Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Post-SXSW Playlist(!!!!)

Thousands of bands, fans, promoters, writers, label execs, music directors, and other music industry professionals congregated in Austin, Texas, last week for the 23rd annual South By Southwest Music and Media Conference. For four days and four nights, downtown Austin's roads closed off to make room for the swarms of people and bands hopping from venue to venue (imagine an indie rock Bourbon street) with loud, live music booming in every bar, club, venue, restaurant, park, record store, barber shop, or even just out on the street. (Lots of WTBU pens were distributed, I promise.)

Sensory overload? Most definitely. By day two, I had no choice but to buy some ear plugs, or else I probably would have gone deaf. As a first-time attendee of the festival, which ran from March 18-22, I was completely overwhelmed (in a good way) by the hundreds of events to choose from, including official SXSW showcases/panels/lectures (an official SXSW badge or wristband gets you into these), and tons of "unofficial" day showcases and parties (which no badge/wristband are necessary for).

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Eventually I'll be posting day-by-day re-caps, but for now: Free music for everyone!!!! Enjoy this POST-SXSW MIX of the best acts I caught in Austin. DOWNLOAD: POST-SXSW MIX (ft. Wavves, Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Woods, Abe Vigoda, Crystal Stilts, Vivian Girls, Cut Off Your Hands, No Age, Titus Andronicus, Crystal Antlers, Harlem Shakes, Department of Eagles, Dirty Projectors, M. Ward, Passion Pit, & The Antlers.)

liz pelly

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