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SXSW Music Keynote: First Lady Michelle Obama
The night before her Wednesday keynote speech, first lady Michelle Obama unveiled “This Is for My Girls,” an all-star anthem commissioned to benefit her Let Girls Learn initiative, which focuses on access to education for girls worldwide.

12:30PM Thu. Mar. 17, 2016, Abby Johnston Read More | Comment »

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 »

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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 »

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 »

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