Each year’s SXSW conference turns my hometown into a giant carnival of music, food, and strangers from strange lands. You can’t turn a corner, or order a cup of coffee without tripping over a guitar player. Which is only a bad thing if the guitar player and his band are in line in front of you.
My contribution to SXSW coverage is a listing of free music downloads and samplers, featuring bands who will be in or near Austin next week. They’re listed in the order I located them. I’ll add more as I find out about them. If you have links to suggest, leave them in the comments.
- Unofficial SXSW Torrents: parts 1 and 2 are now available.
- SXSW Baby Sampler
- CultureMap’s Sounds of SXSW: requires signup
- Berklee SXSW 2013 Party Sampler
- Little Brother Music SXSW Sampler
- KCRW Spotify Sampler: streaming via Spotify
- Paste Magazine Sampler: requires signup
- NPR’s Austin 100: hand-picked by the NPR music people. Fair bit of overlap with the torrent downloads, but this set has the advantage of being curated. If you get only one sampler this SXSW, this would probably be the one to get.
- eMusic Sampler: link says “temporarily” available only to eMusic members.
- Polyvinyl SXSW 2013 Sampler: download from Amazon
- Don’t Mess with Texas Sampler: this is always one of my favorites
- Future Sounds: Spotify playlist
- SPIN Sampler
- Waterloo Records Sampler: This link to the iconic Austin music store came in a comment which included nothing but a link. I don’t normally approve or click on such links, but since I recognized the URL, I took a chance.
- Canadian Blast Sampler: registration required