SXSW Live Shot: Garland Jeffreys

While a galaxy of stars were paying tribute to Lou Reed a few blocks away at the Paramount Theatre, Reed’s former college classmate and fellow urban poet Garland Jeffreys, who had performed at the Reed show earlier, was back in club mode, delivering a lean, mean showcase set with the grace and class that one has come to expect from him. Read More | Comment »

Music 2:33PM Sat. Mar. 15, Scott Schinder

SXSW Live Shot: Foster the People

Butler Park, the green space adjacent to the Long Center, teemed with humanity on Friday evening, with young couples toting newborns and sorority girls chugging $10 cans of Fosters beer to confused grandpas and bros buying fistfuls of enormous plastic syringes filled with green Jell-O shots. Read More | Comment »

Music 2:20PM Sat. Mar. 15, Melanie Haupt

SXSW Live Shot: Thumpers

First things first: It was good to see the Mohawk rally. Nothing can keep a good space down, not even unspeakable tragedy. Seeing the debauchery defiantly still in place nearly brought a tear to my eye. Read More | Comment »

Music 2:07PM Sat. Mar. 15, Luke Winkie

Mo' Music SXSoGay Afterglow: Friday

Your faithful Mo' Music author and his amazing photographer buddy Ryan Obermeyer set out to do SXSW our way. Check us out every day this week for a recap of the night before. Read More | Comment »

Music 2:00PM Sat. Mar. 15, Rob Cohen

SXSW Film Announces Audience Award Winners

The jury awards have been out for days, but here, the people have spoken. Read More | Comment »

Film 1:45PM Sat. Mar. 15, Monica Riese

SXSW Live Shot: Animals As Leaders

There’s big difference between a rock show and a concert performance. Live, prog metal revivalists Animals As Leaders sit firmly on the concert side of that abyss. Read More | Comment »

Music 1:40PM Sat. Mar. 15, Richard Whittaker

SXSW Live Shot: Foxboro Hot Tubs

Bags of black balloons bounced into the audience as Foxboro Hot Tubs hit Brazos Hall Friday night, determined to make every day New Year’s Eve. Green Day’s garage punk alter ego comes augmented with guitarist Kevin Preston (on loan from Prima Donna) and a saxophone/keyboard player who’s a dead ringer for the late rock critic Paul Nelson. Read More | Comment »

Music 1:21PM Sat. Mar. 15, Tim Stegall

SXSW Film: Stuart Murdoch and 'God Help the Girl'

Belle & Sebastian singer Stuart Murdoch has been working on the God Help the Girl project for nearly 10 years. The project finally saw the light at Sundance, and now premieres in Texas at SXSW. We spoke about his film influences, casting, and some new B+S album tidbits. Read More | Comment »

Film 1:15PM Sat. Mar. 15, Rob Cohen

SXSW Interview: Colin Gilmore

Colin Gilmore is a second generation Austin musician, son of Jimmie Dale Gilmore. The scion grew up in Lubbock and moved here when he was 14 to live with his father. Gilmore’s been gaining traction with his songwriting to the point that even his dad’s band the Flatlanders have recorded some of his songs. Read More | Comment »

Music 1:00PM Sat. Mar. 15, William Harries Graham

SXSW Live Shot: Angel Olsen

Two core members of Blondie are blonds. Despite that trademark band sobriquet, I’ve never witnessed a musical act tht matched their name as perfectly as Angel Olsen playing Central Presbyterian Church Friday night. Read More | Comment »

Music 12:47PM Sat. Mar. 15, Abby Johnston

SXSW Interview: Cheetah Chrome

As guitarist for Cleveland’s Dead Boys, Cheetah Chrome remains an American punk legend. Dubbed by Rolling Stone’s Charles M. Young as “the angriest-looking humanoid this side of Johnny Rotten,” Chrome (born Gene O’Connor) demonstrated outsized guitar chops that helped elevate the Dead Boys well beyond standard three-chord ramalama. Read More | Comment »

Music 12:00PM Sat. Mar. 15, Tim Stegall

SXSW Live Shot: Mark Kozelek

You get the sense that Mark Kozelek doesn’t spend a lot of time writing his songs. At least not the crop on Benji, his latest under the moniker Sun Kil Moon, from which he pulled the majority – if not the entirety – of his SXSW showcase Friday night. Read More | Comment »

Music 11:37AM Sat. Mar. 15, Michael Bertin

SXSW Live Shot: Lou Reed Tribute

It’s the nature of a beast like this tribute organized by Alejandro Escovedo and Richard Barone that the constant turnover of artists kills momentum. Despite all the equipment adjustments, unprepared artists, and unplanned additions, the show moved along efficiently enough to finish a half-hour early. Read More | Comment »

Music 11:11AM Sat. Mar. 15, Michael Toland

Trailer Park: SXSW Film Day 9

Welcome to South by Southwest Film, where the lines are a mess and your planning won't matter. Do you race across town for another show, or start lining up now for your evening pick? On the final day of the Fest, we're posting a few trailers for the day's films to help you make (or, you know, complicate) some of those tough scheduling decisions. Read More | Comment »

Film 8:30AM Sat. Mar. 15, Monica Riese

SXSW Panel: Fan Data – Journey from Analysis to Action

In 2014, a new album is worthy roughly an email address. Read More | Comment »

Music 12:35AM Sat. Mar. 15, Austin Powell

SXSW Panel: Rock, Rattle & Roll

Moderated by Holly George-Warren, author of the new A Man Called Destruction, a biography of the late Alex Chilton, this panel provided a tiny peek behind the curtain of how music biographies are written. Read More | Comment »

Music 12:25AM Sat. Mar. 15, Melanie Haupt

SXSW Panel: The Noncomformists

“I started touring with my band in 2000 and we’ve played 200-plus shows a year since then,” explained Against Me! frontwoman Laura Jane Grace. “All of a sudden I’m 30 years old, and I don’t know who the fuck I am. Life happened quick.” Read More | Comment »

Music 11:55PM Fri. Mar. 14, Thomas Fawcett

SXSW Day Party: Waterloo Records

A parking lot under the hot sun and mid-afternoon Lamar traffic doesn’t always add up to a meaningful set, but hats off to the Waterloo staff for sticking with it. I actually enjoyed my time on the asphalt this afternoon, which is much more than I can say for the rest of my humidity-stained memories in Austin. I like rock music better when I’m not damp. Read More | Comment »

Music 11:40PM Fri. Mar. 14, Luke Winkie

SXSW Panel: From Riffs to Bits

James Williamson, Texan by way of Detroit, practically invented the punk rock guitar riff when he co-wrote “Search & Destroy” with Iggy Pop. That led to one of the most insane journeys a rock & roll musician could have: From garage bands, reform school, and the Stooges to disco producer, Silicon Valley techie, corporate VP, and re-birth as a Stooge. Read More | Comment »

Music 11:15PM Fri. Mar. 14, Tim Stegall

SXSW Live Shot: Allen Oldies Band

In the late Nineties, many SXSW attendees discovered the best band performing all week wasn’t playing an exclusive showcase for industry insiders, but performing free on the South Congress sidewalk. Houston’s Allen Oldies Band remains an irony-free covers combo that embodies all that is – or was – unhinged and transcendent about rock & roll. Read More | Comment »

Music 10:35PM Fri. Mar. 14, Scott Schinder

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