South by Southwest
Austin's troubled mega-fest was as overrun with big names and corporate money as ever, but the little guys can still win if you let them. Updated Mar. 17, 2014
Star Tribune music writer Chris Riemenschneider will be in his former hometown of Austin, Texas, March 11-16 taking in the thousands of bands, hundreds of parties and a few taco stands at the annual South by Southwest Music Conference. Check for daily updates and photo galleries. Follow his tweets: @ChrisRstrib.
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.