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South by Southwest Festival

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    March 13, 2014

    Suspected Drunk Driver Plows Through Street at SXSW, Killing Two and Injuring 23

    Updated at 7 a.m. Vanessa Quilantan contributed reporting. Two people were killed and 23 injured early this morning when a suspected drunk driver, speeding away from police after an attempted DWI stop, plowed through an Austin street crowded with SXSW partygoers.

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    March 7, 2014

    10 SXSW Pro-Tips for the First Timer

    SXSW is hardly a festival. It is a free for all. SXSW is the complete opposite of a relaxing Spring Break. By the end of it, you will feel run down, wrung out, and ready to sleep for 24 straight hours. You have to make the after hours show, cause they're the best ones. You have to stay sharp and fig ... More >>

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    March 5, 2014

    10 Must-See Acts at SXSW 2014

    There's anywhere from 1 to 10 billion bands at any given SXSW. This year I think there's more. This makes planning one's festival schedule a daunting monstrosity. But don't worry, The Dallas Observer is here to help. Because it's our opinion that festivals should be about seeing great bands, not try ... More >>

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    January 16, 2014

    Spillover Fest 2014 Lineup: Final Round of Bands Announced Today

    It is by now no secret that SXSW is a live music Gomorrah where you spend a week standing in lines with a hangover for the privilege of watching a band while people force-feed you horrible tacos. But it does afford you the opportunity to see bands you can't under nearly any other circumstance, ban ... More >>

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    March 16, 2013

    The Ten Dumbest Things Overheard at SXSW

    For every insightful conversation I have heard or had at SXSW over the years, whether it was talking to Matt Pinfield while walking the streets of Austin talking about David Bowie, or telling The Clash's Mick Jones that he was in fact, in The Clash, I have overheard a thousand awful ones. Years of ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    March 15, 2013

    10 Signs Your Band Won't Make It at SXSW

    Being a successful musician really has to be a slice of heaven. And of course the chicks are great. It's why from the beginning of time men (and women) have taken up instruments in the chance that they will be played in front of many, many others, some of whom could possibly want to have sex with ... More >>

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    March 14, 2013

    March Madness: Festival Season in Texas Requires Stamina and Flexibility

    For the past three years, Spring Break in the state of Texas has been a frantic, music-fueled experience. 2009 brought us the first year of what is now commonly referred to as "festival season", when Chris Flemmons brought a budding young fest called NX35 to Denton. The idea? A small off-shoot festi ... More >>

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    March 14, 2013

    The Five Biggest Sellouts at SXSW

    SXSW is not a music festival so much as it is an experiment in excess. If Coachella is a glass of water that keeps getting bigger until it more resembles a kiddie pool, then SXSW is a flood with a neglected cup somewhere in the middle. The natural result is rampant crowds and ever more rampant lame ... More >>

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    March 13, 2013

    The 20 Most Overused Terms In SXSW Band Bios

    Before I take any trip to Austin and SXSW, I always take more than a few days to peruse the schedule and check out a few of the hundreds of names on the roster and read their bios. Some years there are more bands with "wolf" and "space" in their monikers than usual, and some years there are random ... More >>

  • Music

    August 9, 2012
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    March 22, 2012
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    March 20, 2012

    A Sucker For Your Marketing: A Conversation

    When Observer Web Editor Nick Rallo and I shuffled down to SXSW last week, we both noticed the same thing: The somewhat icky marketing that seems to have inundated the Austin music festival, to the point where even the fans themselves were part of the brand. Here's an excerpt of a conversation we ha ... 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 >>

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    March 16, 2012

    The Best of SXSW Music: Thursday 3/15/2012

    If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in the random acts of shit on Earth, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at SXSW. To break down the bright, scintillating chaos, Village Voice Media's roving music e ... More >>

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    March 15, 2012

    10 Lessons Learned at SXSW 2012, Day One

    SXSW soldiers on through Sunday, of course, but before our minds go supernova from the the plethora of great music, we'd like to share a few important things learned after Day One in the Chaos Machine. Also, our feet are like blood balloons so we need to sit down. That's another lesson: Bring 1,400 ... More >>

