March 18, 2008 |
As CD sales keep falling and the business is reshaped by the Internet, the music industry doesn't know what the future holds. But at least it knows where the music is: Right here in the capital of the Lone Star State, where last week's 23d annual South by Southwest Music Festival was the biggest ever, with more than 1,700 bands playing to 12,500 attendees at more than 70 venues from Wednesday to Saturday night. And that's only counting official showcases, where acts like Philadelphia's carnival shamans Man Man and Brazilian rockers Telerama and New York indie-Afro-poppers Vampire Weekend, and Mexican noise-punk band Los Llamarada and Chicago rappers Cool Kids played clubs packed with bloggers and booking agents, giddy indie music fans, and even a few specimens of that endangered species: the major-label record executive.
March 19, 2002 |
Courtney Love came to SXSW to spread word about her dream of unionizing the recording industry, a noble cause given artists' woes concerning contract lengths and digital piracy. But in a two-hour panel on Saturday, alt-rock's aging enfant terrible mainly succeeded in reminding a huge crowd (which had to submit to a security screening) that, though contracts can be unfair to anyone, life is different when you're in celebrity skin. Love name-dropped like a gossip columnist, shot off some barbs meant to embarrass bands and executives, compared musicians to field hands, and rambled off on long, patience-trying tangents.
February 19, 2012 |
With a bit of life in the economy, this could be the time to start that business you've been considering. There's more to it than meets the eye, so check out these sites for practical advice. Take it to SXSW. Entrepreneur.com serves a buffet of tips for anyone thinking about starting a business, including how to make a splash with your interactive business at the sprawling South by Southwest (otherwise known as SXSW), an annual cultural event set for March in Austin, Texas.
April 22, 2011 |
The British indie rock band Yuck were one of the breakout acts at the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas, last month. But lead singer Daniel Blumberg, the 21-year-old Londoner who stood to the far left of the capacious outdoor venue Stubb's during SXSW and sheepishly noted that the NPR Music showcase was the biggest gig of his group's young life, would prefer that the group not be known as a "buzz band. " "It is nice, when people talk about the band," says the guitarist, songwriter, and visual artist, who will be releasing a set of solo piano songs under the rubric Oupa in June.
March 19, 2005 |
What can a band of five guys from West Philadelphia do to set itself apart at the South by Southwest Music and Media Conference, when 1,349 other bands are trying to do the same thing? If you're Dr. Dog, the harmonious rock quintet that just released its infectious debut album, Easy Beat, the answer is obvious: just play your music. As many times, and in as many places, as you possibly can. SXSW is the industry's largest annual gathering, and this year it's bigger than ever, with more than 15,000 music bizzers and fans expected for the festival, which began on Wednesday and ends Sunday.
March 18, 1996 |
In panels and small discussion groups at the South by Southwest Music and Media Conference, members of the music industry debated radio formats, new wrinkles in artist contracts and the ever-stormy relationship between major labels and independents. But when the business talk wound down, the more than 5,500 folks who attended this year's SXSW prowled Austin's theme-park of a club district to experience what drew them to music in the first place: the magnetic pull of a powerful song.
March 13, 2008 |
There's a whispering band of five skinny guys from Brooklyn, N.Y., in various stages of beardage playing to a courtyard full of creative types (and the people who blog about them), all with laminated badges dangling from their lanyards as they ready themselves to grab the last empanada from a tray of the passing tattooed waitress. It must be SXSW. And, indeed, it is. This was on a sun-baked Tuesday afternoon, just as the Interactive and Film portions of the 2008 South by Southwest Festival were winding to a close, and the Music part was getting set to shift into high gear.
March 17, 2012 |
AUSTIN, Texas - The Bruce Springsteen portion of SXSW came to a rousing conclusion Thursday night. The 21/2-hour show served as a preview of the coming Wrecking Ball tour, which will play Philadelphia with the E Street Band on March 28 and 29. "Thanks for being part of our test run," the Boss told the crowd of 1,800 gathered at the Moody Theater, where the PBS series Austin City Limits is taped. The hardest-to-get ticket in town brought together guests including reggae great Jimmy Cliff and singer Eric Burdon of the Animals, who were in town for the sprawling music confab, which Springsteen called "a teenage music fan's wet dream.
March 17, 2013 |
AUSTIN, Texas - The everything-is-happening-at-once-all-over-the-place nature of SXSW is a perfect fit for attention-deficit-culture consumers. In its 27th year, the festival's endless options and enticing distractions work kind of the way the Internet does, pulling you in one direction even after you made the tough decision to go in another. On Thursday morning, I started at Dave Grohl's keynote speech at the Convention Center, which was at the same time as a party across town hosted by Philadelphia recording studio/music venue MilkBoy, and featured a number of 215 acts, including Lushlife and Lantern.
March 22, 2005 |
With 1,350 bands playing over four days, there's a staggering amount of music spilling onto the streets, everywhere you turn. But as the music played at the South by Southwest Music and Media Conference last weekend, there was much fretting about the future: Where's the money going to come from in the Internet downloading era? Are ringtones the answer? Hybrid music-video DualDiscs? Will everything be OK once every song is for sale online? How much should a song cost? Ninety-nine cents?