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Bill Hader Joins the Cast of Steven Spielberg's 'The BFG' Adaptation

After Judd Apatow's latest comedy Trainwreck played South by Southwest earlier this month, the reviews frequently said that this might be the filmmaker's best work yet. Thankfully, in addition to Amy Schumer making a big screen splash...Show More Summary

50 Best Things We Saw at SXSW 2015

The South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, is filled with excess: thousands of shows, thousands of music fans, an uncountable number of plates of BBQ. If something at SXSW is worth doing, it's worth overdoing — a premise breakout star Courtney Barnett lived out by doing eight sets before...

SXSW 2015: Studios and Indies Collide in Austin

The 2015 South by Southwest Festival took some early lumps for seemingly giving in to a studio takeover of the film portion of their festival. It was a bit of a trumped-up charge aimed at some heavyweight sneak previews courtesy of Judd...Show More Summary

Rappers Are Dressing Like 80s Rock Stars and It's Awesome

The Outfit, TX / Photo by King David, courtesy of The Outfit, TX As much as South by Southwest offers a chance to quickly digest a year’s worth of musical trends, it’s also a showcase for far more. Thousands of the coolest people inShow More Summary

Recap: Snoop Dogg smoking a blunt on the Iron Throne and other sights from SXSW

For the 29th year, thousands of artists, industry types, music bloggers, drunk kids, and corporations who would love to profit from all of them descended on Austin for the annual South By Southwest festival. And for at least the 10th year, give or take two we can’t really remember, The A.V. Show More Summary

Good Will Butler Hunting: One Blind Man's Quest to Find a Member of Arcade Fire with the Same Name

Illustration by Alex Cook Hi Noisey, you might remember me from a few years back. Does #SxBlindGuy ring a bell? No? Just close your eyes and imagine you’re an unknown, penniless, blind guy wandering the streets of South by Southwest—that...Show More Summary

Pop-Up Pop Podcast: SXSW 2015

Is South By Southwest dead? Or is it immortal? And is it a music bacchanal or a tech convention? And is it better for rappers or rock bands? We try to tackle these questions in our latest Pop-Up Pop Podcast. Listen below. And to listen to a ranked playlist of every artist I heard at […]

SXSW 2015: The gaming world tries to get inside our heads

THE PLAYER AUSTIN, Texas — Discovery at South by Southwest isn’t what it used to be. More than 2,000 bands […]

South by Southwest regains edge, with emphasis back on emerging talent

AUSTIN, Texas — A prevailing notion at the South by Southwest music festival, which concluded here Sunday, was that this year's edition delivered a much-needed course correction.

The Best Phones We Saw Charging at SXSW

Photos by Noisey Staff At South by Southwest, everything is scarce, and everything is coveted. Whether it's wristbands, open cabs (or Ubers not on 5x surge pricing), plus ones, or chances to hang out with famous people, there is something everyone is looking for that they just can't find. Show More Summary

SXSW in review: Let there be music, if not money

One of the multitude of horn players in the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble was pretty pumped up one morning at the South by Southwest Music Conference, which concluded over the weekend — and who could blame him? The veteran Chicago band had just roused a sleepy audience of several thousand out...

Chance the Rapper and the Social Experiment a formidable team at SXSW

AUSTIN, Texas -- Two years ago at the South by Southwest Music Conference, Chance the Rapper tried to animate his 15-minute performances with wired energy and a hoarse voice, as if demanding that indifferent audiences pay attention.

SxSW Music Journal: Day One

Originally an industry event aimed at music professionals and upcoming bands, South by Southwest has grown into a full-on music & media blitz, with brands paying for the privilege to provide free music, free food and free alcohol to the assorted hoard of hipsters, industry insiders and thirsty journalists such as yours truly. Show More Summary

Snoop Dogg's SXSW address slides into shallowness

There's a guy named Calvin Broadus who lives inside the fabulously wealthy and famous caricature known as Snoop Dogg, and one of the intriguing questions before Snoop's keynote address Friday at the South by Southwest Music Conference was the chance to meet the kid who became a star.

Miley Cyrus Crashes Mike Will Made-It’s SXSW Gig

She loves a good party and when Miley Cyrus heard that her pal Mike Will Made-It was performing at the South By Southwest Festival, she knew she had to be there. The “Wrecking Ball” babe jumped up on stage and performed “23” and “WeShow More Summary

I Took a Sponsored Plane with Nick Lachey to Austin to Explore the True Meaning of SXSW

Photos by the author To the discerning consumer of culture, it's common knowledge that South By Southwest has become a hollow shell of what it originally was about. Every year America's top thinkers, influencers, and thinkfluencers,Show More Summary

SXSW vibe is that 'Blurred Lines' ruling could set dangerous precedent

AUSTIN, Texas -- The pop-music industry suffered a potentially damaging blow in the Robin Thicke-Marvin Gaye copyright infringement case. That's the fear generally expressed across the South by Southwest Music Conference this week, and articulated by entertainment attorney Uwanda Carter at a...

SXSW gets a Paul Krugman economics power lesson

Besides being a prominent New York Times economic columnist and a Princeton professor, Paul Krugman is an avid music fan, and he bought a typically nuanced grasp of top-down economics to the South by the Southwest Music Conference.

Paul Krugman And Arcade Fire Agree: Touring Is The Key To Music Money

Nobel laureate Princeton professors aren't known for declarations of agreement with the views of indie rock bands from Canada. But today at a South By Southwest panel dubbed The Celebrity Economy in Music, that's exactly what happen...

SXSW 2015: Films That Were the Talk of the Festival

An assessment of some of the talked-about movies at South by Southwest.

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