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SXSW: Gateway to the Music World

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Hundreds of foreign musicians are in Texas right now searching for the American dream: a chance to crack the U.S. music market. Today on Soundcheck: The world comes to Austin. The second of two special live broadcasts from the South by Southwest music festival. And later: offbeat soul band The Heavy hails from outside Bath, England. They claim to “specialize in making everything wrong sound right.” We find out just what that means when The Heavy join us for a live performance in the studio of our host station, Classical 89.5 KMFA.

Follow our journey into the belly of the (music industry) beast on our blog, Soundcheck On Site: SXSW!

Austin's Global Pull

In the past, a record deal was the most coveted prize for international acts looking to crack the American music market at South by Southwest. Now, a film or TV placement might be a better deal. We talk with first-timer Grant Dull, manager and DJ at the Buenos Aires club ...


Soul Power ... From Noid, England

The Heavy are not, in fact, a metal band. The five-piece British outfit grooves like Marvin Gaye fronting the Stooges. The group joins us for a live acoustic performance.

Find out more about our host station, Classical 89.5 KMFA.

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The Life of the SXSW Party


The festival is all about live music, so here are some impressions of the live music I've seen:

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Addictive TV is a ...


Classical music arrives at SXSW

Composers like Liszt and Chopin may have been the rock stars of their day but the idea of classical music at South by Southwest still can seem pretty jarring in this rock-drenched setting. A chamber concert in a downtown Austin church Wednesday night presented by the publishing house Boosey & ...


It's a Shame To Leave Early

I left the R.E.M. show a bit early to get some shuteye before a big day on the show tomorrow. And as I walked to the car, I passed by Emo's and heard a '90s siren song: 'It's a shaaaaaaaaame ...


R.E.M. [3/12/08]

0312_28.jpgOK, so it seemed doubtful that I would make it into the R.E.M. show at Stubb's. Lots of factors working against me: first album in four years, big preview show at SXSW, first time festival attendee who doesn't really, truth be told, ...

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Live in Live Music Capital...

Peter and the Wolf

Check out Soundcheck's first of two special broadcasts from the South by Southwest music festival! Today we welcomed a slew of awesome guests to talk about the festival, including Amy Phillips of Pitchfork Media and John ...