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15 Mar 2013 // 11:49 AM

SXSW Music 2013 - Weekender

PopMatters highlights some of the remaining opportunities to catch artists who may be on the last legs of their SXSW gauntlet, or are expected to use SXSW as a springboard for shows this spring.

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Dave Grohl Gets Nostalgic in SXSW Keynote Address

As the featured speaker of this year's music festival, the Nirvana drummer, Foo Fighters lead singer reflects on what it took to get where he is today.

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SXSW Music 2013: A Preview of Coming Attractions

SXSW Music swings into full gear today. During the course of SXSW music, our team will bring you reports from the field, offering an impressionistic look into topical issues, industry trends, and memorable moments from the 27th edition of SXSW.

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‘The Network’ Premieres at SXSW: An Interview with Filmmaker Eva Orner

Academy Award-winning producer Eva Orner marks her directorial debut with a documentary that is at once compelling and heart-breaking. The Network is about how one TV station challenges, informs, and entertains a country emerging from 30 years of war.

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‘80s Dreamscapes and Reluctant Stardom: Three Days with Jack Tatum of Wild Nothing

“When I think about my place in music, it’s just trying to find my little pocket of the musical world where I can just exist and be happy about what I’ve done and what I’ve accomplished.”

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A Ghost to Most: An Evening with Mike Cooley of Drive-By Truckers

Through his humor, his unflinching narrative eye, and his mastery of the common syllable, Mike Cooley is a unique poetic voice unlike any other in contemporary rock ‘n’ roll.

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Traveling without the TARDIS: The Post-‘Doctor Who’ Life of Caitlin Blackwood

Caitlin Blackwood and her television counterpart, Amelia Pond, have something in common: their lives have been forever changed by meeting the Doctor and traveling far from home.

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Color Television: What Diversity Looks Like in America Today

The buzz word from the 2012 presidential election is "diversity". It's a good story. The look of the Obama crowd had both the structure and randomness of a Jackson Pollock painting. It was the ol' melting pot writ large.

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I Belong with You, You Belong with Me: New York Comic Con 2012

The soul-crushing, heartrending exuberance of a voyage through "everyone's happy place"…

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The Way You Do The Things You Do: Sex Education and Smokey Robinson

In his golden years, Smokey Robinson is more convincingly and excitingly sexual and sensual than nearly every young performer who will join the parade of sensationalistic imagery on the MTV VMA awards.

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Outsiders Looking in at the Republican National Convention 2012

In spite of all the rhetoric coming from Chief of Police Jane Castor in the days before the RNC about reserving extra jail space for the thousands they expected to arrest, as of Wednesday morning only three protestors had been arrested: one for wearing a mask, and another two who started a fight with each other at Romneyville.

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The Major Comics Publishers Skipped Geek Girl Again, But Is That Such a Bad Thing?

In my review of last year's convention I made the case for Marvel and DC to be in attendance. After attending this year's convention, I think a case could also be made for the major publishers to stay away.

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The Significance of Retro: Sincerely Yours, Marty McFly

Sincerely Yours, Marty McFly could have been another retro event without consequence. Yes, there was nostalgia.

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Days in and Days Out of Hall H: Comic-Con International 2012

Attending the various panels in Hall H at Comic Con can require a lot of planning and may take up your whole day.

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Vampires, Zombies and Superheroes… It Must Be Comic-Con International 2012

What started decades ago as a mere comic book convention has become a massive Hollywood promo blitz for the hottest science fiction, fantasy and super hero properties in film and television.

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Comic Con Explores the Digital Future of Comics

Were the people downloading comics loyal fans who had forsaken their local stores for the allure of cheaper titles and ease of access? Or were they new readers who would never have stepped into a comic book store, but decided to download something directly to their smartphone or tablet?

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It Ain’t Austin Yet, But North by Northeast 2012 Rocked

To paraphrase Guy Clark, it ain’t Austin yet, but it’s getting there. There were 800 bands. I saw about 30. Here's what I thought about nine of them.

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17 Jun 2012 // 10:15 PM

E3 2012: The Crowd, the Blood, The Screen

Pay attention to the rumblings of E3 2012 and you'll hear what may be a series of forthcoming storms.

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10 May 2012 // 10:00 PM

Elective Affinities at the 2012 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

The Full Frame Film Festival is a rich collection of “elective affinities” that forces us to ponder the relationships between stories placed side-by-side, like so many books on a shelf.

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POP Montréal: Ten Years on the Cutting Edge (Part 1)

POP Montréal. One part artist showcase, one part music appreciation lesson, and one part street party, POP, like other top destination events, is as much about a place and a time, as it is about the performances, creating a series of memorable moments.

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