PopMatters @ SXSW 2008

By PopMatters Staff

19 March 2008

PopMatters wraps up its 2008 SXSW coverage with three pieces: Justin Follin's literary Austin/SXSW road journal, "Gutterpunks Gone Gonzo", Kevin Pearson's A to Z of the fest, and Jennifer Kelly's tips for enjoying SXSW.

19 Mar 2008 // 10:00 PM

Gutterpunks Gone Gonzo

What was Justin Follin doing in between seeing all those movies and cranking out all that copy? It seems he was out way past his bedtime (!!), cavorting offsite at bonfires with crazy New Orleans gypsy band the Music Box -- and somehow still getting his copy in before deadline.

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Tales from the Fest: An Abecedarium

Fresh outta Austin, Kevin Pearson alphabetizes his impressions of the music fest, all the way from A to Zzzzz (or lack thereof).

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In Extremity and Loving It

Fifty-eight bands and two aching ear canals later, Jennifer Kelly offers up some guiding lights for next year.

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17 Mar 2008 // 10:00 PM

Music Days 3 & 4: “Too Much Fun”

With 40+ bands to catch, plenty of beer to be drunk, and only four Bathroom Breaks between the two of them, we wonder about the state of our writers’ bladders. Either they’re shockingly resilient or there was a gold pile of good music this weekend. Our sources say yes.

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17 Mar 2008 // 9:59 PM

Film Days 5-7: Amazing Truths and Beautiful Losers

Explorations into the complex lives and motivations of a Filipina transsexual and Lower East Side graffiti artists, among others, trump the perplexing polyamory of Scorsese, the Stones, and IMAX. Meanwhile, torture-porn loses whatever remaining edge it had.

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Music Days 1 & 2: Rabid Blues-Punk, Americana, and a Whole Lot of Crooning

PopMattters gladly shoves its neck under the Guilloteens before getting buried alive under a huge bed sheet at Mae Shi and walloped by just a few legendary Americana artists: but it's the good kind of violence, we swear.

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PHOTOS: SXSW Music Days 2-4

Pics of Simian Mobile Disco, Le Loup, Clipse, No Age, Woods and many more.

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Film - Days 3 and 4: Marijuana, Joy Division and Ear Candy Galore

Rock operas sink, while PopMatters swims -- in documentaries, that is. From the new Joy Division doc to a spoof of Super Size Me to a journey into the high-stakes gantlet of high school student government elections, we've got coverage of the latest docs from the SXSW Film Festival right here behind the click.

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PHOTOS: SXSW Music Day 1

Pics from the event at Emo's including The Wedding Present, Why?, The Mae Shi and YACHT.

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Conquest of Paradise: Spain at SXSW 2008

With an ever growing sense of belonging to a certain international musical indie community and with better weapons than ever, Spanish acts of astonishing quality abound in this year’s SXSW.

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11 Mar 2008 // 10:00 PM

Film: Days 1 and 2

During Days 1 and 2 of the SXSW film festival, PopMatters dives head-first into the darkest depths of the human psyche, only to emerge cold and bleary-eyed several hours later, and with a few great movies to show for it.

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//Mixed media

Marina and the Diamonds Wrap Up U.S. Tour at Terminal 5 (Photos)

// Notes from the Road

"Marina's star shines bright and her iridescent pop shines brighter. Froot is her most solid album yet. Her tour continues into the new year throughout Europe.

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