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March 11, 2013

The List: SXSW 2013

By: David Brown

Each year, Texas Music Matters brings together some of public radio’s most respected tastemakers to share their top picks for SXSW Music.  We put those selections together and the result is a first-rate guide to musical discovery.  Join Jason Bentley of KCRW Santa Monica, Rita Houston of WFUV New York, David Safar of the Twin Cities’ The Current and Matt Reilly of KUTX Austin for The List: 12 must-see showcases at this year’s SXSW Music.  Tune in Saturday Morning at 11 on KUT 90.5.  // Friday at noon and again Friday night at 11 on KUTX 98-9.



The List: 

Jason Bently – Music Director, KCRW (Santa Monica)

– Jake Bugg: Lightning Bolt

– Frightened Rabbit: Woodpile

– Boy: Little Numbers


Rita Huston – Program Director, WFUV (New York)

– Lake Street Dive: Go Down Smooth

– Foxygen: Shuggie

– The Lone Bellow: You Never Need Nobody


David Safar – Music Director, The Current (Twin Cities)

– Palma Violets: Best of Friends

– No Ceremony: Feelsolow

– Gold and Youth: Time to Kill


Matt Reilly – Program Director, KUTX (Austin)

– My Jerusalem: Shatter Together

– Broncho: Try Me Out Sometime

– Pickwick: Lady Luck





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