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    March 14, 2012

    Five Hot Genres To Look and Listen For at SXSW 2012

    Slimerave (NOT slimewave, Google that at your own risk) was hot in Denton this past weekend, and seapunk is apparently a real genre. These are the times we live in. SXSW is always one of those weeks where it seems like genres breed, give birth and then die, but that's the make-or-break nature of a f ... More >>

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    March 13, 2012

    Good Old War's Dan Schwartz: "Is That a Word? Sing-alongable?"

    Philadelphia's folk-pop trio Good Old War just released their third album, Come Back as Rain, and stop in Dallas tonight before heading off to Austin. Guitarist Dan Schwartz took a few minutes to chat with us about sing-alongs, SXSW and other bands from Philly. Given how many shows you've played ov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2012

    SXSW Coverage Ahead. Plus, We're Sponsoring 50 Cent, Big K.R.I.T. and More

    "What I want from each and every one of you is a hard-target search of every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse in that area." -- Tommy Lee Jones, The Fugitive You don't have to spend much time at South By Southwest to know that all of the above building ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    Watch: Eisley -- "Better Love (Acoustic)"

    The Family DuPree.​Seems the Sisters Dupree in Eisley were especially busy two weeks back at Austin's South by Southwest Music Conference: In the days since that ordeal, not one but two sites have posted videos of sisters Chauntelle, Sherri and Stacy performing private, acoustic takes of their new ... More >>

  • Music

    March 24, 2011
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    March 21, 2011

    Dallas, a Polka City in a Rock and Roll World

    ​A couple weeks ago in my guise as Jim Schutze, really cool hipster (instead of crazy old man with gun), I wrote a post for DC9 At Night about Michael Seman, a research associate and doctoral candidate at University of North Texas' Center for Economic Development and Research, who is developin ... More >>

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    March 21, 2011

    The Best Performer of All at This Year's SXSW? Seryn, If You Ask Paste.

    Seryn​ Regrettably, we didn't make it out to Paste's Thursday day party featuring North Texas' own Sarah Jaffe and Seryn (fellow North Texans Eisley played the magazine's Wednesday party), and, to hear Paste tell it, boy, did we miss out: The venerable and regrettably now online-only music rag cla ... More >>

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    March 19, 2011

    Picture Show: Street Scenes from SXSW

    All photos by Nick RalloLot of mullet going on in this photo.​It was perfect weather for taking it to the streets yesterday in Austin, which is why our feet were a couple of blood-filled balloons by late last night. Good thing there's plenty of street pizza and bizarre performances on 6th street t ... More >>

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    March 19, 2011

    SXSW 2011 Buzz Power Rankings: Odd Future Slips Just Past Kanye, Mostly Because People Are Sick of Talking About Kanye.

    Swag!​Well, mercifully, the last night of SXSW 2011 is finally upon us. And, on this final day, in which luminaries such as Kanye West, Perez Hilton and Rachel Ray are finally letting their presence be known, we finally have a new act sitting atop our buzz power rankings.That's right: Later Kanye; ... More >>

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    March 18, 2011

    The Best Of SXSW Thursday: Damien Jurado and Hangover Tacos

    Nick RalloDamien Jurado, the minimalist, at the Swan Dive​Moving forward.There were a number of un-missable day parties with good lineups yesterday, including those from Pitchfork, Paste Magazine, Brooklyn Vegan and, of course, the Village Voice Media SXSW Showdown (with Wu-Tang Clan).So, Pete's w ... More >>

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    March 17, 2011

    SXSW 2011 Buzz Power Rankings: Kanye Is On Top For Now... And Pretty Easily, Too.

    You can do it, put your stinger into it.​South by Southwest is a static thing -- both in theory and in practice. It's a chance for bands to fans to see the established acts they've been wanting to see and for new, up-and-coming acts to try and make names for themselves. And that latter part very m ... More >>

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    March 11, 2011

    Presenting: SXSW Bingo 2011!

