Check out WNRN’s coverage from SXSW in Austin, TX. In addition to co-hosting SXSW’s Public Radio Day Stage on Friday March 18th, WNRN correspondents Desiré Moses and Patrick Coman connected with artists throughout the festival for WNRN’s SXSW Sessions. See videos from our SXSW performances and day-by-day coverage below.
Check out our full playlist of SXSW session videos including performances from 3x Grammy winner Fantastic Negrito, plus an acoustic performance from Susto, solo tracks from rising artists Abraham Alexander, and Richmond’s Deau Eyes and Benét.
Fantastic Negrito live at SXSW for WNRN
Susto - Be Gone From Me (WNRN's SXSW Sessions)
Susto - Get Down (WNRN's SXSW sessions)
Abraham Alexander - Stay (WNRN's SXSW sessions)
Abraham Alexander - Bella Dawn (WNRN's SXSW Sessions)
Photos by Patricia Lim / KUTX Desiré from WNRN spoke with Rhiann and Hester of Wet Leg moments before the group hit the Public Radio Day Stage to play for a packed house as one of the most buzzed about band in Austin. Hear the pair talk about how Google Translate played a big role in their breakout hit "Chaise Longue" as well as performance highlights from their SXSW showcase.
Photos by Patricia Lim / KUTX Desiré from WNRN spoke with Yard Act before the band thrilled the crowd with their electrifying performance at the Public Radio Day Stage. Hear the band talk about how they formed after years of performing in the Leeds music scene and how since forming in 2019 they've picked up some major fans including Sir Elton John, plus we hear highlights from their set at the Public Radio Day Stage from SXSW.
Photos by Patricia Lim / KUTX Patrick from WNRN spoke with AJ Haynes of Seratones backstage at the Austin Convention Center right before the band performed to packed house for the Public Radio Day Stage. Hear highlights of the band's set including new songs "Good Day" and "Two of a Kind" plus AJ shares highlights of her time at SXSW and talks about how she arrived at Alice Coltrane and Donna Summer as the nexus for new album Love & Algorhythms. Stream the full session in the player below.
The Wild Feathers connect with WNRN's Patrick Coman for a live session from Austin, TX during SXSW. Hear the band talk about recording their new album Alvarado in a cabin in Van Leer, TN and what it's like to write a road song while sitting at home for the first time in a decade, plus the band performs acoustic versions of "Alvarado" and "Out on the Road". Stream the full session in the player below.
Fantastic Negrito played an extremely intimate concert for WNRN and a few special guests live from the Marriott hotel in Austin, TX during SXSW. Watch the 3x Grammy award winner play two songs from forthcoming new album and film project White Jesus, Black Problems.
Check out some picture highlights from our first day at SXSW and look for upcoming sessions with Susto, The Wild Feathers, Abraham Alexander, Sunflower Bean, Mattiel, and more!
WNRN’s SXSW coverage continues on Thursday. We spoke with British post-punk band Yard Act about their surprising range of influences and budding friendship with Elton John, watched 3x Grammy winner Fantastic Negrito lay down an amazing hotel room set, and got a taste of home with a great set from Richmond’s Benét.
WNRN’s Desiré Moses and Patrick Coman were on site at the SXSW Radio Day Stage live broadcast today, alongside eight of the best public radio music stations in the country. Backstage Desiré interviewed rising act Wet Leg and Patrick chatted with AJ Haynes about the forthcoming new Seratones album, plus we heard great sets from Sasami and Yard Act. We got a little taste of home connecting with Virginia acts Deau Eyes and 49 Winchester, and topped it off with a performance from the legend herself Dolly Parton.