We listen in with young critics to the hottest new music from South By Southwest in Austin, Texas.
Back in the day, 25 years ago, the music festival in Austin, Texas – South by Southwest – was itty-bitty compared to now. My, how it’s grown.
Two-thousand bands in the “conference,” as they call it, that wrapped up this weekend. Packed beer halls and barbeques and waves of attendees.
Every kind of rockin’ music you can imagine. Big names flaying in too, to share the scene. But we’re looking for the fresh, the new, the buzziest sounds.
This hour On Point: young critics on the best of South by Southwest.
– Tom Ashbrook
Liz Colville, freelance writer and music blogger. She’s contributed to The Daily Beast, Nerve, New York Press, NPR, Pitchfork, Stylus Magazine, and The Village Voice Online. You can find her coverage of SXSW here, and her personal blog at lizcolville.tumblr.com.
Chris Martins, music writer and critic. He covered the South By Southwest Music festival for Spin. He’s also a frequent contributor to the L.A. Times, L.A. Weekly, and the Onion A.V. Club. He blogs at auralstandards.com.
Favorite groups our critics mentioned on air:
And some we didn’t get to:
Dum Dum Girls
Dominique Young Unique
VIDEO FROM SXSW:
Gold Panda at SXSW
Dominique Young Unique talks how she got started.