SXSW is not a music festival so much as it is an experiment in excess. If Coachella is a glass of water that keeps getting bigger until it more resembles a kiddie pool, then SXSW is a flood with a neglected cup somewhere in the middle. The natural result is rampant crowds and ever more rampant lame ... More >>
Awwwww, I know it is a shame you aren't here with us at SXSW in Austin. I can only imagine the aching and longing in your heart for walking aimlessly and standing in long lines for no reason, and sweating through your cardigan to see a band you heard on one of the Twilight soundtracks. You don't w ... More >>
Earlier this week, reports of noted guitar-smasher Prince finally crossing over to a national audience via a South by Southwest showcase started making the rounds. Tastemakers all over the country are finally going to understand what we've been blabbing about all these years! Okay, we kid. In the ne ... More >>
The South By Southwest Music Conference seems perfectly timed each year with the exact moment when bands and music fans from the North have reached their collective breaking points with the interminable winter months, and communally head down to Austin, Texas in a grand, musical migration. Despite ... More >>
The last few days, Village Voice Media's indefatigable music staff has been regaling you with stories of the best from SXSW 2012. In the midst of these discoveries, we've been culling another list: the worst shit. The acts that ranged from huge bore-fests to downright lame. Below, you'll find our ... More >>
If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in the random acts of shit on Earth, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at SXSW. To break down the bright, scintillating chaos, Village Voice Media's roving music e ... More >>
iTunes' miserly propensity to give away a pittance of free mp3s by new and emerging artists is a sort of open secret, a veritable whisper in the blogosphere's never-settling echo chamber of mp3s and streams and tour-date listings. It'd be nice to be able to tell you that everything Apple has dole ... More >>
You don't have to spend much time at South By Southwest to know that nearly every building gets used as a music venue during the annual music festival. And starting Thursday, writers and photographers from the music blogs of the Village Voice Media empire plan to go to as many of them as we possi ... More >>
SXSW is right around the corner. And though the yearly music trade festival in Texas is definitely not happening here, there are several events that serve as our local equivalent. The first is the Vita.mn Are You Local? showcase tonight at First Avenue. A couple CD release shows to note this week ... More >>
Photo by Nick WosikaThe McNally Smith College of Music and Rock the Cause have announced an impressive lineup of local luminaries for its SXSW day party, which will take place Saturday, March 17 at Liberty Bar. For those familiar with Austin, this venue is a short walk east of I-35. Among the act ... More >>
For the newest edition of City of Music, producer Dan Huiting and videographers Chris Hadland and Andre Durand caught up with Fargo quintet Secret Cities down in Austin, Texas during the SXSW music festival for a take-away performance... in a tree. Watch as the band hangs from tree branches, ... More >>
Highlights from Gimme Noise's recent trek to the festival
Photo by Erik HessWe have one final piece of SXSW coverage to offer up this week, and then we're done -- for real this time. In this video, our team of Dan Huiting, Andre Durand, and Chris Hadland recap a few of the final shows they saw at SXSW this year, including all seven bands at our Gimme No ... More >>
Photo by Ben ClarkPhantom Tails at SXSWIt's a strange thing, going from the constant cacophony of thousands of bands playing at once down to nothing at all. But it's a process that is as much a part of attending SXSW as all of the incidentals of the festival: BBQ, suntan lotion, beer, beer, beer. ... More >>
Photo by Craig Hlavaty/Houston PressWhat started as a once-in-a-supermoon chance to see a one-off reunion show by cult favorites Death From Above 1979 ended in a dramatic scene Saturday night at First Avenue, as a crowd watching the show from outside the fenced-in backyard of the Beauty Bar decid ... More >>
Photos by Ben Clark"Hi, this is our college band," Justin Vernon said after DeYarmond Edison finished their first song. "We haven't played a show in seven years until right now."
Photo by Erik HessOur parent company, Village Voice Media, went whole hog with their annual SXSW bash this year, moving it from its previous home at La Zona Rosa into the Austin Music Hall (which was also the site of last night's MTVu Woodie Awards), stretching out the event into the late-night h ... More >>
Wednesday was the first night for a lot of SXSW attendees, including our intrepid video team led by Dan Huiting and his cohorts Andre Durand and Chris Hadland. Our videographers spent a large portion of the evening at Doomtree's official showcase at the Flamingo Cantina, which featured solo sets ... More >>
Photos by Stacy SchwartzNick Diamonds and Michael Cera of Mister HeavenlyThe exponential growth of South by Southwest over the past 25 years has been simply stunning. In honor of this, and just in time for SXSW's silver anniversary, the festival's organizers opted to extend the music portion of t ... More >>
Photo by Amanda JohnsonThis just in: In addition to the big SXSW tour kick-off happening tomorrow night at the Turf Club, which features Pink Mink, Hastings 3000, and Von Bondies lead singer Jason Stollsteimer's new project, the Hounds Below, there will be two more last minute SXSW send-off of so ... More >>
As we mentioned last month, we have a record number of Minnesota bands heading down to Austin, Texas March 16-20 for the South by Southwest music festival. Naturally, there are more than a few showcases planned that feature all or mostly Minnesotan acts, starting with a string of SXSW send-off sh ... More >>
Photo by Nick WosikaTapes 'n Tapes headline the Gimme Noise and First Avenue SXSW Day PartyAustin never saw it coming. Two weeks from today, legions of Twin Cities musicians, writers, photographers, booking agents, managers, radio DJs, and straight-up music fiends will descend onto Texas for five ... More >>
Photo by Tony NelsonWu-Tang Clan at Epic this past JanuaryOur sister paper, the Village Voice, typically hosts a free day party during SXSW, and the lineups have been pretty fantastic -- last year brought together the xx, Superchunk, Surfer Blood, and more. But this year, they are cranking up the ... More >>
And here I was just thinking earlier today that it's weird that there haven't been any super crazy SXSW rumors yet. Well, thanks to this very suggestive video that was sent to @SXSWpartylist, we have our first tidbit of Kanye speculation for the 2011 season.
With South by Southwest less than a month away (the music portion kicks off on March 16), we thought it a good time to start compiling our list of Minnesotans making the haul down to Austin, Texas this year.At first glance, it looks like there will be quite a few bands repping our great state -- ... More >>
All the music articles from this week's print edition.
Featuring footage of locals like Jeremy Messersmith, Jake Dilley, Off With Their Heads, Solid Gold, and Lookbook and national bands like the xx.
A freelancer's diary from the SXSW music festival, with notes on how to stay sane amidst the persistent chaos.
Watch a few in-studio videos recorded live at SXSW.
The biggest week in music thus for 2010? You be the judge.
A few practical tips for SXSW attendees and remote followers.
The Birthday Suits, Solid Gold, Peter Wolf Crier, and 14 other locals have been selected for SXSW showcases.
Lookbook will sweep the East Coast, while OFTT is donating tour proceeds to the Red Cross for Haiti relief.
South By Southwest brings together a country of insatiable indie kids
A recap of Day Two at South by Southwest.
The Dayton, Ohio post-punk band has been the highlight of the festival so far.
Hey, it's time to go to South by Southwest!
SXSW gives a girl more music than she could possibly need—but not as much as she wants
What's the Only Industry That Holds Its Trade Show Around a Keg?
What's the Only Industry That Holds Its Trade Show Around a Keg?
Good taste and sobriety go down fighting at the music party of the year
Road-tripping to Texas for South by Southwest
Reports from South by Southwest, where a Texas town becomes a mecca of indie music and film