New Orleans Makes its Presence Known at South By Southwest

Of the hundreds of bands that played in Austin last week, only 14 New Orleans acts performed at official South By Southwest showcases. But these acts—along with a few other Louisiana bands and yet a few more who played unofficial shows—provided a vivid, if incomplete, music industry State of the Union for our little sliver of Planet Earth.

Woozy and Pears Team Up for New Video

New Orleans' rock band Woozy is a nominee for Best Debut Album in My Spilt Milk's New Orleans Music Awards for Blistered, of which I wrote, "Singers slide up or down to notes and fight their way through the shitstorm of fuzzed guitars, and the songs amble down paths of their own creation rather than adhere to any conventional verse/chorus structure." 

Moon Honey Gets Ready for SXSW

It has become hip to not care about South by Southwest—It’s too big; it’s too corporate; it’s just a party. Moon Honey is not one of those naysayers. This year, the band will play Austin during SXSW for the third or fourth time says singer Jessica Ramsey, and this is the second time the psychedelic band originally from Baton Rouge will be an official part of the festival with a proper showcase.

Pokey LaFarge Wants You to Know

It's South by Southwest in Austin, and across the street from a party hosted by an app developer, a well-dressed swing band is set up in a gravel parking lot in front of a van. The van gets attention because it's black and yellow and carries the mark of Third Man Records, Jack White's label. The band stops people who are moving between hip-hop and indie rock stars of the day with its easy swing and the singer's clear, effortless way with a melody.

So Much, So Little

[Updated] It's easy to grouse about South by Southwest. Too many people. Too many bands. Too corporate. Too much everything, all of which is true. No matter how diligently you plan and stay at it, you'll miss bands you wanted to see. Then there are friends who you only see once a year, cool tips you hear about, and a sound you hear coming out of a bar that you have to pursue with no idea what it is. As such, your SXSW never turns out like you planned.

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