Say what you will for Newport, Coachella, or Lollapalooza. If there were only one festival to attend in a given year, it would have to be South by Southwest. None other attracts as many fans, offers as many bands, or runs as long as Austin’s own. In fact, if it weren’t for the success of SXSW over its two-plus decades, one wonders if upstarts like Firefly or Pitchfork would even exist. Dollars to doughnuts, bills to bagels, you will not get a better festival experience.

Meet The Sky Colony and Dream Folk

First of all, who is The Sky Colony?  Well, it’s not that simple a question to answer, actually. The band has been around since 2012 but has transformed a few times since then.  First, it was a three-piece with a separate lyricist/producer/financial backer which floundered on...

No Stopping the BoDeans in Berkeley

Bodeans at Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse on April 10, 2015

Singing earnest, solid rock songs with infectious hooks, The BoDeans have always presented an urgent, heartfelt hopefulness. Founded by Waukesha, Wisconsin, buddies Kurt Neumann and Sam Llanas in the 1980s, they laid out a template for a winning brand of Americana heartland rock on their debut,...


Futurebirds ~ "Painted Tears", Craig Young, March 24, 2015

FUTUREBIRDS - "Painted Tears" (Live in Austin, TX) #JAMINTHEVAN

6 String Drag - "Sylvia" (live 2014), Hanspeter Eggen..., March 23, 2015

6 String Drag - Sylvia - Live in Raleigh, NC - 1/4/14

Yonder Mountain String Band - "All The Time/Lonesome Road Blues", Amos Perrine, March 23, 2015

Yonder Mountain String Band - All The Time-Lonesome Road Blues-All The Time - NWSS 2014

Warren Haynes with Railroad Earth ~ "Is It Me Or You" , Craig Young, April 17, 2015

Warren Haynes - Front And Center - "Is It Me Or You" Live Video

Rhiannon Giddens ~ "Shake Sugaree", Craig Young, March 25, 2015

Rhiannon Giddens - Shake Sugaree ( Sessions)

Laura Marling ~ "Walk Alone", Craig Young, March 22, 2015

Laura Marling: NPR Music South X Lullaby

The Sideshow Tragedy - "Two Guns" Live at The Good Music Club, aplscruf, April 15, 2015

THE SIDESHOW TRAGEDY - Two Guns LIVE @ The Good Music Club

Elliott Brood ~ "Jigsaw Heart", Craig Young, March 25, 2015

Elliott Brood - Jigsaw Heart (Live @ Rhythm & Roots 2014)

Grizfolk ~ "Vagabonds", Craig Young, March 18, 2015

GRIZFOLK - "Vagabonds" (Live in Malibu, CA) #JAMINTHEVAN

Chris Stapleton - Traveller, Just Billye, April 15, 2015

Chris Stapleton: "Traveller" - David Letterman