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  • 03.22.11

    More than 2,000 acts performed here last week during the 25th annual South by Southwest Music Festival. And for five almost-comically chaotic days, from early morning to well after midnight, some 100 venues—including churches, supermarkets, hotel lobbies, hotel rooms, private homes, backyards, vest-pocket parks, parking lots, converted power plants, restaurants and innumerable nightclubs—hosted emerging acts of considerable talent as well as a legion of middling musicians who may never be heard from again. Big names like Kanye West, Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, the Strokes and Jack White dropped in as if desperate to steal attention from the newcomers.

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  • 03.16.11

    Austin's own Gary Clark Jr. opened Rolling Stone's second showcase around noon on March 17th with a potent electric-blues set at La Zona Rosa. The charismatic 27-year-old guitarist, whose instrumental skills earned him a spot at Eric Clapton's Crossroads festival last year, tore through hot licks and eloquent solos with a three-piece backing band to help fill out his sound. He was a strong vocalist, too, breaking out a yearning Smokey Robinson-style falsetto for a love ballad called "Please Come Home."

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