One of my biggest pieces of SXSW advice for out-of-towners is to use it as a means to discover the rich talents Austin itself has to offer.
The great thing about these initial day parties is that the fest still feels fresh and shiny.
Will we frantically embrace nightlife to escape the headlines, or will someone say something, anything?
The concert experience, the very liveness of live music, is the one thing that technology cannot replicate, and this is the value of a festival such as SXSW.
Loretta Lynn was a pioneer as a woman performer who wrote her own songs, leading to an explosion of relevant, pro-woman songs.
Birdcloud sing of blackouts and pills and dead dogs and skeezy hook-ups and other things my mama wouldn’t want me talking about in public.
Wooden Wisdom sounded like disco’s global ricochet, the ways the world’s dance and funk bands that built disco reabsorbed the genre after it flooded all corners of the planet.
You have before you the opportunity to see, hear, and experience something you have never seen, heard, or experienced before.
SXSW’s presence in East Austin has grown tremendously over the last five years, following the waves of gentrification as any number of old tejano bars and venues gave way to rock bars and venues.