    Illustration by Noah Patrick Pfarr; Design by Alexander FloresThere is no free space because SXSW is so damn expensive. Click here to embiggen.​And so we come to it at last: South by Southwest 2011. Surely, the great music festival of our time. But one does not simply walk into SXSW. Nay, there ex ... More >>

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    March 11, 2011

    And Presenting: SXSW Bingo 2011, Interactive Version!

    Illustration by Noah Patrick Pfarr; Design by Alexander Flores. Written by Bill Jensen, Keith Plocek, Nick Lucchesi and Alex FloresClick to embiggen. See more in SXSW Bingo: Music Edition​It's happening right now. South-by-Southwest 2011 started up in Austin. And, as we pointed out earlier, one do ... More >>

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    March 9, 2011

    Q&A: Through "Operation Every Band," Denton Resident Kevin McStravick Has Listened To Most Every Act Playing SXSW '11 -- And He Has Some Band Recommendations For You.

    ​Over the past three months, Denton resident Kevin McStravick has taken on a rather daunting project -- finding and reviewing every single band that is playing at SXSW this year, which counts almost 2,000 acts, and ranking them on his website.For the project, which is called Operation Every Band a ... More >>

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    February 2, 2011

    Shot at Garland High, Clay Liford's WUSS Among Titles at South by Southwest Film Fest

    ​In coming days, writer-director Clay Liford will have other bits of big, breaking news to share concerning film-fest invites and a major film rep who, fingers crossed, will find his latest offering an ever larger audience. But for now, all he can comment on is today's announcement that his new mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2011

    SXSW's Most Recent Performer Announcement Includes At Least 38 Bands With Area Ties

    ​After a handful of early teases, the folks down at Austins' South by Southwest Music and Media Conference went ahead and released the whole big batch of names -- although, let's be honest, there will probably still be some changes (not to mention names we just missed) -- of performers slated to h ... More >>

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    January 11, 2011

    Parade of Flesh Announces Beefed-Up Initial Lineup For Annual Post-SXSW Bro Fest Bash

    Last year's Bro Fest poster.​Speaking of festivals that aim to squeeze a little North Texas shine out of SXSW's excess, Parade of Flesh has announced today another round of acts booked to play his annual post-SXSW bash, Bro Fest, which will take place this year on Sunday March, 20, on both the ind ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2010

    Erykah Badu Included Among SXSW's Very Early Initial Performers List

    ​Well, at least one local will be participating at South by Southwest in the coming spring.In anticipation of its 25-year anniversary, SXSW has just just released its earliest performer announcement in history, and, alongside acts like A Place to Bury Strangers, Asobi Seksu, Designer Drugs, El Gui ... More >>

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    March 30, 2010

    Hey, Man, Can You Play Some Motörhead? Dallas Int'l Film Adds Five.

    The Dallas International Film Festival just sent word: It has added five docs to its line-up -- chief among them Lemmy, about the Motörhead frontman, which had its world premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival two weeks ago. The NSFW SXSW trailer's above; the full list of add-ons -- which ... More >>

  • Music

    March 25, 2010
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    March 23, 2010

    Night Moves: Lazers and Broken Teeth at SXSW

    ​Here, we present the DJ and electronica side of SXSW. Y'know: DJ Craze, Reid Speed, Redeye, Kill The Noise, The Broken Teeth crew showcase, Harmonious Discord showcase, Bird Peterson, Le Castlevania, Major Lazer--all those rumpshaker-makers. The Lek Brothers, before freezing their butts off, caug ... More >>

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    March 23, 2010

    SXSW 2010 Video: Frightened Rabbit, Justin Townes Earle and Band of Skulls

    Alright, folks, let's wrap all this South by Southwest coverage up finally--and do so in style, yeah? OK, then! Here are the last few videos we've uploaded from our trip down to Austin, starting with the above performance of Frightened Rabbit doing its new single, "Swim Until You Can't See Land" off ... More >>

