Austin's South by Southwest Music Conference (SXSW) is set to take place March 15 - 19. As always the festival will serve as the music industries chance to rub elbows and push young bands. In addition to all the late night parties and artist showcases the festival will feature panels such as: "New Orleans Music After Katrina" and "Podcasts Invade Earth."

While there are certainly more bands to be added, the initial lineup looks like this:

The Adored, Annie, Arctic Monkeys, Belle & Sebastian, The BellRays, Be Your Own Pet, Blockhead, The Boy Least Likely To, The Brokedown, Calexico, Neko Case, Cat Power, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Clor, Jason Collett, The Cribs, Cuff the Duke, Jamie Cullum, Dashboard Confessional, Death In Vegas, Death Vessel, Dengue Fever, Destroyer, Die! Die! Die!, Dirty Pretty Things, Jorge Drexler, Dr. Spock, The Duke Spirit, The Earlies, Echo & the Bunnymen, Editors, The Eighteenth Day Of May, Elbow, Empire Dogs, Erase Errata, Faker, Flogging Molly, Forward Russia, Giant Sand, Gogol Bordello, Jose Gonzalez, The Go! Team, Headphones, The Hellacopters, Clarence Frogman Henry, The Juan Maclean, Kaki King, Kalas, k-os, Sharron Kraus & Christian Kiefer, Lady Sovereign, The Like, Los De Abajo, Luminous Orange, Barbara Lynn, The Magic Numbers, Magnolia Electric Company, Serena Maneesh, Mates of State, The Morning After Girls, The Most Serene Republic, Mystery Jets, My Summer as a Salvation Soldier, Neon Blonde, Nickel Creek, No things, Of Montreal, Beth Orton, Peaches, The Plimsouls, Robert Pollard, Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Saves the Day, The Secret Machines, Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives, The Slip, Tarantula A.D., Susan Tedeschi, Towers of London, KT Tunstall, Two Gallants, Tom Verlaine, Vetiver, The Whigs, Witch, Wolfmother.


The South By Southwest Music and Media Conference (SXSW) is honored to announce that Neil Young will be the Keynote for SXSW's 20th Anniversary year. Mr. Young will be joined in conversation by director Jonathan Demme, whose musical portrait of Young, Neil Young / Heart Of Gold, will screen at SXSW. The SXSW Keynote will take place Thursday, March 16, 2006.

Neil Young / Heart Of Gold documents Mr. Young's 2005 Nashville performances which centered on his most recent album, Prairie Wind. Prairie Wind was reviewed as "Neil Young at his most inspired... an exquisite journey" by The Austin Chronicle.

[Published on: 12/15/05]

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