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A new year, and just sixty four days to go…

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Welcome to 2014, and now the holidays are over it’s time for The Baby team to start counting down towards March and South by Southwest. Interactive and Film kick everything off on Friday March 7th (which is just 64 days away), and the Music showcases on the following Tuesday.

We’re going to spend the nine weeks running up to the start of the festivities (can you think of a better description?), looking at our highlights from each of the major strands of the event. The big names are going to get a mention, but we want to find the smaller names and put them on your radar.

We’ll also help you out with your preparations and give you ideas each week of things to do before you head to Austin, as well as updating our ‘Tips to Survive SXSW’, and we’ll be with you every day of SXSW if you need some advice on filling your diary.

With the first bands announced, it’s time for Operation Every Band

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

The first list of bands and performers selected to showcase at SXSW Music has been announced by the SXSW team, and while The Baby team have spotted a few gems already (notably Ezra Furman and Jenn Grant along with, for  an unfathomable reason, Charlotte Church) we’re more excited for the return of Kevin McStravick’s herculean Operation Every Band.

Kevin’s rules are simple:

Every artist gets a two-track minimum.  Even you, John Mayer.  If we like what we hear, we’ll keep going.  In the spreadsheet, we’ll put three words or phrases best describing the qualities of what we’re hearing.  Lastly, the reviewer will give a totally subjective rating based on one criterion – how much would I want to see this artist at SXSW?  The scale is “tough” in order to keep a sense of comparison, so keep in mind that anything about a “4” is something we genuinely enjoyed.

For every artist at a “7” or above, we’ll provide a full write-up and a recent video to get a real taste…  This site purposely extenuates the positive; there’s no point in rambling on about things we don’t like.

You can follow along at www.operationeveryband.com and hopefully we’ll have the highlights of the bands here on The Baby!

SXSW Music, Year End Wrap Up

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

The backbone of South by Southwest has always been music – and to many SXSW only means music. So what do we know about the 2012 edition so far?

The big news of course is the keynote from Bruce Springsteen, which is more than enough to get Eric excited enough that it wouldn’t surprise me if he’s bagged a seat in the auditorium already. The Boss joins an impressive list of musical alumni who have delivered the keynote, including Bob Geldof (2011), Smokey Robinson (2010), Quincy Jones (2009) and Lou Reed (2008).

Three batches of music acts have been announced, with over 500 showcases confirmed. We’re expecting at least 1700 showcases to make up the final roster, so there are lots of names still to be revealed in the new year.

When the sun is up, the sessions are on, with  lots of knowledge to share around. Just like the showcases, the sessions are not yet scheduled in, we just have a great big list of things that look fun – still, fitting it all together is part of the fun of SXSW

There’s still lots to find out, to discover, and to announce, but already it’s starting to feel like SXSW music 2012 is going to be one of the best weeks yet! Keep checking in with SXSW Baby throughout the months, weeks, and days leading up to your time in Austin, and we’ll help guide you through the fun.

Finally, how could we not mention the return of Kevin’s mammoth ‘Operation Every Band‘, listening and reviewing every band set to play SXSW 2012!

SXSW Interactive, Year End Wrap Up

Friday, December 30th, 2011

Let’s be honest, Interactive is the daddy of SXSW now. Outselling Music in 2011, it’s going to be huge in 2012. That’s not without issue, both in terms of hotel beds being sold out, and the campus approach to get in as many talks as possible. With the decision to “go big” this was always going to happen – and you’ve either planned your SXSW Interactive trip already, or you’ll need to be inventive to find some room at the Inn.

Because it’s shaping up to be a great Interactive in terms of keynotes and talks. Baratunde Thurston was already locked in, but his recent activity with “Poor Black Kid” is going to make his opening keynote even more interesting and dynamic. Joining him at the keynote table will be Amber Case (a cyborg anthropolgist), Ray Kurzweil (who’s just smart in ways you would not believe), and Jennifer Pahlka (the exec director of Code for America).

Around 900 proposals have already been accepted, and the main SXSW site has grouped them (by the 13 campus sites around Austin, and therefore by a rough topic) for you to start planning a rough schedule for during the day.

And of course the parties – the major and official parties are locked in, from the traditional crush of Mix at Six and the Opening Party on Friday and Saturday, to the combined Film and Interactive Fusion Party (Sunday) and the Interactive Awards on the Tuesday.

SXSW Interactive starts on Friday March 9th, but expect the early crowds to arrive the day before on Thursday and set up camp in all the old haunts… which will be re-discovered as the new haunts by all those attending their first Interactive.

Perfect.