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    March 22, 2010

    What It Was Like: Twelve More Bands To Close Out SXSW 2010 in Style

    Pete FreedmanWashed Out played the Fader Fort on Saturday, backed by Brooklyn's Small Black.​Another year, another grueling sprint to South by Southwest's end--only, this year, well, things seemed a little different than in year's past. Especially on Saturday night.More so than on any previous nig ... More >>

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    March 18, 2010

    SXSW 2010 Picture Show: Taking it to the Streets

    Nick Rallo​Sure SXSW may be the best music festival in the Milky Way--but if you're not there, how do you know what it looks like out in the streets? You can imagine the venues--blue lights, smoke, and beer--but what about the rest of Austin? What does Sixth Street look like? Well, imagine a guy h ... More >>

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    March 18, 2010

    SXSW Video: Bowerbirds, Blair, J Rocc and Those Darlins

    What do the Bowerbirds, Blair, J Rocc, and Those Darlin's have in common? We got sick video of all of them performing at SXSW. Bowerbirds at SXSW

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    March 12, 2010

    For Your Weekend Listening Pleasure: The Flaming Lips' History of Freaky

    ​So much to do this weekend -- like, oh, I dunno, that St. Patrick's Day Parade we co-sponsor. But before you go, here are Angela Hunt's do's and don'ts, not only for the parade but the daylong after-party (and after-after-party, and after-after-after-after-party) on Lower Greenville. Do keep in m ... More >>

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    February 23, 2010

    Spune, Weekly Tape Deck And Gorilla Vs. Bear Announce SXSW Day Party Lineups

    ​Spune just announced the details of its 2010 South By Southwest free day party, set to begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 20, at J. Black's (710 W. 6th St., Austin). It's a strong, if not especially surprising, lineup featuring some of DFW's usual rootsy, folky suspects (Doug Burr, Telegraph Canyon ... More >>

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    February 16, 2010

    SXSW Begins Announcing Schedules, 25 DFW Area Bands Named To Lineup

    ​Over at SXSW's Web site, festival organizers have started posting the schedule of events for this year's ordeal. And, though its still a few weeks off and many bands and showcases that we know are set to happen have yet to appear, it's still a fun browse.Also, for what it's worth, we've counted 2 ... More >>

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    March 27, 2009

    Sloppy Seconds: All Washed Up

    After a long night traipsing around Austin looking for another Michelob Ultra or Tuaca giveaway party, nothing soaks it all up like a lukewarm slice of Roppolo's pizza and a mind-clearing read through the City of Ate archives. That's how some of us felt, anyway, in the wake of SXSW this week. If you ... More >>

  • Music

    March 26, 2009
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    March 26, 2009
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    March 25, 2009

    Southbound and Down: One Last Best and Worst of SXSW '09

    Patrick MichelsThe best photo of SXSW, in my book. And, yes, we at DC9 are clearly obsessed with Monotonix. We know. If all goes to plan (which never happens, but we'll see), we should have a few more belated dispatches from bands who played SXSW popping up in the next couple of hours and/or days. ( ... More >>

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    March 25, 2009

    SXSW Dispatches: Telegraph Canyon Shares All The Good News From Its First SXSW Trip

    [Last week, we asked a few bands to check in with us from time to time over the course of the week to tell us about their SXSW experiences. Now, with the fest over, those diatribes are starting to show. Here's Telegraph Canyon frontman Chris Johnson's SXSW diary, for your reading pleasure...] Hal S ... More >>

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    March 23, 2009

    Eyrkah Badu's Busy, Busy, Busy SXSW Week.

    Dallas' own Erykah Badu had herself quite the weekend, turns out. More eventful than yours, I'm guessing. Unless, that is, you somehow managed to......evade a stalker (as Unfair Park unearths this morning) and get delayed on your travels to SXSW....have your manager announce to the audience at your ... More >>

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