SXSW Music Week has officially begun – celebrate with our festival-feting playlists

SXSW 2013 Playlists
Are you ready for SXSW 2013? This year promises a Texas-size truckload of musical acts to watch, all of which are scheduled to perform over a span of six days (March 12 to 17, Tuesday through Sunday) in various venues. To give you a proper taste of what to expect per day, we’ve created playlists that feature a handful of artists from the variety of genres represented at the festival. So whether you plan to fly to Austin to participate in the flesh or to stay in your jammies and keep tabs on the festival through any means possible, listening to music is always a good idea to pump you up and get you excited for what’s to come. Enjoy.

Be sure to check out all the DT Playlists on our official Digital Trends Spotify page.

When you feel like vegging out

Genres covered: Americana, Electronic, Folk, Reggae, Singer/Songwriter

Here’s a list to accompany you as you enjoy the art of doing nothing. Feel free to put it on low during siesta time (your brain still ‘hears’ it), on medium over an afternoon of hanging out with your friends indoors, and on high when you feel like getting lost in your own thoughts. This list includes a track from Snoop Lion – who we previously all grew to know and love as Snoop Dogg.

When you feel like going nuts on the dance floor

Genres covered: Dance, DJ, Pop

You don’t need an actual dance floor … this list would do just fine in keeping you dance addicts satisfied – after all, music is meant to be enjoyed with our bodies, right? So don’t be ashamed to move your furniture around to make room for you and your pals to get busy! This list features Tegan and Sara, now with a brand new sound.

When you feel the good vibes a-flowin’

Genres covered: Funk, Hip Hop/Rap, Ska

Happiness is awesome! Have everybody over and have a party, because with this soundtrack, you can definitely feel the good vibes in the air. There are only three ska acts in this year’s SXSW, and we’ve got a sample from all of them! It is also important to note one of the gems in this list, the song Thrift Shop (we’re sure you’ve heard of this awesome song. If not – get out).

When you feel something different

Genres covered: Avant/Experimental, World

Want to give your go-to playlist a rest? Here are some songs that are truly trippy. Note that one of the genres covered in this list is Experimental, so be prepared for weird and eccentric. Fact: SXSW is a great avenue to discover experimental music if you’re into that sort of sound – just look at this list of acts performing!

When you feel like going m/

Genres covered: Latin Rock, Metal, Punk, Rock

Rock is more than a type of music. Some consider it a lifestyle. These songs are only some of the many SXSW performers who vow to give you a good show—good enough to make you want to unleash your rock god within. Ever heard of the awesomeness that is Iggy & The Stooges? If not, then now is a good time to get to know their music.

When you feel like hanging out with the family

Genres covered: Alt. Country, Bluegrass, Blues, Classical, Country, Gospel, Jazz, old school R&B

Call mom, pops, even gramma and gramps, because this playlist has a little something for everyone. We know it’s probably not normal for our folks to like our taste in music, but with this mix, it might just be possible after all.

Smart Home

How’s your Spanish, Alexa? Some Amazon Echo devices pick up a new language

Amazon's Alexa voice assistant and Echo devices are now available for customers in Mexico. Alexa has been customized for the Mexican market with local knowledge, a new voice, and support for the Spanish dialect spoken in Mexico.
Computing

Don't use streaming apps? These are the best free players for your local music

Rather than using music streaming apps, you may want something for playing your local music. Good news! There are some good alternatives. These are the best media players you can download for free on Windows.
Home Theater

The best movies on Netflix in November, from 'Buster Scruggs’ to ‘Dracula’

Save yourself from hours wasted scrolling through Netflix's massive library by checking out our picks for the streamer's best movies available right now, whether you're into explosive action, witty humor, or anything else.
Smart Home

How to stream music from Google Home to Bluetooth speakers or headphones

Want to stream music on Google Home, but listen to it through a different speaker or a pair of headphones? Here's how to play streaming music on Google Home through Bluetooth headphones or a Bluetooth speaker.
Music

Here's our head-to-head comparison of Pandora and Spotify

Which music streaming platform is best for you? We pit Spotify versus Pandora, two mighty streaming services with on-demand music and massive catalogs, comparing every facet of the two services to help you decide which is best.
Mobile

New Tidal app will bring a wave of music to your Samsung smartwatch

Tidal fans now have another way to enjoy their music collection. The Tidal app is coming to Samsung wearables, including the Samsung Galaxy Watch, Gear Sport, and more. Tidal will also be bringing its wearable app to other devices.
Music

Music to our ears: Spotify at long last arrives on the Apple Watch

Spotify subscribers are now able to jam out to their favorite tunes on their favorite workout accessory, as the Swedish streaming service has finally released its official Apple Watch app.
Deals

Cyber Monday 2018: When it takes place and where to find the best deals

Cyber Monday is still a ways off, but it's never too early to start planning ahead. With so many different deals to choose from during one of the biggest shopping holidays of the year, going in with a little know-how makes all the…
Digital Trends Live

Hip-hop artist Rakeem Miles talks musical upbringing, ‘Dante’s Toys’

Rakeem Miles may be best known for his musical endeavors, but he's looking to change that with his forthcoming animated show. On Monday's DT Daily, we discuss Miles' origins, what drives his passions, his favorite superhero, and more.
Home Theater

Looking for a podcast? Pandora’s Podcast Genome Project is just the ticket

Pandora has created a brand new service for podcast listeners. Powered by calls the Podcast Genome Project, the new podcast offering uses an advanced combination of algorithms and human curation to deliver the perfect podcasts for you.
Home Theater

Get the most boom for your buck with the best headphones under $100

Everybody wants a bargain, and this list has a bunch. For those looking for a solid set of headphones without spending a big stack of cash, this list is is your starting point. Check out our picks for the best headphones under $100.
Home Theater

5 gorgeous turntables that spin stacks of wax in style for less than $500

Vinyl records are awesome, but they're also finicky. To get the best out of your stacks of wax, it's best to play them on a quality turntable. Here are the best turntables to be had for under $500.
Digital Trends Live

DT Daily: Waymo’s driverless cars, ‘Fallout 76’ tips, and Racella

In today's episode of DT Daily, we discuss Waymo's foray into the ridesharing sector, along with various tips for making the most of the recently launched Fallout 76. We also sit down with singer Racella to chat about her new EP, Waves.
Home Theater

A recent Twitter leak may show the upcoming AirPods 2 model

Apple plans to release new AirPods much the same as it does new iPhones, and a wireless charging case, water resistance, and better Siri integration are among the improvements we can expect in future models.