Is SXSW just for industry pros and rich music fans? Or can someone on a budget make it worthwhile? We run through the pros, cons and opportunities that come with attending the festival on the cheap.
The Good Listener
Every week on the All Songs Considered blog, NPR Music's Stephen Thompson answers readers' questions about how music fits into our lives.
How should a reader deal with the guilt of abandoning what used to be her most beloved musicians?
How do you share good music without giving the impression that you're "trying to say something"?
You're putting together a dance for teenagers. What kind of music best reflects their adolescence?
It's largely accepted as truth that Starship's 1985 song "We Built This City" is the worst atrocity in all of music, in all of time. But we can do better — or worse, depending on how you look at it.
A reader discovers Devendra Banhart eight albums into his career. Where's a new fan supposed to begin?
Songs are like relationships: Some burn hot before fizzling out, while others stay with us forever.
Our favorite musicians aren't always model citizens. Should that affect our enjoyment of the music?
It's always a plus when saying hello to great musicians doesn't spiral into a degrading catastrophe. NPR Music's Stephen Thompson offers tips on how to approach your favorite bands.
As with anything, an over-abundance of music can be downright oppressive. How do you handle it? NPR Music's Stephen Thompson offers advice on how to make listening to music feel less like work.