1. Music industry veterans, budding tech entrepreneurs, and sharp-witted movie critics have descended upon Austin, Texas, for South by Southwest, the ever-growing music and media conference. While SXSW has increased its scale to include everything from film screenings to conferences on tech and multimedia, music is still its core. The festival has a history of helping to catapult relatively unknown artists to mega-stardom, with acts like John Mayer and The Lumineers getting their first big breaks at SXSW. Who’s getting the coveted SXSW buzz this year? Here, eight musical acts to watch. 

     

  2. Today is David Bowie’s 66th birthday, and he decided to celebrate by offering a present to his legions of fans: The surprise release of “Where Are We Now?” — Bowie’s first new song in 10 years. 

    With “Where Are We Now?” Bowie may have mounted "the most surprising, perfect, and welcome comeback in rock history," says Neil McCormick at The Telegraph. Give it a listen.

     


  3. Here are 21 songs to soundtrack the Mayan Apocalypse, which may or may not arrive tomorrow