Next month I'll be headed to South by Southwest, the huge annual music festival in Austin, Texas, and reporting back daily on Audiofile. I've never been to SXSW before, but one look at the schedule, posted earlier today, makes it obvious that I'll be able to take in only a fraction of the action. I've already started getting invitations to showcases, but I'd also like to get reader recommendations. If there are any particular showcases or events that you'd like me to report back on, e-mail me with subject line "SXSW picks." I may not get to all of them, but I'll squeeze in as many as I can.
There are MP3s scattered across the SXSW site, but not collected onto any one page. Another nice place to start exploring this year's lineup: See You in the Pit, an MP3 blog devoted solely to artists appearing at the festival.
On another note: I haven't forgotten the public domain issue, and many thanks to everyone who wrote in last week in response to my plea for help in understanding it. It's still mightily confusing, but I'm slowly working my way to a basic understanding of how the law works, and I'll be posting a summary of what I've learned soon.