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SXSW News: Garth Brooks Performing at Auditorium Shores on Saturday
Country-fried Austinites have long had to travel to San Antonio, Dallas, Houston, or even Lubbock to catch Garth Brooks in concert. Not this time. South by Southwest has landed a rare local performance by the superstar singer.

11:35AM Fri. Mar. 17, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

SXSW Music Live: Willie Nelson and Avett Brothers Fête Ray Benson
After the peak moment of Ray Benson’s 66th birthday party at GSD&M on Tuesday night, in which outlaw Buddha Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel’s frontman shared verses on “Pancho and Lefty” with the Avett Brothers accompanying, Nelson reflected the emotion of everyone in attendance when he locked eyes with the birthday boy and grinned ear-to-ear.

2:45PM Wed. Mar. 15, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

Refugees Record for Free at SXSW
For the past four South by Southwests, Justin Douglas earned a sizable paycheck from Converse by recording bands on behalf of Rubber Tracks, the shoe company’s program offering free studio time to artists with no strings attached.

5:30PM Tue. Mar. 14, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

Guitarist Shot After a Show Friday
Mid-afternoon Sunday finds Austin’s Michael Sanders calm and collected, hoisting a mug of hot tea with his left hand, while his right arm remains in a sling. Thirty-six hours earlier, a bullet tore through his shoulder.

5:40PM Sun. Mar. 12, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

Audio Interview: Mastodon
When the Chronicle learned Mastodon would be rolling through South by Southwest to promote this month’s seventh studio LP Emperor of Sand, no better interviewer could’ve been at our disposal than Austin musician Gary Lindsey.

12:30PM Fri. Mar. 10, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

SRV’s Pride & Joy on Display
Something you probably didn’t know about Austin’s Stevie Ray Vaughan: “Pride & Joy,” perhaps the most enduring song the late blues guitar sensation put lyrics to, was originally titled “Sweet Thang.” Nice tweak.

4:45PM Thu. Mar. 9, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

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SXSW Releases Final Artist List
Countdown to South by Southwest now trickles down to days, not weeks, so finally the music lineup comes into focus. Enduring enfant terrible Ryan Adams, mumble-rap superstar Lil Yachty, and alt-country queen Neko Case headline a list of 187 artists bringing the fest’s grand total to approximately 1,917 acts.

10:00AM Sat. Mar. 4, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

SXSW Releases Final Artist List
 
SXSW Performance Contract Sparks Controversy
UPDATED 6:20pm: After Felix Walworth posted a video to Twitter showing that they had not misleadingly cut-and-pasted their contract – as alleged by SXSW Managing Director Roland Swenson – Swenson emailed the Chronicle to clarify he mistakenly thought an artist agreement had been altered, when in fact Walworth was referencing the “invite letter.”

6:20PM Thu. Mar. 2, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

Garth Brooks to Keynote SXSW
South by Southwest has roped in Garth Brooks for a keynote conversation at the music conference on Friday, March 17. The country superstar will fly over a crowd at the convention center, singing into a headset mic while suspended by cables, then sit down with Amazon Music VP Steve Boom for questions.

10:00AM Thu. Mar. 2, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

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