SXSW Day 5 Photos: Burgermania

On the final day of South By Southwest, March 15, 2014, I arrived at Hotel Vegas in late afternoon and stayed throughout the night for the Burger Records showcase. Here are my photos — click on these links to jump ahead — of Burnt Ones, AJ Davila, Coathangers, Fletcher C. Johnson, the Bad Lovers, Continue Reading

SXSW Day 4 Photos

My photos from the fourth night of South By Southwest, March 14, 2014, including — click on these links to jump ahead — EMA, the Shilohs, Connections, Death By Unga Bunga, Nive Nielsen & the Deer Children, Gulp and Songs of Water. Click here for an index of all my photos at SXSW 2014. And here’s Continue Reading

Bloodshot SXSW Party at Yard Dog

My photos from the Bloodshot Records party during South By Southwest, March 14, 2014, at the Yard Dog art gallery, including: the Deslondes, Robbie Fulks, Rosie Flores, Bobby Bare Jr., Luke Winslow King with Esther Rose, and Ha Ha Tonka. (I have a separate gallery of Lydia Loveless photos from the same party.) Click here for Continue Reading

SXSW Day 1 Photos

My photos from Tuesday, March 11, the first day of South By Southwest, including: Neil Young, Shelby Earl, Mozes and the Firstborn, Mister and Mississippi, Landlady, Those Howlings, Quiet Company, GHXST and Together Pangea. Click here for an index of all my photos at SXSW 2014. And here’s my recap of Continue Reading

Neil Young at SXSW

I’m at the South By Southwest music conference in Austin, Texas — the first time I’ve gone since 2008. It’s good to be back. The first thing I did this afternoon after picking up my badge was to hear Neil Young talking about his new Pono audio system. It’s a Continue Reading

SXSW recap & index

My diary and photo galleries from the 2009 South By Southwest Music Conference are now complete. Here’s a list of what’s in the various diary entries. (I marked my favorite acts of the festival with asterisks.) SXSW Diary Part 1: March 17 — Angie Mattson, Bang Bang Eche, Eddy Highway, Continue Reading

SXSW Part 7: March 21

Twitter, 12:05 p.m.: Edie Sedgwick, mustachioed guy in a dress at sxsw: “Could I get more scrambled eggs in the monitor?” Edie Sedgwick, a transvestite singer who has adopted the stage name of an actress who was in Andy Warhol films, was on my list of acts to see at Continue Reading

SXSW Diary Part 6: March 20

Twitter, 11:07 a.m.: I told 1 of the Wrens: Can’t wait for your new CD. His reply: “Neither can we. You got any songs?” More on that story: The morning after seeing the Wrens play at Prague, I’m in a crowded elevator at the Hilton. The elevator stops at a Continue Reading

SXSW Diary Part 5: March 19

I started out the day with a panel discussion at the Austin Convention Center called “Indie Labels Keep the Faith,” caught a few minutes of British singer-songwriter Paul Marshall playing in the café, then went across the street to the Memphis barbecue in Brush Square Park. Jump Back Jake was Continue Reading

SXSW Diary Part 3: March 18

I started the day at the café stage in the Austin Convention Center, where Hyperpotamus from Madrid was using looping pedals to create layered, a cappella music, including an elaborate cover of the Beatles’ “Strawberry Fields.” He was followed by one of the Mexican acts I wanted to catch at Continue Reading

SXSW roundup

My overview of South By Southwest is up on the Pioneer Press Web site. I’m posting my SXSW diary here — including annotated versions of the Twitter/Facebook updates I posted while I was in Austin. Pictures are up in the photo galleries. And later on, I’ll post a list of Continue Reading

SXSW photos are up

All of my SXSW photos (well, all of the pictures that I liked and decided to post, not all 11,132 shots that I took) are now up in the photo galleries. Review/blog report coming later.

A slight SXSW report

Well, SXSW 2009 is over. I have many photos to edit and a lot of notes to sift through. The full report is coming in the next few days, maybe by tomorrow. In the meantime, here are my photos from last night’s show by PJ Harvey and John Parish. You Continue Reading

Photos from Austin

Some photos from Tuesday in Austin — the day before SXSW music officially begins — are up in my photo galleries at, including bands Bang Bang Eche, Loxsly, Angie Mattson and Eddy Highway … as well as a peek inside the Museum of the Weird.

