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Two Months To Go! | Interactive: March 7-11, 2013 | Film: March 7-15, 2013 | Music: 11-16, 2014 | Austin Weather

Things To Do Today at SXSW: Saturday March 15th

Here are more highlights from the SXSW schedule, as chosen by the SXSW Baby! team:

Music Panels

•  Rise of the Remix: Art, Business, Engagement
2:00pm ACC Room 17A

Film

• The Infinite Man
2:00pm  Ritz 1

• The Winding Stream
7:00pm  Ritz 1

Music

 •  Heymoonshaker
11:00pm BD Rileys

 •  Cello Fury
1:00am Victorian Room, Driskill Hotel

# Posted by Eric on March 15, 2014; Comments Off.
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SXSW Baby Podcast: Jade Simmons

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Ewan talks to classical concert pianist Jade Simmons (www.jademedia.org) about her distinctive take on the classics and her upcoming one-woman show.

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# Posted by Ewan on March 14, 2014; Comments Off.
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iTunes Festival at SXSW

Attended the ITunes Festival last night and it was easily one of my most memorable concert experiences.

Amid the controlled chaos that is SXSW, iTunes brought big names to an intimate venue in an incredibly orderly fashion.

This was my first time in the ACL Live venue and it is amazing that there is literally not a bad seat in the house. The furthest seat is 75 feet from the stage.

Speaking of the stage there was an impressive LED display setup that was Interactive (see what I did there) with the music. Not sure if this feature was rigged by Apple or if it is part and parcel if ACL Live setup. Either way it was a beautiful complement to the show.

Seated in the balcony I thoroughly enjoyed Capital Cities, Band of Skulls, and SoundGarden. I have to admit that I’d never heard if the first and only knew a song or two of the others. But to me SXSW is about exploring new tech, new filmmakers, and especially new bands. Even though they are big names they can still be new to some people.

The ITunes Festival continues tonight with Pitbull, ZEDD, & G.R.L. and concludes tomorrow night with Keith Urban, Willie Nelson, & Mickey Guyton.

# Posted by Eric on March 14, 2014; Comments Off.
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Things To do today at SXSW: Friday March 14th

Here are more highlights from the SXSW schedule, as chosen by the SXSW Baby! team:

Music Panels

•  In-store radio: 200m Potential Fans
5:00pm ACC Room 17A

Film

• A Night in Old Mexico
11:00am  Topfer

• Space Station 76
9:30pm  Stateside

Music

 •  Ezra Furman
12:00am Valhalla

 •  Band of Skulls
12:40am Mohawk Outdoor

# Posted by Eric on March 14, 2014; Comments Off.
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“Must-See” Film at SXSW 2014: “Big in Japan”

Big in Japan Still PhotoSXSW Music is in full force, but there’s still time to catch some of the great films that premiered earlier this week during SXSW Film. One of the film that stands out the most and represents the frustrations and challenges experienced by musicians is Big in Japan from writer/director John Jeffcoat, playing tonight at 9:30 pm at Alamo Ritz.

This quirky fictionalized story about real life Seattle-based band Tennis Pro is humorous and engaging. The band’s experiences as they attempt to find success abroad are both magical and realistic.

Like his previous film “Outsourced” which was based in India, Jeffcoat embraces and respects the local culture as he reveals its nuances. Tennis Pro members and non-actors Phillip Peterson, David Drury, and Sean Lowry effectively embrace their characters that engages and entertains.

The guerilla-style cinematography is well-suited for the intimacy of the seedy hotel and basement nightclubs that the band frequents on this road trip tale of three musicians just trying to prove to themselves and others that they can find success with their music.

I guarantee that after watching Big in Japan, you will be humming a Tennis Pro tune, thirsting for sake, or wanting to book a trip to Japan — Ramen Tatsu-ya, anyone?

Get a free download of Tennis Pro’s “Rock Over Tokyo” on Gridtrax here.

 

# Posted by Debbie Cerda on March 13, 2014; Comments Off.
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SXSW Baby Podcast: Gossling

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Ewan talks to Australian singer-songwriter Helen Croome, the voice behind Gossling (gosslingmusic.com).

Follow the SXSW Baby blog for more South by Southwest fun, and what we’re up to on the ground via Twitter and @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!

# Posted by Ewan on March 13, 2014; Comments Off.
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Tragedy at The Mohawk

Last night a tragic accident happened outside The Mohawk. A suspected drunk driver, trying to evade police broke through barricades on Red River St. and killed two people and injured 23 others.

There has been mention that Austin has a casual attitude towards drinking, that public transit is laughable, and that SXSW itself fosters an environment of heavy drinking with no real options for folks to get home.

None if these things, whether true or not, have anything to do with the cause of last nights events.

It is about personal responsibility. One person is responsible – the driver who chose to (allegedly) drive drunk. It is about personal ethics. He could just as easily (perhaps even with greater ease) just slept in his car. Some would say that he was drunk and not thinking clearly, but when he was sober, he chose to drive downtown, he chose to drink, and he chose to do both without thought as to how to get home.

Our thoughts are with those affected by this event, and we know both the Austin and SXSW communities will come together to benefit those impacted by one persons thoughtless act.

# Posted by Eric on March 13, 2014; 1 Comment.
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