Posts Tagged ‘SxSW’

14 from ’14: Defining Moments From The Year in Music

14 from ’14: Defining Moments From The Year in Music

There is no such creature as a “typical” year in music. That having been said, 2014 was arguably more noteworthy than most. Forget digital downloading, streaming music services are the new trend not only driving the music industry but at least two items on this list. The year also witnessed a superstar make the choice […]

SXSW: Alabama Shakes @ Stubb’s, 3-15-12

SXSW: Alabama Shakes @ Stubb’s, 3-15-12

ATF’s man in Austin, Jon Black, is hip deep in the SXSW fracas. But until his missives come rolling in, check out the audio for the Alabama Shakes’ rockin’ soul-shakin’ set at Stubb’s yesterday. Thank you, NPR. Thank you. While you’re listening you can read the story by NPR’s Stephen Thompson, who writes, “[Lead singer] […]

The Black Report: Jon Black at SxSW – Punk, Texas Klezmer, and BBBFs

The Black Report: Jon Black at SxSW – Punk, Texas Klezmer, and BBBFs

When I first set foot on the street for any given night of South by Southwest, I never know what exactly the evening has in store for me. Sure, I have a list of bands I want to see, but that’s not the same thing as knowing what to expect. Friday night of SxSW 2011, […]

The Jon Black Report: SxSW 2011 Day Two – A Look Back at the Mishmash

The Jon Black Report: SxSW 2011 Day Two – A Look Back at the Mishmash

DAY TWO: OUT OF THE COUNTRY — Irish Rock and Roll — Classic Punk — Balkan Gypsy Rock Cabaret — Afro-Columbian World Funk Fusion — Alternative Marching Band — Tennessee Garage Rock — West African Traditional Folk/Blues/Rock On the second night of South by Southwest 2011, I gained an asset I have never had in […]

2011 SxSW, The Afterglow of Its Mind-Boggling Diversity

2011 SxSW, The Afterglow of Its Mind-Boggling Diversity

DAY ONE: THE BUZZ ABOUT “SOUTH BY” For one week each year Austin, Texas becomes the global capital of the music industry. In its 25 year existence, the annual South by Southwest Music Festival (“SxSW” or simply “South by” to the initiated) has emerged as the industry’s most important “trade show”. Over the course of […]

Video: Heartless Bastards – “Out At Sea”

Video: Heartless Bastards – “Out At Sea”

Everyone we’ve ever known from Ohio exudes a rockin’ cool vibe. Stands to reason that Ohio natives Heartless Bastards (who call Austin home now) would rock our faces off, and Erika Wennerstrom’s presence and vocals command and demand attention (and the guys in the band aren’t bad either: Dave Colvin, Jesse Ebaugh, Mark Nathan). Erika […]

SxSW 2010 DAY TWO:

SxSW 2010 DAY TWO:

also see: DAY ONE | DAY TWO | DAY THREE | DAY FOUR Thursday was a more unpredictable and chaotic day that Wednesday for me at South by Southwest.  Some of my plans didn’t pan out, some that did pan out weren’t as memorable as I had hoped, and some of my favorite moments weren’t […]

SxSW 2010 DAY ONE:

SxSW 2010 DAY ONE:

also see: DAY ONE | DAY TWO | DAY THREE | DAY FOUR In a decade of attending this festival, I have not missed a night of SxSW. And, yet, Wednesday night, SxSW 2010, stands out as one of the most extraordinary and enjoyable nights of music I have ever experienced here.  I heard a […]

South by Southwest 2010: Country Music Rising

South by Southwest 2010: Country Music Rising

Prologue For one week each year, Austin, Texas becomes the coolest place on earth. Sure, the locals (myself included) well tell you that regardless of the time of year you visit. But, for five days each March, it is gospel truth. Austin’s annual South by Southwest Music Festival (“SxSW” or just “South by” to cognoscenti), […]