The artist formerly known as Smog, but now known as Bill Callahan, relishes a performance at Central Presbyterian Church with Joanna Newsom.
This is a trip around one of the quieter blocks at the center of South by Southwest, just as the party started roaring. See how many bands you can hear and how many conversations you can catch. If you cannot see the music player below, download the free Flash Player.
These eight acts aren't the only N.C. bands heading to Texas to play South by Southwest this year, but they offer a wide cross section of the reasons someone might travel 20 hours to add their voice to the din.