Star Tribune music writer Chris Riemenschneider will be in his former hometown of Austin, Texas, March 14-19, covering his 26th visit to the 31st annual South by Southwest Music Conference. Check here for daily updates and photo galleries. Follow his tweets: @ChrisRstrib.

Young Minnesota music stars graduate to SXSW

A bumper crop of Minnesotans hit Texas this week for the 29th annual South by Southwest Music Conference, the five-day mega-fest that serves as a new-car show for the music industry.

A back-to-basics SXSW: The breakout acts, reboots and letdowns of 2015 + Photo Gallery

With less corporate shilling and fewer big names, this year's Austin megafest served to showcase worthy buzz acts like Courtney Barnett and Leon Bridges.

SXSW gives big props to Minnesota's Rhymesayers at 20 + Photo Gallery

The label behind Atmosphere and Brother Ali was recognized as a pioneer of independent hip-hop.

SXSW 2015 Friday report: James Bay, Ghostface Killah, TV crossover + Photo Gallery

– Through the magic of television — which has been more and more plugged into the South by Southwest Music Conference in…

Straight outta Red Lake, Baby Shel heads to SXSW

The Ojibwe rapper has come a long way to win the 2015 Are You Local? contest at First Avenue, which landed him a gig at the Midwest Showcase on March 20 in Austin, Texas.

SXSW Soundcheck: The Blind Shake surf new turf + Video

The beloved guitar blasters head into Are You Local? and SXSW fresh off their surf-rock tour with "Swami" John Reis.

Local music notes: Hippo Campus signs, Are You Local? reveals

The young TC rockers have signed with NYC's Grand Jury ahead of South by Southwest.

South by so much: a wrap on Austin's troubled mega-fest

Austin's troubled mega-fest was as overrun with big names and corporate money as ever, but the little guys can still win if you let them.

The Austin Chronicles: SXSW 2014, according to 4 MN acts + Photo Gallery

Four Minnesota music acts share their SXSW experiences, from Lizzo's Virgin-buoyed run to Sonny Knight's virginal voyage.

Advertising rolls in at South by Southwest rock fest

Minnesota bands rolled into the Texas rock fest this week seeking out corporate advertising deals the way they used to hunt for record contracts.

SXSW wrap-up

The annual Texas music festival wraps up in Austin.

Minneapolis musicians find a sweet spot at SXSW

Minneapolis musicians find a sweetspot at SXSW

SXSW 2015: Thursday's photos

The annual music festival underway in Austin, TX.

SXSW 2015: Wednesday's photos

Austin's 29th annual music conference kicked into high gear with TV on the Radio, Laura Marling, Leon Bridges and more.

Day 1: SXSW 2015

Highlights from South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Tx.

Rock the Cause, Haley Bonar and Sonny Knight will step out at SXSW

The South by Southwest Music Conference is happening again next week in Austin, Texas — which means there's a lot of music news this week in the Twin Cities related to the festival.

SXSW 2013: Chaos and choruses in Texas

This year's conference attendees had plenty of chances to sing along to familiar hits, and plenty of reasons to hit up new bands.

10 new standouts from SXSW

Six acts to see in concert Boy: The bittersweet harmonies and cool pop charm of this female Berlin-based duo’s radio hit “Little Numbers” transfer well…

Bands, industry face the music: streaming is king

Pandora and Spotify are among the biggest rock stars at South by Southwest, earning mixed reviews from Minnesota musicians.

SXSW Thursday: Courtney Barnett, Will Butler, Charles Bradley

And more on Big Data, Madisen Ward & the Mama Bear, Palma Violets and who said what.

SXSW Wednesday wrap: Laura Marling, TVOTR, Leon Bridges, Houndmouth

Many of this year's buzz bands lived up to the hype as the fest rolled on, but not Girlpool or Natalie Prass.

St. Paul's Allan Kingdom is taking Kanye West buzz to SXSW

The St. Paul rapper, 21, may perform with West in Austin after their collaboration hit the web with Paul McCartney's name also attached.

SXSW 2014, Day 5: Green, Blondie and brass for a finale

Saturday's last-gasp fun included another festive Rachael Ray Feedback party and an arrest for one of rap's biggest, dumbest young stars.

SXSW 2014, Day 4: Hurray for the Riff Raff, Schoolboy Q, Against Me!, Perfect something-or-other

Americana folkie Alynda Lee Segarra and her New Orleans-based group eschewed the usual buzz-band mold in beautiful ways.

SXSW 2014, Day 3: Damon Albarn, Lizzo, Bo Ningen

Thursday's offerings also included a panel with Jeremy Messersmith and more veteran songwriters.