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The Best Of Scottish Once More At SXSW Music

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

I’ll be honest here, Pete Reid has picked out ten great Scottish bands who are going to be playing SXSW< and I doubt I’ll see any of them. Not because they’re rubbish (far from it), but I can pop down the road here in Edinburgh and see them at mu local clubs… for all you in Austin, or coming from further afield this is your chance to see what we listen to on the east side of the Atlantic:

Dave ArcariFathersonHector BizerkHoly EsqueRoddy Hart & The Lonesome FireThe Twilight SadUnited FruitHoneybloodMungo’s Hi Fi, and Kode 9.

And the annual Scottish Showcase is at the ‘British Embassy’ as usual:

The Scottish acts will be performing to thousands of industry representatives and fans at a number of showcases during the festival including Showcasing Scotland at SXSW 2015, presented by Creative Scotland at the British Music Embassy. The Showcasing Scotland concert provides a spotlight for Scotland’s presence at SXSW, attracting industry professionals and music lovers. Dates and further details to be announced shortly. To keep up to date with latest news, follow @creativescots@scotsxsw and #scotsxsw.

http://www.creativescotland.com/what-we-do/latest-news/archive/2015/01/showcasing-scotland-lineup-announced-for-sxsw-2015

SXSW Baby Podcast: Beginner’s Guide To SXSW 2015

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

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In our ‘Beginners‘ podcast episode, Ewan takes a look at ‘Five Tips For Enjoying Panels’ as well as a look at the basics of attending SXSW in Austin. There’s some groovy background music, advice, tips, and more. If you don’t know how to get the most out of your time in Austin (or you need a refresher), have a listen.

Support for this year’s podcasts comes from HipChat. Bring your team to life, with group and private chat, file sharing, and integrations, all at hipchat.com.

Follow the SXSW Baby! blog for more South by Southwest fun, and what we’re up to as we get ready for Austin via Twitter at @SXSWbaby. Got news about SXSW for us? Get in touch via SXSW Baby’s contact form! Don’t forget to follow the podcast via the RSS feed.

I Could Dance With You Till The Cows Come Home

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

SXSW has announced this year’s comedy line-up for the fun in March. The full repertoire of performers can be found on the website, with a mix of stand up shows, full shows, recordings, and live tapings.

Have aloof through the list at the SXSW website, with a lot of new and upcoming names (just like SXSW Music) but with the occasional big hitter in the mix (including Beth Stelling, W Kamau Bell, Glen Wool, and Katie Dippold all catching my eye.

As well as the usual gigs and podcast recordings we’ve seen in previous years, the SXSW team are recurring two love comedy specials  for subsequent broadcast. These will both take place at The North Door on Sunday March 15th.

SXSW Baby Podcast: Introducing Our 2015 Audio Coverage

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

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With just over three weeks to go until SXSW kicks off once more, it’s time for the regular SXSW Baby! podcast to start up again. This year we’re going to build up to SXSW through a series of ‘Understanding SXSW’ podcasts. Today’s introductory podcast will explain it all (as well as introduce you to ‘Five Things That You Need To Pack In Your SXSW Bag‘), and as your trip to Austin gets closer we’ll have a ‘beginner’s level’ podcast, followed by ‘intermediate’ and then ‘expert’ tips and advice from the SXSW Baby! team.

Support for this year’s podcasts comes from HipChat. Bring your team to life, with group and private chat, file sharing, and integrations, all at hipchat.com.

Follow the SXSW Baby! blog for more South by Southwest fun, and what we’re up to as we get ready for Austin via Twitter at @SXSWbaby. Got news about SXSW for us? Get in touch via SXSW Baby’s contact form! Don’t forget to follow the podcast via the RSS feed.

Operation Every Band’s Pick of the Week From SXSW Music

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

With four weeks to go until SXSW kicks off, it’s time to settle in and explore the music, with help from our good friends over at Operation Every Band. So, over to Kevin!

Welcome back to another year of cream-of-the-crop picks from Operation Every Band, sharing our favorites with our friends at SXSW Baby! (ooh, snap! – Ewan). This year’s batch is as good as any, avoiding too many top-draw names to focus on the best of what’s next for the independent and mainstream realms.

Grammys’ highlights Sam Smith and Hozier were relative unknowns gigging around Austin last March, taking only a few months to go from ‘new faces’ to ‘mega-stardom.’ Who will play that role this year? Check out the artists that have the OEB Team buzzing and get on-board by clicking through the site, the spreadsheet and our lovable Donation Packages for anyone looking for a immersive guide to who to see, when to see them and where to go see them next.

This week, Circa Waves, Emmy the Great, Fyfe, Mick Jenkins, and Huntar.

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SXSW 2015 Announces Midnighters and Shorts

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Okay Babies, the list of Shorts and Midnighters are here!!!!

For me, it is difficult to even recommend individual films in this category, because as far as I am concerned, if you have made a Midnight film-I am there! To be included in this category puts you automatically on my to be seen list.  With that being said, I confess to being a little extra giddy about:

The Corpse of Anna Fritz (Spain) Director: Hèctor Hernández Vicens

  • Because necrophilia is ALWAYS interesting!

He Never Died Director/Screenwriter: Jason Krawczyk

  • Because I really like Henry Rollins and also, cannibilism!

The Nightmare Director: Rodney Ascher

  • Billed as a horror documentary, I am too curious as to how this plays out. By the Director of Room 237.

Check out the full list, here:

SXSW 2015 Midnighters & Short Films

Okay sweet Babies, that is it, for the moment. Keep checking back for updates on all things SXSW, whether it is film, music, interactive or any of the new/newer additions to this monster conference, including food, SXsports, gaming, etc. etc. etc., one of us will be giving you the news you need to know. Hang in there, Babies, March is closing in!

Hands Free in Austin This Year

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

For all the out-of-towners coming to SXSW (and there are a few I imagine) you should know that the City of Austin has passed a new ordinance *banning* the use of mobile devices while operating a motor vehicle or bike.

I know you are all thinking, “WHAT?! How am I supposed to update my lunch pic to Twitter/Facebook/Snapchat/Foursquare/My FoodPr0n site?”

It’s go hands free. I admit I have been guilty of near constant use of my mobile device (my nose print is etched in the screen), but have discovered the “Hey Siri” functionality while charging is very handy to have the AI read my messages and allow me to dictate replies while having both hands on the wheel.

Here is an excerpt from the ordinance below, full deets can be found here

Unless using a hands-free system such as Bluetooth or headphones, or a GPS system, use of portable devices while driving a car or operating a bike will be a citable offense beginning Jan. 1, 2015.

As defined in Ordinance No. 20140828-041, portable electronic device means a hand-held,

  • Mobile telephone
  • personal digital assistant
  • MP3 or other hand-held music player
  • electronic reading device
  • laptop computer
  • pager
  • broadband personal communication device
  • GPS or navigation system
  • electronic gaming device
  • portable computing device

Hand-held cell phone use is permitted in the event of an emergency such calling 9-1-1 or 3-1-1 to report a crime or an accident. Even in an emergency situation, it is best to pull over and come to a complete stop before using or operating any mobile or hand-held device.

The fine can be up to $500, so either curtail your use while driving or budget for the fine.