SXSW Hosts New And Old Musical Talent

SXSW Hosts New And Old Musical Talent

An all too common problem facing today’s biggest music festivals is that as they grow in popularity, it becomes harder to keep the rabid intensity of earlier iterations. Unfortunately, in the eternal pursuit to “keep Austin weird,” the South by Southwest music and technology festival has become just another big name.

In a piece by the Star Tribune, a Minnesota–based publication, rapper Denzel Curry is quoted as saying, “I thought it would be crazier than this.” The article further decries the slow decline of SXSW by comparing this year's “velvet-rope VIP event” (a short, surprise set by Garth Brooks) to the surprise performances of years past by the likes of Kanye, Prince, and Justin Timberlake.

Despite not being the city-stopping, the full-out party that it’s been in years past, SXSW still offers a platform through which great, new music and technology can be showcased. Although Denzel Curry was not impressed, there were certainly people impressed by his set.

Read the Star Tribune’s full article here of their “15 Best Acts from Five Days of Music and Mayhem” for a rundown of who you missed.

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