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SXSW Music Review: Lonnie Holley/Mary Lattimore
Drifting through truth without illusion, Lonnie Holley rendered the clear facts of the moment into instantly divine poetry on Thursday evening as he streamed Astral Weeks-style testimony on the Colorado River, where the Southwestern sun scattered light across the wavy water and toward the stage outside of the Waller Creek Boathouse.

11:35AM Fri. Mar. 15, 2019, Rick Weaver Read More | Comment »

SXSW Music Review: DJ Paypal/DJ Taye/Madam X
I counted five pieces of Teklife clothing in the crowd at Scratchouse on Thursday night. Visiting fans of the Chicago-turned-worldwide footwork collective were here for it, jittering to the turbo speed BPMs of affiliates DJ Paypal and DJ Taye. One futuristic club soldier in all black even led his own personal mosh pit.

11:15AM Fri. Mar. 15, 2019, Dan Gentile Read More | Comment »

SXSW Music Review: The Comet Is Coming
Being stuck in the middle of a peculiarly eclectic bill remains some SXSW showcasers’ worst nightmare. Sandwiched between the neo-gothic rock of Soft Kill and occult psychedelia from the Crazy World of Arthur Brown and Coven, electro-jazz groovers the Comet Is Coming simply shrugged off any potential cognitive dissonance and blazed down to business.

10:45AM Fri. Mar. 15, 2019, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

SXSW Music Review: Kokoko!/Bixiga 70/Jojo Abot
One of the true joys of Austin’s March Madness is the chance to see some of the hundreds of international artists that travel to SXSW each year for a rare U.S. date. Flamingo Cantina’s Thursday night bill featured some of the best of that globe-spanning bunch in a lineup that flared wildly diverse – sonically, geographically, and otherwise.

10:35AM Fri. Mar. 15, 2019, Thomas Fawcett Read More | Comment »

SXSW Music Review: Rico Nasty/Tierra Whack/Dreezy
Rico Nasty has blown up. Only last year did the Brooklyn rapper, born Maria Kelly, perform to a modest SXSW crowd unsure of what to make of the nü metal rap diva. Now, at the same venue of the Belmont on Thursday, she dominated the nearly packed crowd with drill-bit punk rock energy.

10:15AM Fri. Mar. 15, 2019, Alejandra Ramirez Read More | Comment »

SXSW Music Panel: The Hip-Hop Bubble That Popped Culture
“I think that the pendulum has swung to the fact there is now an awareness of the value of the black dollar, and I’ve always felt like hip-hop is the musical extension of that,” Rebecca “Dimplez” Ijeoma said during “The Hip-Hop Bubble That Popped Culture” panel inside a packed Austin Convention Center ballroom on Thursday afternoon.

9:50AM Fri. Mar. 15, 2019, Derek Udensi Read More | Comment »

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SXSW Music Keynotes: Shirley Manson & Lauren Mayberry
In a frank, hourlong panel moderated by Pitchfork Editor-in-Chief Puja Patel on Thursday, Lauren Mayberry of electro-pop trio Chvrches, and Shirley Manson from alt-rock idols Garbage delved into what each Scottish powerhouse learned from fronting their bands.

9:25AM Fri. Mar. 15, 2019, Libby Webster Read More | Comment »

SXSW Panel Recap: The Second Golden Age of Audio: Podcasts
Last month, Spotify made headlines by announcing it was acquiring both Gimlet and Anchor, podcast companies that each dominate in their respective spheres of consumer content consumption and creation. The news sent shockwaves through the industry, as people guessed at what such consolidation would do to the market overall.

8:00PM Thu. Mar. 14, 2019, Katarina Brown Read More | Comment »

SXSW Film Review: Tread
The city of Granby, Colorado, decided to destroy Marvin Heemeyer’s home. So Marv decided to destroy the city of Granby. Or at least, that’s what Marv believed had happened when he ran a bulldozer through the homes and businesses of his neighbors.

3:01PM Thu. Mar. 14, 2019, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

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