Who’s that old guy at North by Northeast (NXNE) this year, you might ask? Apparently, it’s me.

This year marks my tenth year attending the , and I’m frankly still not sure that’s right.

The festival has grown huge over the years, with 650 bands performing this year alone, spread out over 50 venues. That’s a big event, my friends. It’s gotten progressively harder to plan out a good schedule for the festival because you’re invariably missing at least ten other great shows every hour.

Do I catch a little rock, followed by pop, and then some rootsy R&B? Do I stick to one venue, so I don’t have to worry if there’s going to be a lineup somewhere else? Do I hang out at Lee’s Palace again this year, despite the fact that I almost always end up there?

If you’re still working on your list of bands for the next couple of days, I’ll be posting some music from a few acts for you tomorrow, and lists of shows I’m dying to check out. I’m also still taking suggestions if you want to shoot me a note over on Twitter, or in the form below.

Stay tuned to my Twitter over the next few days as well for my updates from the festival. This is a busy week in , but aside from the MuchMusic Video Awards on Sunday, I’ll be focused almost entirely on .

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W. Andrew Powell
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W. Andrew Powell lives, sleeps, eats, and breaths movies and entertainment. Since launching The GATE in 1999 Andrew has enjoyed being a pest to any publicist who would return his calls. In his "spare time," Andrew is also an avid photographer, and writes about leisure travel and hotels around the world.

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