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SXSW music: Torres brings the tension, Natalie Prass the refinement to Day 1
SXSW music: Torres brings the tension, Natalie Prass the refinement to Day 1

As a line of more than 200 so-called VIPs snaked around the side of a club Tuesday night in an attempt to see Austin-bred rock band Spoon, an already exasperated SXSW volunteer struggled to maintain control. “Please stay on the sidewalk,” she yelled. “We’d like to minimize deaths.” Though South by Southwest began last week by welcoming the film and tech communities to Austin, as well as some celebrities like Ryan Gosling, by Monday night it was clear that the main attraction was moving into town. Just a year removed from a tragic car accident that left four dead, SXSW remains an unwieldy beast of brands, bands, barbecue and hangers-on. By...

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