited party rapper closes this number with a fiery monologue on music and companionship; catch him around Austin shirtless soaking up the Capri-sun.
Lou Barlow: "Don't Apologize" The Dinosaur Jr. & Sebadoh alum unleashes sing-along vocals over a unified front of stuttering drums, phased guitars, and synth squeals, imploring you to never fall in love again, especially with his band, because he's probably about to quit it and start a new one.
High on Fire: "Hung, Drawn, and Quartered" After a polyrhythmic drum intro, this track explodes into a blistering metal doom-march evoking the brutal 19th Century British execution method, because metal can't all be about flowers and sunshine.
Thee Oh Sees: "Ghost in the Trees" Dishing out cocophonously hypnotic vibes and eerily sexy male/female vocals, these San Fran rockers are constantly changing their name, e.g., The Ohsees, OCS, and Orange County Sound -- if they ever go by "The OC", they'll simply have to get Gallagher as an opening act.
Death: "Politicians In My Eyes" This recently reunited early '70s proto-punk band was churning out politically charged anthems while the Sex Pistols were still just picking their nose in middle school, rather than on stage.
Major Lazer: "Hold the Line" Diplo/Switch alias Major Lazer fuses spaghetti western guitars and Jamaican dancehall riddims into a club banger of such epic proportions, you'll have no choice but to shake your own epic proportions.
Harlem: "Witch Greens" This homegrown, caustic, fuzzed-out foot-stomper was lifted off the antihero garage-rockers' debut album, Free Drugs ;) -- some bands just wear their emoticons on their sleeves.