Make no mistake, it’s still a serious honor to perform at South by Southwest (SXSW). The supersized music fest and conference—taking place March 17 to 21 in Austin, Texas—dates back to 1987, but it takes shit these days for being too big (nearly 1,500 performers) and for including acts that need no introduction. (Smokey Robinson, Nas, Stone Temple Pilots and the Crystal Method are among the veterans scheduled to perform this year.) But new acts continue to get “discovered” there by the gaggles of music-biz big shots and scribblers wielding comped badges, which cost the general public anywhere from $550 to $1225, depending on when you register and what kind of access you want. Here’s hoping our talented slate of OC/LBC acts receive their propers in the... More >>>