South By Southwest News and Notes

Thousands of people converged at the Austin Convention Center for the second day of South by Southwest, one of the largest music festivals in the world.  The popular festival runs from March 11 to 20, and it has something for everyone.

Within the past few years, the festival has expanded to include SXSW Film, one of the world’s premier film festivals focusing on new directing talent. In 2007, the festival organizers took it a step further, by adding SXSW Interactive. This portion of the festival attracts web creators and entrepreneurs, which creates a great breeding ground for new ideas and creative, emerging technologies.

The festival also includes SXSW ScreenBurn to highlight the video game industry, and Style X to showcase new talent in the fashion industry. SXSW Comedy was added for the first time this year to provide comedians with several new venues to perform their acts.


Arcade Fire

It’s only Tuesday, and this has already been a huge week for music news. Starting with the stunning Grammy win by Canadian alt-rockers Arcade Fire, which capped off the highest-rated TV broadcast in 11 years, and followed by the surprise announcement of a brand-new Radiohead album release and the Wikipedia flame war set off by disgruntled Justin Bieber fans — it almost seems like the moribund music industry has developed a pulse.

And now comes the smashing Bonnaroo lineup announcement. Chock-full of Grammy winners and spanning every conceivable genre, Manchester (that’s Tennessee, not the UK) will be THE place to be on June 9-12, 2011.

Celebrating the festival’s 10th anniversary, Bonnaroo has lined up Eminem, Arcade Fire, Widespread Panic, The Black Keys and a reunited Buffalo Springfield.  Other featured artists include My Morning Jacket, Lil Wayne, String Cheese Incident, Robert Plant & Band of Joy, Mumford & Sons, The Strokes, The Decemberists, Ray Lamontagne, Bassnectar, Iron & Wine, Girl Talk, Primus, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Pretty Lights, Explosions in the Sky, STS9, Gogol Bordello, Beirut, Big Boi, Scissor Sisters, Gregg Allman, Ratatat, Robyn, Warren Haynes Band and Deerhunter.

If you can’t make it to Bonnaroo, but have a hankering for music-inspired travel, be sure to check out our rock ‘n’ roll vacation ideas and slideshows.

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