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March 19, 2006


Josh Rosenfeld, co-founder of Barsuk Records, reflects on SXSW's evolution.

"If indeed it is true that the purpose of South by Southwest has changed over the years and that it's not as much of a record-labels-come-to-sign-bands event as it used to be ... maybe it's just a function of record labels having other ways of hearing music."

Jim DeRogatis lists SXSW success stories.

The Silver Jews' David Berman is interviewed (via e-mail) by the Boston Globe.

"It took six months to make ['Tanglewood Numbers']," Berman wrote in an e-mail last week. He was on break from the first throes of the tour and stole a few minutes to talk about the record. ''Getting through it, solving the problems, managing artistic risk has a certain pleasure in itself which replenished my fatally low courage coffers," Berman said.

The Independent calls Alan Moore "our greatest graphic novelist."

The Boston Herald reviews Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins' Friday night performance.

Also impressive were two newly penned tracks. The first, for which Lewis was soliciting title suggestions - my offering “Try as We Might” - was a heartrending tale of a volatile yet ultimately stagnant relationship whose dreamy guitar and harmonies recalled Chris Isaak or, more appropriately, Roy Orbison.

Matt Berninger of the National talks to the Grand Rapids Press about the success of the band's album, Alligator.

"When we were making the record, we picked the songs that held our interest the longest. They weren't the more immediate, catchy ones. The songs that ended up on Alligator were the songs that sort of grew on us. So it makes sense that that would be the way people were hearing it."


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