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From Boss To Barroom

This time, there was no unexpected discovery. No band that cropped up out of nowhere to knock me back and demand my attention.

That may just be thanks to the accessibility of music these days. Any band I might want to know about, I can check out in a digital instant.

So with a schedule filled with bands that I had already heard of to check out, there was just no time to stumble upon a great new band sight...


Representing Down South

Nebraska's musical contingency at SXSW took on forms from traditional polka to electronic music-backed performance art. Here's what our eyes and ears took in:

Harouki Zombi:

Featuring Orenda Fink (Azure Ray, Art In Manila, O+S) and Nina Barnes (Of Montreal), this dance/performance art project aims and fires at all senses, with spinning dance beats providing the soundtrack to a cast of characters that included...


SXSW 2012: Age Before Beauty

The amazing thing about the South By Southwest Festival and why I keep coming back year after year despite the obvious toll it takes on my body is that you can see the hottest, most talked-about bands the same day you see some all-time classics, sometimes in clubs literally next door to each other.

There’s simply too much to write about to fit into 1,000 words, which is why you should check out the full coverage...


SXSW Day 4: Bolzen Beer Band, Harouki Zombi, William Elliott Whitmore, Chuck Ragan, Lucero

[EDITOR'S NOTE: The Reader is teaming up with Hear Nebraska to cover SXSW this year. HN editor-in-chief Andrew Norman's stories will run right here at TheReader.com. And you can find more Hear Nebraska coverage reviews, photos and videos at hearnebraska.org.]

I felt as if I'd been dead-legged by a gang of fifth-graders as I followed the lederhosen-clad Bolzen Beer Band through a sea of drunk people on Austin's...


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