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How to Prepare for SXSW Interactive 2015

SXSW is right around the corner, and to maximize opportunities at SXSW Interactive 2015 this year, you need to prepare. Luckily, I am here to help.

Spanish band Hinds (fka Deers) touring around SXSW and Burgerama, including 2 NYC shows (dates, streams)

by Bill Pearis I saw these girls play at Electrowerkz last night and they were great...it's like The Pastels meets Mink De Ville and has a real ramshackle joy to it. It's even better live when all the guitars are...

Public Service Broadcasting – “The Other Side” (Stereogum Premiere)

The acutely-focused conceptual duo Public Service Broadcasting released lead single “Gagarin” off their upcoming sophomore album, The Race For Space, a day after being added to the SXSW lineup last fall. Along with a new batch of tour dates, today they’re sharing follow-up single “The Other Side,” which again proves the UK pair are far [...]

Yumi Zouma announce new EP, share first video (watch), playing NYC before SXSW

by Bill Pearis New Zealand pop outfit Yumi Zoumi will release their second EP via Cascine on March 10. That's the cover art above and pre-orders are available. The EP's single is "Catastrophe," which is a fine example of the...

Gibberish

June 25, 2015: Last month I was sitting with a friend who was judging her assigned category of the SXSW Accelerator applications. In the midst of other work myself, I heard her read aloud a paragraph that I thought was on an application,...Show More Summary

Body Language – Really Love

I’ve been a fan of Brooklyn-based eletropop band Body Language since I’ve seen them at SXSW several years ago and it’s great to see that they’re still at it. Just this week the group released a new single “Really Love,” which sounds quite different than the Body Language of days past. “Really Love” is an […]

A Talk on Why Black Leaders Matter In Tech At SXSW Interactive 2015

SXSW Interactive 2015 will be held from March 13-17th and I’m excited to speaking on the topic “Why Black Leaders Matter in Technology“. This will be my seventh time speaking at SXSW in the last eight years. The session will be held on Saturday, March 14th at 9:30am. Yes, that means don’t party to hard […]

‘Cheap Thrills’ Helmer Joins SundanceTV Series ‘Hap And Leonard’

EXCLUSIVE: Writer, director, and producer E.L. “Evan” Katz, who won the 2013 SXSW Audience Award with his festival favorite dark comedy Cheap Thrills, has joined Jim Mickle and Nick Damici (Cold In July) as writer and producer on SundanceTV’s...Show More Summary

Turn to Crime playing SXSW & other dates, including two in NYC (one with Beech Creeps who have a new LP)

by Bill Pearis Detroit's Turn to Crime are working on the follow-up to 2014's underrated Can't Love. If you haven't heard that, it's soulful garage rock that at times has a warm lived-in quality but also has its scratchy paranoid...

Tune in TLV vs SXSW; Destination Wedding vs Mandatory Family Wedding

Why would I love a little Israel Music Conference more than SXSW? When it comes to music conferences, I feel like I can compare them to weddings. SXSW is sort of like a mass produced mandatory family wedding where you see and interact with everyone you have ever met in your family since the age of 6. Show More Summary

Watch: Hand-Drawn Animated Short Film 'Confusion Through Sand'

Almost a year ago we featured a trailer for a short film called Confusion Through Sand, which was set to premiere at the SXSW Film Festival. The short is hand-drawn on recycled paper, and looks nothing like anything we've ever seen before. Show More Summary

‘Confusion Through Sand’, A Hand-Drawn Animated Short About the Terrors of War

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“Confusion Through Sand” is a short film by animation studio Ornana Films that tells the story of a terrified 19-year-old thrown into an armed conflict. The short, which premiered at SXSW, was drawn by hand on recycled paper that was back lit while being photographed to help bring out the full texture of the medium. […]

Savannah Stopover announces full 2015 lineup

Now in its fifth year, the Savannah Stopover has established itself as a smaller, genteel alternative to SXSW, happening March 5 - 7 in Savannah, GA right before Austin's megafest, featuring bands on their way there. This year's ful...

How to Use Psychology to Build Social Media Campaigns That Resonate by @DholakiyaPratik

Social media isn’t only about getting likes, repins and retweets – it’s about building meaningful, long-term relationships with your audience. A few years ago, Ben McAllister and Kate Canales gave a talk at SXSW in which they suggested...Show More Summary

Kodi Smit-McPhee Has Teen Angst in 'All the Wilderness' Trailer

After his breakthrough role in Let Me In, young actor Kodi Smit-McPhee has grown up quite a bit, as evidence by his pivotal supporting role in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. And now he has the SXSW entry All the Wilderness allowingShow More Summary

Tweet your way to Texas with the SXSW My Way contest

Film, music and tech fanatics know that Austin gets a whole lot louder in March. With South by Southwest fast approaching, creative individuals and their companies are kickstarting the year with big plans for the festival. A springboard for the "next big thing," SXSW embodies the innovative and creative spirit in film, music and technology. Show More Summary

Mitski opening Hundred Waters tour, playing SXSW (dates)

photo by Kenneth Bachor NYC art-folk singer/songwriter Mitski just wrapped up a run with Joyce Manor (we caught JM's NYC show which Mitski wasn't on), and she was since announced as the opener for several dates on the upcoming Hundred...

Vote for Ramon’s SXSW V2V Las Vegas Presentation

When you think of the word celebrity I’m sure names like Brad Pitt, Daymond John or Donald Trump pop into your mind. BUT… what if when people heard the word celebrity they thought of you? I’d like to share my secrets on how YOU can become...Show More Summary

Mew are back, releasing 'Plus Minus' in April (listen to a track), playing SXSW and other dates

by Bill Pearis Danish proggy spacerockers Mew return with their first new album in six years. Titled +- (aka Plus Minus), the record reunites them with producer Michael Beinhorn who twiddled the knobs on 2005's And the Glass Handed Kites...

The Cribs releasing Ric Ocasek-produced LP in March, playing SXSW and Coachella

by Bill Pearis Wakefield, UK's finest, The Cribs, are back with a new album, For All My Sisters, which will be out March 23. The band made the album in NYC with Ric Ocasek producing. You can get a taste...

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