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Preview the New Generationals

This year, OffBeat‘s pleased to sponsor the Generationals at South by Southwest, where they’ll preview their new album, Actor-Caster. Today Spin.com has a free download of the sunny “Greenleaf.” The […]

Enough for Now

One last Best of the Beat thought before we put this year’s event to bed: Last spring at SXSW, the scheduled Big Star showcase became a tribute to Alex Chilton […]

Blood and Feedback: a SXSW Diary

[OffBeat‘s Aaron LaFont continues his SXSW diary] Day 3: Friday at SXSW – the big day. I arrived downtown sometime in the mid-afternoon. Stop one: bratwurst. Stop two: 6th Street. I think I’m […]

Pizza, Parades and Texting MCs: a SXSW Diary

[OffBeat contributor Aaron LaFont was also at SXSW: here’s the first two days of his diary] Day 1: A sense of utter disbelief soon followed by a somber ache came […]

Saying Goodbye

Writer Eric Weisbard wrote on Thursday, “I read my Facebook and Alex Chilton is Michael Jackson. I leave Facebook and he doesn’t exist.” Fortunately, SXSWville (located in Austin) has been […]

SXSW: The First Two Days

The news of Alex Chilton’s death obviously changed the nature of my first night’s coverage, so here’s an abbreviated round-up of the first two nights: Coolest moment: DJ Pasta was […]

Austin Calling

When the day is done, I’m off to Austin for South by Southwest. It’s a long drive, which I’ll likely spend speeding through a collection of songs by showcasing bands […]

A Telling Difference

One morning during SXSW, I walked through Flatstock, the show of music poster art. Once, it was dominated by images from drive-in culture: Betty Page and pin-up girls, hot rods, […]

SXSW: Day Four

Saturday started with Houston’s Allen Oldies Band playing an outdoor show on South Congress. The question you have to ask yourself while watching the Allen Oldies Band is if singer […]

SXSW: Day Three

  Yesterday was a long day that ended as eccentrically as it began First musical stop was a Berlin party, where I saw M.A.N.D.Y. and CLP. Both were highly entertaining, […]