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Feature [Issue #20]
Various: SXSX 2006: A Week Of Magical, Musical Moments
By Dean Truitt

If you were to ask almost anyone in the music industry what his or her favorite week of the year was, you might be surprised by the answer. No, it’s not the Grammys or any of the countless other awards shows.
For a multitude of reasons, everyone adores the South By Southwest Music Festival, which takes place during the second week of March in Austin, TX, known as “the Live Music Capital of the World.” While some may argue that moniker, it cannot be denied that the city is the host to the most diverse annual musical gathering in the world. Entering its 20th anniversary, the initially modest convention began as a modest way to promote regional bands and meet fellow industry staffers in a rather informal setting. Over the past two decades, SXSW has grown to a point that it is the place to conduct business, make deals, see shows, and have the best week of one’s life while still being somewhat officially “on the clock.”

2006’s SXSW showed continued expansion and diversity with artists representing over 15 countries. Neil Young was the keynote speaker of this year’s festival and kicked off the event with his wry humor, personal insight, and keen observations about the business of music. For those hungry to learn from veteran insiders, a string of interactive panels takes place each day. This year, The Pretenders held a panel and discussed their 30-year Rock And Roll Hall of Fame career. Singer Chrissie Hynde shared her thoughts on the state of music and the direction it should go.

However, the best aspect of the conference is the music itself. No matter what your tastes, SXSW has something for everyone: rock, blues, jazz, country, R&B, electronica, singer-songwriter, and every other imaginable style under the sun. Particular highlights were Spoon’s appearance at Auditorium Shores. The hometown quartet won four Austin Chronicle Awards and has amassed critical praise and a rabid following over the past ten years. SXSW also attracts special surprise appearances, such as The Flaming Lips’ raucous performance at the Fox and Hound. Playing material from their upcoming release, the band closed with a scorching rendition of Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs.” Such a scene befits the magic of SXSW because “once in a lifetime” truly applies to the spontaneous moments that emerge from the gathering each year.

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