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WagakkiBand Hits the Des Moines Embassy Like a Rain of Shuriken
Help me out here, people: Is there another band at SXSW that fuses traditional Japanese instruments – shamisen, shakuhachi, koto, and other things that originated in the 16th or even 8th century or earlier – with classic rock-and-roll style and Vocaloid pop novelty?

4:35PM Thu. Mar. 17, 2016, Wayne Alan Brenner Read More | Comment »

SXSW Interview: Dion
Dion Francis DiMucci, born July 18, 1939, in the Bronx, scored some of doo-wop’s biggest hits with his first group, the Belmonts (“Teenager in Love”). Solo hits “Runaround Sue” and “The Wanderer” were better, and he achieved a blues Zen covering the Drifters’ “Ruby Baby.” Tonight he vets new LP New York is My Home at the Driskill’s Victorian Room, 11pm

4:15PM Thu. Mar. 17, 2016, Tim Stegall Read More | Comment »

SXSW Music: Flatbush Zombies, Kevin Gates, Wale
Hype men are important. Amidst technical difficulties and a Travis Scott no-show, hip-hop barkers entertained an energetic crowd Wednesday night at the Austin Music Hall. Future singles and trap-rap anthems kept the full house engaged between performances by the Flatbush Zombies, Kevin Gates, and surprise guest Wale.

2:50PM Thu. Mar. 17, 2016, Alejandra Ramirez Read More | Comment »

How the "Night of the Slasher" (Almost) Never Came
Ask most filmmakers about making a short, and they'll tell you it's quicker and easier than a feature. But writer/director Shant Hamassian went through every production nightmare possible before getting "Night of the Slasher" to the screen.

2:40PM Thu. Mar. 17, 2016, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

SXSW Music: NPR Music Showcase
When you’re 67, you get dibs on the the 7:30pm set time even if you could outdraw most of the later acts. And so Charles Bradley kicked off the stellar NPR-curated lineup at Stubb’s on Wednesday night by taking it back “to when music was music and love was love.”

2:30PM Thu. Mar. 17, 2016, Thomas Fawcett Read More | Comment »

SXSW Music: NPR Music Showcase
 
SXSW Music Panel: No Future – 1976 and the Birth of Punk in the UK
“It’s the howl of the underclass,” roared Vivien Goldman, editor in 1976 of UK music weekly Sounds and now “punk professor” at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music in New York City.

2:10PM Thu. Mar. 17, 2016, Tim Stegall Read More | Comment »

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SXSW Music: Radio Day Stage
As a heat rush swelled the streets of Austin on Wednesday afternoon, SXSW registrants looking for cool solace with a hip soundtrack knew where to fall back: the Convention Center’s Radio Day Stage.

1:55PM Thu. Mar. 17, 2016 Read More | Comment »

SXSW Music News: Wednesday/Thursday
Elsewhere in the greater U.S.A., the term “March Madness” stirs up hoop dreams. The NCAA’s 64-team tournament pits underdogs and top seeds for the title. Six wins and you’re in, one slip-up and you’re history. Here in Austin, the word “March” coupled with anything sounding chaotic evokes another contest where a large field of aspirants go for glory: SXSW.

1:15PM Thu. Mar. 17, 2016, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

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 »

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