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#2045 - 03/11/09 11:41 PM Newsletter: OnlineRock SXSW 2009 Preview
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It's March and that means it's time for artists and industry professionals to head to Austin, Texas for the annual South by Southwest Music Conference. While some may arrive in a beat-up van with amplifiers, drum kits and keyboards, others will be landing at the Austin airport with a stack of business cards and comfortable walking shoes. As we do every March, we are featuring bands and artists who are scheduled to perform at SXSW. Feel free to browse our website or visit the link below to get some free MP3s, read CD reviews or check out some interviews:

DISCUSSION: Are you heading to SXSW this year? Have a great Austin story to share? Do you know of any secret day shows to let us in on? This month we're discussing SXSW so feel free to post your comments:

ONLINEROCK PODCAST: Andrew McNair, who hosts our bimonthly podcast has been listening to hundreds of songs from artists who are scheduled to be at SXSW. He'll be featuring them during his March editions. To take a listen and subscribe via iTunes, please visit:

ONLINEROCK ECONOMIC STIMULUS: We know it's tight out there for everyone (us too) so we decided to lower our web-hosting prices. For as little as $9.99 per year, you can now remove ads from your OnlineRock website and get more storage space for your music. Other packages are available so check them out at:

ONE-ON-ONE: An Horse's debut full-length, Rearrange Beds, hits shelves on March 17 (mom and pop music co.). Kate and Damon answer some hard hitting questions asked by Sara Quin of Tegan and Sara, about their debut album being released in the US. An Horse will be doing a few shows at SXSW. Watch the interview at:

LINE 6 GIVEAWAY: Our January winner was Jay from Galesburg, Michigan. This month we'll give away another Line 6 Tonecore Pedal. ToneCore pedals provide exclusive Line 6 tones, advanced sound, and astonishing control. There are eleven ToneCore pedals: Dr. Distorto, Ottofilter, Liqua Flange, RotoMachine and Verbzilla plus the original Echo Park, Space Chorus, Tap Tremelo, Uber Metal, Crunchtone and Constrictor. Register to win at:

3rd Annual 'Music for Our Children' Benefit Concert and Auction
Saturday, March 21, 2009 7-10pm
$75/$20 tax deductible (Tickets include one drink of beer or wine,Hors d'oeuvres and a T-shirt!. No host full bar. Please be 21.)
Buy online at

Advocates for Children, CASA for San Mateo County looks forward to celebrating an exciting evening of music, auctions and fun with our friends and supporters. EARL THOMAS IS BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Earl is an exciting, passionate singer cut from the same classic soul cloth that cloaked Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding and Solomon Burke. He has performed on bills with Etta James, Ike Turner, B.B. King, Dr. John and Les McCann. You'll want to get up and dance! Website:

FEATURED ARTIST PROFILE: Blending alt-country and noise rock with a sprinkling of electronic beats, the group has been known to charm the sneakers off teen girls and tough critic alike. Boston-area band "The Everyday Visuals" were voted "Best Band in New Hampshire" by NH Magazine, and made many top ten "Record of the Year" lists in local publications including The Boston Metro. Now they're heading to SXSW. Check out their profile at:

CD REVIEWS: Dear John, Loney, Dear's latest, is not only an English major's nightmare, but a pleasant mix of pessimistic melancholy and quirky, optimistic electronic folk, not moody enough to be clustered in the emo category, yet not cute enough to be disregarded as sheer silliness. It's music to listen to while surfing the Internet in your local coffee shop, perhaps not quite Starbucks, not quite Peets. But, it will be in Austin this month. Read the full review and others at:

FREE MP3 DOWNLOAD: Thirty seconds is all you'll need to believe in the tragedy-turned-majesty of 'All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone', Explosions In The Sky's fourth album. The hands-over-your-face, drop-to-your-knees opening track is only the beginning of the dominating brilliance of this record. Recorded by John Congleton (The Roots, The Mountain Goats) at Pachyderm Studios in rural Minnesota, the album is a massive leap forward, showcasing a broader instrumental range and their most focused, efficient songwriting to date. They'll be performing at SXSW and we have a free MP3 for you at:

WORKING BAND: Part seven of Erik Jay's 15 part series is entitled CD Manufacturing and Distribution. Take a few deep breaths and get some sleep, because as soon as your order from the replicator or duplicator (or, again, the neighbor's kid) is finished and you have your 100 or 300 or 1000 CDs, you have a number of important things to attend to, like streaming audio and downloadable files. Read Part Seven at:

Enjoy the BBQ!

Steve Beck
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