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Second SXSW 2019 Band List
Black Midi hasn’t yet released a song. Nevertheless, following a benediction from fellow London youths Shame and a brief video clip, the British press now touts them as the best band in the UK’s capital city. As such, they epitomize South by Southwest’s second band list, which is notably light on star power, but flush with emerging European talent.

10:00AM Wed. Nov. 28, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

SXSW Gets Virtual
Get ready for the fourth wall to vaporize at SXSW 2019, as the conference has just announced VR cinema pioneer Jessica Brillhart as its latest keynote speaker.

10:00AM Tue. Nov. 27, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

SXSW 2019 Reveals Initial Artist List
The South by Southwest Music conference, five months ahead of its March 11 kickoff, announced its first wave of acts – an extra long list highlighted by bold conceptualist Amanda Palmer, psychedelic garage energizers Oh Sees, UK shoegaze heroes Swervedriver, Against Me leader Laura Jane Grace & the Devouring Mothers, and Fugees founder Wyclef Jean.

11:00AM Wed. Oct. 17, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

SXSW Taps ConsenSys Founder Joseph Lubin for 2019 Keynote
SXSW is advancing fast, and not just according to the calendar. The programming for the annual March gathering is a reliable indicator of what’s next in tech; given today’s announcement’s heavy emphasis on its Blockchain & Cryptocurrency track, you have to wonder, is 2019 the year blockchain technology breaks big with the masses?

10:00AM Tue. Oct. 9, Bonny Chu Read More | Comment »

Shirley Manson and Lauren Mayberry Will Keynote SXSW
Two of the Scottish Lowlands' finest will be in the Texas Hill Country next March, as Garbage singer Shirley Manson and Lauren Mayberry of Chvrches are headlining the first round of announced speakers for next year's SXSW.

9:00AM Mon. Sep. 10, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

SXSW Film Review: Upgrade
Science fiction has long posited the idea of the ghost in the machine, Arthur C. Clarke's term for the consciousness in the computer, AI before AI was a thing. But what, asks cyberpunk action-thriller Upgrade, if it's the human mind that's the virtual specter?

9:54PM Mon. Mar. 19, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

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Bill Murray Plays It Straight – Mostly
Standing onstage in front of a packed Long Center on Sunday, Bill Murray fumbled a stack of paper that floated down from his podium. The pianist responded with a swing melody, then in came the cello with a blistering, out-of-tempo rendition of “Flight of the Bumblebee.”

5:30PM Mon. Mar. 19, Dan Gentile Read More | Comment »

SXSW Film Review: Rush Hour
Watching director Luciana Kaplan’s documentary triptych on planetwide, perpetual gridlock is nearly as exhausting as finding oneself ensnarled in an actual traffic jam. Which is exactly the point of this calculatedly fly-on-the-windscreen film.

2:31PM Mon. Mar. 19, Marc Savlov Read More | Comment »

SXSW Film Review: American Animals
"Audacious heist" is the most cliched adjective-noun combo in cinema, and often the most misused. It's not audacious when skilled criminals try to pull off a complex heist; that's just a day at the office. To have no clue what you're doing, and try it anyway, that's audacity.

2:00PM Mon. Mar. 19, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

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