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SXSW: The Good The Bad and The Ugly Fest

What once began as a regional music festival that invited people to sample a local artistic community has become a spring break bowel movement and a corporate invasion that leaves the city blanketed in a cindering Dresden of bad faith branding.

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Third Eye Blind Returns Recharged at SXSW

Stephan Jenkins and friends debut three new songs at Austin set and remind us all -- even the city of Austin's finest -- how powerful and beloved they can be.

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In Defense of Going to South By Southwest

Four days, six stories, one column, dozens of tweets and nearly 10,000 words later, I'm still wondering how we define success at SXSW.

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Butch Walker: In Focus at SXSW

One of America's greatest songwriters has been one of the hardest working artists at South By Southwest this year. That commitment, however, shouldn't be a surprise to anyone who has followed his long and unpredictable career.

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15 Mar 2013 // 12:49 PM

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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