They’re sweeping up in Austin, Texas after this year’s big South by Southwest music festival. Two thousand bands. Eighty venues. And a whole lot of hot music.
Spoon was a big act. Not to mention Lissie, Hole, Black Prairie, Yellow Fever, Surfer Blood, Neon Indian. They had pop, punk, power pop, indie rock, chillwave.
It may be your playlist. It may not. It’s ours this hour.
This hour, On Point: the sound of South by Southwest.
From Atlanta we're joined by Rachael Maddux, associate editor at Paste Magazine. She attended her third SXSW music festival this year (see all of Paste's SXSW coverage). Her February cover story was "Is Indie Dead?"
From New York, we're joined by Chris Weingarten, a music critic who has written for RollingStone.com, Spin, and The Village Voice. He tweet-reviewed 100 shows in four days at SXSW for Rolling Stone’s Twitter feed. His own Twitter feed is @1000TimesYes.
"Ostinato Del Caminito" — Black Prairie (live from the Galaxy Room)
This program aired on March 26, 2010.