The corny, commercial side of Austin's city-bulging music conference did not spoil standout bands and special moments. Updated Mar. 20, 2012
Star Tribune music writer Chris Riemenschneider will be in his former hometown of Austin, TX, March 13-18 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.
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Tom Morello, Jimmy Cliff and members of the Arcade Fire and Austin scene joined the Boss' crew in a 2½-hour set.
Twin Cities act Howler played an outdoor set. Fiona Apple and Alabama Shakes played the NPR Music showcase at Stubb's on Wednesday night.
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Neal Justin and Chris Riemenschneider discuss the bands playing at the South by Southwest Music festival in Austin, Texas.
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Carrie Brownstein of Wild Flag
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Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears
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