Before I can write about the music of this year's SXSW festival, I must acknowledge the senseless tragedy that occurred late last week, injuring many and heartbreakingly taking the lives of attendees Sandy Le, Steven Craenmehr, and Jamie West. If you can help support the families of the victims, including those still in recovery, please go to www.sxswcares.com.
The day after the tragedy, I wondered how the festival could continue. But music is always significant in its ability to heal. We all took pause and a citywide moment of silence at midnight, then slowly gathered together and continued to embrace the creative community.
As a local reminiscing over the many diverse experiences of the past week, I love Austin even more when it is a generous host to the celebratory sounds of the world. Despite the mental and physical exhaustion of a week-long festival with many must-see shows