Okay, so now that the festival has ended, the secrets are out. Some rumors proved true, and others did not.
True: SXSW featured a special sneak screening of Richard Linklater’s A Scanner Darkly.
False: Neil Young did not wind up jamming onstage with former Buffalo Springfield bandmate Richie Furay.
True: The Beastie Boys played an amazing surprise show at Stubb’s on Thursday night.
False: Contrary to rumors, there was no surprise R.E.M. gig.
True: However, the Flaming Lips played not only one but two surprise shows. In fact, one began with frontman Wayne Coyne leading a parade of people down 6th Street, courtesy of his giant inflatable ball.