Although Now I’ve Heard Everything has covered South By Southwest for each of the past five years, I decided last summer that I would take this year off from the Austin festivities. It seems I might have been a little bit prescient, too, as it turns out that there was no way that I would have been able to leave New York City this week.
So for those of us not in Austin, there is something else that we can do: attend Couch By Couchwest. CXCW has been around for the past few years, and this is the official explanation of it:
CXCW is an annual online music festival that is for everyone. No badges, lanyards, bracelets, parking fees, ticket lines, exclusive parties, VIP tents, porta-potties, babysitters, dogsitters, expensive beer prices, or crappy hotel rooms…just the sweet comfort of your own couch. Here’s how it works, artists and bands from all over the globe record a video performance for us from their living rooms, kitchens, porches, bathrooms, you name it…pretty much anywhere but a stage…and we post them during the week of the festival (March 15 – 21, 2015).
Listen, you’re not the only person out there stuck in an office or a classroom or at home while all the supposed “cool kids” are trudging through the crowds of Austin. We are here for you, friends! So crack open a beer and a laptop, crank up the volume, and enjoy the couch!