As the RedEye crew gets ready to spend spring break in Austin, Texas, for the 2012 SXSW music festival, we decided to take a look back at what we missed at last year's fest. Here are just a few of the top shows and moments caught on tape in 2011.

Kanye West's "Secret Show"
Some secret. Everyone figured out pretty quickly that this Vevo Powerstation show was going to be graced with 'Ye's presence almost two weeks beforehand, when Vevo released a short teaser video. He did, indeed, show up--with an entire marching band and Kid Cudi behind him. -Jessica


Kids These Days
OK, so you might have missed this one. But after creating a ton of buzz in Austin, these Chicago Kids kicked ass at Lollapalooza later last year and have been high up on everyone's radar ever since. (They'll be back at SXSW this year, with a probably much much larger crowd.) -Jessica


The Sounds
This band makes me wish I was Swedish. They also perfectly timed an LP release for a few days after this show, which looked like it made the excitement of it unbearable for fans. -Jessica


Jack White's surprise performance
Don't mind me, I'm just Jack White, playing a "Texas song" on my guitar in front of a big yellow bus. Why? Because I can. Jokes aside, impromptu performances like this is what makes SXSW worth the trip. -Jessica


Bright Eyes
I like Bright Eyes, I do. I've just never understood the fanaticism of some Bright Eyes fans. This does look like one hell of a show, however. (And there was also this pop-show announced the day of.) -Jessica


Surfer Blood
Have we mentioned how bloody excited we are to get to Texas and pretend like we're at a beach party on the East Coast or something? Thanks for riling us up even further with your set from last year, Surfer Blood. -Jessica


Foo Fighters secret show
You saw all of those photos and videos from the Foo's surprise show at Metro just before Lollapalooza last year. So you can imagine that this was probably equally as awesome (well, maybe just a little less awesome than Foo Fighters at Metro). -Jessica


Das Racist 2010
Cheating a bit here--the rap trio actually debuted at SXSW in 2010, but it wasn't really until their 2011 SXSW showcase that they blew everyone away and, probably due to this show, landed a spot on the Pitchfork 2011 schedule, which is what tends to happen when you make a splash at SXSW. -Jessica


LL Cool J
Yes. Seriously. This was at Red Bull's Thre3style showcase, where De La Soul and DJ Jazzy Jeff will perform this year. -Jessica


Yuck
Another group that landed at the Pitchfork fest in Chicago, probably due to the success of their SXSW performance. -Jessica


Lil B with P. Diddy
Did you know who Lil B The Based God was before spring of 2011? You probably did after he was introduced by P. Diddy during this SXSW performance. You're welcome. -Jessica


Wild Flag
One of the first performances ever by Carrie Brownstein's new band, who later released a solid, self-titled EP. Well done, ladies. -Jessica


Death by Above 1979 riot?
I guess this is what happens sometimes when you host free shows by headbanger bands. The duo played at Austin's Beauty Bar while fans clamored and shook fences to get into the at-capacity club. Too bad--they were so very excellent at Lollapalooza last year. -Jessica