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SXSW Music: Frankie Cosmos/Porches
“Usually we have a full rock band,” shrugged Greta Kline, explaining the empty stage. The woman behind whimsy-indie Frankie Cosmos is already known for both simplicity and quick delivery, but her Sidewinder set Wednesday was even more stripped down, featuring only Kline, her lilac guitar, and a friend providing vocal harmonies.

12:17PM Thu. Mar. 17, 2016, Libby Webster Read More | Comment »

SXSW Film Review: The Arbalest
The message of The Arbalest is to not be afraid of Medieval French titles. While it incorporates decades-long time jumps and elaborate visual patterns, the new Atlanta-shot feature from writer/director Adam Pinney is far from confusing. In fact, this off-kilter, microbudget goof just won the SXSW Grand Jury Prize for Narrative Feature.

12:00PM Thu. Mar. 17, 2016, Sean L. Malin Read More | Comment »

SXSW Music: Conan
As muscle-bound and deadly as the barbarian antihero for which it’s named, Conan doesn’t do subtlety, by Crom.

11:50AM Thu. Mar. 17, 2016, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

SXSW Music: Iggy Pop
Michigan’s most famous Osterberg made his SXSW debut 20 years ago with a free show at the corner of Sixth Street & Brazos.

11:35AM Thu. Mar. 17, 2016, Greg Beets Read More | Comment »

SXSW Music: 2015/16 Austin Music Awards
Thematically, the 34th Austin Music Awards boasted “Deep Roots, Living Legends,” but the deaths of two of the city’s greatest musical stewards shaded Wednesday night’s sold-out gala. Immaculate tribute to Twine Time deejay and veteran AMA emcee Paul Ray, led by Zeppelin icon Robert Plant, built anticipation throughout the epic, four-hour show.

11:07AM Thu. Mar. 17, 2016, Doug Freeman Read More | Comment »

SXSW: Mars Experience VR
Today’s five-person panel of engineers, analysts, and designers working on the Mars 2030 virtual reality experience has some good news and some bad news. First, the bad news: You’re not going to Mars. Not really. Now the good news: Some top minds are working on the next best thing.

9:55PM Wed. Mar. 16, 2016, Ashley Moreno Read More | Comment »

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SXSW Interview: Mitski Miyawaki
Puberty 2 drops June 17 on Dead Oceans. Mitski Miyawaki’s three previous albums cultivated its arrival by building a dedicated following through tiny, emotionally-charged shows. Loud/quiet – brave – the New Yorker’s raw live sets revisit SXSW for a second year tonight, Wednesday, at Stubb’s, 9:20pm, and Thursday in the Barracuda Backyard, 10pm.

4:00PM Wed. Mar. 16, 2016, Libby Webster Read More | Comment »

SXSW Interview: Cian Nugent
Dublin guitarist Cian Nugent uses formidable technique to paint expressive instrumental soundscapes. 2013 breakthrough Born with the Caul blends fingerpicked folk and psychedelic rock into a sonic storm. New album Night Fiction, showcased tonight (Wednesday) inside at Sidewinder, 9pm, spotlights voice and lyrics lyrics as much as shred.

3:00PM Wed. Mar. 16, 2016, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

Talking Bullshit With Nell Scovell
On Sunday, the writer Nell Scovell appeared on the SXSW Interactive panel “How to Stop Speaking in Bullshit” alongside Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau and digital strategist Jon Jones. Among Scovell’s many credits: an episode of The Simpsons, stints at Spy Magazine and David Letterman, co-authoring Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In.

2:20PM Wed. Mar. 16, 2016, Jen Sorensen Read More | Comment »

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