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south by southwest 2005
It's that time again! We've packed up our laptops and iPods and digital cameras and dragged the whole Splendid kit and caboodle down to Austin, Texas for South By Southwest. Our mission: to see as many bands as possible -- and try to get at least three hours of sleep a night (but hey, no promises).

Never heard of SXSW? It's one of the biggest music industry events of the year -- four glorious days in Austin, during which almost every club, bar and empty storefront with enough electricity to power a PA system hosts a handful of bands a night. Venues spring up along 6th Street like weeds in a garden, while artists, label people, PR flacks, journalists and just-plain-folks come together to booze and shmooze. If they're paying attention, they'll also have a chance to check out the bands we'll all be talking about for the rest of the year. Sure, sometimes it's a vile experience -- if you've ever slipped in the slime trail left by a Sony Music exec, you know what we mean -- but more often than not, it's like nothing else on earth. You know, in a good way.

This year's SXSW has the potential to be bigger than most -- attendance is higher than it's been in years, and the number of daytime shows rivals the evening stuff. It's safe to say that we're going to be pretty busy.

We'll update this feature every day during SXSW (though our last report may be a bit late due to travel). Look for a new one every morning (with the understanding that "morning" sometimes means "when we wake up", and not "8:00 a.m.").

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Splendid's SXSW coverage by George Zahora, Andrew Magilow, Jason Jackowiak, Jennifer Kelly and Georgy Cohen. Photos by George Zahora and Georgy Cohen.

REVIEWS:

12/31/2005:
Ladytron

Brian Cherney

Tomas Korber

UHF

The Rude Staircase

Dian Diaz

12/30/2005:
Helloween

PTI

The Crimes of Ambition

Karl Blau

Rosetta

Gary Noland

12/29/2005:
Tommy and The Terrors

Blacklisted

Bound Stems

Gary Noland

Carlo Actis Dato and Baldo Martinez

Quatuor Bozzoni

12/28/2005:
The Positions

Comet Gain

Breadfoot featuring Anna Phoebe

Secret Mommy

The Advantage

For a Decade of Sin: 11 Years of Bloodshot Records

12/27/2005:
The Slow Poisoner

Alan Sondheim & Ritual All 770

Davenport

Beaumont

Five Corners Jazz Quintet

Cameron McGill

Drunk With Joy

12/26/2005:
10 Ft. Ganja Plant

The Hospitals

Ross Beach

Big Star

The Goslings

Lair of the Minotaur

Koji Asano



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