I've got to be the laziest music blogger when it comes to SXSW. The big event officially kicked off today with the start of the Interactive and Film portions, yet I haven't begun mapping out a game plan for next week's music festivities. There are plenty of shows and parties this weekend as proof that the music doesn't wait until Wednesday. But I guess I officially still have a couple days to come up with something.
For anyone else that is in the same boat as me, or is a little clueless as to who to go see, here are a few worthwhile samplers that I've come across in the past couple days. I'm sure there are plenty more, but if you're looking for free music of SX bands, here is where you start.
The Austin Town Hall Sampler
featuring: La Sera, She Sir, The Great Nostalgic, Secret Cities, Toro Y Moi, Cloud Control, Everyone Everywhere, The Cults, Yuck, etc.
SPIN Presents AUSTIN POWER
featuring: Jessica Lea Mayfield, Okkervil River, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, J Mascis, Twin Shadow, Kurt Vile, Sharon Van Etten, The Kills, etc.
Don't Mess With Texas Sampler
featuring: The Black Angels, Charles Bradley, OFF!, The Dodos, Say Hi, Surfer Blood, etc.
Ioda Opening Day Bash Sampler
featuring: Gold Panda, Beach Fossils, Weekend, True Widow, Queen Sea Big Shark, Withered Hand, etc.
Dirtnap Records Sampler
featuring: High Tension Wires, Mind Spiders, Something Fierce, Bad Sports, The Steve Adamyk Band, etc.