This year’s conference attendees had plenty of chances to sing along to familiar hits, and plenty of reasons to hit up new bands. Updated Mar. 18, 2013
Star Tribune music writer Chris Riemenschneider will be in his former hometown of Austin, Texas, March 12-17 taking in the thousands of bands, hundreds of parties and a few taco stands at the annual South by Southwest Music Conference. Follow his tweets: @ChrisRstrib.
Prince took the stage early Sunday accompanied by a 22-piece brass band and played for three hours. His set included multiple costume changes and a soulful rendition of "Purple Rain."
Lianne La Havas performs at Empire Automotive at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, March 14, 2013.
Crowds thronged the Spotify House in Austin, Texas, during South by Southwest.
Green Day perform at ACL Live at the Moody Theater at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, March 15, 2013.
One played a car wash, another went on an hour late, and all at least seemed to enjoy being there.
A more roaming approach to Night 3 yielded great results.
Prince is rumored to be planning a concert at SXSW.