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A Genuine and Enjoyable Conversation Between Kenan Thompson & Chance the Rapper
Kenan Thompson crossed over on Nickelodeon sketch comedy series All That (1994-1999) and Kenan & Kel (1996-2000). Now 42 with nearly two decades’ tenure in Saturday Night Live as its longest-running cast member, he debuted NBC sitcom Kenan last month. He and Chance the Rapper discussed that and more during a 25-minute SXSW panel late Wednesday afternoon.

8:15PM Wed. Mar. 17, Derek Udensi Read More | Comment »

SXSW Music Panels Recap: Virtual Gigs Are Here to Stay
A year without gigs fostered ideas aplenty about high-production shows for at-home audiences. On Wednesday, pioneering pop producer Imogen Heap focused on “Fan & Band Interaction in Livestream & XR” on her self-made platforms. Her work continues finding fans in next-gen pop stars like Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande, and frequent sampling in hip-hop.

5:20PM Wed. Mar. 17, Rachel Rascoe Read More | Comment »

Willie Nelson Delivers Down to Earth Keynote SXSW Online Needed
“It’s sitting right down there a little ways,” pointed Willie Nelson when asked if he missed being on his tour bus this last year. “And every now and then I go and sit in it, just to pretend I’m going somewhere.”

4:20PM Wed. Mar. 17, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

SXSW Interview: Celeste Bell Finds Her Mother Again in Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché
X-Ray Spex singer and punk maverick Poly Styrene (born Marianne Joan Elliott-Said) intended to publish a book of diary entries in her final years. Following her death from cancer in 2011, daughter Celeste Bell inherited management of her mother's pioneering legacy, leading to the 2019 coffeetable read Dayglo!: The Poly Styrene Story.

3:00PM Wed. Mar. 17, Rachel Rascoe Read More | Comment »

SXSW Interview: David Fricke Follows Tom Petty to Somewhere You Feel Free
In the early Nineties, nearly two decades into a Hall of Fame rock career with his band the Heartbreakers, Tom Petty needed to make a change. Frustrated by his record label and with his marriage dissolving, he tapped Rick Rubin for a solo project. 1994's Wildflowers became his biggest album and redefined Petty's career.

1:00PM Wed. Mar. 17, Doug Freeman Read More | Comment »

Struggling to Connect With My Downtown Life Through Virtual Reality
British people are talking loudly in the balcony of the historic Paramount Theatre while I’m trying to watch three panelists discuss something or another on stage.

10:15AM Wed. Mar. 17, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

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SXSW Music Review: Jazz re:freshed Outernational Blows Down Abbey Road
Fifth year straight at South by Southwest, Tuesday night’s collaboration between London Record label Jazz re:freshed, whose co-founder Adam Moses hosted, and production entity British Underground, with help from the Arts Council England, blew through six UK jazz acts in 80 minutes. B-l-e-w.

11:55PM Tue. Mar. 16, Raoul Hernandez Read More | Comment »

SXSW Music Panel Recap: The New Marketplace of Music Royalties
In the age of streaming, artists struggle to earn their fair share. In discussing the Music Modernization Act, industry professionals including Wyclef Jean shared how musicians and songwriters can get their coin.

4:50PM Tue. Mar. 16, Laiken Neumann Read More | Comment »

SXSW Music Panel Recap: TikTok Curators Roundtable
TikTok’s influence on music consumption sprawls wider than 10-second clips of Generation Z members flailing around to soundbites. Musicians Blu DeTiger, Max Motley, Devon Schmalz, and Tai Verdes joined TikTok music editorial lead William Gruger to discuss the video-sharing social network’s true role as a vehicle for discovery and education.

2:45PM Tue. Mar. 16, Derek Udensi Read More | Comment »

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