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'Song to Song' Revels in the Chaos of the Austin Music Scene

With layered character development to accompany his typically arresting visuals, auteur Terrence Malick may have finally found a palatable balance between his visual and narrative poeticism.

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South By Southwest Music Festival 2015: Thursday

UK hip-hop (Little Simz) and powerful singer/songwriter acts (James Vincent McMorrow) highlight South by Southwest's Thursday showcases.

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South By Southwest Music Festival 2015: Wednesday

BØRNS, Ryn Weaver, and Stromae all stand out as artists poised to break out big in 2015 after their stellar performances at SXSW.

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South By Southwest Music Festival 2015: Monday and Tuesday

In addition to indie favorites like San Fermin and Spoon, stunning new acts like Parlour Tricks help kick off SXSW 2015 on a strong note.

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RBMA - A Night of Round Robin Duets (Photos) & Conversation with D'Angelo (Video)

The Red Bull Music Academy brings unique performances, parties and conversations to New York for a full month since last May. Enjoy photos from the Round Robin and video from a conversation with D'Angelo.

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Good vs. Evil: The Inner Struggle of SXSW

There are a number of ways to view SXSW's growth. The most cynical response, voiced by those ranging from veterans nostalgic for a simpler experience to current artists chafing under the brutalist constraints of a 15 minute showcase slot is to simply cry “sellout".

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Kafka on Kickstarter: Crowdsourcing, Capitalism and Art

From the Kickstarter-fuelled resurrection of Veronica Mars to Amanda Palmer's 'art of asking', the influence of crowdsourcing is impossible to ignore. Can it provide a new perspective on the relationship between art and money?

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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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Hey Marseilles Soft-Rocks SXSW

If a dive bar, tiny stage, and light beer couldn't phase this Seattle septet, nothing could.

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SXSW Interactive: The Return of Outer Space

In a year where social media was an afterthought at SXSW, what really mattered? Space exploration, that's what.

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SXSW Music: Finding the Diamonds in the (Very) Rough

Although the big brands wouldn't have you know it, there's still lots of talented, indie bands littering the SXSW landscape. You just have to know where to look.

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SXSW Music: Hitting Up the Day Parties

The atmosphere at the Scratched Vinyl SHowcase was one steady thump of laidback head-nod while amazing emcees jumped in with the loving crowd, who rose halfway up to meet the performance.

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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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Psychological Thriller 'Holy Ghost People' is the Perfect Fit for SXSW

Holy Ghost People takes viewers on a trip through a snake-handling church in the heart of the Appalachian mountains as a young woman attempts to discover what happened to her sister with the help of a downtrodden, alcoholic ex-Marine.

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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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'Burma' Proves to Be a SXSW Surprise

Carlos Puga's first feature-length film since The S1gnificance of Se7eventeen is a thoughtful family drama that invites contemplation and deserves praise for its excellent ensemble cast.

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SXSW Music: Doing Things the Old Fashioned Way

One writer dares to brave the new world of SXSW music without *gulp* proper credentials.

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SXSW Day 5: Docs Day + Paul Walker's Fine Acting

That headline is not a typo. Tuesday, the fifth day of SXSW's film programming, found me doing a few things I usually do not: going to documentaries and being impressed with Paul Walker.

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Embracing the Short: SXSW Edition

Short films are often put aside or overlooked as the appetizers of the film world. The shorts program at SXSW, however, is full of tasty gems that deserve to be seen.

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SXSW Film: 'Snap' Is One of the Best Psychological Thrillers of the Past Decade

Victor Teran and Youssef Delara's Snap is an intricate examination of a deeply troubled man whose fascination with a young social worker may lead him to the brink.

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SXSW 2013: Midnighters 4 - Rob Zombie Was Right

The Lords of Salem made its debut at SXSW but might not have been what Rob Zombie fans have been waiting for.

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SXSW Interactive: 3-D Printing - Power to the People

3-D printing is the big draw at SXSW this year and it's getting plenty of love. And no wonder – Obama highlighted it in his State of the Union.

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SXSW Day 4 - Joseph Gordon-Levitt Takes Over Austin with His 'Don Jon'*

Whether from people waiting in line for another film or random occupants of the press room, you can't go anywhere at SXSW without being reminded of JGL.

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Striking a Match at SXSW

Upstart pop country duo outshines bigger, more established names in surprising Tuesday night set.

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SXSW Day 3: A Tale of Two Actors

Love him or hate him, James Franco is a conversation starter. His newest, Spring Breakers, might leave you speechless.

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SXSW Film Day 3: It's All About Crime

Films about crime abound, but where they take us and what they say is what really matters. 12 O'Clock Boys and LICKS both have the potential to contribute something new to the discourse on poverty and crime in society, but only one succeeds.

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SXSW 2013 Spotlight: Animated Shorts

The animated short is the perfect vehicle for filmmakers who want to reach audiences in a fascinating, often whimsical way while making substantial technical and artistic advancements. This year's SXSW animated shorts selections don't disappoint on either counts.

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SXSW Day 2: Four Films and No Food

One writer dares to brave day two of SXSW Film 2013 on an empty stomach and it totally pays off.

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SXSW Interactive Day 1: What Drives Elon Musk?

Elon Musk is an entrepreneur with a mission. SXSW is full of entrepreneurs with a mission, but Elon Musk ups the ante.

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Abra-Abra-Cadabra: A Little Magic with Burt Wonderstone

A solid vehicle for the talents of Jim Carrey, Steve Carell, and Steve Buscemi, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone will open in theaters across the US, UK, and Canada on March 15.

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SXSW Day 1: I Saw 'Evil Dead' So You Don't Have To

The original Evil Dead is the movie so cleverly and honorably mocked by the last year's Cabin in the Woods, and the 2013 Evil Dead is nothing more than a mindless remake.

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Frank Turner - "Recovery" (video) + Tour Dates

Frank Turner will release his new LP, 'Tape Deck Heart', on 23 April. Meanwhile, Turner has released his new video and will be kept busy at this year's SXSW.

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If It Dances, It's Probably from This Is American Music

This Is American Music is thriving in these challenging times because it hasn't lost sight of its core purpose: to champion good music, especially from its Southern surroundings, and to do it because it knocks you on your ass with emotional recognition or gets your ass up and moving because the music rocks so hard.

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Alabama Shakes: Boys & Girls

More than just a debut album, this is an introduction to a band you thought you knew for years, but are just fortunate enough to meet now.

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SXSW Music 2012: Santigold + Best Coast + Grimes + YACHT

Recapping some of the SXSW fun featuring Santigold and Best Coast and the troubles for Grimes and YACHT.

Dennis Shin
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