With so much of the music industry descending on Austin, Texas, this week, the South By Southwest conference can feel like the center of the universe to diehard music fans.
From emerging bands looking for that big breakthrough to established superstars using the occasion to build new buzz (like Daft Punk, Prince and Justin Timberlake in 2013), SXSW has turned into music’s annual launching pad to influence the soundtrack for the rest of the year.
For those music fans bummed not to be among the fray hitting showcases along the Sixth Street corridor, SXSW 2013 is offering an array of live online streams broadcasting the action as it happens.
The more industry-minded can check in at the official SXSW site to watch a slew of panel discussions and performances, including this year’s keynote speech from Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, which is scheduled for Thursday, March 14, at 11 a.m. CT.
The Warner Sound showcases will be live-streaming all of their evening shows this year, starting at 8 p.m. CT. Tonight’s (Wednesday, March 13) show will feature Paramore (12:10 a.m. CT), Tegan and Sara (11:05 p.m. CT) and twenty | one | pilots (10:10 p.m. CT). Thursday’s showcase will be headlined by the Flaming Lips (12:45 a.m. CT), with Atlas Genius performing earlier in the evening (9:10 p.m. CT). See a complete itinerary here.
The FADER Fort, always a hot ticket for catching the next generation of emerging artists, will be showing all four days of their packed schedule of performances. Highlights include appearances by Sky Ferreira (Wednesday, March 13 at 6 p.m. CT), Solange (Thursday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m. CT), the Afghan Whigs (Friday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m. CST) and French Montana (Saturday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m. CT). Click here for the full schedule and to watch.
As always, schedules and set times are subject to change. In the meantime, boot up your computer and tune into music’s future, live as it happens from SXSW.