SXSW 2009: The Street Sound

By Andrew Ross Rowe

I might be a SXSW rookie, but I must say I’ve never seen, eh hem, heard anything like Austin, Texas. It sounds like musical chaos.

Every bar, club, coffee shop, barber shop, fitness center, ally way and street corner has a band playing their hearts out for the crowd. And the crowd wants as much as it can get. With a $600 price tag to attend this, they might be getting their money’s worth.

It also doesn’t matter what kind of music you’re into. South By covers the gambit. I saw a New Orlean’s type folk band, Sgt Dunbar & the Hobo Banned, at a burlesque house.

Then went to a electronic show at a bar. I walked past an outdoor stage with a metal band and ended it out with hip-hop group at the water lock.

But just walking around the street (without using my press pass) I could see a ton of great acts. Elevated outdoor stages and incredibly loud PA systems give you a street seat for free. I wish I grew up in this town.

Check out this awesome video of a metal band below!

MTV News will be all over the South by Southwest festival this week, with blogs, articles and video on all the gigs, the artists and the scene!

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