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SXSW Music List in Excel

RECEIVED Mon., Feb. 18, 2013

Dear Editor,
    This is the second time in two years that I've asked for a list of the South by Southwest bands in Excel (or any electronic) format, only to be told that there is no such list available to me. Instead, they recommend I use the online tool to create a schedule. The problem with the online tool is that I can't keep an ongoing list of bands that I have researched, nor can I schedule first, second, and third picks for any one time slot, should my first or second choice be full. I can only click on a band to add to my schedule. In other words, the tool is mostly useless to me, and user feedback is discouraged.
    I will have to spend hours just creating the list, not to mention the tens of hours spent actually researching the bands. Please reconsider making the list of bands available in electronic format. Since I research every band that will be coming to town, you'll be doing me and the visiting bands a huge favor. Also, please consider asking the bands to put their music on MySpace. Facebook doesn't work well and record label and band pages often make finding the music to review difficult and time consuming, and some bands want to sell the music before you've even had a chance to hear it. Thanks in advance for your consideration.
Edwin Reinhold

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