Four Bands, Four Barbecue Joints

Four Bands, Four Barbecue Joints

A sonic tour through American barbecue

Matt Tyson and Mike Grimes, the team behind the music blog Ear Farm, take the indie music scene pretty seriously. The other thing they take seriously: barbecue. And on a road trip to Austin’s South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival, these worlds collided. Passing through four barbecue meccas—Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Memphis, Tennessee; Austin, Texas; and Kansas City, Missouri—they enlisted the help of local musicians the Rosebuds, Amy LaVere, Tapes ’n Tapes, and Skatterman & Snug Brim to find the best ’cue in town.

Click a link to the right to see photos from each stop on the tour, and to listen to a song from each band.