<p>A view of the crowd and the stage at Bright Eyes’ Saturday night concert at Austin’s Auditorium Shores. </p>Hear This, Nebraska

BY ANDREW NORMAN Watching the grass turn from tan to yellow to green through the car's window — and feeling the air warm at stops — during the 14-hour trip to Austin, Texas, is enough reason to attend the SXSW Music Festival every year in March. After a Nebraska winter, the climate change provides a nice reminder that spring really will come. And then there are the bands. Almost 2,000 of...

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<p>Hometown hero Conor Oberst and his Bright Eyes ensemble packed in 20,000 for their performance at SXSW 2011.  </p>Send and Receive

As we do every year, The Reader sent a contingent of music experts (and music lovers) down to Austin, Texas, for the annual South by Southwest Music Festival. More than 2,000 bands participated in 2011, including Nebraska's Bright Eyes, Satchel Grande, Orion Walsh, Midwest Dilemma and Daniel Christiansan. This year, our group included Reader Music Editor Chris Aponick, HearNebraska.org's founder...

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SXSW Days 3 and 4

It's Monday and I'm in Oklahoma on my way back. The road trip's ugly cousin — car problems — has reared its head, but I'm on my way back to Omaha. Consider this a recap of what happened Friday and Saturday, the highlight of which I didn't get to catch. A semi-secret Death From Above 1979 reunion show was easy for badgeholders to get into around 9:30 p.m. but impossible an hour later. After...

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Thursday Notes

Thursday was the first chance I had to check out what amounts to SXSW's headliners stage — the Auditorium Shores at Lady Bird Lake. The Strokes played what amounted to a trip through their first two records dotted by a few new cuts from their forthcoming album, Angles. The band has become really polished, but on the way, it has changed the band's sound. It still sounds like them, but greater...

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<p>Lady Gaga works the Qwest Center crowd during her nearly two-hour-long performance Thursday night. </p>First Lady

So ... some girl named Lady Gaga was in town last night. If you weren't one of the umpteen thousand fans in attendance, here's her set list so you can throw it on your iPod and at least pretend: (Intro) 1. Dance in the Dark 2. Glitter and Grease 3. Just Dance 4. Beautiful, Dirty, Rich 5. The Fame (Interlude) 6. LoveGame 7. Boys Boys Boys 8. Money Honey 9. Telephone (Lady Gaga feat. Beyonce...

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<p>We hate to get too overly excited about it, but it’s all in the fun of being at South By Southwest, right? Our photographer Robert Robinson ran into R.E.M.‘s Michael Stipe cruising the streets of Austin. The band screened videos from its latest album “Collapse” as part of SXSW’s film festival Wednesday.  </p>Recharged and ready for winners

After one impossibly long 14-hour drive down to Austin Monday night, I am safe, sound and partially recharged in Austin for the 2011 South By Southwest music festival. Tuesday night featured the first year that SXSW tried to bridge the gap between the music festival and the interactive and film portions that precede it, doing so by launching a half-dozen showcases a day early. The night reaped...

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