From heavyweights like Cafe Tacvba and Bajofondo to a vast array of newcomers, Austin's annual blowout has a strong Latin vibe. With help from Michael Crockett of Austin's KUT, Alt.Latino explores some of the best of the fest-within-a-fest.
From the blissful electro-pop of Glasgow's CHVRCHES to Bajofondo's cinematic set to LL Cool J performing under a 62-foot stage designed like a vending machine, here's what we also saw at SXSW on Thursday.
Sometimes SXSW is about tough decisions, like missing potential favorites while waiting — or walking — to see a band you know you love. But on the third day in Austin, there were as many happy accidents as missed opportunities.
On an album released nearly 50 years ago Harry Taussig demonstrated an accomplished, self-taught style of improvisational guitar. This week in Austin, Texas Taussig will perform in public for the first time.
The Mercury Prize-winning band from Cambridge, England, capped NPR Music's SXSW showcase at Stubb's in Austin, and they shut it down in style. Watch them dig deep into their one and only album, An Awesome Wave, in front of a packed house.
Playing her first set at SXSW for the NPR Music showcase, Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield amped up her fragile odes to nervous doubt as the head of a killer power trio. Watch this video highlight — a caffeinated version of NPR favorite "Be Good" — or listen to the entire concert. Video of Crutchfield's complete set will be available soon.
Idaho wundkind Trevor Powers is known for his beguiling bedroom pop. He brought a much bigger energy to his set at Stubb's in Austin for NPR Music's SXSW showcase. Watch this video highlight, or listen to the entire show. Video of Youth Lagoon's complete set will be available soon.