Next week when hundreds of bands head to Texas for the annual South By Southwest Music Festival, Rolling Stone will be on the ground in Austin bringing you incredible photos, interviews, our first-ever SXSW showcases and a special treat: 100 tweeted show reviews @RollingStone by contributor Christopher R. Weingarten, who recently completed his 1000TimesYes project — 1,000 140-character album reviews in a year.
On Thursday, March 18th, RS will feature Dawes, the Whigs, the Low Anthem, Titus Andronicus, Free Energy and Deer Tick at the Palm Door. The following night, Band of Skulls, Jimmie Dale and Colin Gilmore, Court Yard Hounds, John Doe, Rye Rye and Nneka will take the stage at the same venue.
We'll be charting all the festival's action with one goal: to get a feel for the biggest sets, the smallest parties, the guerilla shows on restaurant patios, the formidable lineups of metal and hip-hop. "By attending 100 shows, big and small, I'm hoping to capture the breadth and depth of Austin and the music industry circa 2010 ̬ all in tweet-sized gulps," Weingarten says. As for how he'll survive, Weingarten has a plan. "I figure my tee-totaling ways might put me at an advantage, providing me with the boundless energy I will need. However I do expect my undying love of Salt Lick BBQ and weakness for sweet tea to severely hinder my movements. But I feel truly blessed that RollingStone.com has asked me to do this, since there will be nothing to separate me or distract from experiencing music. It should be every critic's duty and passion to experience as much music as humanly possible."
We'll be posting daily recaps of Weingarten's Twitter coverage here on Rock Daily, along with video documenting his journeys and recaps of the festival's other major events. Get ready for the action by looking back at photos from SXSW '09 and entering our sweepstakes to win a trip to the fest to check out Stone Temple Pilots.