With less corporate shilling and fewer big names, this year’s Austin megafest served to showcase worthy buzz acts like Courtney... Updated Mar. 23, 2015
Star Tribune music writer Chris Riemenschneider will be in his former hometown of Austin, Texas, March 18-22, covering his 25th visit to the 29th annual South by Southwest Music Conference. Check here for daily updates and photo galleries. Follow his tweets: @ChrisRstrib.
SXSW hosted a Rhymesayers panel.
The label behind Atmosphere and Brother Ali was recognized as a pioneer of independent hip-hop.
Hippo Campus, a band of 19- to 20-year-old Twin Cities suburbanites, performed at the Floodfest party during the 2015 South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas. The band recently signed a record deal with Grand Jury.
Performing arts schools, social media helped bouy this year's bumper crop of local buzz bands, including Hippo Campus and Allan Kingdom.
James Bay performed at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Austin, Texas, on Friday at South by Southwest.
AUSTIN, TEXAS – Through the magic of television — which has been more and more plugged into the South by Southwest Music Conference in recent years — British singer/songwriter James Bay managed to appear on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” right about the same time he wrapped up a packed live performance in a big downtown church late Friday night as part of the mega-fest.
And more on Big Data, Madisen Ward & the Mama Bear, Palma Violets and who said what.
Many of this year's buzz bands lived up to the hype as the fest rolled on, but not Girlpool or Natalie Prass.
The St. Paul rapper, 21, may perform with West in Austin after their collaboration hit the web with Paul McCartney's name also attached.
Baby Shel: “There are relatable topics in it for native kids. … Hip-hop touches on the really raw, tough stuff that’s happening to us.”
The Blind Shake: from left, brothers Jim and Mike Blaha and cousin Dave Roper.
The Twin Cities' beloved guitar blasters head into Are You Local? and South by Southwest fresh off their surf-rock tour with "Swami" John Reis.
Local band Hippo Campus
The young TC rockers have signed with NYC’s Grand Jury ahead of South by Southwest.
Lady Gaga at SXSW
The 28th edition of SXSW was as overrun with big names and corporate money as ever, but the little guys still had a chance to win if you let them.
At 65, Minneapolis soul singer Sonny Knight made his South by Southwest debut with his band the Lakers.
Four Minnesota music acts share their SXSW experiences, from Lizzo’s Virgin-buoyed run to Sonny Knight’s virginal voyage.
Saturday's last-gasp fun included another festive Rachael Ray Feedback party and an arrest for one of rap's biggest, dumbest young stars.
The Hold Steady was revealed to be the source of the music in a Sears commercial called “Real People.”
Ad money is now a brass ring for Minnesotans and other bands in Austin this week, following the lead of Bob Dylan and Prince.
Americana folkie Alynda Lee Segarra and her New Orleans-based group eschewed the usual buzz-band mold in beautiful ways.
Thursday's offerings also included a panel with Jeremy Messersmith and more veteran songwriters.
Two were dead and 23 more were taken to hospitals during the Texas music festival.
Japanese noise-rock quartet Bo Ningen.
Jason Molina is honored with a tribute album from Rock the Cause.
The South by Southwest Music Conference is happening again next week in Austin, Texas — which means there’s a lot of music news this week in the Twin Cities related to the festival.
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds performed last week at Stubb’s BBQ as part of the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas.
This year’s conference attendees had plenty of chances to sing along to familiar hits, and plenty of reasons to hit up new bands.
Lianne La Havas performs at Empire Automotive at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, March 14, 2013.
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."
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.