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  • Blogs

    March 19, 2014

    What I Learned at My First, and the Darkest, South by Southwest Music Festival

    Thousands of people are on Austin's famed Sixth Street, punks and hipsters and bros, et. al. We're standing in the jarring sunlight of daytime, the afternoon after an alleged drunken driver plowed into a crowd at South by Southwest. People walk gingerly past each other, as people do when they don't ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2013

    There's an App to Get You Laid at SXSW, But You Absolutely Don't Need the Help

    "All the single dudes put up your phone. Now all the single ladies put up your phone. Turn to the nearest person with a phone up. Now type in your phone number. Now you have something to do after this." That was Chuck D, talking from the Doritos Main Stage. Or at least I think it was Chuck D. I wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2012

    A.Dd 's Top Eight Moments of SXSW

    Dallas own' A.Dd had quite the spin during SXSW 2012, playing roughly half a dozen showcases and day parties before getting right back on tour with Black Milk on Saturday. And with each show, they seemed to gather more fans. At their Thursday Audible Treats showcase, they ended the set in the crowd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    SXSW: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Rock ACL Live

    Bruce Springsteen's Thursday started with a keynote speech in one of the big ballrooms at the Austin Convention Center, and ended with a mythic three-hour set at ACL Live across town, in front of a few thousand people cooing "Bruce". The keynote and the show went hand in hand. If you weren't there ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2011

    SXSW's Comin': Springsteen to Keynote All Over It

    I can't write this news without thinking of Ben Stiller's pitch-perfect impression of Bruce Springsteen. The (real) Boss will give the South by Southwest keynote speech March 15 at the Austin Convention Center, following in the big ol' legend-sized footsteps of Smokey Robinson and Neil Young. Maybe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2011

    My First Time: An Art Director's Tale of Attending Rock Poster Convention Flatstock

    All photos by Alexander FloresFor more photos from Flatstock 29, check out Alex's two-part slideshow here and here.​Greetings citizens: I don't usually do this, but at the request of our intrepid music editor, I'm compelled to give an account of my virginal visit to the phenomenon that is known as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2011

    An Overlooked SXSW Highlight: Black Joe Lewis and West Dallas's The Relatives

    Pete and Nick did a bang-up job covering South by Southwest's music fest over on DC9 at Night. But Friend of Unfair Park Big Jon Daniel directs our attention to this holy-effing-ess moment: Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears' Friday-afternoon lunchtime treat at the Austin Convention Center featuring ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2009

    Dude Food: SXSW Edition

    I spent much of the last week in Austin for SXSW, so rather than hipping you guys to some local jewel this week, I've decided to give a play-by-play commentary of how I vittled down in the Live Music Capitol of the World.Comprehensive Dude Factor: 9, or Doug Sahm, on a scale of 1, "Christopher Cross ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2009

    Poster of the Week: Everything at Flatstock 20.

    Pete Freedman Art and rock come together at SXSW's 20th annual Flatstock.The bands may change from year to year, but one thing that always remains a constant joy at SXSW is Flatstock, the annual poster show at the Austin Convention Center. This year, the 20th annual showcase didn't disa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2008
  • Blogs

    March 11, 2008

    In the Waiting Line

    No doubt, a thousand other bloggers will provide you with a far better photo of Mark Cuban, on stage at left, and Michael Eisner, speaking today at SXSW. A true South by Southwest film fest first: a waiting line to get into a panel. Course, this was the Mark Cuban-Michael Eisner panel, which just le ... More >>

  • Music

    March 23, 2006


    Austin's biggest music fest was anything you wanted it to be. Dallas acts made theirs a blast.

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2006


    According to the folks who put on the annual South by Southwest Film and Music Festival in Austin, attendence is up some 40 percent this year--which, by my estimate, would put the number of registrants close to 1.2 million. Granted, that's a rough estimate, and I did get into journalism because ther ... More >>

  • Music

    March 24, 2005

    Waiting for Erykah

    A decade after her SXSW debut, Badu returns a star and a sage

  • Music

    March 20, 2003

    A Sad Salvation

    At SXSW, you couldn't hear the bad news over all that music

  • Music

    October 31, 2002

    Number One With a Bullet

    You know you're right, you can't lose with rare Nirvana

  • Music

    March 21, 2002

    Bang to Hype

    At SXSW, it's all about the buzz, not the Buzz Band

  • Music

    August 9, 2001

    Out & About

    David Byrne

  • Music

    March 22, 2001

    Tired of Waiting

    The center of the musical universe, Austin welcomes the beautiful and the ugly

  • News

    May 13, 1999

    The Nerd Behind the Throne

    Karl Rove has masterminded all of Bush's political victories. Now he faces his toughest challenge: convincing you that the presidential front-runner owns his own soul

  • Music

    March 25, 1999

    Tom Waits for no one

    Or: Looking for the heart of South by Southwest

  • News

    November 12, 1998
  • Music

    June 12, 1997

    Power trio

    Peter Buck goes West with Eitzel, Middle Eastern with Tuatara, and everywhere else with Minus 5

  • Music

    March 20, 1997

    Pop mart

    South by Southwest '97: Will guitars give up the ghost? Yes and no, but mostly no