Friday, March 16, 2012 11:36AM - By Travis Woods
Here’s how you know you’re missing out by skipping the South By SouthWest festival this year—on Thursday night, not only did you miss a nearly three hour Bruce Springsteen show, you missed a three hour Bruce Springsteen show that features Arcade Fire, Tom Morello, Alejandro Escovedo, the Low Anthem, Eric Burdon of the Animals, and more joining together to perform Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land.” Seriously.
Thursday, March 15, 2012 10:37AM - By Travis Woods
As is the case every March, Austin, Texas, has become the center of the musical universe for one week, as the South By Southwest (SXSW) festival attracts thousands of bands, bloggers, and industry bigwigs for several days of debauchery and tunes. And, as is the case every year, the ostensibly “indie” fest has thus far been more notable for the established artists who show up for surprise sets or impossible-to-get-into concerts. Below, we’ve amassed a roundup of the big-name-news that marked the fest thus far.
Monday, March 14, 2011 9:18AM - By Joseph Oliveto
South by Southwest is officially underway in Austin, Texas, and while the festival so far has been dominated by tech stories and film screenings, we’re all waiting for the major music acts to begin taking the stage. As always, a dream lineup has been put together, featuring everyone from major names to obscure, hip artists. Read on to see what acts will be worth checking out later this week…
Tuesday, March 24, 2009 6:00PM - By davidhall
By the early Friday evening at the 2009 SXSW music conference, the line for the “secret” Metallica show at Stubb’s BBQ had extended halfway around the block.
Even when the doors opened, the queue didn’t budge.
After nearly an hour of glowering at a steady stream of mostly middle-aged hipsters flashing their badges (which cost nearly $700 for the highest level of access) to waltz right in past the endless line, my patience was spent. With the urge to scream, ‘Screw all you yuppies!’, I tromped off to try my luck at a smaller show. After waiting in yet another line, I finally found solace at the Cedar Street Courtyard, where Dinosaur Jr. dominated the stage later that night.
This type of frustrating situation seemed to typify the experience of many SXSW participants at this year’s festival. If one searched hard enough (and exhausted all patience), SXSW still has its marvelous moments, but it appears that (for the most part), the festival now caters primarily to the wealthy or the “in” crowd.