South by Southwest regains edge, with emphasis back on emerging talent

March 23, 2015 4:07 AM

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AUSTIN, Texas — A prevailing notion at the South by Southwest music festival, which concluded here Sunday, was that this year's edition delivered a much-needed course correction.

Having spent the better part of a week trudging around downtown Austin — from concerts to parties to panel discussions — I agree that SXSW has changed. But I'm not so sure the shift is putting better music in front of more listeners — or making the music stick.

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