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The boss talks inspiration at SXSW keynote, The Shins kick off free concert

Thursday featured the South by Southwest Music keynote by Bruce Springsteen, who talked about his musical inspirations and heroes, and even included the audience on a sing-along of Woody Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land."


  1. A panel, featuring two of Guthrie's son and daughter, scholars and musicians, discussed the folk singer-songwriter's relevance on what would be the centennial of his birth.
  2. Bruce Springsteen wasn't the only rock star in the house, though. Latin rock legend Juanes is in town for a showcase at ACL Live Friday.
  3. Hometown guitar hero Gary Clark Jr. made the rounds on Austin stages, including the Fader Fort, where listeners got a taste of his blues tunes.
  4. As the start time for the free SXSW concert at Auditorium Shores approached, traffic snarls started around Congress and Barton Springs. Cars were bumper to bumper as pedestrians and bicyclists attempted to make their way through the traffic.
  5. Auditorium Shores was a calm scene in comparison to last year's issues with crowds when The Strokes performed. Little Hurricanes and M. Ward opened the show, which was headlined by The Shins.