Any of the bands from various cities/countries (Liverpool, Wales, Scotland) at the British Embassy at Latitude 30, along with the comp’d margaritas, courtesy of that esteemed British empire.  The Crookes of Yorkshire sound promising…

Melissa Auf der Maur, hosting a pre-release, absinthe-laden party for her latest multimedia-project, Out of Our Minds, on Thursday, March 18th at Péché (above Cedar Street Courtyard).

The annual SPIN Party at Stubb’s, basically all day Friday, headlined this year by the always-colorful Courtney Love and Hole, but with some sure-bets like Harlem too.

Best Coast.  Our new Beach House, but with a surf-edge.

Adam Green lounge lizard’ing up at the relaxing San Jose Hotel Party, also on Friday the 19th.

The Drums and The Chapman Family, two bands for the no-bucks, at the NME Showcase on Friday night.

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club making their new release comeback, one of the top no-brainers of this year’s festival.

The Levi’s/FADER Fort, a virtual, and now sprawling, oasis, far from the madding crowds of Sixth Street, where we will not miss bands like Washed Out, Chico Mann, Real Estate or Dum Dum Girls.

The Filter Magazine Showdown in the scorching Cedar Street Courtyard, with the twin cave-like bars on either side, to venture out to for acts like Active Child, The Codeine Velvet Club, BRMC and Frightened Rabbit.

Throwing it up to the fates and taking chances on new acts by just randomly walking into any of the seemingly endless venues on Sixth Street and way beyond, perhaps discovering a band that will become the next Japandroids, Bloc Party, M.I.A. or Ghostface Killah. (photo of Dirty Pretty Things playing The Levi’s/FADER Fort in 2006 by MVW)