The music portion of this year’s South By Southwest (SXSW) festival officially kicks off today in Austin, Tex. Start getting excited…now!
I’ll be at SXSW today through this weekend, as will EW’s Leah Greenblatt and Whitney Pastorek. Between the three of us, we’ll provide you with all manner of tasty Texan blogging for the next five days, beginning in earnest tomorrow once we’ve seen tonight’s big shows. Among the artists we plan on catching are big acts like Hole (or whichever band Courtney Love is calling by that name these days), Stone Temple Pilots, and Dixie Chicks side project Court Yard Hounds; respected veterans like Smokey Robinson and Big Star; indie favorites like Spoon, Broken Bells, Broken Social Scene, and She & Him; zillions of assorted up-and-comers; and maybe even a few awesome new discoveries that no one has ever heard of (til now!).
Are any of you Mixers headed to SXSW this year? Who are you most excited about seeing? Chime in below, and check back at the Music Mix for updates throughout the festival.
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The Specials: Terry Hall and Lynval Golding on the ska-rock legends’ reunion shows—and why their absent keyboard player is a ‘Scrooge’
Adam Lambert ‘Unplugged’: Watch his VH1 performances here
Lady Gaga’s ‘Telephone’ video