Freestyle: Get this SXSW swag

Mar. 18, 2015 | 0 Comments
COURTESY  LESLIE KIRCHHOFFGet music from SXSW favored artist Courtney Barnett and check out other freebies at the links.


Get music from SXSW favored artist Courtney Barnett and check out other freebies at the links.


I’m in between the daytime events of South by Southwest Film and Interactive and the after-dark orientation of SXSW Music. With my next blog, I’ll report on my Wednesday night adventures.

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TGIF Editor Elizabeth Kieszkowski will be blogging from Austin, Tex. during the 2015 South by Southwest Music, Film and Interactive Festival. Read more SXSW posts at

I don’t want you to miss out on the fun, either. So let me clue you in on some freebies and ways to follow along live on the action from Austin.

» NPR Music has compiled 100 songs by musical artists appearing this year, available via free download until April 2.

Highlights include this year’s belle of the ball, the witty, winsome, punk-inspired Courtney Barnett of Australia. (And check out the video for her delightful song, “Pedestrian at Best,” below!)

» Noisetrade, a great site for discovering new music of all kinds, all year long, has put together a sampler of 30 songs from bands that will be playing at SXSW day parties between Wednesday and Saturday. The music is varied, including power-pop trio Jukebox the Ghost.

» Don’t feel like downloading music? Search for “SXSW” on Spotify to find custom playlists of artists at the fest, like this one from Austin music and entertainment website

» If you’ve got FOMO for SXSW, this is your cure: SXSW On is streaming live and archived video 24 hours a day, starting Wednesday and continuing through midnight Saturday.

COURTESY  CONSTANT ARTISTSSee the livestream of Spoon's concert at Auditorium Shores on Thursday.


See the livestream of Spoon’s concert at Auditorium Shores on Thursday.

Watch Spoon — one of my favorite bands! — live from Austin’s Auditorium Shores at 3 p.m. Thursday in Hawaii; I’ll be at the concert IRL. Ringo Deathstarr, WAVVES, and more beam your way Live from Emo’s beginning at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in Hawaii.

COURTESY  SXSWWu Tang Clan's RZA gave a SXSW Film keynote talk in Austin this year, and you can watch it online Saturday.


Wu Tang Clan’s RZA gave a SXSW Film keynote talk in Austin this year. You can watch it online Saturday.

Attention, hip-hop heads: You can watch the archived SXSW Film keynote talk by Wu Tang Clan founder/filmmaker RZA (“The Man with the Iron Fists”) at 9 a.m. Saturday. “Star Wars” and martial-arts films helped shape his form of hip-hop lyricism, RZA said. Get the full schedule at

» This is great: You can watch archived video of selected keynote talks during SXSW 2015 anytime! Choices include the inspiring Ava DuVernay, director of Martin Luther King, Jr., docudrama “Selma” and mumblecore film auteur Mark Duplass, creator of HBO’s “Togetherness,” at SXSW Live. Previous years’ talks — Lady Gaga, Neil deGrasse Tyson — are also up at the site.

» Finally, let’s not forget about the amazing street artists of POW! WOW! Hawaii, who have an official SXSW Music presence in Austin this year along with Austin artists in collective SprATX; follow along on Instagram to see the progress and finished product of POW! WOW! Hawaii’s Texas collaborations.

Howdy and aloha, y’all!
Elizabeth Kieszkowski is editor of TGIF, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s weekly arts and entertainment section. Reach her via email at or follow her on Twitter.


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