SXSW 2015: Full Coverage

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.

Entertainment
May 12
Bad Bad Not Good with Ghostface Killah perform during SXSW 2015.

A back-to-basics SXSW: The breakout acts, reboots and letdowns of 2015

With less corporate shilling and fewer big names, this year’s Austin megafest served to showcase worthy buzz acts like Courtney Barnett and Leon Bridges.
Entertainment
May 12
SXSW hosted a Rhymesayers panel.

SXSW gives big props to Minnesota's Rhymesayers at 20

The label behind Atmosphere and Brother Ali was recognized as a pioneer of independent hip-hop.
Entertainment
May 12

Young Minnesota music stars graduate to SXSW

A bumper crop of Minnesotans hit Texas this week for the 29th annual South by Southwest Music Conference, the five-day mega-fest that serves as a new-car show for the music industry.
Entertainment
May 12

SXSW 2015 Friday report: James Bay, Ghostface Killah, TV crossover

AUSTIN, TEXAS – Through the magic of television — which has been more and more plugged into the South by Southwest Music Conference in…
Entertainment
May 12

Straight outta Red Lake, Baby Shel heads to SXSW

The Ojibwe rapper has come a long way to win the 2015 Are You Local? contest at First Avenue, which landed him a gig at the Midwest Showcase on March 20 in Austin, Texas.
Soundcheck
May 12

SXSW Soundcheck: The Blind Shake surf new turf

The beloved guitar blasters head into Are You Local? and SXSW fresh off their surf-rock tour with "Swami" John Reis.
Entertainment
May 12

Local music notes: Hippo Campus signs, Are You Local? reveals

The young TC rockers have signed with NYC’s Grand Jury ahead of South by Southwest.
Entertainment
May 12
Lady Gaga at SXSW

South by so much: a wrap on Austin's troubled mega-fest

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.
Entertainment
May 12

The Austin Chronicles: SXSW 2014, according to 4 MN acts

Four Minnesota music acts share their SXSW experiences, from Lizzo’s Virgin-buoyed run to Sonny Knight’s virginal voyage.
Entertainment
May 12

Advertising rolls in at South by Southwest rock fest

Minnesota bands rolled into the Texas rock fest this week seeking out corporate advertising deals the way they used to hunt for record contracts.
May 12

Police: Tyler, The Creator, incited riot at SXSW

Rapper Tyler, The Creator, was arrested Saturday for allegedly inciting a riot during a show at the South By Southwest music festival.
Photography
May 12

SXSW wrap-up

The annual Texas music festival wraps up in Austin.
Photography
May 12

Minneapolis musicians find a sweet spot at SXSW

Minneapolis musicians find a sweetspot at SXSW
Photography
May 12

SXSW 2015: Thursday's photos

The annual music festival underway in Austin, TX.
Photography
May 12

SXSW 2015: Wednesday's photos

Austin's 29th annual music conference kicked into high gear with TV on the Radio, Laura Marling, Leon Bridges and more.
Photography
May 12

Day 1: SXSW 2015

Highlights from South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Tx.
Entertainment
May 12

Rock the Cause, Haley Bonar and Sonny Knight will step out at SXSW

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.
Entertainment
May 12

SXSW 2013: Chaos and choruses in 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.
Entertainment
May 12

10 new standouts from SXSW

Six acts to see in concert Boy: The bittersweet harmonies and cool pop charm of this female Berlin-based duo’s radio hit “Little Numbers” transfer well…
May 12

Bands, industry face the music: streaming is king

Pandora and Spotify are among the biggest rock stars at South by Southwest, earning mixed reviews from Minnesota musicians.
Blogs
March 20

SXSW Thursday: Courtney Barnett, Will Butler, Charles Bradley

And more on Big Data, Madisen Ward & the Mama Bear, Palma Violets and who said what.
Blogs
March 19

SXSW Wednesday wrap: Laura Marling, TVOTR, Leon Bridges, Houndmouth

Many of this year's buzz bands lived up to the hype as the fest rolled on, but not Girlpool or Natalie Prass.
Blogs
March 18

St. Paul's Allan Kingdom is taking Kanye West buzz to SXSW

The St. Paul rapper, 21, may perform with West in Austin after their collaboration hit the web with Paul McCartney's name also attached.
Blogs
March 16, 2014

SXSW 2014, Day 5: Green, Blondie and brass for a finale

Saturday's last-gasp fun included another festive Rachael Ray Feedback party and an arrest for one of rap's biggest, dumbest young stars.
Blogs
March 15, 2014

SXSW 2014, Day 4: Hurray for the Riff Raff, Schoolboy Q, Against Me!, Perfect something-or-other

Americana folkie Alynda Lee Segarra and her New Orleans-based group eschewed the usual buzz-band mold in beautiful ways.
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