SXSW 2018: Music Bloggers Guide

There is now a Music Preview Guide available for the 2018 South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival in Austin, Texas. The Music Bloggers Guide to SXSW 2018 is an interactive exploration prepared by independent music bloggers that highlights more than 100 of their favorite bands from over 2000 bands that are here March 12-18.

     The Music Bloggers Guide to SXSW 2018

The menu in the upper left corner offers an interactive index which features sortable columns by artist, genre, and author.

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.

Playlist

Read the write-ups by contributors about the next generation of talent while listening to their music.

The Music Bloggers Guide to SXSW 2018 (Playlist) – 111 songs, 6 h 43 min

 

The Austin 100: A SXSW 2018 Mix

The Austin 100: A SXSW 2018 Mix

Listen to 100 songs handpicked by NPR Music from the best new artists performing at the SXSW 2018 Music Festival here in Austin on March 12-18. These are available via a Spotify playlist as well as the NPR One mobile app, and you can also download all these totally free MP3 songs as a single zip file. Enjoy the music!

Article

This article by Stephen Thompson of NPR Music includes the complete playlist with artist links and the ability to play each song, if you want to just browse through the list. However, I think you will prefer listening to the Spotify playlist or streaming apps.

Read the article: The Austin 100: A SXSW 2018 Preview Mix

Playlist

If you want to listen to NPR Music’s artists to watch at SXSW 2018, select this playlist on Spotify.

The Austin 100 (Playlist) by NPR Music – 97 songs, 6 hr 4 min

 

Initially you might want to listen to the playlist sequentially, and save songs you like in a personal custom playlist. Or you can choose to use Shuffle Play if you want a random play sequence, or you can choose to play your own selections. It’s easy to skip those songs you don’t like, as well as pause and resume any time you like.

Especially in shuffle mode, you might want to view the Play Queue to see the Current Song and upcoming Next Songs. While listening it’s easy to click the plus for specific songs to Save to Your Music, or select Add to Playlist, and then you can just play your favorites whenever you want. On Spotify you can also choose to Download the entire playlist or specific songs if you want to listen on a mobile device such as a smart phone or tablet.

Download all songs

Also there is a download available with all 100 MP3 songs as a single zip file (over 6 hours of music), which will only be available this month until March 31, 2018. If you like, you can choose to import any or all of these MP3 files into iTunes and then make a custom personal playlist.

Download The Austin 100 (2018) Zip file – 101 MP3 songs (892 MB).

Mobile streaming app

You can stream the songs via the mobile NPR One app from the Deep Dive section under the Explore tab. There are options to mark songs as interesting, to share, or listen later, as well as pause, play, and skip. The app is available from Apple iTunes, Google Play, Windows, or Amazon.

Relaxing Instrumental Music (Playlist)

Relaxing Instrumental Music (Playlist)

Listen to instrumental music on this playlist that I discovered from a recent tweet by Michael Logozar and thought it needed to be shared.

This playlist was created by Laurie Ellis Petty with over 93 hours and this is her perfect description.

Beautiful and soothing peaceful piano, cello, violin, harp, and acoustic guitar, completely relaxing and calming instrumental songs. Music carefully curated to unwind and to rest to. Great for background music, the office, taking a nap, spiritual contemplation, reading/studying, or lovely listening.

Playlist

Enjoy!

Relaxing Instrumental Music (Playlist) – 1,612 songs, 93 hr 42 min

 

SXSWfm: Indie/Pop/Rock – Feb 22

SXSWfm: Indie/Pop/Rock – Feb 22

The Middle Biscuit is a weekly SXSWfm specialty radio show stream, hosted by Elizabeth Spruiell on MixCloud, which focuses on indie/pop/rock music gems (about an hour long).

SXSWfm_biggerSXSWfm is the official internet radio stream of the South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival in Austin, Texas recently held from March 13-19, 2017. This is a great way to discover new music.

This is how Elizabeth describes her weekly show every Thursday at 12 & 6 CT.

What is the Middle Biscuit? Literally speaking, it is the warm, highly-coveted, center, perfect biscuit my brothers and I fought over when our Mom set down a pan of her homemade fare. Figuratively, the middle biscuit is a symbol representing any thing that is elite compared to those that surround it. Tune in weekly to feast on what I consider middle biscuit tracks and middle biscuit artists from the massive universe of indie-pop-rock. Mostly new stuff, sometimes classic, either way, you’ll get your fill.

Middle Biscuit #114 – JMT (2/22/2018) – 59 min

Playing tracks by Bonny Doon, Father John Misty, Night Moves, Unlikely Friends, The Drums and more.

 

Playlist

This episode includes the following artists and songs.

  • Bonny Doon — A Lotta Things
  • Father John Misty — Mr. Tillman
  • Night Moves — Kind Luck
  • Unlikely Friends — Hey Sunshine
  • The Drums — Are U Fucked
  • GIRLS — My Ma
  • A Savage — Phantom Limbo
  • The Walters — What’s Left
  • Portugal. The Man — Do You
  • Django Django — Sundials
  • Dan Auerbach — Malibu Man
  • Grizzly Bear — Glass Hillside
  • DMAs — In the Air
  • Tweedy — Where My Love
  • Temples — The Guesser
  • Julian Plenti — Only If You Run

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Michael Logozar: Nocturne (Single)

Michael Logozar: Nocturne (Single)

Listen to solo piano music by Michael Logozar on his new single Nocturne, which features cello and violin.

New Single

Nocturne (2018) – 1 song, 4 min 17 sec

 

Whisperings Album of the Year Nominations

Listen to his albums that have been nominated for Whisperings Solo Piano Album of the Year for 5 of the last 6 years!

Starlight (2017) – 14 songs, 58 min

 

Shine (2015) – 12 songs, 43 min

 

Dreams from Afar (2014) – 12 songs, 42 min

 

The Road Ahead (2013) – 14 songs, 49 min

 

Time (2012) – 10 songs, 44 min

 

Playlist

Enjoy my playlist of his songs.

Michael Logozar (Playlist) – 38 songs, 2 hr 38 min

 

Listen to more music by Michael Logozar with additional albums, videos, and links. This new album will be included there as well, along with an updated playlist.

Photo credit: Starlight @ Amazon (album cover)