In an industry where “music discovery” has become a buzzword – companies like Twitter and Beats By Dre have invested in high-profile products designed to help users find the unfound – is there any real ability to wade through the almost unlimited availability of music online?
The audience for Depeche Mode's first-ever SXSW showcase, and last show in the U.S. until August, was the kind of crowd that goes bonkers at the first appearance of a guitar tech on the still-dark stage.
As the music industry wrestles with how to find the next big hit, research A&R -- which uses data to identify artists' movement in the marketplace -- is rapidly gaining importance compared to traditional on-the-ground A&R. In this panel moderated by data scientist Zanab Hussain, Sony ATV Director of A&R Jacob Fain and Next Big Sound CEO Alex White sought to answer the question of which will ultimately prevail, the golden ear or the algorithm?
If any of the hundreds of people at Thursday night's Warner Sound showcase traveled to Austin specifically to see Wayne Coyne's signature man-sized plastic bubble, they wasted a trip. The Flaming Lips' SXSW headlining set was all about the music -- bad news for lovers of puppets and confetti, great news for fans of the band's 30-year run of lush, experimental rock.
The 2013 edition of Austin's popular Fun Fun Fun Fest may get an even bigger pirate ship-shaped skate ramp: Stratus Properties, co-owners of Austin's ACL Live at the Moody Theater and the W Austin Hotel, have entered a strategic partnership with Transmission Events, owner of two popular local club venues and producers of the festival.
Just before the Mar. 26 release of Depeche Mode's 13th studio album, "Delta Machine," South By Southwest hosted a live Q&A with the band that gave insight into their past, present and future. But it was an audience member who really zeroed in on the band's decades of success.