There is now a Music Preview Guide available for this week’s South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival in Austin, Texas. The Independent Bloggers Guide to SXSW highlights 100 of their favorite bands prepared by over 25 independent music bloggers from over 2000 bands that are here this week.
Just click on the following link on whatever device you would like to install the document.
It is available in two formats – iBooks and PDF. There is an Artist Index which lists clickable artist names alphabetically with the corresponding page number, followed by a page for each artist with artist information, sample track, and related artists.
- The iBooks version is downloaded when you click on the “iOS” link; the downloaded file can then be loaded into iBooks for either iOS on iPad or Mac OS X (but it is not supported on iPhone). You can click on the arrow button to listen to the sample track, and then flip to the next artist page; you can also use the Artist Index but the font is rather small and too easy to read.
- The PDF version is downloaded when you click on the link for “Android or other devices”; this PDF document can be viewed but the song links will not be active so you would need to enter the artist’s name on the SXSW Schedule and listen to the track there. You can also just view this PDF on a Mac or PC if you like, but the links will not work.
See another music post for a similar top 100 list prepared by NPR Music that features an interactive web app.