Monday, March 11, 2013

So You're Not at SXSW 2013

Hey, friend. So it's time once again for half the country to funnel into Austin, Texas for the annual South By Southwest Festival. There will be show-hopping, elbow-rubbing, and sadly you won't be there. And you won't be able forget about your misfortune because of your Twitter feed. My God. Your Twitter feed.

But never fear! You can still enjoy some of SXSW from the comfort of your laptop. When life gives you lemons, find a high speed Internet connection. Here are a few ways you can keep up with the music portion of the festival from wherever you are.

+ NPR is streaming both audio and video March 13 and 14 straight from Stubbs and Auditorium Shores. The lineup is as follows:
Wednesday, March 13:

9:10 p.m CT - Waxahatchee
10 p.m. CT - Cafe Tacvba
10:40 p.m. CT - Youth Lagoon
11 p.m. CT - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
12 a.m. CT - Le1f
12:30 a.m. CT - Alt-J

Thursday, March 14:

5 p.m. CT - Jovanotti
6 p.m. CT - Bajofondo
7 p.m. CT - Molotov
8 p.m. CT - Cafe Tacvba

You can also check the NPR site for other streamed events, like Dave Grohl's keynote speech.

+ Both Paste Magazine and NPR are offering free samplers of SXSW music. Check out Paste's Stages on Sixth sampler from NoiseTrade, and NPR's Austin 100.

+ The festival itself is offering SXSWfm again this year, which is basically an online station where you can stream music from acts playing there this week. It's not live, but it's worth checking out. 

+ For any Nashvillians out there wondering why we can't have nice things, here's an in-depth article from the City Paper about Nashville's history with music festivals and if we might ever have one of our own. 

+ Wired's SXSW blog is a pretty cool mix of pictures, quotes and text posted in a Tumblr-esque fashion. So there's that.

+ Oh, and um... #SXSW

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