March 23, 2012 8:00 AM

Last word on SXSW: chaotic, vibrant and food for thought

In theory and spirit, the SXSW Music Conference is more about the future of the industry and its reinvention than it is about its past. On the rooftops and in the clubs and courtyards and crowded streets of Austin, Texas, all flavors of music were in bed with each other, siring various and sometimes spurious hybrids.

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