The digital revolution in music has always faced outspoken critics. Some have complained about harsh digital sound. Many lament illegal downloads. These days, musicians protest paltry revenue from streaming sites like Pandora.
Austin and SXSW are inextricably linked and it's hard to say which has had a greater impact on the other. The Austin music scene has long been one of the best in the country, but SXSW has launched the city to new heights -- just as it's done with many startups and bands.