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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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20 Questions: Christopher Paul Stelling

After sweeping away hearts and minds at SXSW, acoustic singer-songwriter Christopher Paul Stelling sits down PopMatters to discuss how he made slippers from a bolt of leather, why he traded in half of his recording instruments for a single guitar, and how exactly he'd recast Star Wars with characters from The X-Files ...

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SXSW Music Day 3: Purity Ring, Titus Andronicus + Chad Valley

Anticipating a strong debut from Purity Ring from the quality of their live show.

Ryan Lester
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SXSW Music Day 4: Highlights - MOG Showcase + Norah Jones

Bob Mould’s set was followed by the only SXSW performance by the Roots, one of the most anticipated sets of the conference (as evidenced by a near three-block long line).

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SXSW Music Day 2: Burger Records Burgerstock: White Mystery + Mean Jeans

Bands played D.I.Y. style, crammed in a corner with a bad P.A., surrounded by a crowd of people.

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SXSW Film Festival Day 5: TV Actor Day! 'Frankie Go Boom' + 'See Girl Run'

The fifth day of the film fest found me seeking out my favorite television actors to see how they perform outside their comfortable characters -- results were mixed.

Film

SXSW Film Festival Day 5: 'Sleepwalk with Me' + 'Bernie'

Sleepwalk with Me is the film I was most looking forward to seeing at SXSW.

Faith Korpi
Events

SXSW Music Day 3: Fiona Apple + Grimes (Pitchfork Showcase)

This performance anticipates a huge year for Fiona Apple.

Ryan Lester
Events

SXSW Music Day 2: NPR Showcase at Stubb's

NPR’s annual SXSW showcase was one of the hottest tickets last night, with an impressive array of acts including Andrew Bird, Alabama Shakes, and the long-awaited return of Fiona Apple to the stage.

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SXSW Music: The Day Party Roundup

Greetings from Austin!

Dennis Shin
Film

SXSW Film Festival Day 4: '21 Jump Street'

I know this sounds crazy, but 21 Jump Street could end up being the best comedy of the year. Really.

Film

SXSW Film Festival Day 4: 'Indie Game' + 'Girls'

Do you have to be into video games to like Indie Games? Absolutely not.

Faith Korpi
Events

SXSW Interactive 2012: Studying up at the Sideshows

Unofficial events like this are a huge part of what makes the atmosphere dynamic -- the main circus tent is almost dwarfed by the side shows.

Events

SXSW Interactive 2012: What's So Funny?

When you think of SXSW, humor is probably not one of the first things that comes to mind. People like Rainn Wilson are changing that perception.

Events

SXSW Music Day 1: Delta Spirit at the Hype Hotel

Thanks to Delta Spirit, I left the Hype Hotel one blissed out hot and happy mess.

Allison Taich
Events

SXSW Music Day 1: Cadence Weapon

Exhibiting the kind of poise and professionalism that only comes with many years of experience, Rollie Pemberton made it clear that you will have fun at a Cadence Weapon show.

Ryan Lester
Games

SXSW Interactive: Blacks in Technology: Blazing a Path

If Silicon Valley is to be “the new promised land” for African Americans it will be because these tech entrepreneurs continue to build on their success and because venture capitalists understand the importance of having all the brilliant ideas available (regardless of from where they come) represented in the marketplace.

Fredara Mareva
Film

SXSW Film Festival Day 3: The Streak Continues

The rains subsided. The sun came out. Great movies kept playing inside, so who cares about the weather?

Film

SXSW Film Festival Day 3: 'Hunky Dory' + 'Someone Up There Likes Me'

Hunky Dory is not just an ode to classic rock and the days of old, but also to American high school movies. Knowing this gave me an entirely different lens.

Faith Korpi
Film

SXSW Film Festival Day 2: 'Killer Joe'

Killer Joe and... well, nothing else mattered.

Film

SXSW Film Festival Day 2: 'Safety Not Guaranteed'

From a more-or-less rookie writer/director team, Safety Not Guaranteed is based on a Wanted Ad that became an internet meme. You really can’t fault me for being leery, can you?

Faith Korpi
Games

SXSW Interactive 2012: The Triumph of Unmediated Interaction

Perhaps the best summation of the role of people and technology came from someone I overheard: “You should use the internet to get off the internet." That same thought applies to all of technology. We use our gadgets and apps to help us make decisions about our unmediated, not just our virtual presences.

Film

SXSW Film Festival Day 1: 'The Cabin in the Woods' + 'The Babymakers'

Two words accurately describe the first day of the 26th annual South by Southwest Festival, or, as it’s more commonly known now, the Hipster Mecca of the Universe: “Wet” and “Shhhhhhhh!”

Film

SXSW Film Festival Day 1: 'Girl Walk // All Day'

The feature-length dance music video, Girl Walk, is a total blast. Filmmaker Jacob Krupnick took mashup artist Girl Talk’s latest album All Day and set a narrative dance routine with New York City as the stage.

Faith Korpi

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