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Thursday, March 12, 2009

SXSW Music Festival + Free Music

If you love music then you know about SXSW (South by Southwest) the music festival that happens every year in Austin, TX.  It is upon us again and this year it will be held March 13th - 22nd in 80 venues in the streets of Austin.   

Bands from all over the country and even... the world come to play at SXSW.  Among them are three bands from Detroit!!!  

Outrageous Cherry - They sound like a grungier version of The Shins, but these guys might have been around longer.  You can catch them at their last show before SXSW at the Double Door in Chicago tomorrow (Friday, March 13th at 8pm).

Easy Action - Hard Rock is the easiest way to describe them.  Loud and proud these guys sound like growling monsters that love to ROCK!  You can check them out at their last show before SXSW Saturday night (March 14th) at The Comet in Cincinnati, OH. at 10pm.

The Von Bondies - The self described Indie/Rock/Alternative group has been a Detroit staple for a number of years.  When you hear people talk about hip rock groups from Detroit they speak of two bands... The White Stripes and the Von Bondies.  The latter of which is the lesser known group globally but I think more popular in the Detroit area.

Good luck Detroit bands in Austin... make us all proud!


Unfortunately I will not be attending the festival but I will be doing the next best thing, and that is listening to the free 10 song sampler available from NPR on iTunes.  That's right folks, you can now download a free sampler with 10 songs from some of the artists that will be at the festival.  I just downloaded it this morning and although it's nothing fantastic (they want you to go to the festival) it was free and will do for me.  

All you have to do is have iTunes on your computer already or download it here.  

Then go to this website and click download sampler.

Standouts are The Avett Brothers (whose fan club sent me the link to the sampler) and The Decemberists.

If you are going to Austin say hi to Willie Nelson for me and don't forget to check out the above mentioned bands live so you can brag to all your friends and enjoy copious amounts of street cred.  

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