What to see at SXSW?

For anyone seeking ideas on what bands to see at SXSW, I’ve posted my schedule — or rather, my list of possible things to see. This includes official showcases, day parties (some of them invite-only, some of them free and open to the public) and a few conference events, all Continue Reading

Heading to SXSW

I’ll soon be on my way to Austin, Texas, for my annual trek to the South By Southwest Music Conference. After listening to more than 1,000 mp3’s posted at (well, I listened to at least a little bit of each song, skipping past the ones I obviously wasn’t going Continue Reading

SXSW Recap: Saturday, March 15

I started out the final day of SXSW at the SX Seattle Party, over at the Palm Door, a cool room I’d never seen before. THROW ME THE STATUE played a strong set of tunes from its debut album Moonbeams, which recently came out on Secretly Canadian. I interviewed the Continue Reading

SXSW Recap: Thursday, March 13

In between the Lou Reed and Steve Reich interviews at SXSW, I stopped by the day stage, hoping to catch a set by the Barcelona band Les Aus, whose mp3 file on attracted my attention. As it happened, Les Aus was running late because of travel delays, so MAZONI, Continue Reading

Lou Reed at SXSW

The bleary-eyed SXSW masses (or least the badge holders) dragged themselves from their hotel rooms bright and early Thursday morning to receive words of wisdom from none other than LOU REED, this year’s keynote speaker. Before he took the stage, we heard some interesting music, including a piece by Steve Continue Reading

SXSW Photos

OK, so I’m a little behind on writing about SXSW 2008. That was, like, last week, wasn’t it? I’m finally caught up on editing my photos. As I file this, pictures are uploading. You can see a complete directory to all of the various galleries of photos I shot at Continue Reading

SXSW recap: Tuesday, March 11

South By Southwest was a fabulous experience for me once again. As always, I missed some of the bands I wanted to see, I heard about other noteworthy bands too late, and I went through the usual hectic insanity of running around all over downtown Austin trying to see as Continue Reading

Quick SXSW update

Yes, in case anyone is wondering, I am at SXSW… but things are simply too hectic for me to spend time writing blog posts or editing photos right now. A full report will be coming in a couple of days. In the meantime, look for my first installment of reporting Continue Reading


SATURDAY, MARCH 17 THE TRUCKS at Snocap day party – One of the hyped bands of the moment, The Trucks came off as a gimmicky novelty, but they were fairly fun to watch. What’s with the deliberately ugly look for that one chick with the missing tooth? That’s part of Continue Reading


FRIDAY, MARCH 16 ANDREW WINTON at Australian Barbecue day party – I heard just a couple of songs by Winton as I took advantage of the free food. It sounded a little too much like mellow pop for my tastes, though the guitar-playing was good. THE BUZZCOCKS on the Continue Reading


THURSDAY, MARCH 15 MARIT LARSEN at the Day Stage Cafe – This cute, little folkie from Norway was my first concert of the day. Her music seemed charming on first listen, though I’ll have to hear it more to see if it has staying power. She has some potential to Continue Reading


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14 How in the hell can you prepare for the overwhelming sensory overload that is South By Southwest? The first year I came to Austin for SXSW (2002), I pretty much winged it, looking at the music schedule each day and deciding who to see that night. I Continue Reading

Pre-SXSW shows

It’s always nice to get into Austin a day before all of the real SXSW music fun starts. Nothing was happening last night of the magnitude of 2006’s Sleater-Kinney concert, but it was still a chance to catch a few bands before the beginning of the official festivities. I stopped Continue Reading

SXSW 2006

The big music festival didn’t officially start until Wednesday, but it unofficially started with a bang Tuesday night — as Sleater-Kinney entertained the crowd at the SXSW Film Festival’s closing-night party … at an unlikely venue, the Guerrero Produce Warehouse. It’s walking distance from Austin’s downtown, but it was definitely Continue Reading

SXSW 2005

A journal of Robert Loerzel’s experiences at South By Southwest in Austin. (Click here to see my coverage for Pioneer Press.) TUESDAY, MARCH 16 — The music part of the South By Southwest Conference hasn’t started yet, but there’s plenty happening in Austin already. I catch an excellent documentary showing at the Continue Reading